PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 

Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  

The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Public News Service - MT: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

PHOTO: Leafy spurge. Photo credit: USDA ARS

CHOTEAU, Mont. - More money and more cooperation are being marked as two new victories in the war on noxious weeds along the Rocky Mountain Front. A donation of $23,000 to the Rocky Mountain Front Weed Roundtable is to go to help local landowners and tribal land managers plan and carry out attacks.

PHOTO: cows grazing. Photo Credit: Deborah Smith

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - The World Trade Organization has issued a decision on the U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL) law, after complaints from Canada and Mexico that it has hurt their beef prices. The initial thought was that the labeling seen in grocery stores wouldn't be allowed any more, but Al

MILES CITY, Mont. - Poverty is persistent on the Great Plains. A new report from the Center for Rural Affairs finds that poverty rates in rural Eastern Montana are generally higher than poverty rates in urban areas, especially among children. Report author Jon Bailey, director of the Rural Researc

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