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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 


Former VP Joe Biden picks Senator Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - MI: Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: Farmers can now apply for the Conservation Stewardship Program. The CSP helps farmers pay for agricultural methods that encourage conservation and environmentally safe farming. Photo credit: Rob South.

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan farmers and ranchers will have the opportunity to apply for federal grants to help them conserve farmland - an opportunity many thought they had lost. Funding for the Conservation Stewardship Program was cut in October as part of a temporary spending plan in Congress. The

Organic farms such as Giving Tree Farms in Lansing often rely on federal funds for research and certification reimbursement. Those funds were left out of the 2008 Farm Bill.

LANSING, Mich. – Organic farmers could find it harder to compete under a stopgap farm bill approved late last year, which left out funding for two popular programs. When federal lawmakers approved an extension of the 2008 Farm Bill, they left out funding for the National Organic Certificatio

PHOTO: Many health-conscious Michiganders like to buy organic fruits and vegetables and buy them locally, but Congress' inability to pass a farm bill could make it a bit more difficult.

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. - Many health-conscious Michiganders like to buy organic fruits and vegetables and buy them locally, but Congress' inability to pass a national Farm Bill could make it a little more difficult. That's because farmers who grow organic get a bit of a boost from the federal governme

PHOTO: Tilian residency farm manager Rachel Beyer. Courtesy of: Tilian Farm Development Center.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A growing number of Michiganders get fresh meat and produce directly from farms in their area. The newest CSAs, consumer-supported agriculture farms, face an uncertain future because the Farm Bill expired Sunday. In Ann Arbor, the local food movement got a jump-start two years a

LANSING, Mich. - In the Farm Bill debate in Congress, perhaps no one is watching more closely than organic farmers - in Michigan and across the country. They are seeing the scales tip more toward crop insurance than subsidies to growers, but crop insurance treats organic producers differently from t

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Farmers who are African-American, Latino, or members of other minority groups in Michigan are concerned about cuts to the new Farm Bill now in Congress. Minority farmers have faced adversity over the years, not only from weather and the economy, but also from lack of access to fun

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - With the national Farm Bill up for renewal by the end of September, Congressional leaders are looking for draft bills from key committees in both houses this month. They have already warned that funding will be cut, and small farmers are afraid that their voices will be drowned ou

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Farmers from across the state are weighing in on what they hope will be included in the 2012 Farm Bill. Renewed every five years, the bill is one of the largest pieces of federal legislation, affecting everything from food safety to food stamps. Alex Cacciari, owner of Seeley Fa

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