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PNS Daily Newscast - November 20, 2017 


On our Monday nationwide rundown; decision day for the Keystone XL pipeline; a border patrol agent killed in the line of duty in Texas; and time is running out to comment on fees that could double or triple at many National Parks in 2018.

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Public News Service - IA: Rural/Farming

Three Iowa lawmakers sit on the House and Senate agriculture committees that are writing the first draft of the 2018 Farm Bill. (12019/Pixabay)

DECORAH, Iowa – Iowa plays a large role in the process of creating a farm bill and, with less than one year remaining before the current bill expires, work is underway to draft legislation that will support farmers in the state. Sens. Joni Ernst and Chuck Grassley, as well as Rep. Steve King

Iowa's pig and hog population is more than 22 million according to the USDA  more than double the state's nearest pork production rival, North Carolina. (afnewsagency/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – There is no state in the nation that produces more pork than Iowa and production is continuing to grow. But community activists concerned about the industry's impact on the environment are saying "enough." Iowa's largest pork producer, Iowa Select Farms, has filed applicat

Iowa is the top producer of biofuels in the country. (Andreas/Pixabay)

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa - From Iowa's Senate delegation as well as from former federal environmental officials in Washington, warnings are being issued about where the Environmental Protection Agency is headed under the guidance of Scott Pruitt. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both R-Iowa, were to

Oats are known for their hardiness but they're also a cheap source of animal feed and bedding. (Hans Braxmeier/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Sowing one's oats has long been an expression used to describe youthful indiscretions, but increasingly Iowa farmers are discovering that the literal application of the practice yields economic and environmental benefits. Southwest Iowa farmer Eric Madsen says the state wa

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

Iowa researchers studied cover crops ranging from turnips to radishes to pennycress, as seen here. (Practical Farmers of Iowa)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers, especially in today's economic climate, need to ensure they're getting the most bang for their buck. A just-completed research initiative in the state should help. The group Practical Farmers of Iowa has spent the past five years testing a dozen cover crops to deter

Grain prices are low and production costs are high, but Iowa farmers are still focused on land stewardship. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- These are challenging times for Iowa farmers, battling a global grain glut and high production costs, but that isn't stopping them from embracing a long-term conservation initiative. A record number of farmers have signed up for the Iowa Water Quality Initiative, by planting co

A global glut of grain is one of the key contributors to the economic downturn in farming. (Michal Jarmoluk/Pixabayy)

AMES, Iowa – The cost of farming is extremely high these days, the price of the products produced remarkably low and, as even a novice to agriculture can deduce, that means tough times. But 65-year-old farmer Don Holcomb says there are ways to lessen the pain and prepare for the future. On h

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