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PNS Daily Newscast - June 29, 2017 


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Public News Service - MI: Sustainable Agriculture

The Animal Welfare Approved label sets the highest standard for treatment of egg-laying hens. (Pixabay)

LANSING, Mich. – Whether it's for a hunt or a brunch, animal welfare groups are advising Michigan residents purchasing eggs this Easter week not to be fooled by deceptive packaging claims. Carter Dillard, director of litigation for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, says with increasing consumer

PHOTO: The Double Up Food Bucks program, which allows SNAP recipients to double their benefits at participating famers markets, will soon expand to more locations around the state. Photo credit: Xavier Gallardo/Morguefile.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - A program that allows low-income Michigan families to stretch their food assistance dollars will soon be able to help even more households bring home fresh fruits and vegetables, thanks to a major grant. Utilizing the Double Up Food Bucks program, Michiganders who receive Supplem

PHOTO: The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) is a voluntary conservation effort that encourages farmers to address resource concerns in new and innovative ways. Those farmers whose contracts are up this year must renew by Sept. 12 to continue with the program. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture.

LANSING, Mich. - Since the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) was launched five years ago, more than 60 million acres of farmland across the U.S. have been enrolled in the program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). But time is running out for some Michigan farmers who wan

PHOTO: Michigan tree growers are hoping for host state luck this year, as the nation's top Christmas tree growers meet in Allegan to compete for the honor of providing this year's official White House Christmas tree. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Christmas Tree Association.

ALLEGAN, Mich. - It may be July, but it's still the most wonderful time of the year for the nation's top Christmas tree growers, who are bringing their finest specimens to Michigan to vie for the honor of providing this year's official White House Christmas tree. Rick Dungey, executive director of

PHOTO: A new report finds agriculture in Michigan could experience significant financial losses if the impacts of climate change are not addressed. Photo credit: S. Garton/morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Extreme heat could change the face of agriculture in Michigan. New research outlines the financial impacts businesses face in the coming years if action is not taken to mitigate the impacts of climate change. The report from the Risky Business Project predicts a two-degree jump in

Small and new farmers should benefit from the the 2013 Farm Bill, according to the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition. Photo, Rob South

DETROIT - Time is running out for lawmakers in Washington to pass a national Farm Bill before the current bill, a one-year extension of the previous measure, expires at the end of September. The National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition (NSAC) has rounded up hundreds of signatures from groups rep

28 year-old farmer Alex Bryan sports a carrot tattoo...or maybe it's a parsnip.  PHOTO CREDIT: Rob South

LANSING, Mich. - The U.S. House Agriculture Committee sent a new federal Farm bill to the full House on Wednesday night. The bill includes provisions to encourage more young people to consider farming as a career. The average age of the American farmer is 57, and the Beginning Farmer and Rancher

Apple trees are starting to blossom at a community garden in Lansing. The Local Farmers, Food and Jobs Act would help small farms get surplus produce to food banks and farmer's markets. Photo credit, Rob South.

LANSING, Mich. – Increasing interest in locally grown food is boosting agriculture's rating as Michigan's second largest economic driver. And farmers would get more help in growing, marketing and delivering food under a pair of bills in Congress. The Local Farms, Food and Jobs Act would

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