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PNS Daily Newscast - July 21, 2017 


On our rundown today: the Russia probe expands to include an investigation into President Trump’s business transactions; the DREAM Act is back in Congress; and a scientific organization says the president’s nominee for a top science role at the USDA is unqualified.

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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

Rob and Tammy Faux of Genuine Faux Farm have been victims of pesticide drift. (PFI)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Pesticide drift is not only unwanted and destructive, it is also illegal - and Iowa farmers are encouraged to learn more about the problem and take steps to prevent it. Rob Faux owns Genuine Faux Farm, a certified organic vegetable and poultry operation. He happened to be outsi

Matt Schuiteman of AJS Farms says he is creating two different revenue streams off the same acre by grazing cover crops. (Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The use of cover crops has grown in popularity in Iowa, and some farmers are taking the method a step further. Matt Schuiteman of Ajs Farms near Sioux Center started working with cover crops about 12 years ago to capture nutrients and protect soil health. As the farm explored h

The Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program can help prospective farmers access land in Iowa. (Mark Hesseltine/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Accessing land is one of the greatest obstacles many prospective farmers and ranchers in Iowa face, and new research suggests some are missing out on a program that could help. The Conservation Reserve Program - Transition Incentives Program (CRP-TIP) allows two years of e

A climate march and rally in Iowa on Saturday will focus on issues including the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Bold Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa – By tomorrow, more than two dozen Iowans will have logged more than 80 miles in eight days to build solidarity around the state on the issues of climate, health and the rights of all people. The "Climate Justice Unity March" began in Millersberg on April 22, and Ed Fallon,

Bruce Carney of Maxwell says cattle and crops can coexist and benefit one another. (PFI)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- As they gear up for the busy planting season, some Iowa farmers will pause to showcase the value of cover cropping. Practical Farmers of Iowa's Spring Field Day Series starts Tuesday, and folks can learn about planting methods, spring management tactics and the soil and water h

Some experts say growing urban/rural divide puts pressure on Iowa farmers to develop solutions to the state's water quality problems. (Carl Wycoff/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- There's been a lot of focus on ensuring safe, affordable drinking water from public systems in Iowa’s urban centers. But some groups believe just as much attention is needed in rural communities. Stephanie Enloe, program associate with the Center for Rural Affairs, said m

Iowa poultry farmers will have greater protections for dealing with processors under new USDA rules. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Iowans are being encouraged to add their two-cents on new regulations aimed at expanding protections for chicken and livestock producers as they deal with processors. The USDA's has called the regulations the "Farmer Fair Practice Rules," and Anna Johnson, policy associate with

New financing helped Jim Peterson of Knoxville purchase 320 acres to be used for organic grains, cattle and sheep production. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa – More than one-third of farmland in Iowa is owned by people 75 and older, and increasing land prices can make it difficult to pass the torch to the next generation of farmers. A social impact company is working in Iowa to help make these transfers possible. Through financin

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