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PNS Daily News - April 24, 2017 


We're highlighting several stories in today's news including: Congress returns from recess to a showdown over a border wall; immigrants may face the collateral damage of crime lab misconduct; and President Trump expected to move forward on offshore drilling.

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Public News Service - IL: Sustainable Agriculture

Illinois local food producers are backing plans to keep the state's public seed libraries free from what they call over-regulation. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Advocates of sustainable food are in Springfield today talking about local food policies, as a state Senate committee considers a seed-sharing bill. Supporters of HB 3130 believe it will help protect free, public seed exchanges. According to Illinois Stewardship Alliance, ove

The Illinois Prescribed Fire Council says landowners should be burning at least 213,000 more acres each year to protect wildlife habitats from invasive plants. (Ferran Salat Coll/The Nature Conservancy)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Conservation groups say Illinois could be using controlled fires more often and more effectively to help protect wildlife habitat and clean up areas that need it. Groups such as the Nature Conservancy cite a new report that shows the state should be burning at least 213,000 acr

PHOTO: Farm to school programs in Illinois and around the country are bringing fresh, locally grown food to children while putting more money in the pockets of farmers. Photo courtesy of the USDA.

CHICAGO – School cafeterias around Illinois are using more locally-sourced fruits and vegetables, while teaching children about the benefits of healthy eating. The Chicago Public Schools system is among a number of districts in the state incorporating food from school gardens and local farms

PHOTO: Demand for local, sustainably-grown food continues to surge in Illinois. Advocates say that should be a cue for state leaders to continue their support of local food systems. Photo credit: AcrylicArtist on morguefile.com.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Farmers and citizens from across the state will be sharing their appreciation for local and sustainably produced foods with lawmakers in Springfield today. They'll convene at the Capitol for the fifth annual Local Food Awareness Day to share ideas about policies that can help sup

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Gardeners and chefs say there is nothing like the taste of a juicy red tomato fresh from the vine. But there are neighborhoods in Illinois where there are no grocery stores within walking distance that sell fresh produce, and where many people have no space to garden. Ruth Fair

CHICAGO - The law that has helped rebuild depleted ocean fish populations turns 35 today. While the Magnuson-Stevens Act ended foreign overfishing and ensures that fishing is done in a sustainable manner, consumers in Illinois may have a tough time sorting out which fish populations are still endang

URBANA, Ill. - As Midwest residents celebrate Earth Day, researchers continue to explore the realm of sustainable energy sources. Windmills are harnessing energy in downstate Illinois, and the latest innovation is crude oil made out of pig manure. A portion of the outer road on Interstate 44 on the

CHICAGO - Illinois consumers and Midwest farmers are meeting this week to learn more about growing and eating healthy food. The Family Farmed Expo starts today at the University of Illinois-Chicago and runs through Saturday, with the aim of teaching consumers about buying food directly from farmers

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