agriculture

COMMUNITY
10:53 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Local Motion: Carol Parker with the Valley Food Partnership

A field of pinto beans
Credit Jeri Mattics Omernik/Valley Food Partnership

The 2nd Annual Western Slope Colorado Food & Farm Forum is coming up on Saturday, January 11th at the Montrose Pavilion. The conference brings together farmers, ranchers and others in the ag industry for conversations about sustainability, food production and marketing. 

For some details about the conference and this year's main theme of "Making Every Drop Count," we spoke to Carol Parker, President of the Valley Food Partnership based in Montrose.

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NEWS
10:38 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Forget The Golf Course, Developers Use Farming To Sell Suburban Homes

The Bucking Horse subdivision in Fort Collins, Colo., will include a working CSA farm, complete with historic barn, farm house and chicken coop.
Credit Luke Runyon/KUNC & Harvest Public Media

For decades, housing developments in the suburbs have come complete with golf courses, tennis courts, strip malls and swimming pools. But make way for the new subdivision amenity: the specialty farm.

A new model for suburban development is springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement. Farms, complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees, are serving as a way to entice potential buyers to settle in a new subdivision.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Wed December 11, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Headlines

  • BLM Finds Temp Location for Gunnison Office after Fire
  • Experts Examine Cost of Natural Disasters
  • Forget the Golf Course, Developers Use Farming to Sell Suburban Homes
  • Grand Junction Airport Authority Members Looking into Fraud Allegations
FOOD
11:45 am
Fri November 29, 2013

A Trip to the Trading Post Kitchen

The Old River Road Trading Post in Paonia
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

The holidays are officially here, and while Thanksgiving may have come and gone, there’s still plenty of festivities to be had in the coming months.

And of course, what would the season be without food, and lots of it?

To get you into the holiday spirit and prepared for long, laborious hours in the kitchen, we took a visit to a cooking class hosted by Chris Bailey at the Old River Road Trading Post in Paonia.

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NEWS
8:48 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Proposed Merger would create Flour Milling Goliath

Farmers in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska harvest about one-third of the nation’s wheat acres, according to the most recent Agricultural Census.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Fall is planting time for wheat across the Great Plains and this year’s crop went into the ground while big changes were underway in the wheat market. Some of the biggest players in the flour milling industry are joining forces to make the country’s largest miller even larger.

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NEWS
8:58 am
Fri October 18, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, October 18, 2013

Headlines

  • Heather Jensen Will Stand Trial in Grand Junction
  • Water Conflicts Escalating between Agriculture and Growing Colorado Cities
  • Aspen Medical Marijuana Dispensary Gears Up for Retail Sales
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Association Donates Over $604,000 to Pro-Fracking Campaigns
  • KVNF Sports Report
NEWS
8:15 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Connecting the Drops: "Buy and Dry"

Caryle Currier, a 4th Generation farmer in Mesa County. He leases land that had been bought by a local water authority. The land didn't dry out because Currier has other water rights he can use on the land. That case is the exception.
Maeve Conran

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.

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NEWS
10:23 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Edible Forests: The Next Step in the Local Food Movement?

Stephanie Syson of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute looks at plans for a proposed food forest in Basalt, Colo.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Community gardens dole out small plots of land and encourage people with limited access to fresh produce to grow their own. Now, there’s a new twist on that model springing up across the country: edible food forests.

 

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NEWS
9:04 am
Thu October 17, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, October 17, 2013

Headlines

  • Turning a Public Park into an Edible Forest Free-for-All
  • School Board Members and Candidates Sound Off on Amendment 66
  • US Marshals Looking for Telluride Man Suspected of Attempted Murder
  • "It's Crap!" - North Fork Valley Residents on the Government Shutdown
  • Around the World in 3 Minutes - Commentary from North Fork Valley Vision School Student 
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NEWS
10:11 am
Tue October 15, 2013

The Long, Slow Decline of the U.S. Sheep Industry

Once a staple part of the American diet, we’re eating a lot less lamb. The U.S. sheep herd today is just one-tenth the size it was in the 1940s.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

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.

The decline is the result of economic and cultural factors coming together. And it has left ranchers to wonder, “When are we going to hit the bottom?”

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NEWS
2:10 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Right-to-Farm Policy dates to a More Rural Delta County

The Powell Mesa Hen House dispute has renewed questions about zoning and the "right to farm" in Delta County. Adopted in 1996 by the state of Colorado and the county, the "Right to Farm and Ranch" policy lays out some parts of rural life that residents are expected to accept, including noise from tractors, manure, odor from animal confinement and the use of pesticides.

For some historical context on the policy, KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke with former Delta County Commissioner Jim Ventrillo about the early days of the right-to-farm policy.  

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NEWS
12:05 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Farm Bureau Fundraiser for Hen House Owners Renews Claims of Bias

The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel on Saturday reported that the Delta County Farm Bureau will host a fundraiser for the Hostetler family, owners of a Hotchkiss hen house at the center of a years-long legal dispute over whether the facility is compatible with the surrounding Powell Mesa neighborhood.

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NEWS
8:15 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Delta County to Appeal Cease-and-Desist Order for Hen House

Tom Kay, a farmer who supplies Western Slope Layers with feed, said the decision to close the facility could force him into bankruptcy
Credit Marty Durlin/KVNF

After a closed-door session with county attorney Christine Knight, Delta County Commissioners on Monday announced they would appeal the decision by District Court Judge J. Steven Patrick that forced them to issue a cease and desist order to the Hostetler hen laying operation on Powell Mesa earlier this month. 

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NEWS
8:15 am
Tue August 27, 2013

Staff of US Senator Michael Bennet Host Listening Session on Farm Bill

Thistle Whistle Farm near Hotchkiss, CO
Travis Bubenik/KVNF

Members of Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet’s staff recently held a listening session in Paonia to gather community input on the 2013 Farm Bill.

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NEWS
10:23 am
Mon July 29, 2013

How Secure is the "Fort Knox" of Seeds?

Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault.
Grace Hood/KUNC

When unapproved genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations about how it ended up there to start flying. A flurry of initial finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Fort Collins, Colo., which housed the same strain of wheat, developed by Monsanto Corp., for about seven years up until late 2011.

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Local Newscast
8:56 am
Mon July 8, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, July 08, 2013

Headlines:

  • Rains Help Slow West Fork Fire; Holding at 110,000 Acres
  • Hay Prices and Horse Owners Affected by Severe Drought
  • New Laws Aimed at Protecting Pregnant Women Take Effect
  • Century Old Cemetery Uncovered at School Construction Site
  • North Fork Mosquito Abatement District Releases West Nile Update
  • Western Slope Skies – Summer Skies Mean a Bright Milky Way
Local Newscast
8:47 am
Thu June 20, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Thursday, June 20, 2013.

Headlines:

  • State Task Force To Limit Building in Fire Zones
  • Wildfire Update
  • San Juan Wilderness Act Making Progress in US Senate
  • Mesa County Foreclosures Spike, While Statewide Levels Drop
  • Missing Grand Junction Man’s Vehicle Found On Uncompahgre
  • Ken Salazar Defends Fracking; Calls For Industry Transparency
  • Steve Martin And The Steep Canyon Rangers To The Rescue
  • Community Supported Agriculture A Tricky Business
Local Newscast
8:48 am
Wed May 15, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, May 15, 2013.

Headlines:

  • April showers: an aberration, not a trend
  • Sounds of the High Country: Idaho’s political polarization
  • Number of children needing fostering and adoption soars
  • Ozone violations in Western Colorado for the first time
  • Parachute Leak Update
  • Growing A Local Beer, Farm To Glass

Local Newscast
8:36 am
Mon April 8, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, April 08, 2013

Headlines:

  • State Budget Clears House With 9 Republican Votes
  • Governor At Center Of Oil And Gas Battles (click on Read more for a list of pending legislation)
  • Reporters Discuss the Aftermath of Gun Legislation
  • iSeeChange: Cornstalk Bales Off an Alternative for Ranchers
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Local Newscast
9:35 am
Tue December 18, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast: Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Headlines:

  • Numerous Protests Filed Against NF Gas Leasing
  • Delta Commissioners Deny Crawford Gravel Pit
  • Judge Rejects Anti-trust Settlement For Gas Companies
  • Deputy Involved In Alleged Kidnapping
  • Legislative Preview From the Capitol
  • Farmers/Ranchers Being Surveyed RE Drought (see details below)

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