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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - ND: Rural/Farming

Farmer advocates say as more extreme weather events flood out rural roads, producers face more obstacles in planting or harvesting their crops. (Adobe Stock)

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JAMESTOWN, N.D. -- Farmers say timing is everything for successful production, but North Dakota producers said it's not just changing weather patterns they're contending with. Declining infrastructure is another barrier, and they hope lawmakers come through with key funding. So far this session, b

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was a 154% increase in telehealth visits during the last week of March in the United States, as the pandemic unfolded. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakota has long dealt with a shortage of access to mental health care in rural areas. But efforts are ramping up to make sure treatment is available in hard-to-reach places. The University of North Dakota and Sanford Health are carving out a multi-phase project designed to

North Dakota farmers, especially those who grow soybeans, say they've been hammered by trade policy. But the union representing farmers in the state is hopeful Ag Secretary nominee Tom Vilsack will be able to establish a better environment, if approved. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARK, N.D. - A key agriculture group in North Dakota sounds hopeful about President-elect Joe Biden's choice for agriculture secretary - despite the organization's preferred candidate not getting the nod. This week, former Iowa governor and USDA head Tom Vilsack was nominated to run the same ag

Some cattle ranchers in the United States have been pushing for market reforms for nearly two decades. They're hopeful the disruptions caused by the pandemic will convince enough lawmakers to take action. (Adobe Stock)

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KEENE, N.D. -- The cattle market has seen many wild swings in recent months, and North Dakota ranchers say it's time for Congress to step in. They want more price transparency and continuity at a time when many of them are barely breaking even. Donny Nelson, a farmer and rancher near Keene, said w

Soybeans are among the top products for North Dakota farmers when it comes to global reach, with more than 90% leaving the state, and about two-thirds of annual soybean production shipped out of the country. (Adobe Stock)

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MINOT, N.D. -- North Dakota farmers this week are getting something they'd been wanting for years: an intermodal rail service. This transportation project is viewed as a game-changer at a time when many producers are struggling. Gov. Doug Burgum announced that Minot will receive the train unit, whi

After states like Arizona and Florida saw coronavirus surges over the summer, peaks are now happening in states like North and South Dakota. (Adobe Stock)

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BISMARCK, N.D. -- The Midwest has seen higher levels of COVID-19 activity in recent weeks, and that includes North and South Dakota. And health officials say all parts of the region need to be mindful of community spread. The Dakotas now top the nation for new novel coronavirus infections, based o

North Dakota farmers have been among the hardest-hit producers by the U.S./China trade war, because of the large amount of soybeans that were shipped to that country. (Adobe Stock)

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MAKOTI, N.D. -- Farmers and ranchers across North Dakota have struggled mightily in recent years, especially with the trade-war impacts. A new project aims to get policymakers' attention by allowing farm producers to tell their own stories so the human impact isn't overshadowed. This summer, the Da

Suspicions of price-fixing within the beef industry have been around for years but have intensified in 2020, leading to federal investigations. (Adobe Stock)

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DRAKE, N.D. - Calls are growing louder for changes within the beef industry to create fairness for farmers and ranchers struggling to compete with larger operations. A group of producers in North Dakota says it has solutions for policymakers to consider. This week, a livestock committee with the N

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