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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


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Public News Service - IA: Consumer Issues

Agriculture organizations say a new cover-crop incentive program will help improve land resiliency.<br />(USDA)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Planting cover crops now could save Iowa farmers money in the future. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship recently kicked off a three-year project aimed at increasing acres of cover crops and improving water quality in the state. Aaron Lehman, preside

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

The roots of Hispanic Heritage Month date back to 1968. (Quinn Kampschroer/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – In Iowa and across the nation, Hispanic Heritage Month is being celebrated with events commemorating the contributions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. But there's als

It's not uncommon for family caregivers to shoulder the dual responsibility of caring for a loved one and maintaining full-time employment outside the home. (Dirk Schumacher/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Legislation intended to recognize and bolster the important work of family caregivers is making progress in Congress – and Iowans are watching it closely. The RAISE Family Caregivers Act, which stands for recognize, assist, include and support, is headed for the U.S.

When insurance provider Medica signaled it was likely to leave the Iowa individual health insurance market, the state was put in a tough position.(Steve Buissinne/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – A stopgap insurance plan presented this week to federal officials by Iowa's insurance commissioner needs to be re-worked to better protect low-income and older Iowans, according to the Child & Family Policy Center. Mary Nelle Trefz, a health policy associate with the cente

Discrimination may no longer be seen at drinking fountains, but a Des Moines School Board member says it's prevalent in education, health care and the justice system. (WikiImages/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – President Donald Trump's comments in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va., are leading some people to see what many minorities have seen all along, according to a cultural competence expert in Iowa. Trump is being criticized for blaming racial violence in Virgi

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

The former director of the Congressional Budget Office says he's disappointed that congressional leaders haven't been more outspoken in their defense of the nonpartisan CBO. (Robert Jones/Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office is set to release its analysis of the latest Republican health care bill Monday, but the CBO's former director says you don't have to have pundits or anyone else interpret it for you. Doug Elmendorf, who served as CBO director fr

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