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3:53pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Agriculture

Colorado Egg Producers Take Precautions While Avian Flu Spreads

Turkey farms have seen large losses from avian influenza outbreaks since the start of 2015. Now, large chicken farms are beginning to see the virus spread as well.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

A deadly strain of avian influenza is spreading across poultry farms in the Midwest. While no cases have been reported in Colorado, egg and chicken producers in the state are taking steps to keep it that way.

Millions of birds have already succumbed to the virus nationwide, and new pockets are popping up almost daily. The virus isn’t harmful to people, but can be easily transmitted from humans to poultry.

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3:22pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Politics

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

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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1:25pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Environment

Key Funding For Parks, Recreation Awaits Renewal In Congress

The Continental Divide National Scenic Trail
Bob Wick Bureau of Land Management

A fund that helps preserve some of the nation’s most iconic natural areas is set to expire in 2015 if it’s not reauthorized by Congress.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund, which was created in 1965, uses royalties from offshore oil and gas development to build, maintain, and protect public access to outdoor recreation areas – from local community parks to the majestic Continental Divide Trail, which runs through Colorado.

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6:58am

Tue April 21, 2015

5:00am

Tue April 21, 2015
Environment

NoCO Snowpack Boosted While Southern Colorado Still Dry

ForestWander Wikimedia Commons

Recent snowstorms have pushed Colorado’s snowpack up to 62 percent of normal. But according to experts, those storms didn’t provide relief to the driest areas in the southern half of the state.

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