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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - PA: Sustainable Agriculture

Cover crops promote soil health and control erosion and nutrient runoff, but support for them in a new Farm Bill is uncertain. (TheDigitalArtist/Pixabay)

LANCASTER, Pa. - The federal Farm Bill expires on Sept. 30, but different versions of its replacement could have a big impact on Pennsylvania's clean-water efforts. According to current U.S. Department of Agriculture risk-management rules, if something goes wrong with a cover crop, a farmer could l

More than 35,000 family farms are in the Pennsylvania portion of the Chesapeake Bay watershed. (12019/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Chesapeake Bay is getting cleaner, but a new analysis says much more needs to be done to clean up pollution coming from Pennsylvania rivers and streams. The midpoint assessment of compliance with the Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Blueprint shows the water in the bay is clearer

Populations of monarch butterflies and other pollinators have declined sharply. (bbarlow/Pixabay)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Conservation and gardening groups are getting help from a nine-year-old Pennsylvania boy in their efforts to stop the decline of pollinating insects. Pollinators are responsible for one third of our food supply, but loss of habitat, parasites and pesticides have severely re

Water-quality programs in the field reinforce classroom lessons for Pennsylvania kids. Courtesy: Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - School kids from 10 Pennsylvania counties are getting hands-on learning experiences in water quality. It's the 25th year of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Susquehanna Watershed Education Program. This year, sixth-through-12th graders from 19 different schools are spending a day

A federal court has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen to clean up Pennsylvania tributaries of Chesapeake Bay - including reducing polluted farm runoff. Photo courtesy Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A federal court victory has cleared the way for what conservationists say needs to happen on Pennsylvania farms to help meet the goals of a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan. A federal appeals court ruling this week reaffirmed the legality of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup effort, whi

PHOTO: Because of pollutants including cattle runoff, Pennsylvania is falling far behind where it committed to be in cleaning up Chesapeake Bay tributaries. Photo by the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania is falling far short of its commitments to clean up local rivers and streams. That affects the quality of life for all of the Commonwealth's residents, and conservation groups say it has to change. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the state's progress

PHOTO: Recreation is just one economic driver that will pay off for Pennsylvania and other states in the Chesapeake Bay region if they stay on track with the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, according to a new report that tallies the economic value of cleaner water. Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A new analysis of the potential financial benefits of the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint finds a measurable return, with cleaner water adding about $6 billion a year in value to Pennsylvania's economy. Similarly, the analysis notes if Pennsylvania opts to skip making improvement

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A version of the Farm Bill now under consideration in the U.S. Senate brings with it a loophole that could have damaging effects across the nation - but especially in agriculture-heavy states such as Pennsylvania. The bill would replace direct cash payments from the federal govern

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