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PNS Daily News - September 22, 2020 


The Supreme Court vacancy raises stakes for a reproductive-rights campaign; voter-registration deadlines are just around the corner; and the pandemic compounds child-care woes.


2020Talks - September 22, 2020 


It's National Voter Registration Day. Plus, the Supreme Court and abortion are back, center stage, in the election spotlight.

Public News Service - WI: Rural/Farming

According to the USDA, there was a nearly 50% increase in cover-crop plantings between 2012 and 2017. Wisconsin researchers are gathering data on the effectiveness of these crops as more farmers adopt the practice. (Adobe Stock)

EAST TROY, Wis. -- Analytics are a key measuring tool in professional sports today, but data-driven assessments aren't limited to that industry. In Wisconsin, agricultural researchers are asking farmers for feedback about a popular conservation practice. Cover crops, commonly used in the early days

Nearly a quarter of active doctors in the U.S. are foreign-born physicians, also known as international medical graduates. (Adobe Stock)

STEVENS POINT, Wis. -- The U.S. Senate is back in session. And while another pandemic relief package will receive focus, another bill aims to boost the number of health-care professionals, by freeing up unused visas for foreign-born physicians. According to a Wisconsin doctor, the move is drastica

In addition to environmental benefits, supporters of Kernza, an alternative grain crop, say it also could help reduce farm labor costs. (michaelfields.org)

EAST TROY, Wis. -- The Wisconsin agricultural sector could play a key role in accelerating production of a relatively new type of grain, which supporters say is safer for the environment. A nonprofit organization based in the Badger State is taking part in research that aims to give producers more s

Wisconsin leaders have a goal of seeing all residents have access to broadband internet by 2025. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - A task force is starting work on ways to further address broadband access issues in rural Wisconsin. But an advocacy group says the effort must address the issue of competition in order to be effective. The Badger State consistently has ranked low when it comes to broadband coverag

Supporters of conservation practices, such as cover crops, are hoping to convince more farmers to incorporate them into their operations as market challenges persist. (Adobe Stock)

FOND DU LAC, Wis. -- Wisconsin farmers aren't immune to changing weather patterns affecting the Midwest. That's why those who are adopting conservation practices hope other farmers follow suit. The National Climate Assessment said heavy downpours and flooding are among the biggest climate-change t

Unions across the country say the meat processing industry should have enacted adequate worker safeguards long before the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- At least 20 meat processing plants have closed temporarily across the country, including one in Wisconsin, following the spread of COVID-19 cases at these facilities. And some say President Donald Trump was too quick to sign an order to keep all plants open during the crisis. In

The group Dairy Farmers of America estimates a nearly 15% decline in orders for milk and other goods from large-scale customers during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. -- Some Wisconsin farmers are faced with the prospect of dumping their products amid a steep drop in demand during the pandemic. That's prompting calls for action from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure that food isn't wasted and that farmers can get some financial help. Thi

The Federal Communications Commission says roughly a half-million Wisconsin residents lack access to high-speed internet. (Adobe Stock)

MADISON, Wis. - Like other states, Wisconsin is trying to function during the pandemic with workers and students connecting online in their homes. But there are fears that a lack of broadband access will leave rural residents behind. According to the tracking firm BroadbandNow, Wisconsin has consi

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