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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

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

Experts say emergency care is crucial in improving outcomes during a heart attack. (Andrew Malone/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Time is precious when a heart attack strikes, and in Iowa, a health-care initiative is connecting heart-attack patients to medical care faster. Mission Lifeline is a collaboration of emergency medical services providers, hospitals and health-care organizations and agencies. They'

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

Cover crops can produce about three tons of forage per acre. (Angela Florence/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The use of cover crops as fodder for livestock is picking up steam in parts of Iowa, and a new project aims to quantify the possible dollar return. Practical Farmers of Iowa is conducting research with livestock producers planting cover crops in the North Raccoon Watershed to est

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

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