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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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Public News Service - MN: Sustainable Agriculture

Cover crops such as winter rye are a good way to reduce runoff from fertilizer. (LSDSL/Wikipedia)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota is the first state in the nation to try telling farmers how to apply fertilizer to their crops. The state’s Department of Agriculture has drafted a rule meant to cut down on nitrogen runoff. Nitrogen fertilizer is the main source of nitrate pollution in th

Eighteen neighbors compared notes and brainstormed policy suggestions during a citizen's jury meeting last March in Winona. (The Jefferson Center)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In three Minnesota counties, neighbors are using citizens' juries to compare notes and reach consensus on issues that have been divisive in other places. The nonprofit Jefferson Center is convening regular people – not experts or elected officials – to discuss c

Despite growing demand, only about 5 percent of milk sold in the United States comes from organic farms. (Oregon State University/FlickR)

MINNEAPOLIS — The five biggest meat and dairy companies emit more greenhouse gases than do Exxon, Shell or British Petroleum, according to a new report. And if the meat and dairy industries continue as they are, it says, the Paris Climate Accord will be moot and a climate catastrophe inevitabl

Farmers markets will have fresh produce through October, according to the Minnesota Farmers Market Association.  (Patric Kuhl/FlickR)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – After a cold, wet summer and a September that was all over the place, Minnesota farmers are bringing plenty of produce to market in October. This is good news especially for lower-income Minnesotans who are doubling their federal food assistance money with a state program cal

More schools are using locally grown food. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

MINNEAPOLIS – October is national Farm-to-School Month. Policymakers in Minnesota have been building the relationship between farmers and K-12 students for about 10 years, and it's paying off. Erin McKee, farm-to-institution director for the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, says a

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

Goats were used to thin buckthorn and other invasive plants in both Minneapolis and St. Paul this year. (Sam Greenhalgh/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Goats are catching on as an effective and sustainable alternative to chemicals for controlling buckthorn and other fast-growing invasive plants. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has started using the animals on steep hillsides in state parks. Farmers, cities and towns

Researchers say NAFTA has led to the loss of many U.S. family farms. (Don Graham/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS – The Trump administration reopens talks Wednesday on the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA supporters say it has boosted American farm exports and trade in general among the U.S., Canada and Mexico. But critics say it has hurt people in all three countries by rewardin

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