Ranching http://kvnf.org en Connecting the Drops: "Buy and Dry" http://kvnf.org/post/connecting-drops-buy-and-dry <p>Water has always been a source of conflict in the arid West, but in recent years the conflict between agriculture and growing cities has escalated as both entities compete for this limited resource.</p><p></p> Fri, 18 Oct 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Connecting the Drops & Maeve Conran 17365 at http://kvnf.org Connecting the Drops: "Buy and Dry" The Long, Slow Decline of the U.S. Sheep Industry http://kvnf.org/post/long-slow-decline-us-sheep-industry <p>Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has been cut in half. In fact, the number has been declining since the late 1940s, when the American sheep industry hit its peak. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The decline is the result of economic and cultural factors coming together. And it has left ranchers to wonder, &ldquo;When are we going to hit the bottom?&rdquo;</span></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:11:38 +0000 Luke Runyon 17251 at http://kvnf.org The Long, Slow Decline of the U.S. Sheep Industry Can planned grazing revive grassland soil? http://kvnf.org/post/can-planned-grazing-revive-grassland-soil <p>The world’s soil is in trouble. Ecologists say without dramatic changes to how we manage land, vast swathes of grassland are at risk of turning into hard-packed desert. Farmers and ranchers know in a few decades they’ll have to feed a lot more people, while at the same time, keep the soil healthy and make money doing it. KUNC and Harvest Public Media reporter Luke Runyon takes us to eastern Colorado, where researchers are turning to some unexpected partners to revive the soil.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 13833 at http://kvnf.org Can planned grazing revive grassland soil?