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PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2019 


Democrats call for investigation of spa owner who allegedly offered access to President Trump. Also on the Tuesday rundown: Prolonged repercussions expected from the “Bomb Cyclone.” Plus, navigating the stumbling blocks to Medicaid expansion.

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Public News Service - IA: Sustainable Agriculture

Flooding has cost Iowa residents, businesses and farmers about $18 billion over nearly three decades, according to a 2018 University of Iowa study. (Pixabay/werner22brigitte)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers are used to adjusting for weather, but some are adjusting for climate change by planting a variety of crops, sowing cover crops and leaving land unplowed. Many small farmers fear adjusting to climate change will add more regulations to their already declining botto

The 2018 National Climate Assessment warned that agricultural productivity in the Midwest could drop by 25 percent in the next 30 years without technology advances and changes in crop production. (soilassociation.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farming practices aren't changing as fast as the climate, and food production is likely to suffer, according to one expert who advocates for more sustainable or regenerative agriculture. University of Washington Professor of Geomorphology David Montgomery was the keynote s

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, was one of 13 U.S. senators who voted against a new Farm Bill on Tuesday, saying it did not include critical reforms that would help young and beginning farmers. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa - People who use and value farming-conservation practices are applauding parts of the U.S. Senate's newly passed Farm Bill. They think the legislation will benefit beginning farmers and help sustain the vitality of rural communities. The Conservation Stewardship Program, which pays

A law passed by Californians earlier this month will dictate how egg producers in other states raise their chickens if they want to sell their eggs in the Golden State. (scpr.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Some 1,800 miles separate Iowa from California, but a law passed by voters there could affect how many Iowa eggs are sold in the Golden State four years from now. At the polls this month, voters approved a measure that requires all eggs sold in California come from cage-fr

To address water-quality issues, Iowa became the first state to analyze every watershed within its borders this year and assess conservation practice implementation. (iowapha.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Earlier this year, Iowa beefed up its "Nutrient Reduction Strategy" program to improve water quality, and farmers are weighing the costs and social risks of compliance. Iowa's water quality is at risk due to runoff from farmland, primarily caused by storms and crop tilling

In 2017, roughly 60 percent of Iowa's farmland was owned by people age 65 and older  with 35 percent of the total farmland owned by people older than 75. (aces.edu)

DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers learn fast there's no substitute for experience, and that's why many Iowa farmers are getting help from elders in the business who are willing to share their knowledge. When Bart VerEllen of Centerville became a farmer in mid-life, he joined a two-year support and

Amidst tariff talks, Iowa hosted the nation's largest outdoor farm equipment show this week. (Josh Flint/Farm Progress Show)

BOONE, Iowa – Farmers want to get as much out of the soil as they put into it, and many say the use of cover crops is helping them. Paul Ackley is sharing his story this week with other farmers at the Farm Progress Show in Boone, specifically how to integrate cattle and sheep into a cover-cr

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

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