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

Sun June 30, 2013
Agriculture

My Farm Roots: A Cowboy At Heart

Once an average suburban Colorado kid, Trent Johnson spent years ranching and now owns storied cowboy outfitter Greeley Hat Works.
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12:08pm

Thu June 20, 2013
Health

Smoothies May Have Contained Hepatitis, Colorado Health Officials Warn

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As the number of cases related to an outbreak of hepatitis A continues to grow, Colorado health officials are warning smoothie drinkers they may have come in contact with the pathogen at two restaurants in the state.

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6:00am

Thu June 20, 2013
Agriculture

Running A CSA Can Be A Tricky Business

Michael Baute and Meghan Williams co-own this tiny farm, Spring Kite, in Fort Collins. Both had farmed as apprentices before, but wanted their own space and their own business. One-third of their produce goes to the farm’s CSA, or Community Supported Agriculture, clients.
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Within the local food movement, the community supported agriculture model is praised. CSAs, as they’re commonly known, are often considered one of the best ways to restore a connection to the foods we eat.

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2:41am

Wed June 12, 2013
The Salt

Why You'll Be Paying More For Beef All This Year

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 3:53 am

With U.S. cattle herds at their lowest levels since the 1950s and corn feed prices on the rise, beef prices are on the rise.
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If you've experienced sticker shock shopping for ground beef or steak recently, be prepared for an entire summer of high beef prices.

Multi-year droughts in states that produce most of the country's beef cattle have driven up costs to historic highs. Last year, ranchers culled deep into their herds — some even liquidated all their cattle — which pushed the U.S. cattle herd to its lowest point since the 1950s.

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6:00am

Tue June 11, 2013
Health

Food Stamp Use Doubles In Colorado

Since the onset of the great recession in 2008, the number of households that receive food stamps has more than doubled in Colorado.
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47 million Americans are enrolled in the SNAP program – short for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps.

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