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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - IL: Rural/Farming

Soil conservation practices can help soybeans and other crops become more resilient to extreme weather. (USDA/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Amid the challenges of another rain-soaked spring and a global pandemic, hundreds of Illinois farmers are using conservation practices to help curb the long-term effects of climate change. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Illinois Climate Summary projects m

There are some estimates that the U.S. Postal Service could run out of money by summer without federal assistance. (Donald Lee Pardue/Flickr)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Postal workers in Illinois are among those calling for swift action by Congress to save the U.S. Postal Service. Jackie Engelhart, president of Northwest Illinois Area Local (NWIAL) 194 of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), says postal workers have been crucial in servi

A new project will use NASA datasets to find and address inefficiencies in farm-management practices. (Snapshot Factory/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some Illinois growers are using the power of NASA in a new project aimed at addressing food security, from improving crop outputs to working their land more efficiently. Local farmers with the Illinois Corn Growers Association are working with University of Illinois researchers

The Farm Bill expiration could mean farmers who are currently using conservation practices may not be able to continue. (Conservation Media Library)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The expiration of the Farm Bill is putting the brakes on conservation programs important for many Illinois farmers and ranchers. While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who grow food and livestock also were impa

Honeybees help pollinate billions of dollars worth of crops in the United States every year.(usda.gov)

URBANA, Ill. — A major endeavor is under way to educate soybean farmers about helping to save honeybees. The Honey Bee Health Coalition this month unveiled a management plan for growers. Adam Dolezal, assistant professor at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, conducted the research

Carbon dioxide strips nutrients out of wheat, rice, peas and other crops. (usda.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A report that looks in depth at how climate change is robbing crops of nutrition says there will be more hungry people and more suffering due to vitamin deficiencies. Samuel Myers, an environmental health researcher at Harvard's School of Public Health, conducted a study in 20

After bobcat hunting was made legal in Illinois last year, animal welfare groups say the animals need increased protections. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Wildlife protection groups are backing a bill that would ban the trapping of bobcats and the sale of their pelts in Illinois. Last year, state lawmakers gave the OK to allow sport hunting of bobcats for the first time in nearly 40 years. Marc Ayers, state director for the Hum

Illinois local food producers are backing plans to keep the state's public seed libraries free from what they call over-regulation. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Advocates of sustainable food are in Springfield today talking about local food policies, as a state Senate committee considers a seed-sharing bill. Supporters of HB 3130 believe it will help protect free, public seed exchanges. According to Illinois Stewardship Alliance, ove

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