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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


In focus on our Friday Rundown; the U.S. Senate takes a first step towards passing major tax cuts; holiday help wanted as retail and restaurant job opportunities abound; plus, we report on a website that helps new moms take 12 from work.

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Public News Service - IA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A fungus destroyed a $300,000 pumpkin crop, but traditional insurance only reimbursed $30,000. These types of situations have Iowa farmers looking at other insurance options. (127071/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- An alternative to traditional farm insurance is catching the attention of the agricultural community in Iowa and throughout the Midwest. In farming - like investing - diversification is encouraged. But farmers who produce additional crops, like watermelons and sweet corn, have

Public health veterinarians play a vital role in ensuring sanitary procedures are followed. (Schweiz/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – When you think of the field of veterinary science, you probably think of people who treat family pets, but veterinarians also play a vital role in food safety, where their dwindling ranks have both federal and state officials worried. Public-health veterinarians, who under

During American Heart Month, Iowans are encouraged to learn more about heart disease and make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. (FDA.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa – While February is a month dedicated to love, it's also a time to focus on other matters of the heart. It is American Heart Month, when Iowans are encouraged to learn more about heart disease and make a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. Kassi Wessing, communications direct

Experts say when kids know where their food comes from, they are more likely to become better educated as consumers. (CFRA)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers are in the midst of harvest season, but many are pausing to share the fruits of their labor with local kids. October is Farm to School Month, and activities and events around the state are educating students about eating healthy foods. Ellen Walsh Rosemann, who owns

Adding a small grain such as oats as a third cash crop brings environmental and economic benefits. <br />(B.G.Z Olson/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Some Iowa farmers are making a practice of the past part of their future. At one time, small-grain production was an integral part of most agricultural operations in the state and Iowa was a national leader in oat production in the 1950s. However, said Earl Canfield, owner and op

New federal regulations are in place this school year to ensure that snacks offered during school hours and after-school activities are healthy. (USDA.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The USDA said one-quarter of the calories eaten by kids come from snacks, but in this new school year, more of the snacks eaten at school won't be junk food. Iowa's ahead of many other states for making sure sweets, sodas and foods of questionable nutritional value are being repla

Many Iowa farmers are willing to sell beyond farmers markets, mainly through food co-ops and online sales. (dieracherin/morguefile)

ANKENY, Iowa — More and more farmers markets are operating in Iowa and for many farmers, it's become a significant portion of their income. However, it isn't the only way for Iowans to get fresh, local, organic produce and sustainably-raised meat, eggs and poultry. After farmers markets clos

More than a million visitors are expected at the Iowa State Fair, which starts Thursday. (Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- With more than a million visitors expected at the Iowa State Fair, vendors will sell scores of hot dogs, cheeseburgers and ice cream cones. But healthier options are expected to once again be popular among fairgoers. State Fair organizers worked with the Healthiest State Initia

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