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.



Mon June 10, 2013

Grillers Beware: Drought Driving Up Beef Prices

Edwards Meats in Wheat Ridge, Colo. is already feeling the pinch of higher beef prices. Owner Darin Edwards said he’s trying to absorb some of the cost passed along to him by his suppliers, but he’ll likely have to increase what he charges for beef in the coming weeks.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media


Wed June 5, 2013

Health Officials Expect More Cases From Hepatitis Outbreak

Packages of frozen berries from Oregon-based Townsend Farms, labeled as "antioxident blend," are being investigated as the cause of a multi-state outbreak of hepatitis A, including a dozen cases in Colorado.
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Sat May 25, 2013

Protesters Rally Against Genetically Modified Foods In Denver

Protesters hold signs protesting genetically modified crops outside the state capitol in Denver Saturday.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media


Thu May 23, 2013

Broader Competition For USDA's 'Rural' Dollars

Eugene Jacquez’s family has grown beans and raised sheep at the base of the Culebra peaks in San Luis, Colo., for generations. He belongs to the Rio Culebra Cooperative and says without federal funding, many of his neighbors will be reluctant to sell to the co-op.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

As lawmakers debate the Farm Bill in Washington, millions of dollars are at stake for small businesses across the country. Rural development grants go out to everything from home loans to water projects to small co-ops.

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Tue May 21, 2013

Want To Grow Hemp? Colorado Officials Say To Wait

Hemp and marijuana are hard to differentiate with the naked eye, but the two plants differ in their chemical makeup. Hemp is mostly used for its fiber and oil to make fabrics and lotions.
Credit Martin Abegglen / Flickr/Creative Commons

Aspiring hemp growers are stuck in a tricky gray area these days. While voters in some states, like Colorado, have given the go-ahead to growing and processing the plant, a blanket ban still exists at the federal level.

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