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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - WI: Sustainable Agriculture

The benefits of cover cropping have become more apparent to farmers, who will get a chance to learn more about the practice at the annual Cover Crops Conference in early October. (Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

EAST TROY, Wis. – The annual Cover Crop Conference, coming up Oct. 4 at the Jackson Town Hall in Jackson, will examine the role of cover crops in soil and water quality against a backdrop of diminished protections. The event is sponsored by Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, the Milwaukee

More people are looking for a way to buy locally grown nutritious foods to improve their health and support the local economy. (UW Extension)

MADISON, Wis. - Whether you're looking for locally grown organic food, a restaurant that serves locally grown food or a farmer's market, a new website puts the information just a click away. The REAP Food Group in Madison has launched farmfreshatlas.org, which features more than 800 listings for so

Victor Cabrera is leading a team of scientists at the University of Wisconsin trying to help dairy farmers manage the huge amounts of data they deal with. (William Graf/University of Wisconsin)

MADISON, Wis. – Dairy farms generate massive amounts of data every day – too much for a farmer to analyze alone. But a new app being developed at the UW-Madison Department of Dairy Sciences called Virtual Dairy Farm Brain aims to collate all that data in real time to help the farmer ma

Helping beginning farmers get into production agriculture is one of the goals of the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, which is holding a nation meeting in Wisconsin. (Jean-Francois Mineri/Getty Images)

MADISON, Wis. -- One of the nation's premiere agriculture organizations, the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, will hold its annual meeting this coming Sunday through Wednesday in Madison on the University of Wisconsin campus. The group is observing its 30th year of advocating for polici

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

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

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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