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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


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Public News Service - WI: Rural/Farming

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

Protecting Wisconsin's water will be one of the principal topics at a gathering in Madison next week. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Each year in early spring, scores of conservationists, hunters, fishers and public-health officials gather in Madison for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters' annual Lobby Day. This year, the gathering is next Wed., Mar. 29. Kerry Schumann, executive director of the s

High-capacity wells are causing lakes and streams in Wisconsin to dry up. (TT/iStockPhoto.com)

MADISON, Wis. – Opponents of a legislative move (HB 105 and SB 76) to drop a provision that would have strengthened protections for Wisconsin's groundwater say it will pave the way for even more high-capacity wells. Some of these wells draw 100,000 gallons a day from aquifers to provide wate

Farmers are being encouraged to enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program. Deadline is Feb. 3. (Jessica Arp)

EAST TROY, Wis. – With the Feb. 3 deadline for applications just a few weeks away, farmers who are interested in enrolling in the USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service's popular Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) are being urged to sign up now. Even if you don't have specific pla

A Wisconsin conservationist looks forward to the challenges 2017 will bring. (Jag_cz/iStockPhoto)

MADISON, Wis. – Looking back on 2016, one of Wisconsin's leading conservationists says some of the best things that happened were proposed laws that didn't pass. The State Legislature debated a number of bills that would have directly impacted a huge number of Wisconsinites, but pushback fro

Chronic wasting disease continues to take a toll on the Wisconsin deer herd. (twildlife/iStockPhoto.com)

WAUPACA, Wis. – Wisconsin's annual gun deer hunting season is over, and preliminary figures from the Department of Natural Resources show more than 140,000 deer were taken, about 3,500 fewer than last year. This year's estimate for percentage of the herd infected with chronic wasting disease

High capacity wells are causing lakes and streams to disappear in Wisconsin, says the state's largest environmental group. (Clean Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – The increase in the number of high-capacity wells across the state, particularly in Central Wisconsin, is draining lakes, threatening the state's outstanding trout streams and impacting private wells, according to Clean Wisconsin, the state's largest environmental group. Clean

An inner-city Milwaukee girl's dreams of growing and selling flowers came true with the help of a beginning farmer program. (Lovelight Flowers)

EAST TROY, Wis. – One of the hardest things to do is getting started in production agriculture in Wisconsin, particularly if you're not from a farming family that owns land. More and more young people are becoming interested in owning their own operation, but don't have access to land or the

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