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PNS Daily News - February 20, 2017 


We’re following several stories from around the nation including: a look at what to expect from the President’s revised immigration ban; Presidents Day rallies elevate calls for impeachment; and progress made in ensuring kids have a healthy start to the school day.

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Public News Service - MD: Sustainable Agriculture

Opposition is mounting to proposed mega-mergers of chemical companies. (foe.org)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Nearly 325 organizations have signed a letter pressing new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to make sure the Justice Department does its job without political interference when it looks at a proposal to let Dow Chemical and DuPont, Monsanto and Bayer, and Syngenta and ChemC

Sea levels are expected to rise another foot by 2050, causing flooding and loss of wildlife habitat.(fws.gov)

BALTIMORE – Climate change already has had an impact on wildlife and communities along the Chesapeake Bay and on the East Coast, according to a new report, and it will only get worse unless there are cuts in carbon emissions. The National Wildlife Federation research called Changing Tides look

Home gardeners are being urged to step up the pressure on stores that don't sell

BALTIMORE - Some good news for bees, as new tests find significant decreases in the use of bee-killing pesticides on "bee-friendly" plants. Friends of the Earth and the Pesticide Research Institute took samples of plants in 13 U.S. cities, including Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and compared them

Honeybee colonies in the United States declined dramatically last year, and advocates say that's not sustainable for agriculture in the U.S. (USDA)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - U.S. beekeepers have reported losing nearly 44 percent of their colonies over the last year, according to an annual report just out. Tiffany Finck-Haynes, food futures campaigner for Friends of the Earth, says that's too high to be sustainable for agriculture in this country. She

PHOTO: When it comes to Christmas trees, the trend in recent years has been an uptick in folks choosing

STREET, Md. - Holiday decisions include "real or artificial" when it comes to a Christmas tree. In Maryland, Wilma Muir, owner of Deer Creek Valley Tree Farm, said more people have been choosing "real" in recent years. Muir sees nostalgia, "buying local" and awareness as among the reasons why. "It

PHOTO: Organic farmers are finding few effective weapons for wiping out this year's bumper crop of stink bugs. Photo credit: http://njaes.rutgers.edu/

HARWOOD, Md. - The stink bug invasion is on, and sustainable, pesticide-free growers such as Blue Tomato Farms in southern Maryland are becoming casualties. Owner Shawn Sizer said he had to close his community-supported agriculture operation, which provides food deliveries to subscribing members, i

PHOTO: The Maryland Department of Agriculture is promoting local dairy farms that make their own ice cream. PHOTO CREDIT: MDA

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - It could be the coolest thing you do this weekend. July is National Ice Cream Month, and Maryland has created an ice cream trail to lead you to the best creamy concoctions in the state. Department of Agriculture spokesman Mark Powell said the eight dairy farms on the trail will di

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