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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also, on the Thursday rundown: New York suing the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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Public News Service - WI: Rural/Farming

Licenses to hemp growers in Wisconsin grew from about 250 in 2018 to 1,400 in 2019. (StockPhotoPro/Adobe Stock)

EAST TROY, Wis. – An event in southern Wisconsin is offering tips to farmers interested in the booming business of hemp. The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is hosting the Industrial Hemp Production Field Day next month to showcase different growing methods for hemp that is high in a c

Cover crops could help prevent fallow syndrome, which can decrease crop yield. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin farmers are struggling after wet and cold weather this spring and summer. Jim Stute, research director at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, says farmers should consider cover crops to alleviate some of the pain. Stute points out the state has a lot of pre

Small grains such as barley and rye help reduce nutrient runoff on farms. (Halee Wepking/Meadowlark Farm)

RIDGEWAY, Wis. — An event at the end of June is highlighting the important role small grains play in Wisconsin. From Grain to Plate Field Day will take place June 30 on Meadowlark Farm in southwest Wisconsin. The aim is to bring growers, processors and consumers together to explore why grains

Through Roots to Glory Tours, American chefs traveled to Benin and Togo to explore their cuisine. (Devon Hamilton/Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

MADISON, Wis. – There's a connection between African cooking and the United States. Devon Hamilton, associate policy director with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, recently returned from the West African countries of Benin and Togo and will share what he's learned at a Madison-area

Up to $700 million will be available for the Conservation Stewardship Program this year. (William Garrett/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – The deadline for farmers to apply for the country's largest working lands conservation program is approaching fast. The program offers financial support to farmers who keep their land healthy through conservation practices, including cover cropping and water irrigation manage

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' plan to improve access to dental care drew mixed reactions from dentists. (drshohmelian/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. - Gov. Tony Evers' plan to spend more than $43 million to expand access to dental care in Wisconsin, particularly in underserved rural areas, is being met with both praise and disappointment from the state's leading voice for dentistry. The Wisconsin Dental Association, which represen

The Southwest Wisconsin Groundwater and Geology study examines whether there is contamination in drinking-water wells, and what might be causing it. (PublicDomainPictures/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. – A new water quality task force has been proposed for Wisconsin after a recent study showed widespread health concerns about drinking water wells in several counties. For about a decade, conservation groups had warned Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republican Party leaders that

Wisconsin farmers should feel good about the new farm bill, according to one agricultural analyst. (Michael Pereckas/Flickr)

MADISON, Wis. – How did sustainable agriculture fare in the 2018 Farm Bill? One analyst breaks down the wins and losses. Margaret Krome, policy director for the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, says the bill provides baseline funding for beginning farmers and local food programs. It

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