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PNS Daily Newscast - April 24, 2019 


The Supreme Court considers U.S. Census citizenship question – we have a pair of reports. Also on the Wednesday rundown: A look at how poor teacher pay and benefits can threaten preschoolers' success. And the Nevada Assembly votes to restore voting rights for people who've served their time in prison.

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Public News Service - OH: Rural/Farming

Some 100 million acres of current land used to grow our food will be available to be transferred to the next generation of farmers. (Travis Wise/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Accessing land is one of the biggest hurdles for farmers who are just starting out, and a new bill in Ohio aims to help. An estimated 100 million acres of current land used to grow our food is expected to be up for grabs in coming years as the current generation of farmers i

Big Darby Creek is one of thousands that would lose protection under changes proposed to the Waters of the United States rule. (Chris Yoder/Midwest Biodiversity Institute)

SPRINGFIELD, Ohio – Time is running out for public comments on a federal proposal to lift pollution controls on certain smaller streams and bodies of water, including tens of thousands of miles of Ohio waterways. The Environmental Protection Agency says Clean Water Act protection should no l

A trailer packed with soybeans at Windy Way Farm in Massillon, Ohio. (Nathan Reineck)

By Nathan Reineck/Broadcast version by Mary Schuermann Kuhlman Reporting for the Kent State-Ohio News Connection Collaboration Nearly a year after the start of a dramatic trade war between the U.S. and China, high tariffs are preventing Ohio farmers from selling many of their soybean crops, costi

Hemp can be used to make rope, clothing and other products. (Ji-Elle/Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The same lawmaker behind the push to legalize medical marijuana in Ohio is now turning his attention to industrial hemp. State Senator Stephen Huffman, a Republican from Tipp City, is co-sponsoring legislation to establish guidelines for hemp cultivation under the Ohio Depar

Researchers say children are more susceptible to the negative health impacts of pesticides commonly used on conventionally grown foods. (@darby/Twenty20.com)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A new food-safety report is underlining the need for increased supports to grow organic food production in Ohio. The study included samples collected in central Ohio by the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, and revealed some store-brand foods produced and sold by Al

Elizabeth Henderson, who is speaking at a conference in Ohio, was instrumental in creating food justice certification labeling. (Courtesy of Elizabeth Henderson)

DAYTON, Ohio — Healthy food and justice for all need to be united in order to create a food system worth sustaining, according to an organic farmer who pioneered the community-supported agriculture model. At an upcoming event in Ohio, Elizabeth Henderson will speak about agrarian justice, wh

Ohio ranks seventh nationally for the number of organic farming operations. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The end of the harvest signals the start of prep work for the next planting season. And an increasing number of farmers and producers in Ohio also are preparing for a transition to organic certification. Kim Bayer operates a mixed vegetable operation, and recently became cer

The Senate version of the Farm Bill calls for permanent funding for the Beginning Rancher and Farmer Development Program. (Beau Considine/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Farm Bill Conference Committee meets right after Labor Day to hammer out a final version of the legislation, and there's a lot at stake for sustainable food and farm systems. At the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association, policy program coordinator Amalie Lipstreu sai

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