PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2018 

Facebook under the gun for failing to disclose misused data of 50 million Americans during the 2016 election. Also, on our Monday nationwide rundown; a new study shows e-cigarettes are harmful to teens; and it is Poison Prevention Week – a good time to dispel some myths.

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Public News Service - ID: Rural/Farming

Boise, ID – You may be able to get a job in Idaho, but finding a good job that pays a living wage is another matter. A new report says only about 20 percent of jobs available pay a "living wage" for an average family, reckoned as around $20 per hour. That's the minimum needed to cover basic e

Boise, ID – For spuds, it's a dud. At least one agriculture expert says the latest U.S. Farm Bill proposal being considered in the Senate does nothing to look out for Idaho's number one crop. Chuck Hassebrook of the Center for Rural Affairs says the proposal would hurt Idaho family farmers an

Promises made, promises broken. That's one expert assessment of the U.S. House Farm Bill, which originally was designed, among other goals, to aid family farms. However, Chuck Hassebrook of the Center for Rural Affairs says the "fine print" in the latest version of the bill means payments to the big

It's a "cash cow" that many think should be put out to pasture. The U.S. House has passed a Farm Bill that didn't do much to limit farm payments to multi-million dollar farm companies even though President Bush and family farm groups wanted those payments changed. Jon Bailey with the Center for Rura

The farming field is not a level playing field in Idaho, or across the country according to an agriculture group that is singing the praises of legislation proposed for the next farm bill. The Rural America Preservation Act would eliminate loopholes that have allowed big business farms to collect u

A new generation of farmers and ranchers need to be cultivated for Idaho. Most farmers are approaching retirement, and sons and daughters aren't traditionally standing by to take over anymore. But breaking into the agriculture business can be tricky, according to Traci Bruckner with the Center for R

Sowing the seeds of rural economic development in Idaho may mean looking beyond the farm. Cultivating small businesses may be the fertilizer small towns need to stay healthy. Chuck Hassebrook with the Center for Rural Affairs says the next Farm Bill should include small business assistance along wi

Life in rural Idaho may need some economic resuscitation to keep small communities thriving. The next federal Farm Bill is looked at as a lifeline, according to Dan Owens with the Center for Rural Affairs. He sees it as an opportunity to breathe new life into small farms and towns. "We need strat

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