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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 - WI: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing another $14 billion for farmers and ranchers who have experienced market losses caused by the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Wisconsin farmers, who are struggling during the pandemic crisis, still have a chance to sign up for federal aid. But they're urged to act quickly, and assistance groups say the latest round especially could help smaller producers. Dec. 11 is the deadline for farmers to apply for

With the spread of COVID-19 still a big concern in Wisconsin, smaller farms are losing their traditional customer base, such as  restaurants. That has prompted more direct deliveries to consumers. (Adobe Stock)

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DELEVAN, Wis. -- Several months into the pandemic, a number of small Wisconsin farms continue to shift their customer focus to keep from shutting down. Instead of restaurants and larger retailers, some operations primarily are selling their products directly to consumers. As the pandemic unfolded

In addition to environmental benefits, supporters of Kernza, an alternative grain crop, say it also could help reduce farm labor costs. (michaelfields.org)

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EAST TROY, Wis. -- The Wisconsin agricultural sector could play a key role in accelerating production of a relatively new type of grain, which supporters say is safer for the environment. A nonprofit organization based in the Badger State is taking part in research that aims to give producers more s

The group Dairy Farmers of America estimates a nearly 15% decline in orders for milk and other goods from large-scale customers during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Some Wisconsin farmers are faced with the prospect of dumping their products amid a steep drop in demand during the pandemic. That's prompting calls for action from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure that food isn't wasted and that farmers can get some financial help. Thi

About 119,000 people in Wisconsin stand to lose SNAP food assistance if the USDA changes the rules for what is known as categorical eligibility. (Unsplash)

MADISON, Wis. – If eligibility changes proposed for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) are implemented, new research says Wisconsin could be hit harder than any other state. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to end categorical eligibility, the practice of allowing fa

Willie Nelson, shown above at Farm Aid 2018, organized the first Farm Aid along with Neil Young and John Mellencamp in 1985. (Brian Bruner/Bruner Photo)

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EAST TROY, Wis. — Farm Aid is coming to Wisconsin next week to promote family farming. The music festival backed by Neil Young, Willie Nelson and other musicians has raised $57 million for farmers since it began in 1985. On Sept. 21, musicians and fans will gather at the Alpine Valley Music

Small grains such as barley and rye help reduce nutrient runoff on farms. (Halee Wepking/Meadowlark Farm)

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RIDGEWAY, Wis. — An event at the end of June is highlighting the important role small grains play in Wisconsin. From Grain to Plate Field Day will take place June 30 on Meadowlark Farm in southwest Wisconsin. The aim is to bring growers, processors and consumers together to explore why grains

Through Roots to Glory Tours, American chefs traveled to Benin and Togo to explore their cuisine. (Devon Hamilton/Michael Fields Agricultural Institute)

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MADISON, Wis. – There's a connection between African cooking and the United States. Devon Hamilton, associate policy director with the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, recently returned from the West African countries of Benin and Togo and will share what he's learned at a Madison-area

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