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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2018 


The funding stumble in Congress deepens the crisis for health centers; also on our nationwide rundown; we will let you know about concerns over possible "gifts" to payday lenders; and a new survey provides alarming numbers about young people and homelessness.

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Public News Service - NE: Rural/Farming

The Santee Sioux tribe in Nebraska is creating community gardens and other access points for local foods. (CFRA)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Imagine having to travel 100 miles in order to get fresh, affordable food to your family's dinner table. That's life for a majority of Nebraska's Santee Sioux, as the nearest full service grocery store is an hour away. A report from the Center for Rural Affairs examines this

In Nebraska, 500 million bushels of grain a year are needed for ethanol production. (United Soybean Board/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Some Nebraska farmers are voicing concerns about a White House nominee's position on renewable energy. A vote is expected Wednesday on President Donald Trump's pick to head the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Kathleen Hartnett White is a former conservative thin

Agricultural landowners in Nebraska saw annual property tax hikes of nearly 11 percent between 2005 and 2014. (Hernan Vargas/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – With the state unicameral legislature out of session until 2018, policy advocates are using the downtime to drum up conversations about imbalances in the state's tax system, particularly agricultural property taxes. Jordan Rasmussen, a policy associate with the Center for Rur

More than 450 Nebraska schools source fresh food from local growers and producers through Farm to School programs. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

LINCOLN, Neb. – New legislation would boost a program that connects more than 188,000 Nebraska students to local farmers. The Farm to School Act of 2017, introduced by Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry of Nebraska and Democratic Rep. Marcia Fudge of Ohio, would expand the existing U.S. Depart

Researchers say conservation provisions in the Farm Bill have helped stabilize some grassland bird populations, including the western meadowlark. (bwinesett/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. – While the Farm Bill is crucial policy for agriculture, it's also quite literally for the birds. The "State of the Birds 2017" report from the North American Bird Conservation Initiative says farm bill conservation programs are helping farmers and ranchers keep their land prod

The Nebraska Farm Bureau has asked the U.S. Trade Representative's office to focus on maintaining the growth in agricultural trade in the NAFTA talks. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. — Don't underestimate the value of NAFTA - that's the message some Nebraska farm leaders are sending as lawmakers prepare to renegotiate the trade deal with Canada and Mexico. The North American Free Trade Agreement is more than 20 years old, and Nebraska Farm Bureau President

Accessing financial resources and land are among the challenges faced by beginning farmers. (Pixabay)

LINCOLN, Neb. – Military veterans in Nebraska who are new to farming, or just interested in finding out about it, have an opportunity this week to see how others have turned their military skills into a career in agriculture. The Answering the Call conference on Thursday in Seward offers an

Opponents contend the Keystone XL Pipeline will never be in the public interest. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

LINCOLN, Neb. - The battle over the Keystone XL pipeline is heating up in Nebraska. The Trump administration gave a green light to the pipeline, and it's up to the Nebraska Public Service Commission to decide if TransCanada will be allowed to construct part of the route through the Sandhills. The $

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