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PNS Daily Newscast - July 22, 2019 


As the weekend heatwave subsides, a report predicts more killer heat in the future; Democrats continue to push for articles of impeachment against Trump; and could a House bill be a watershed moment for wildlife conservation?

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Public News Service - MT: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A former environmental lawyer has written a book that says that when done correctly, livestock grazing can have some benefits for the land. (Scott Bauer/USDA)

BILLINGS, Mont. - The ancient plains of Montana once hosted herds of animals that grazed the land. Now, cattle and other domesticated animals do that work. According to former environmental lawyer and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, the planet actually is grazed far less than it used to be. Her book "

Blain Hjerthaas speaks at the first Soil Summit on Saturday about a practice called

BILLINGS, Mont. – If you want to get higher yields from a farm, start with the health of the soil. That's one rule being shared by a speaker at Northern Plains Resource Council's first Soil Summit, which takes place in Billings on Saturday and is open to the public. Blain Hjertaas, a sustain

Big Sandy farmer Kelly Rutledge is in Washington, D.C., to press members of Congress on agricultural issues close to home. Credit: Montana Farmers Union.

GREAT FALLS, Mont. – Food labeling, sage grouse, renewable-energy standards and new trade markets. It's a long list of priorities for Montana farmers and ranchers visiting Washington D.C. this week on the annual "fly-in" to meet with members of Congress. Big Sandy farmer Kelly Rutledge with t

A federal court says the pesticide sulfoxaflor should not have been registered because it can kill bees and other pollinators. Credit: Deborah C. Smith.

HELENA, Mont. - A pesticide that kills bees should not have been cleared for agricultural use by the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a federal appeals court. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday that Dow Chemical's sulfoxaflor was not thoroughly researched when it comes t

PHOTO: Billings may be in the heart of farm country, but the region imports between 90 and 95 percent of its food. A farm and food systems expert presents ideas on Tuesday for how local food can become an economic development tool. Photo credit: LifeOfPix.com

BILLINGS, Mont. - Billings may be in the heart of farm country, but the region imports between 90 and 95 percent of its food. Harvard University economics professor Ken Meter, who has helped communities in more than three dozen states set up local food systems, says Billings isn't alone in that st

PHOTO: Providing food for all, stewardship of the land and emerging technologies are being examined today through the lens of religion, at the Faith, Food and the Environment symposium. Credit: Deborah C. Smith

FORT SHAW, Mont. - Providing food for all, stewardship of the land and emerging technologies are being examined today through the lens of religion at the Faith, Food and the Environment symposium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Eric Bergman and his wife, Audra, run a small, direct-market farm in Fort Sha

FORSYTH, Mont. - A third-generation farming family in southeastern Montana has added their names to a letter to the U.S. Senate, asking for action to curb the effects of climate change. According to signer Jean Dahlman, who farms near Forsyth, her support for action, such as emissions standards for

PHOTO: Montana groups, along with almost 300 nationwide, want to be sure conservation components of the 2013 Farm Bill aren't left behind. Photo credit: Ryan Stockwell

HELENA, Mont. - Another deadline is looming for the next Farm Bill, as U.S. House and Senate conferees continue to work out details. Two of those details have caught the attention of nearly 300 agriculture, conservation, wildlife and water-quality groups, including organizations in Montana. They've

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