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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris made their first public appearance and running mates. President Trump called Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for baseless conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - MN: Rural/Farming

How can Minnesota get some "new blood" down on the farm? A Minnesotan will testify before a U.S. House Agriculture Subcommittee today about efforts to attract young people into agriculture. Karen Stettler with the Land Stewardship Project is scheduled to speak to a House Ag Committee. "There are

An energy agreement President Bush signed during his recent trip to South America is raising concerns in Minnesota. It calls for the U.S. and Brazil to work together to produce alternative fuels, but Doug Peterson with the Minnesota Farmers Union says it could lead to more fuel imports, which doesn'

A bill to increase Minnesota's minimum wage faces its first House test today. Sponsor Tom Rukavina says it's a matter of economic justice and fairness. "People that go to work for a living every day should be able to make a wage that, at least, attempts to keep up with inflation." The bill would r

Renewable fuels, a new farm bill and "country of origin" food labels are on the agenda of the National Farmers Union annual convention, which gets underway today in Orlando. Minnesota delegate Doug Peterson says discussing agriculture products for energy will be a priority, because of the growing d

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

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