PNS Daily Newscast - July 10, 2020 

The Supreme Court opens the door for prosecutors to seek President Trump's financial records; a backlash in Florida on school reopening plans.

2020Talks - July 10, 2020 

US Supreme Court rules on Trump's tax returns; Houston mayor cancels Texas GOP's in-person convention; Louisiana has elections; and DC council gives people incarcerated for felonies the right to vote.

Public News Service - MT: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: September is Hunger Action Month in Montana. A new USDA report shows that 46,000 children in the state face hunger. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Today starts the SNAP challenge in Montana - budgeting $5 a day per person for food. That's the average food stamp benefit, and with Congress back to work this week, debate will resume about funding for food assistance, called SNAP, as part of the Farm Bill. According to Bill Matth

PHOTO: Cattle producers in Montana and around the country are rethinking feedlot practices after Merck Animal Health recently pulled a popular growth-accelerating drug from the market. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Cattle growers in Montana and around the country are rethinking feedlot practices after the drug firm Merck Animal Health recently pulled a popular growth-accelerating drug from the market. Zilmax was credited with helping cattle pack on up to 30 pounds of lean muscle in the weeks be

PHOTO: The Country-of-Origin (COOL) labeling law is headed to court, with Montana Farmers Union holding rallies this month to support the law. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A court will soon be chewing on a tough decision related to meat. The National Cattlemen's Beef Association and American Meat Institute have filed suit to try to stop the Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law for meat, a law that has been on the books since 2008. The National F

PHOTO: Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill says splitting the 'Farm Bill' into two pieces is opposed by MFU, the American Farm Bureau and more than 500 other groups. Photo courtesy of MFU

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A proposal to split the Farm Bill into a piece on farm policy and one on nutrition policy was quick to light a fire under the Montana Farmers Union (MFU), which opposed the move. U.S. House leadership floated the plan on Tuesday, with mostly party-line responses of Republicans s

PHOTO: Soil and wetlands conservation would be linked to crop insurance subsidies under legislation supported by the American Farm Bureau Federation, National Farmers Union and conservation groups. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - The next farm bill is expected to be voted on in the U.S. House this week, after already winning approval in the Senate. There are big changes, as funding for many programs is being scaled back or eliminated, so stretching every dollar has become the focus of an amendment suppor

PHOTO: Wheat prices took a tumble after genetically modified wheat was found in a field in Oregon. Japan banned U.S. imports, and Montana exports much of its wheat to Japan. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

POWDER RIVER, Mont. - Montana exports 75 percent of its wheat crop overseas, and half of that goes to Japan, a country with a strict ban on genetically-modified wheat. Japan shut down U.S. imports recently when GM wheat created by Monsanto was unexpectedly found in a field in Oregon. Walter Archer


FORT BENTON, Mont. - Fourth and fifth graders in Chouteau County are headed to the fairgrounds today for "Agriculture Day." The schoolchildren will learn about the state's number-one industry, farming, and how it's important for their health, home and community. Delisa Clampitt, education director

PHOTO: Corn being harvested. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WASHINGTON - About a dozen Montanans are in the nation's capital to try to light a spark under Congress about the Farm Bill. The current bill expires at the end of the month and, along with it, sections that not only address the nation's agricultural concerns but also conservation, research, energy

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