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PNS Daily Newscast - November 16, 2018 


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Public News Service - IA: Budget Policy & Priorities

After a rebound last year, farm income is forecast to drop 13 percent this year, in part because of the trade war hitting soybeans. (sdsoybean.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Globalization has been both good and bad for American farmers, and that fact is hitting home especially hard for Iowa soybean growers this fall. Increased free trade opened up new soybean markets in Mexico, the European Union and especially China. So far, Iowa farmers rema

Some Iowans see conservation funding in the farm bill as a driver for the state's rural economy. (pheasantsforever.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa conservation groups are urging Congress to maintain funding for working lands conservation programs as lawmakers negotiate the pending farm bill. Nearly 98 percent of Iowa's 33 million acres are privately owned, meaning it's up to farmers, ranchers and other landowner

Opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline are hearing from Native American leaders and Iowa farmers as they march through Story, Boone and Webster counties ahead of an Iowa Supreme Court hearing next week. (boldiowa.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa – This is the fourth day of a weeklong march across Iowa to raise awareness about a lawsuit headed to the Iowa Supreme Court next week over the Dakota Access Pipeline. The Iowa Sierra Club and nine landowners initiated the lawsuit. It alleges the Iowa Utilities Board illegal

By one estimate, Iowa cover-crop acres increased by 22 percent in 2017 to 760,000 total acres. But the rate of growth was 10 percent lower than in 2016. (earthtimes.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — For generations, Iowa's topsoil has been called "black gold." And many farmers are working to keep it that way by renewing their focus on soil health. Iowa consistently finishes first or second in the country in the production of corn, oats and soybeans. By protecting tops

China and Mexico are the two largest customers for U.S. soybeans, and as Iowa farmers know all too well this year, uncertainty swirls around trade negotiations with both nations. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farmers hit with dropping prices for crops and livestock in retaliation for U.S. tariffs received word on Tuesday that the Trump administration has put together a $12 billion aid package. However, some are saying it isn't nearly enough, and they'd prefer to see the trade war

The Conservation Stewardship Program is America's largest working-lands conservation program with more than 72 million acres enrolled, roughly the size of Nevada. (landstewardshipproject.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Concerns are being raised about cuts to programs in the latest version of the Farm Bill that could undermine Iowa farmers' progress on sustainable agriculture. The controversial bill passed by only two votes in the U.S. House last week, with all Democrats opposed and 20 Re

Mexico's plan to slap a tariff on pork products in retaliation for aluminum and steel import levies could cost U.S. pork farmers $360 million annually. (btfrewinphotography/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The price Iowa farmers are getting for soybeans is 50 to 70 cents better than this time last year, but whether that will continue may depend on the outcome of trade talks between America and its closest allies. President Donald Trump delivered a threat to trade partners me

More than 13,000 projects in all 50 states have received funding from the Rural Energy Assistance Program since 2008.(cleanenergyresourceteams.org)

AMES, Iowa – Farmers and small business owners who want to embrace renewable energy will not get any help from the federal government under the proposed farm bill headed to the U.S. House of Representatives this week. Funding for the Rural Energy Assistance Program (REAP) has been eliminated

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