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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - OR: Sustainable Agriculture

Food production makes up 25% of greenhouse gas emissions, but Americans throw away as much as 40% of edible food. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Edible food is wasted on a massive scale in the United States, but there are signs that it could be coming back to Americans' plates. The Upcycled Food Association has officially defined "upcycled food," paving the way for a certification program akin to organic labeling later thi

A solar farm near Medford, Ore., also is home to 48 thriving bee colonies. (Pine Gate Renewables)

MEDFORD, Ore. - Bees are enjoying their days in the sun on a clean-energy farm in southern Oregon. The Eagle Point solar farm outside Medford is the largest "solar apiary" in the country, incorporating designs that benefit pollinators. It's home to 48 bee colonies interspersed among solar panels, w

Beekeepers' colonies have been in decline for the past decade, and a new federal survey says last year was no exception. (pixabay)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Both bees and beekeepers are feeling the sting as a new federal survey confirms that keepers lost 28 percent of their colonies last winter, after losses of 22 percent the previous year. The survey results are in keeping with a larger trend that started a decade ago, when bee number

Omega-3 acids, found in organic foods from grass-fed cattle, have been linked to lowered risks of cardiovascular disease. (Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Researchers' analysis of a bulk of studies from around the world finds organic production of dairy and meat delivers more nutrients to diners. The recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition shows organic meat and dairy contains 50 percent more omega-3 fatty acids,

Tours of permaculture in action are part of this weekend's Northwest Permaculture Convergence in Eugene. Credit: Northwest Permaculture Convergence

EUGENE, Ore. - Today and through the weekend, people from across the region are gathering in Eugene for the Northwest Permaculture Convergence, learning how to work with nature and their neighbors to meet more of their basic needs locally. In a world facing many environmental and economic challenge

Oregon cattle ranchers and the Natural Resources Conservation Service are working together to prove that cows can coexist with sage-grouse and other high-desert wildlife. Courtesy: Oregon State University Extension Service.

ADEL, Ore. - Ranchers from across the West met this week to talk about what they're doing to preserve sagebrush country on public and private land - not only for the threatened sage-grouse but for the overall health of the range and other animals and plants that call it home. The Natural Resources

Plans are well under way for a sustainable farm and ranch operation to be run by veterans. The nonprofit Central Oregon Veterans Ranch purchased the land near Bend in 2013. Credit: Howard Gorman.

BEND, Ore. – Veterans and community members in the Bend area are meeting this week to make plans for a sustainable farming operation as part of the Central Oregon Veterans Ranch. Since 2013, the nonprofit group has worked to create a combination farm and ranch on land purchased outside of Be

A U.S. District Court judge has ruled that Jackson County's Ordinance 635 is legal. It gives farmers of crops from genetically-modified seeds one more harvest in the county, and then prohibits GMO crops from being planted. Credit: Mitesh Take/Morguefile.

MEDFORD, Ore. – A Jackson County ordinance prohibiting farming genetically-engineered crops in the county goes into effect as scheduled this Friday, June 5, after a court challenge to stop it has failed. Two farms took their case to U.S. District Court late last year, saying they plant geneti

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