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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  


The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Public News Service - OH: Rural/Farming

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

Caroline McColloch of Chez Nous Farm is celebrating her first harvest of organic raspberries. (McColloch)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Harvest season is here, and it's an especially momentous time for some beginning farmers in Ohio. Caroline McColloch inherited Chez Nous Farm in Piqua, and as its new owner started a massive vegetable garden. However, she had a larger vision for her operation, and wanted to

The Western Basin of Lake Erie is a hot spot for annual algae blooms. (NOAA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – While annual reporting and biweekly bulletins warn Ohioans of harmful algae locations and toxicity in Lake Erie, some clean-water groups contend officials need to also focus on eliminating the problem. The new 2018 Lake Erie Algae Forecast shows that while it will not be a rec

The design of new labels for genetically engineered foods is being questioned for appearing too biased, and not value-neutral. (USDA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some food and farming groups are scratching their heads over proposed labels for genetically engineered foods. The long-awaited labels released by the United States Department of Agriculture stem from a 2016 federal law requiring the disclosure of foods produced using geneti

Children in nine Ohio counties receive food during the summer through the state's Rural Summer Food Program. (USDA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – People are working throughout Ohio in programs to ensure children don't go hungry during the summer. It's estimated that one in five Ohio children struggles with hunger, and the Summer Food Service Program has nearly 1,500 sites serving free, healthy meals to children up to

Mark Williams will give an overview of mechanical and cultural controls used on his organic farm during a summer tour series. (Mark Williams)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than two dozen growers and producers from Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan will be pulling back the curtain this summer to give the public a behind the scenes look at sustainable agriculture in action. The 2018 Sustainable Farm Tour and Workshop Series is open to an

The Local Food Promotion Program helped Local Roots Market and Café in Wooster expand its marketing to include billboards and other advertising, which boosted business. (Local Roots)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Federal lawmakers are ramping up their work on the 2018 Farm Bill, and some Ohio farm groups and producers say measures to boost local foods should be included. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, says the Local FARMS Act he introduced in the Senate can help family farmers and local

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