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PNS Daily Newscast - September 25, 2020 


Democrats reported to be preparing a smaller pandemic relief package; vote-by-mail awaits a court decision in Montana.


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Senators respond to President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power. And, former military and national security officials endorse Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NM: Sustainable Agriculture

Penistaja soils are the state soil of New Mexico and cover more than 1 million acres. In Navajo,

LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Determining soil quality usually requires getting your hands dirty, but the pandemic will require that a New Mexico soil workshop be held virtually this week. As climate change accelerates, it's impacting farm yields, and experts are eager to help farmers adopt new practices. N

AmeriZao is a newly trademarked name of a jujube fruit tree variety cultivated by New Mexico State University Professor Shengrui Yao. (newscenternmsu.edu)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — There are more than 500 varieties of the jujube plant, and one in New Mexico has a newly trademarked name. "AmeriZao" is what New Mexico State University is calling its jujube tree. Many people aren't familiar with this fruit - it's also known as a red date or Chinese dat

Some pecan growers in New Mexico have resorted to hiring private security guards to quell a rash of thieves stealing the nuts to sell them. (nmsu.edu)

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – New Mexico's pecan harvest is underway, and farmers are not only fighting off a devastating pest, they're also guarding crops against thieves who make off with large quantities of pecans under the cover of night. Until May 20, the Department of Agriculture has placed a qua

Papa criollo potatoes from South America could be a new sustainable crop for New Mexico farmers.  (NMSU)

LOS LUNAS, N.M. – More nutritional South American potatoes will be front and center at the New Mexico Sustainable Agriculture Conference, Wednesday at Los Lunas, when researchers discuss new and profitable crops for the state. New Mexico State University researcher and extension service vege

Groups that oppose the pending mergers of giant companies that sell seeds and pesticides are pressing the new U.S. Attorney General to review the three mega-deals. (belfastEileen/iStockphoto)

SANTA FE, N.M. – Some New Mexico groups are joining the call for more scrutiny of mega-mergers now in the works between multinational agribusiness companies that dominate the global market for seeds and pesticides. More than 300 groups have signed a letter to new U.S. Attorney General Jeff S

The EPA is updating standards to protect the nation's farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. Credit: Enviromantic/iStockphoto.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The EPA is updating standards to increase safety and protect the health of America's estimated two million farmworkers from pesticide poisoning. The new rules mean children under the age of 18 will no longer be allowed to handle pesticides, and workers will get safety trai

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SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico farmers markets are reporting success with a program that provides extra food to residents receiving benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. With this week marking National Farmers Market Week across the na

PHOTO: The traditional Thanksgiving Day feast for some in New Mexico may include lettuces, tomatoes and other produce grown without any pesticides or chemicals. Photo credit: AFSC.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The traditional Thanksgiving Day feast for some in New Mexico may include varieties of lettuce, tomatoes and other produce fresh from the farm - and grown without any pesticides or chemicals. Don Bustos, director of the American Friends Service Committee of New Mexico, said his o

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