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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - WI: Rural/Farming

Some scientists predict that the Midwest will be nearly 10 degrees warmer by the middle or end of this century, a shift that could have devastating impacts on farmers. (Adobe Stock)

EAST TROY, Wis. -- Several farm organizations have launched a grassroots movement in hopes of seeing federal action on climate change -- and they're urging Wisconsin farmers to take part. Member groups of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition are circulating an online letter in English and

In addition to the Midwest and East Coast, the rusty patched bumble bee was also common in many parts of Canada. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

MADISON, Wis. -- A certain kind of bumble bee that once thrived in the Midwest and along the East Coast is now endangered, and federal officials are moving forward with plans to reverse the population decline of the insect. The rusty patched bumble bee was added to the federal Endangered Species L

Wisconsin began a hemp pilot program in 2018, but a new law recently was signed that made the program permanent. (pewtrusts.org)

EAST TROY, Wis. -- Wisconsin farmers are eager to produce more hemp crops, now that a law bolstering the state's program is in place. One agricultural research group says the crop has a lot of potential, but more work is needed. Last fall, Gov. Tony Evers signed a law expanding Wisconsin's program

Wisconsin leads the nation in farm bankruptcies, and outreach experts say diversifying their products can help them survive tough markets. (Morguefile/mensatic)

MADISON, Wis. — An outreach center for Wisconsin farmers says they need to focus on diversifying their operations to survive. That message comes as bankruptcy filings continue to mount for farms across the state. A new report from the American Farm Bureau Federation said Wisconsin had nearly

Brad Pfaff, the Wisconsin agriculture secretary fired by the Republican-controlled state Senate, has a new job as director of business and rural development for the state Department of Administration. (JillWellington/Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin farmers are struggling to stay afloat as political battles take center stage. Republican Senate leaders said they were upset with state agriculture secretary-designee Brad Pfaff for criticizing the GOP for not moving fast enough to release money for farmer suicide pre

In Wisconsin, hemp growers must develop a research plan, sign a research agreement, meet reporting and record-keeping requirements, and pay to have their crops sampled for THC levels, to participate in the state's hemp pilot research program. (Pixabay)

MADISON, Wis. - Going into its third year, Wisconsin's hemp pilot research program is frustrating some farmers, but state officials say that's because of the industry's enormous growth. The hemp strain of the cannabis plant can contain no more than 0.3% total THC, the psychoactive ingredient in mar

Willie Nelson, shown above at Farm Aid 2018, organized the first Farm Aid along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985. (Brian Bruner/Bruner Photo)

EAST TROY, Wis. — Farm Aid is coming to Wisconsin next week to promote family farming. The music festival backed by Neil Young, Willie Nelson and other musicians has raised $57 million for farmers since it began in 1985. On Sept. 21, musicians and fans will gather at the Alpine Valley Music

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

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