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PNS Daily Newscast - July 21, 2017 


On our rundown today: the Russia probe expands to include an investigation into President Trump’s business transactions; the DREAM Act is back in Congress; and a scientific organization says the president’s nominee for a top science role at the USDA is unqualified.

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Public News Service - WI: Rural/Farming

Dr. Byron Crouse, who runs a program that recruits physicians to practice in rural Wisconsin, is seen here talking with a dairy farmer in Belleville. (UW photo)

ADISON, Wis. - Nearly a third of Wisconsinites - 29 percent - live in one of the state's many rural areas, but only 13 percent of the physicians in Wisconsin have rural practices. The Wisconsin Academy for Rural Medicine (WARM), a program to recruit doctors to serve in rural areas of the state, is h

Whether they're for or against GMOs, most people want to know if their food contains any genetically modified organisms. (Pacific Press/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – There is as much passion as there is confusion in Wisconsin about GMOs – genetically modified organisms – particularly with the University of Wisconsin working on the cutting edge of GMO research and the huge role of agriculture in the state's economy. To address

People are successfully coexisting with wolves, says a Wisconsin conservationist, who opposes changes to the Endangered Species Act. (AFP/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – With talk in Washington about changing or reforming the Endangered Species Act, a Wisconsin wolf expert says this is not the time for a change. Melissa Smith of Madison, who is the Great Lakes wolf coordinator for the Endangered Species Coalition, points to a success story in

Helping organic-corn farmers protect their investment in growing their crop by developing new and better organic corn seed is one of the ongoing research projects at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. (MFAI Photo)

EAST TROY, Wis. – Growing organic corn has always had its challenges, but researchers at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute in East Troy are working on developing breeds specifically suited to help farmers who want to grow organic corn. These newer breeds have to be strong enough to compete

The authors of a new bill, Wisconsin legislators from both parties, say their goal is to pave the way for returning veterans to succeed. (leekins/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. – A brand new piece of legislation, known as the Wisconsin Veterans Farm Bill of 2017, has just been introduced, seeking to help returning veterans interested in production agriculture get a start. The authors of the bill include two Democrats and two Republicans, who say everyo

What to do with nearly 1 million pounds of milk a day is a critical question for a group of Wisconsin dairy farmers. (RGtimeline/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – As the May 1 deadline approaches, dozens of Wisconsin dairy farmers still are looking for a buyer for 800,000 thousand to 1 million pounds of milk a day. A decision by Canada to shut down ultra-filtered milk trade from U.S. producers has left the farmers with a very short tim

High-capacity wells already have caused some Wisconsin lakes and streams to dry up. A bill to grant permanent licenses for such wells is meeting opposition. (edolzan/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. - A bill that would loosen regulations on high-capacity wells in Wisconsin again has passed the state Senate and now advances to the state Assembly, where a similar bill died last year. Senate Bill 76 essentially would allow high-capacity well permits to be issued permanently. The bil

Millions of acres of wildlife habitat are being lost to crop production, including in Wisconsin, according to a new study. (ivandzyuba/iStockphoto)

MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin is among the top ten states for ethanol production, with nine plants pumping out more than 500 million gallons of ethanol each year. But a new study shows a strong tie between ethanol production and the destruction of wildlife habitat. Environmental Protection Agency rule

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