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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 

Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.

2020Talks - August 11, 2020 

Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - ND: Sustainable Agriculture

PHOTO: The Center for Rural Affairs says no-till planting is one way America's farmers can help battle climate change. CREDIT: NRCS Soil Health

BISMARCK, N.D. - America's agriculture industry contributes a relatively small amount of this country's greenhouse gases, but experts say various techniques that are growing in use can take a proactive approach to the issue - and farmers could play a key role in altering the path of climate change.

PHOTO: There is still no new Farm Bill, and the Center for Rural Affairs says there needs to be a change in funding priorities. CREDIT: Jason Riedy

BISMARCK, N.D. - The Center for Rural Affairs is calling for a change in priorities in how the nation's farm programs are funded. Executive director Chuck Hassebrook said those programs that invest in rural America have seen dramatic cuts. "Small-business development programs, beginning farmer prog

PHOTO: Dozens of turbines on a ridge between Ellendale and Ashley. The Center for Rural Affairs says more high voltage transmission lines will help get wind generated electricity on the grid. CREDIT: cariliv

BISMARCK, N.D. - There is a treasure trove of renewable energy in the U.S., but the obstacles and barriers to getting it on the grid are many. Johnathan Hladik, energy policy advocate with the Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA), said the biggest hurdle right now is the lack of high voltage transmission

BISMARCK, N.D. - Getting a start can be very challenging for North Dakota's beginning farmers and ranchers, but now a national program aimed at helping the next generation of family farms has been expanded to include North Dakota. Traci Bruckner, assistant director of rural policy at the Center fo

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota is already among the top states in the nation for acres farmed organically, and funding available now may help boost its standing. Traci Bruckner, policy analyst with the Center for Rural Affairs, says $50 million is available through the Environmental Quality Incenti

BISMARCK, N.D. - There's more money and awareness now than ever to help farmers who want to sell their own products directly to consumers, with $5 million available through the USDA's Farmers Market Promotion Program. Robert Carlson, the president of the North Dakota Farmers Union, says the grant m

BISMARCK, N.D. - What once were native grasslands in the Prairie Pothole region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota are increasingly becoming corn acreage for ethanol production. A study conducted for the National Wildlife Federation makes the connection between more corn plantings -

JAMESTOWN, N.D. - The big United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen is moving into its final phase as it prepares to wind up at the end of this week. Among those taking part is North Dakota Farmers Union president Robert Carlson, who is there representing the International Federation of

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