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PNS Daily Newscast - Friday, August 23, 2019 


A federal court ruling changes how the President is elected, and Florida Democrats trigger a special session vote on guns. Those stories and more in today's news.

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Public News Service - OH: Rural/Farming

Farmers grew more than 78,000 acres of hemp in the United States in 2018, but it's still too soon for Ohio farmers to jump onto the bandwagon. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Now that Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a bill legalizing CBD oil and hemp production, many Ohio farmers are wondering when they can begin growing the cannabis plant. The law allows farmers to grow hemp as long as it contains less than 0.3% of THC, the psychoactive compound in

Ohio now is home to 77,000 farms, the highest number since 1997. (Don O'Brien/Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The latest Census of Agriculture confirms the continuing trend of an aging farming population. However, next-generation farmers are stepping up to fill their shoes. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association analyzed data from the five-year USDA survey and found the state

Ohioans can learn about organic dairy production during a farm tour series this summer. (OEFFA, Sweet Grass Dairy, Henry Leiter Foto)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Certified organic farming in Ohio is a growing business, and an annual opportunity to peek inside some of these sustainable operations is just around the corner. The Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association has released the schedule for its 2019 Sustainable Farm Tour and Wo

Incentive programs could boost the use of agricultural practices that reduce the nutrient runoff linked to algal blooms. (Zachary Haslick, Aerial Associates Photography Inc./Flickr)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – With the waters of Lake Erie starting to warm, concerns are rising about the possibility of toxic algal blooms over the summer months. There are evidence-based agricultural practices that can reduce the threat, so why are they not widely used? New research of solutions and

Researchers say expanding access to local fruit, vegetables and meat can help curb hunger in Ohio.<br />(shamefaced/Pixabay)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Feeding the world begins with feeding our neighbors is a message at the heart of a new call to action to create a better food system for Ohio. Ernie Shea, president and CEO of the group Solutions from the Land, says farmers are facing increasingly complex markets, low commod

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

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