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.
BILLINGS, Mont. - The ancient plains of Montana once hosted herds of animals that grazed the land. Now, cattle and other domesticated animals do that work. According to former environmental lawyer and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, the planet actually is grazed far less than it used to be. Her book "
BILLINGS, Mont. – If you want to get higher yields from a farm, start with the health of the soil. That's one rule being shared by a speaker at Northern Plains Resource Council's first Soil Summit, which takes place in Billings on Saturday and is open to the public. Blain Hjertaas, a sustain
HELENA, Mont. - Montana's lone congressman and one of its two senators got some of the lowest scores in the country on the League of Conservation Voters' annual Environmental Scorecard, released Wednesday. The report showed U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke voted for pro-conservation bills just three percent o
MISSOULA, Mont. - The next generation of farmers and ranchers, as well as those who want to get into agriculture, are gathering in Missoula today and through the weekend for the Montana Farmers Union's "Young Producers Conference." The biggest obstacle is funding, especially for land, said Justin L
FORT SHAW, Mont. - Providing food for all, stewardship of the land and emerging technologies are being examined today through the lens of religion at the Faith, Food and the Environment symposium in St. Paul, Minnesota. Eric Bergman and his wife, Audra, run a small, direct-market farm in Fort Sha
HELENA, Mont. - A delegation of Montana farmers and ranchers is learning the nitty gritty about the new Farm Bill at the National Farmers Union convention this week in Santa Fe, N.M. Montana Farmers Union president Alan Merrill said an overview of benefits to small and mid-sized producers surprise
GREAT FALLS, Mont. – President Barack Obama signs the farm bill today at a ceremony in Michigan. The legislation was hotly debated last year, with the U.S. House passing it in two pieces. Alan Merrill, president of the Montana Farmers Union, says despite discouraging signs, the end result
HELENA, Mont. - Another deadline is looming for the next Farm Bill, as U.S. House and Senate conferees continue to work out details. Two of those details have caught the attention of nearly 300 agriculture, conservation, wildlife and water-quality groups, including organizations in Montana. They've