Luke Runyon

AgriBusiness Reporter

I'm a reporter with Harvest Public Media based at KUNC, covering the wide range of agricultural stories in Colorado.

I came to KUNC in March 2013, after spending about two years as a reporter with Aspen Public Radio in Aspen, Colorado.

During my time in Aspen, I was recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. for my reporting and production work. My reports have been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.

I'm the product of two farm families in central Illinois, which is where I spent most of my formative years. Before moving to Colorado I spent a year covering local and state government for Illinois Public Radio and WUIS in the state's capital. I have a Master's degree in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield, the same place where I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Communication.

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6:00am

Mon August 26, 2013
Agriculture

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, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

10:39am

Thu August 22, 2013
Agriculture

#FoodChatting About Farmers Markets

Community Supported Agriculture allows consumers buy a share of a farmers produce, and sometimes brings in some unique items. Twitter user @JBooneClemmons says that can be daunting: "I have personally never been part of a CSA because I am worried about waiting things I am not sure how to cook."
Credit Sakurai Midori / wikimedia commons

Curious about what’s happening online in the food scene? Four years ago, a new hashtag popped up in the Twittersphere - #foodchat is where consumers and producers can talk.

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3:15pm

Mon August 5, 2013
Health

Food Officials Pin Down What "Gluten-Free" Actually Means

Gluten-free foods have been growing in popularity, to the tune of $2.6 billion in sales in 2010.
Credit Andrea Nguyen / Creative Commons/Flickr

Try walking down a grocery aisle or opening a restaurant menu without stumbling upon foods with claims that they’re “gluten-free.”

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6:00am

Tue July 30, 2013
Agriculture

Can Cattle Hooves 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 KUNC and 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.

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6:00am

Fri July 26, 2013
Agriculture

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. 

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