PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2019 

President Trump rattles the Middle East, saying the U.S. will recognize Israel’s authority over the Golan Heights. Also on our Friday rundown: A judge blocks laws limiting the power of the new Wisconsin governor. Plus, momentum builds across party lines to abolish the death penalty.

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Public News Service - NC: Sustainable Agriculture

PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) sign informing public that the virus has been found on this North Carolina pig farm. Photo Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance.

NEW BERN, N.C. – Pigs continue to die in large numbers in North Carolina, and while pork producers work to stop the virus that's killing the animals, environmentalists are working to make sure the carcasses are disposed of properly. Larry Baldwin, the concentrated feeding operation coordinat

Photo: Clearstream LLC, based in Harrisburg, applies its product to a variety of residential and commercial spaces. Courtesy: Clearstream, LLC

HARRISBURG, N.C. – North Carolina’s hundreds of livestock farms – including poultry and swine – soon will have to look for other means to keep the meat we eat free of disease. The Federal Drug Administration has asked pharmaceutical companies to limit the availability of so

PHOTO: Biomass pellets are used worldwide for energy generation, and they're growing in popularity in Europe. Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. – The rich forest growth characteristic of North Carolina and other East Coast states is feeding a worldwide need for biomass energy facilities, but a study released this week asks, “At what cost?” The pellets are used primarily for power generation, although some a

Photo: NC farmers wait on the government to process much needed loans. Courtesy: RAFI-USA at Whippoorville Farms in Hickory, NC

SILER CITY, N.C. - As the national government remains "closed for business," North Carolina farmers are struggling to stay open for business in light of the shutdown. Dozens of farmers in the state have been approved for USDA direct farm operating loans, but those payments can't be made until federa

Photo: Organically fed cows at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Courtesy: Hickory Nut Gap Farm

FAIRVIEW, N.C. - North Carolina's organic farmers are concerned about their livelihood because of a bill proposed in the North Carolina House. House Bill 379 places the State Board of Agriculture in control of commercial planting in the state, and would prevent local cities and counties from passing

PHOTO: Some hog farmers and the Humane Society of the United States are raising a

RALEIGH, N.C. - Hog farmers in North Carolina and beyond are protesting what they allege is the misuse of fees they pay into a national fund for marketing the pork industry. In a complaint filed with the U.S. Agriculture Department, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) claims that the Nati

RALEIGH, N.C. - Feeding people and protecting the environment are two aims that don't have to be at odds on North Carolina farms. Farmers now have seven recommendations for increasing production, reducing costs and minimizing negative environmental impact. A new "Future Friendly Farming" report by

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With increasing attention being paid to not only what we eat, but where our food comes from, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering guidelines that would limit the use of antibiotics in livestock. The decision is of importance to the Tarheel State, with dozens of li

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