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

Thu March 13, 2014
Colorado Flood

Colorado Ag Braces For A Post-Flood Irrigation Season

The Higland Ditch Company is spending $1.5 million fixing the heart of its canal system along the St. Vrain River outside Lyons, Colo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When September’s flood waters came down the Front Range foothills, it unleashed tremendous pressure on an aging irrigation infrastructure, some of which dated back to the late 1800s. As the weather warms, it’ll be a race to mend the damaged or destroyed ditches before the snow starts to melt.

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10:00am

Thu March 6, 2014
Business

Colorado Farmers Told To Sit Tight For Final Trade Deal

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says a new trade pact with a group of Asian countries could increase American farm exports. Here, a crane loads grain-filled containers, some of which are exported.
Credit Bill Wheelhouse / Harvest Public Media

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is telling farmers to be patient while his office hammers out a major trade deal with a group of Asian countries, called the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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6:00am

Thu March 6, 2014
Agriculture

New Rules Seek To Protect Food Supply From Terror Attack

This feedlot in Ordway, Colo. wouldn't be covered under new rules from the FDA meant to limit risk of a terror attack on the food industry. But the rules could spur the agriculture industry to consider their vulnerabilities to attack.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

In the wake of Sept. 11, the U.S. government spent years, and billions of dollars, fortifying various industries against possible terrorist attacks. Now, government regulators are turning their attention to our food supply.

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6:00am

Mon March 3, 2014
Agriculture

Climate Change Could Benefit Some Invasive Plants

Ellen Nelson has battled invasive plants that out-compete native grasses on her grass-fed beef ranch near Bellvue, Colo. Some climate studies suggest that fight will worsen in the coming decades.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Most climate models paint a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be richer with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species.  

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3:00pm

Wed February 5, 2014
Agriculture

Climate Change Hubs Created To Give Farmers Survival Tips

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the creation of the research hubs, saying farmers need to be proactive in mitigating the effects of climate change.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

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