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PNS Daily Newscast - September, 21 2017 


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Public News Service - MN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Jeff Savage harvests rice on Perch Lake, part of the Fond du Lac band of Ojibwe reservation. (Laurie Stern)

CLOQUET, Minn. - The wild-rice harvest in Minnesota is wrapping up an exceptionally good year despite threats to its future. Comments from Jeff Savage, director, Fond du Lac Cultural Center and Museum. The 2017 rice season will go down as one of the state's best in a long time, with ricers pulling

Colleen Moriarty of Hunger Solutions says in the last couple of years, more Minnesotans lean on food shelves toward the end of the month. (Michael Swan/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – U.S. Census data released Thursday had mostly good news for Minnesota, as it continues to recover from the recession. Median income is up, as is the proportion of Minnesotans with health insurance, and the overall poverty rate is down. One pocket of bad news is the poverty

Extreme drought in three states has caused a severe shortage of hay for ranchers and farmers. (Pixabay)

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. -- Drought stricken farmers and ranchers in three states have until August 31 to enter a lottery for badly needed hay. The hay is coming from Midwestern states that have had more rain than the Dakotas and Montana. Over the weekend, a Minnesota trucking company hauled 20 loads f

For the first time, the soybean crop in Minnesota this year is as big as the corn crop. (United Soybean Board)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – A new weed killer could be damaging the crop it's supposed to protect. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture says it's fielding a record number of complaints about the newest version of an herbicide called dicamba. It is designed for use with dicamba-resistant soybean

More of Minnesota's children have access to fresh produce as a result of the Market Bucks program. (Jesse Davis)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's the time of year when local farmers are busy selling fresh fruits and vegetables they've worked hard to grow, and hunger-fighting advocates are hoping a state-funded program will help lower-income Minnesotans purchase that produce. When SNAP recipients buy at farmers markets

Grocery stores and supermarkets are disappearing from some neighborhoods in Minnesota. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – About 340,000 Minnesotans don't have access to healthy food on a regular basis because of either distance or income barriers, and about a quarter of a million live more than 10 miles from a large grocery store or supermarket. A recent poll commissioned by the Center for Pre

One in four children in Minnesota lacks access to healthy food, simply because he or she lives in areas where grocery shopping choices are limited. (Virginia Carter)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition last year pushed legislation to address so-called food deserts in rural and urban areas, and now a bill to fund such legislation is being introduced at the State Capitol Thursday. The Good Food Access Fund would provide loans, grant

Minnesota's population is aging, particularly in rural areas, where many seniors don't have easy access to grocery stores. (Hungersolutions.org)

MINNEAPOLIS – Hunger-fighting advocates will continue their work in 2017 to help those who don't have enough to eat. Some food shelves in Minnesota have gone mobile to get to people who have transportation issues or live in rural areas and don't have easy access to grocery stores. Angela Nis

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