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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental group fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Public News Service - SD: Sustainable Agriculture

A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passes an important hurdle in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passed a hurdle in the South Dakota Legislature this week. A House committee approved a bill that would allow farmers to cultivate the plant, as long as it contains less than three-tenths of a percent of THC, the active ingredient

The USDA is no longer enforcing its grass-fed livestock labels and some farmers say that could cause confusion for the marketplace. (MorgueFile.com/mensatic)

PIERRE, S.D. - This week the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it will stop using labels for grass fed and naturally-raised livestock. The Department's Agricultural Marketing Service, or AMS, says it is no longer using those labels because it never had the authority to enforce them in the

PHOTO: Changes to USDA loan programs have increased their flexibility, and could help more beginning farmers make a profit. Photo credit: Jerry Oster.

YANKTON, S.D. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is improving farm loans by expanding eligibility and lending limits to more beginning farmers. Traci Bruckner, senior associate for agriculture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs, says the changes are part of the micro-loan pro

South Dakotans may be able to keep some of the worst effects of climate change at bay if new EPA rules to cut back on carbon emissions from power plants go forward. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kizer/Morguefile.

YANKTON, S.D. - Hundreds of people came before a regional hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Denver this week, as the agency takes public comments on rules that would cut carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants. Many scientists believe power plant emissions are the

PHOTO: Fallow season in South Dakota could turn into growing season. New reports from the National Wildlife Federation encourage producers to think about cover crops for in-between seasons. Photo courtesy NWF.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Fallow season in South Dakota could turn into growing season. A pair of new reports from the National Wildlife Federation encourage producers to think about cover crops for in-between seasons. Report author Lara Bryant, agriculture program coordinator for the NWF, makes the case

PHOTO: Progress on a new five year Farm Bill has ground to a halt in Washington.

YANKTON, S.D. – Progress on a new five year Farm Bill is still stuck in Washington, but a budget bill passed by the Senate last week might help provide a way forward. The last Farm Bill expired in the fall, but was temporarily extended by Congress. Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of

YANKTON, S. D. – Consideration of the Farm Bill in the U.S. House of Representatives has been delayed until after the November election, putting many agriculture programs on hold. The House did, however, recently approve a Continuing Resolution to fund the federal government through next March

YANKTON, S.D. - Heavy snow on the northern plains this past winter followed by drenching rains caused record flooding on the Missouri River. That was followed by a record dry fall across much of the same region. A report issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change indicates that more ex

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