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PNS Daily Newscast - August 21, 2019 


The Trump administration weakens banking regulations; and events this weekend mark the 400th anniversary of slavery in the United States. (Broadcaster Note: Our 6-min. newscast now has an optional outcue at 3 minutes: “This is PNS.”)

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Public News Service - OH: Rural/Farming

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

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

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