AGRICULTURE

AS THE WORM TURNS
1:32 pm
Fri July 3, 2015

As the Worm Turns, June 30th

Host Jill Spears & gardeners Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart chat about the onset of summer and what's happening in their gardens, and they take calls from listeners.

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AGRICULTURE
3:42 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Communities Get A Lift As Local Food Sales Surge To $11 Billion A Year

Tomatoes at Union South Farmers Market in Madison Wisconsin.
Patrick Kuhl Flickr

There's a renaissance in local and regional food, and it's not just farmers markets in urban areas that are driving it.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:35 pm
Thu June 25, 2015

As the Worm Turns, June 23rd

Brook LeVan
Credit http://sustainablesettings.org

Host Jill Spears is joined by gardeners Lance Swigart, Lulu Volckhausen & special guest Brook LeVan of Sustainable Settings in Carbondale.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
6:54 pm
Wed June 17, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, June 16th

CSU Extension Agent Ron Godin

Host Jill Spears visits with gardener Lance Swigart & special guest Ron Godin from CSU Extension Service.

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AGRICULTURE
2:44 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Mighty Farming Microbes: Companies Harness Bacteria To Give Crops A Boost

Pam Marrone (right), founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, inspects some colonies of microbes. Marrone has spent most of her professional life prospecting for microbial pesticides and bringing them to market.
Dan Charles/NPR

Originally published on Fri June 12, 2015 6:55 pm

What if farmers, instead of picking up some agricultural chemicals at their local dealer, picked up a load of agricultural microbes instead?

It's something to contemplate, because some big names in the pesticide business — like Bayer and Monsanto — are putting money behind attempts to turn soil microbes into tools that farmers can use to give their crops a boost.

It's a symptom of the soaring interest in the ways microbes affect all of life. In our bodies, they help fight off disease. In the soil, they help deliver nutrients to plants, and perhaps much more.

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AGRICULTURE
5:37 am
Sat June 6, 2015

For New Mexico's Chiles, The Enemy Isn't Just Drought But Salt, Too

Salt appears in white clumps in a newly sprouted chile field in Garfield, N.M.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe KJZZ

Originally published on Sat June 6, 2015 10:44 am

For some people, too much salt is bad for health. Too much salt is also bad for growing most crops.

Salty soil is a common problem for farmers in the arid West and it's gotten worse because of the ongoing drought. Water is necessary to flush salts out; without it, salt builds up over time.

In New Mexico, one crop that's suffering is the state's beloved chile pepper.

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AGRICULTURE
12:42 pm
Thu June 4, 2015

California's War Over Water Has Farmer Fighting Farmer

Rudy Mussi's family has farmed in the Sacramento Delta region for nearly a century. Mussi worries that more water transfers will deplete the fragile Delta ecosystem and wipe out family farms like his.
Kirk Siegler NPR

Originally published on Thu June 4, 2015 6:50 pm

Rudy Mussi is not the California farmer you've been hearing about. He is not fallowing all his fields or ripping up his orchards due to a lack irrigation water.

For Mussi and most of his neighbors in the bucolic Sacramento Delta, the water is still flowing reliably from the pumps and into the canals lining the fields.

"If you had to pick a place where you would say, 'Okay, where should I stick my farm?' You'd come to the Delta," he says.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:24 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, May 26th

Lance's Garden

Our weekly conversation about Western Slope gardening, hosted by Jill Spears, with gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
6:39 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, May 19th

Credit Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears chats with gardeners Lulu Volkhausen & Lance Swigart about spring chores, wetter-than-normal weather, and more. They also take a few calls.

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AGRICULTURE
1:45 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

Sheep are sold in small lots like this one at the Centennial Livestock Auction in Fort Collins, Colo.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media/KUNC

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 1:23 pm

Sheep ranchers, feedlot owners, and processors in states like Colorado, Nebraska and Illinois are banking on America becoming a more diverse place.

Specifically, they want American Muslims to buy more of their lamb.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
1:22 pm
Wed May 6, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, May 5th

Host Jill Spears visits with gardening experts Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
12:34 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A lively discussion about seed saving. Host Jill Spears is joined by regular guests Lance Swigart and Lulu Volkhausen, along with special guests Pat Frazier and Sara Pope. Pat is a biodynamic gardening expert, and Sara is in charge of the seed library at Hotchkiss Public Library.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
3:13 pm
Wed April 22, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Credit Jessica Reeder via Flickr (CC BY creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/)

Our regular host, Jill Spears, is away this week, so Patricia Naft is acting as guest host. Gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen discuss  a variety of issues, including the "dirty dozen," non-organic products that have the highest levels of pesticide residues. Weather, of course, is a big subject this week, as we had a bout of cold temperatures & quite a bit of snow. Several callers chimed in with questions & comments.

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AGRICULTURE
4:25 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Bill For Colorado Farm-To-School Expansion Takes A Small Step

A worker prepares school lunch at the Greeley 6 school district's centralized processing facility. Greeley 6 is able to take advantage of locally available foods with the help of the facility.
Jeremy West

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 3:25 pm

A bill to expand farm-to-school programs in Colorado initially cleared the state House Tuesday, but it still faces objections from some lawmakers who call it unnecessary.

House Bill 1088 [.pdf] would set up grants to help farms and ranches meet federal safety standards to they could sell their locally produced food to schools.

"This program boosts our economy, it creates jobs, and we have schools right now who want to buy more local food from our farmers and the supply chain does not exist," said bill sponsor Representative Faith Winter (D-Westminster).

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AGRICULTURE
12:13 pm
Tue April 21, 2015

Iowa Farm To Kill 5 Million Chickens In Effort To Contain Avian Flu

A farm in Iowa plans to slaughter more than five million chickens in response to an outbreak of bird flu.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Tue April 21, 2015 12:07 pm

A farm in Iowa is going to destroy more than five million of its chickens in an attempt to curb the spread of the highly infectious avian flu.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed the H5N2 avian influenza outbreak Monday, adding that the agency says that there is little chance that humans could become infected. According to the department's press release:

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AGRICULTURE
9:37 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Study To Compare Agritourism in Colorado, California

Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

Colorado State University is surveying farmers and travelers for a study on agritourism.

Earlier this year, nearly 800 farmers across Colorado received a questionnaire from CSU’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

The survey asks producers about agritourism. The university wants to know what portion of their business comes from the industry, how they attract tourists and what challenges they face.

The study is partnership between CSU and the University of California, Davis.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
6:03 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Host Jill Spears gets into spring issues with gardeners Lance Swigart & Lulu Volkhausen.

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AGRICULTURE
5:25 am
Sun April 12, 2015

Beyond Almonds: A Rogue's Gallery of Guzzlers In California's Drought

Leif Parsons for NPR

Originally published on Sun April 26, 2015 1:14 pm

California is parched. Wells are running dry. Vegetable fields have been left fallow and lawns are dying. There must be some villain behind all this, right?

Of course there is. In fact, have your pick. As a public service, The Salt is bringing you several of the leading candidates. They have been nominated by widely respected national publications and interest groups.

There's just one problem: Not all of these shady characters live up to their nefarious job description. Let us explain.

1. Almonds

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AS THE WORM TURNS
6:59 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Credit flickr/sterlingcollege

Host Jill Spears welcomes Lance Swigart and Lulu Volkhausen to the Bamboo Room for a lively spring gardening discussion.

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AGRICULTURE
2:58 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Farmers, Trade Association Debate Merits Of Organic Marketing Fund

Produce is often accompanied by signs like this one at a King Soopers grocery store in Fort Collins, Colo. But customers are often confused by their meaning, which is one reason the Organic Trade Association is trying to raise money for a "checkoff" to pay for consumer advertising and research.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media/KUNC

Originally published on Wed April 8, 2015 1:05 pm

Pesticide-free? Nurtured with organic fertilizer? No antibiotics?

Ask any shopper, and you're bound to find mixed answers for what an organic label means.

Now, an association is trying to draw funding from something called a "checkoff" to pay for consumer advertising and research. For a checkoff to work, each farmer pays a small amount. For example, a penny-per-bushel of wheat or a dollar per cow would generate millions of dollars in pooled funding that could pay for splashy ad campaigns.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
7:33 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, Mar 31, 2015

As the Worm Turns airs Tuesday nights at six on KVNF.
Credit Laura Palmisano

Our regular host Jill Spears caught a bug, so news host Patricia Naft filled in, with gardening guru Lance Swigart. More spring chores, & signs that the season is generally arriving weeks early this year.  

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AGRICULTURE
1:32 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

A drone built by Agribotix, a Boulder startup, flies over a farm in Weld County, Colo. The drone has a camera that snaps a high-resolution photo every two seconds. From there, Agribotix stitches the images together, helping the farmer see what's happening in a field.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media/KUNC

Originally published on Fri March 27, 2015 6:31 am

Colorado is famous for its beer and its beef. But what about its farm drones?

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AS THE WORM TURNS
10:46 am
Wed March 25, 2015

As the Worm Turns: Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Credit Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears & 'Gardening Guru' Lance Swigart discuss early spring gardening chores as spring seems to be arriving about 3 weeks early. They also encourage their listeners to call & pledge support to KVNF during the Spring Pledge Drive, which arrived right on schedule!

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AS THE WORM TURNS
5:35 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015

As the Worm Turns airs Tuesday nights at 6:30 on KVNF.
Credit flickr/sterlingcollege

This program was a repeat of a February show about pruning, due to a short-notice guest cancelation.

Host Jill Spears, guest Lance Swigart.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
11:15 am
Thu March 12, 2015

As the Worm Turns - 3/10/15

  Host Jill Spears is joined by Paonia Community Garden organizer Ryan Strand.

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AGRICULTURE
1:02 pm
Sun March 8, 2015

FDA Tests Turn Up Dairy Farmers Breaking The Law On Antibiotics

FDA tests have turned up residues suggesting a few dairy farmers are illegally using antibiotics.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Mon March 9, 2015 10:00 am

When it comes to the current controversy over antibiotic use on farm animals, milk is in a special category.

Lactating cows, unlike hogs, cattle or chickens that are raised for their meat, don't receive antibiotics unless they are actually sick. That's because drug residues immediately appear in the cow's milk — a violation of food safety rules.

Milk shipments are tested for six of the most widely used antibiotics, and any truckload that tests positive is rejected. So when cows are treated, farmers discard their milk for several days until the residues disappear.

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AGRICULTURE
11:18 am
Tue March 3, 2015

From War To Plow: Why USDA Wants Veterans To Take Up Farming

Three years ago, Air Force veteran Sara Creech quit her job as a nurse and bought a 43-acre farm in North Salem, Ind. She named her farm Blue Yonder Organic.
John Wendle for Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 2:26 pm

Sara Creech has grown dependent on farming. She started out planting an orchard of fruit trees: apples, peaches, cherries and pears. She added berry bushes and rows of vegetables.

And then she bought her first chickens.

"A lot of people call chickens the gateway animal," says Creech, who lives in rural North Salem, Ind. "Like once you have a chicken on the farm, then you end up getting sheep on the farm, and then you end up getting horses, and cows. And then it just explodes from there."

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AS THE WORM TURNS
2:26 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015

As the Worm Turns airs on Tuesday nights at 6:30 on KVNF.
Credit flickr/sterlingcollege

Host Jill Spears is joined by gardener Wind Clearwater.

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AS THE WORM TURNS
3:35 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

As the Worm Turns, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015

Host Jill Spears chats with gardener Wind Clearwater about the early spring, and what to expect from area gardens this season.

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AGRICULTURE
10:21 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Why Some States Want To Legalize Raw Milk Sales

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cautions that unpasteurized milk can cause serious illness, because it's a fertile breeding ground for harmful germs like salmonella and E. coli. But such warnings haven't deterred raw milk enthusiasts.
Abby Wendle/Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 12:20 pm

The federal government banned the sale of raw milk across state lines nearly three decades ago because it poses a threat to public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Medical Association all strongly advise people not to drink it.

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