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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2019 


Chants of a different sort greet U.S. Rep. Omar upon her return home to Minnesota. Also on our Friday rundown: A new report says gunshot survivors need more outreach, support. Plus, sharing climate-change perspectives in Charlotte.

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Public News Service - IN: Rural/Farming

Indiana has allocated a lot more money for inspecting and regulating Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations, but will it result in fewer complaints about them? (Casa da Photo/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana is boosting its efforts to ensure that Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations are following the rules. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management inspects and regulates CAFOs, which often are criticized for animal-welfare and food-safety issues. The new state budget s

Soybeans can be planted over a cereal rye cover crop. (Bmargaret/Adobe Stock)

INDIANAPOLIS – A farming practice that could make land more sustainable in the future appears to be growing in popularity in Indiana. Cover crops are planted in the off-season to help protect soil from water and wind erosion, and reduce nutrient runoff. The Environmental Working Group comp

USDA financing can help small Indiana cities and towns refurbish their current water infrastructure systems or build new facilities. (Pixabay)

INDIANAPOLIS – August is Water Quality Month, and cities and towns throughout Indiana with water or waste problems to tackle have an opportunity to get some financial help. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program is offering funding for rural comm

A panel is taking public testimony to determine if legislation is needed to regulate factory farms. (usda.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS — The question of what to do about runoff from concentrated animal-feeding operations, known as CAFOs, continues to be a topic of debate in Indiana. Environmental groups and farming activists have clashed over how much regulation the industry needs, and a public hearing on the top

One of the grassland birds that's seen a rebound in Indiana and the Midwest is the bobolink. (ohio.gov)

INDIANAPOLIS – The 2018 Farm Bill soon will be debated in Congress, and advocates say not only is it crucial for agriculture, it's also key for birds in this nation. The State of the Birds 2017 report from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative says conservation programs have been h

Environmental groups say Indiana waterways polluted by runoff from factory farms are just one reason they're pushing for tougher regulations. (hec.org)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Environmental groups in Indiana have spent years filing lawsuits and sponsoring legislation against factory farms. Now, they're switching gears. The groups say their current focus is on educating community members about the health risks associated with confined animal feeding proce

Hoosiers are speaking up about confined feeding operation rules. (hecweb.org)

INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that environmentalists say would weaken Indiana's laws regulating Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is being discussed in committee again this week. The House Environmental Affairs Committee has taken testimony on HB 1494 by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake

Indiana farmers are being asked to sell surplus or blemished produce to food banks. (Virginia Carter)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Crops are coming in all over the Midwest, and since Indiana is home to more than 60,000 farms, food banks are hoping to be able to get fresh, healthy produce to hungry people in the state. The Farm to Food Bank program is looking for growers who have surplus or blemished produce

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