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PNS Daily Newscast - February 20, 2019 


Sen. Bernie Sanders enters the 2020 race for president. Also, on the Wednesday rundown: Tuition or meals? We take you to a state where college students fight food insecurity. Plus, another state's attempt to legalize hemp.

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Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

The 18th annual Upper Midwest Organic Farming Conference is under way today in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Some 2,000 farmers and food providers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, the Dakotas, Michigan and Iowa are there to participate in workshops and exhibits, and share ideas on marketing and promoting organic

Want to get into farming in Minnesota? Here's your chance. A drive aimed at getting "new blood" into farming kicks off later this month, and it's aimed at non-English speaking families. Brian DeVore of the Land Stewardship Project says applications are being taken for "Farm Beginnings," a program

A plan under consideration at the State Capitol is drawing support from a statewide coalition of conservation and environmental groups. Don Arnosti is spokesman for "Clean Energy Minnesota.” “It would provide incentives for farmers to convert a portion of their land into native, perenn

Farm advocates say one of the hottest new agricultural fuels, called "cellulosic ethanol," has promise to reduce the need for oil imports, help consumers, and boost farm income and the rural economy. Minnesota Farmers Union President Doug Peterson claims the technology could produce double the ener

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee meets today to consider conservation and energy policy. The Committee, considering a new farm bill, includes both Minnesota Senators, and one of those testifying is also a Minnesotan. Loni Kemp with the Minnesota Project says she'll tell lawmakers we need to go

St. Paul, MN - A new toll-free hotline offers Minnesota and Midwest farmers tips about switching to organic production. If you call, Harriet Behar will answer. She's a certified organic farmer and trainer from Gays Mills, Wisconsin, who says farmers are "going organic" for various reasons. "Part of

St. Paul, MN - A new seven-state coalition called the "Midwest Ag Energy Network" holds its initial conference in Minnesota's capitol city today. Spokesman Mark Lindquist says the group's goal is to provide a blueprint for national energy independence, and to boost Midwestern states' economies. "R

Wabasso, MN - A group of Midwestern farmers and farm advocates is back home this morning after a trip to Washington, D.C. to discuss farm policy. Southwest Minnesota farmer Paul Sobocinski is with the Campaign for Family Farms and the Environment; he says discussion centered on the new Farm Bill bei

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