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AGRICULTURE
2:54 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Cheap Crops Mean Tight Times For Midwest's Fledgling Farmers

Like many beginning farmers, Grant Curtis wants to invest in his operation, but expectations of low prices are tying his hands.
Abby Wendle Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 4:18 pm

Farmers who just got into the business in recent years found it was a good time to both plant and harvest.

"We were all spoiled little brats the past two years, with $5, $6, $7 corn, yep," says farmer Grant Curtis.

He's sitting in the captain's chair of his combine on a brisk, overcast day in western Illinois. He's driving back and forth over rows of corn on his family's farm. Then he arcs the 80,000-pound machine off course towards a single stalk he missed.

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FOOD
1:47 am
Mon November 17, 2014

To End Food Waste, Change Needs To Begin At Home

Sherri Erkel and her daughter, Asa, cook dinner in their kitchen in Iowa City, Iowa. The Erkel family is part of an EPA study measuring the amount of food wasted in U.S. homes.
Pat Aylward NET News

Originally published on Mon November 17, 2014 1:24 pm

It's a hot summer day outside Lincoln, Neb., and Jack Chappelle is knee-deep in trash. He's wading in to rotting vegetables, half-eaten burgers and tater tots. Lots of tater tots.

"You can get a lot of tater tots out of schools," Chappelle says. "It doesn't matter if it's elementary, middle school or high school. Tater tots. Bar none."

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NEWS
1:03 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Growing Marijuana Industry Creates Real Estate Rush

In Colorado, laws require marijuana to be grown in indoor facilities, like this one in Denver.

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 7:35 am

The showing starts inside an empty office building, the kind you’d see in any humdrum workplace sitcom, stripped of its cubicles and ceiling tiles, leaving just a bare, dusty shell.

Jason Thomas with Avalon Realty Advisors, a commercial real estate firm that deals with the marijuana industry’s entrepreneurs, shows off the building’s features: a fully operational HVAC system, fire sprinklers, heavy duty warehouse doors, equipped with locks.

It’s a blank slate for a marijuana grower, ready to be outfitted with thousands of lights and complex water delivery systems.

Legalizing marijuana in Colorado created a land rush. State law says the drug has to be grown indoors, but layers of regulation meant to curb out of state investment and tight zoning requirements have made real estate hard to come by for pot growers.

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NEWS
8:24 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Luke Runyon/KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops this year. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.

Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.

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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
NEWS
8:39 am
Wed November 27, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Headlines

  • Hickenlooper visits Craig & Rifle, Calls for Compromise on Greater Sage Grouse
  • DMEA Expects Hydroelectric Upgrades to Increase Efficiency, Save Money
  • Business Leaders Across State Call for Quick Immigration Reform
  • Looking at the Challenges of Sourcing Food Locally with Joel Salatin
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
8:22 am
Mon November 25, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Monday, November 25, 2013

Headlines:

  • Colorado's Oil and Gas Industry is Stepping Up its Outreach now that Election is over,
  • BLM Says it Will Allow Anonymous Oil and Gas Lease Nominations
  • Charges Won't be filed against Montrose City Councilor who checked in at the airport with a gun in her purse
  • From Harvest Public Media, a Proposed Merger Could Create a Flour Milling Goliath
  • Paonia Eagles Win Class 1A State Championship
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
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
11:06 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk

The Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colorado, is home to what may well be the country’s largest water buffalo dairy.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

Past the razor-wire fences, beyond huge metal gates, behind thick walls, you’ll find one of the most unique dairies in the country. 

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NEWS
8:19 am
Wed September 4, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, September 4, 2013

  • Grand Valley Water Officials Say State Should Import Water to Meet Demand
  • Delta County Commissioners Discuss Efforts to Protect Sage Grouse
  • Mountain Village's Green Gondola Project to Install 10 New Solar Panels
  • More Colorado Marijuana on Black Market Than Ever Before
  • Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk
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NEWS
9:54 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Farmers look to do more with less water

Tom Trout, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture who focuses on efficient and effective irrigation methods, checks sunflowers on a USDA research plot in Weld County, CO.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.

Climate models and population growth paint a pretty bleak picture for water availability a few decades from now. If farmers want to stay in business, they have to figure out how to do more with less. Enter: super efficient irrigation systems.

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NEWS
8:54 am
Wed July 31, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • FBI and Montrose Authorities Release Illustrations of Missing Woman
  • Tom Tancredo Challenges Hickenlooper to Debate on Tax Increase
  • Some Montrose Residents Angry About Airport Improvement Spending
  • Marty Durlin Speaks with Jason Beason of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
  • Harvest Public Media – Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil?
  • Upper Management of Pueblo Newspaper Sign Giron Recall Petition
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NEWS
8:27 am
Wed July 31, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Wednesday, July 31, 2013

  • FBI and Montrose Authorities Release Illustrations of Missing Woman
  • Tom Tancredo Challenges Hickenlooper to Debate on Tax Increase for Education
  • Some Montrose Residents Angry about Airport Improvement Spending
  • Marty Durlin speaks with Jason Beason of the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory about Bird Monitoring
  • Harvest Public Media – Can Planned Grazing Revive Grassland Soil?
  • Upper Management of Publeo Newspaper Sign Giron Recall Petition
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NEWS
8:15 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Can planned grazing revive grassland soil?

William Burnidge, left, an ecologist with the Nature Conservancy, is working with rancher Nathan Andrews to test out a different method of grazing.
Luke Runyon/Harvest Public Media

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.

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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
8:58 am
Mon July 29, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Monday, July 29, 2013

Headlines:

  • TX US Senator Ted Cruz Speaks at Conservative Western Summit
  • Colorado US Senator Mark Udall Calls for Reforms to Patriot Act
  • Sounds of the High Country from KDNK – The Past, Present and Future of Wildfires in Colorado
  • Nine Colorado Counties Chosen for Alternative Fuel Vehicles Pilot Project
  • Harvest Public Media Report – How Secure is the Fort Knox of Seeds?