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PNS Daily Newscast - November 25, 2020 

Feeding hungry families, on Thanksgiving and beyond; and is that turkey really from a family farm? (Note to Broadcasters: The newscast has been granted a holiday for Thanksgiving, but we'll return first thing Friday.)

2020Talks - November 25, 2020 

Biden nominees speak; how can social media spread less misinformation and be less polarizing.

Public News Service - ND: Rural/Farming

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

In March, live cattle futures dropped 3.5% on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, while demand for beef was skyrocketing. That has producers worried about price manipulation in the beef markets. (Adobe Stock)

FORBES, N.D. -- Beef producers in North Dakota are calling on federal officials to look into the possibility of market manipulation. They say a recent drop in prices is hurting them, but benefiting others in the industry. Those raising the concerns point to a 91% increase in beef demand last mon

In addition to the 11 public school districts already approved, three more North Dakota districts have applied for a four-day-a-week schedule. (Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- The number of North Dakota school districts moving to a four-day academic week has doubled in the past year - and more districts have applied to alter their schedules next year. The trend has surfaced primarily in rural parts of the state. Superintendent David Goetz runs the Wing

Christie Obenauer (R), president and CEO of Union State Bank of Hazen, meets with Matt Clarys (L) of Western Steel Builders. Partnering with the Bank of North Dakota, Obenauer's small bank has been able to finance several large projects in her town. (Justine Wiedrich)

By Oscar Perry Abello Broadcast version by Mike Moen Reporting for the YES! Magazine Media-Prairie News Service BISMARCK, N.D. - The little city of Hazen, North Dakota, population 2,300, is the kind of town where farming and ranching families often have a second income from a job at a power plant

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