PNS Daily Newscast - January 24, 2018 

Following the interview with Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Special counsel Robert Mueller is said to be ready to interview President Donald Trump; also on our rundown; a gerrymandering ruling in Pennsylvania called a major victory; and we take you to a state where the homeless count is going digital.

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Public News Service - ND: Sustainable Agriculture

For the first time, produce farmers soon will have to comply with new federal food safety rules, and a sustainable ag advocate is mostly praising the move. Credit: KyleJones/

BISMARCK, N.D. - It took five years of debate, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration finally has approved new food safety rules. Late last week, the FDA set the official standards for the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the first major reform in more than 70 years. Sophia Kruszewski, pol

PHOTO: A new USDA report shows many high skill jobs in the food, agriculture, renewable natural resources and environment sectors, but not enough college graduates to fill them. Photo credit: ackab1/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. – New research shows a growing demand for highly skilled workers in agriculture, but not enough young people are choosing that field of study. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there are nearly 60,000 high skill job openings in the nation's food, agriculture, re

PHOTO: North Dakota farmers and ranchers are being asked to weigh in on the enrollment process for this year's Conservation Stewardship Program. CREDIT: USDA

BISMARCK, N. D. - North Dakota farmers and ranchers can weigh in on the enrollment process for the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). As this year's CSP contracts are being finalized, those who went through the process are being asked for their critiques. Traci Bruckner, assistant director for

PHOTO: It's becoming more common to see women operating farms and ranches in the region, and the Center for Rural Affairs is working to connect them with resources they may not otherwise know are available. Photo credit: Solly Markovitch

BISMARCK, N.D. - The number of women getting involved in agriculture continues to grow, and efforts are under way across the region to help them achieve success. During the past decade, said Kim Preston, a research assistant for the Center for Rural Affairs, there's been a roughly 30 percent increa

PHOTO: A new poll finds rural Americans feel the federal government could be targeting much more effective help for small-town economies. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff

BISMARCK, N.D. - As the U.S. House prepares for another try at passing a Farm Bill, a new survey has found that a majority of those in rural America want to see a greater focus on small business development and economic initiatives. The poll of rural Americans taken in almost 20 states was conducted

PHOTO: The Center for Rural Affairs says no-till planting is one way America's farmers can help battle climate change. CREDIT: NRCS Soil Health

BISMARCK, N.D. - America's agriculture industry contributes a relatively small amount of this country's greenhouse gases, but experts say various techniques that are growing in use can take a proactive approach to the issue - and farmers could play a key role in altering the path of climate change.

PHOTO: There is still no new Farm Bill, and the Center for Rural Affairs says there needs to be a change in funding priorities. CREDIT: Jason Riedy

BISMARCK, N.D. - The Center for Rural Affairs is calling for a change in priorities in how the nation's farm programs are funded. Executive director Chuck Hassebrook said those programs that invest in rural America have seen dramatic cuts. "Small-business development programs, beginning farmer prog

PHOTO: Dozens of turbines on a ridge between Ellendale and Ashley. The Center for Rural Affairs says more high voltage transmission lines will help get wind generated electricity on the grid. CREDIT: cariliv

BISMARCK, N.D. - There is a treasure trove of renewable energy in the U.S., but the obstacles and barriers to getting it on the grid are many. Johnathan Hladik, energy policy advocate with the Center for Rural Affairs (CFRA), said the biggest hurdle right now is the lack of high voltage transmission

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