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PNS Daily News - May 30, 2017 


We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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Public News Service - IA: Sustainable Agriculture

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

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

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