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PNS Daily Newscast - February 24, 2017 


On today's rundown: Members of Trump’s cabinet meet with Mexican officials days after a new deportation order; Protests are planned in the wake Trump’s decision to roll back protections for transgender students; And more Americans are divesting from big banks.

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Public News Service - IA: Sustainable Agriculture

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

Vic Madsen of Audubon has converted his farming operation to 100 percent organic. (PFI)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Hundreds of Iowa farmers are gearing up for the next growing season armed with new knowledge and support systems. Practical Farmers of Iowa recently wrapped up its on-farm field day season, during which hundreds of growers and producers rubbed elbows, shared research and lea

New federal rules are expected to create competitive, transparent markets for poultry and livestock producers. (USDA)<br />

DES MOINES, Iowa – Rules that would help protect farmers and ranchers in Iowa and elsewhere are awaiting a final sign-off from the White House. The U.S. Department of Agriculture submitted the Farmer Fair Practices Rules to the Office of Management and Budget a couple of weeks ago, a move ha

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

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

Farmer Aaron Lehman relies on oats and other small grains to cut down on pesticides, chemical fertilizers and reduce weeds. (PracticalFarmers.org)

POLK CITY, Iowa - Because pests like fields where the same thing grows year after year, growing oats and other small grains while the main crop takes some time off can keep pests from coming back. The practice of small-grain crop rotation has been reintroduced by a few organic growers in Iowa, suc

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