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PNS Daily Newscast - April 20, 2018 


The DOJ delivers the Comey memos to Congress. Also on our rundown: More evidence that rent prices are out of reach in many markets; Wisconsin counties brace for sulfide mining; and the Earth Day focus this weekend in North Dakota is on recycling.

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Public News Service - IA: Consumer Issues

Democrats on the losing side of the Agriculture Committee's vote to forward the 2018 Farm Bill to the full House say a provision to remove 2 million people from food stamps will never pass. (nrdc.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2018 Farm Bill is now headed to the House floor in Washington after Wednesday's approval by the GOP-controlled House Agriculture Committee on a party-line vote. In addition to requiring new work and job requirements from those who receive food stamps, sustainable farmi

Soybean farmers lost an estimated $1.7 billion Wednesday as soybean futures tumbled with speculation of an impending trade war. (ilsoy.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa farmers are anxiously watching tit-for-tat tariff threats, as China has responded to import duties proposed by the Trump administration on aluminum and steel by going after products produced in states such as Iowa. China has floated tariffs on $50 billion of American go

An Iowa study says grazing cattle on cover crops can put up to $60 per acre in a farmer's pocket. (michaelfields.org)

AMES, Iowa – New research says that, depending on the size of their farms, Iowa farmers can save between $350 and $40,000 per year by grazing cattle on cover crops. The two-year, on-farm research project is being conducted by ractical Farmers of Iowa in order to put a price tag on the forage p

Twitter has about 68 million active users in the United States. (pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – New legal and ethical questions surrounding the business practices of Facebook seem to surface daily. But at the same time, a new survey finds most Twitter users don't realize that university researchers and others collect and analyze their 'tweets' in the name of science.

A dozen eggs from cage-free chickens typically cost at least a dollar more than conventional eggs. (mercyforanimals.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Center for Food Safety and Mercy for Animals are calling on Iowa's governor to veto a controversial bill passed by the state Legislature that could make some retailers sell battery-caged eggs whether they want to or not. The law could require grocery stores to sell con

Cover crops grew on only 2.6 percent of Iowa's nearly 23 million acres of corn and soybeans in 2016. (crop watch.unl.edu)

AMES, Iowa — A new research project is underway to explore how Iowa farmers could use cover crops as a way to prevent soil, nitrogen and phosphorus from leaving farm fields. The group, Practical Farmers of Iowa, says cover crops such as cereal rye can be planted in the fall and then terminat

Iowa now has 10,000, hog confinements compared with 722 in 2001. (www.jfaniowa.org

DES MOINES, Iowa — Recent application denials at the county level mean more Iowans see the need for a moratorium on new factory farms, according to Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. In 2017, Iowa's Department of Natural Resources approved 450 new or expanded hog factories. Jess Mazour

Bills under consideration in the Iowa Legislature do not align with a 2014 survey that showed 97 percent of Iowans support increasing energy efficiency to meet the state's energy needs. (iowaenvironmentalfocus.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A state Senate bill under consideration would scale back energy efficiency programs offered by utility companies such as home energy audits, benefits for home lighting upgrades and the rebates Iowans receive to install smart thermostats or energy-saving appliances. Katie R

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