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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - MT: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Four meatpacking companies control 85 percent of the beef market, putting the squeeze on independent cattle ranchers. (Preston Keres/USDA)

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BILLINGS, Mont. – Ranchers and cattle producers are throwing their weight behind a U.S. Senate bill that would temporarily stop mega-mergers in the agriculture sector. The bill, introduced by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, would put a moratorium on farm and food business mergers until the U

There are more than 90 summer meal sites throughout Montana. (Missoula Food Bank)

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HELENA, Mont. — Summer can be a difficult time for hungry children. In Montana, about one-in-six children lives in a food insecure household where they aren’t sure how they will get their next meal. Lorianne Burhop, chief policy officer with the Montana Food Bank Network, said while th

Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., visited a small meat processor after reports it had been harassed by a federal meat inspector. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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BUTTE, Mont. – Small meat processors in Montana hope the state's Congressional delegation will act soon to rein in a regional food inspector from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Last month, Montana Standard ran a story on harassment from Food Safety and Inspection Service front-line supe

About 20 percent of beef is imported, but country-of-origin labeling isn't required. (Lance Cheung/USDA)

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BILLINGS, Mont. -- A group of cattle producers wants Americans to know where their beef is coming from - and is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture to make it happen. The United Stockgrowers of America's Rancher-Cattlemen Action Legal Fund, or R-CALF, and Cattle Producers of Washington are br

The Montana Food Bank Network works with 140 partners across the state to provide meals to kids over the summer. (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

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MISSOULA, Mont. – During the summer months, children need food assistance more than ever. One in five children in Montana lives in a food insecure home, meaning he or she isn't sure where a next meal is coming from. Many of these children rely on free and reduced meals during the school ye

Montana added nearly 100,000 acres of organic farmland since 2016, according to a new report. (storebukkebruse/Flickr)

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HELENA, Mont. - The last few years have been a growing season for organic farming in the United States. According to the Mercaris Organic Acreage Report, organic farmland reached more than four million acres this year. Montana saw a 30-percent jump over the last two years, giving it the second-most

The BackPack assistance program is designed to help the nearly 48,000 children who are food insecure in Montana.(and the rest/flickr)

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MISSOULA, Mont. – Thanksgiving is a time when families get together and eat wonderful food. But some Montanans are less fortunate during the holidays. One in seven people in Montana struggles with hunger, including nearly 48,000 children who aren't sure where their next meal will come from.

A former environmental lawyer has written a book that says that when done correctly, livestock grazing can have some benefits for the land. (Scott Bauer/USDA)

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BILLINGS, Mont. - The ancient plains of Montana once hosted herds of animals that grazed the land. Now, cattle and other domesticated animals do that work. According to former environmental lawyer and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, the planet actually is grazed far less than it used to be. Her book "

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