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

Tue February 4, 2014
Agriculture

After Years Of Wild Weather, What Will 2014 Bring?

Still plenty of uncertainty about the 2014 planting season, though the latest drought outlook paints a bleak picture for sections of the Great Plains.
Credit Climate Prediction Center / National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

4:42pm

Sun February 2, 2014
The Salt

Marijuana-Laced Treats Leave Colorado Jonesing For Food-Safety Rules

Originally published on Tue February 4, 2014 10:00 am

Truffles are among the many foods infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — already for sale in Colorado.
Luke Runyon/KUNC/Harvest Public Media

Where there's pot, there's pot brownies. But how do you make sure those high-inducing sweets are safe to eat?

Colorado regulators are wrestling with that question now that the state has legalized recreational marijuana. From sodas and truffles to granola bars and butter, food products infused with THC – the chemical in marijuana that gives you a high — are already for sale.

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2:14pm

Fri January 24, 2014
Business

Hesitant Banks Could Soon Open To Marijuana Industry

Financial instutitions have been reluctant to open accounts with marijuana businesses for fear of racketeering or money laundering charges. That could change soon.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The “Cash Only” signs that are ubiquitous in Colorado’s marijuana businesses, medicinal or recreational, could soon be on the way out. Attorney General Eric Holder says the U.S. Department of Justice will soon issue guidelines meant to put skittish financial institutions at ease about dealing in the burgeoning marijuana industry.

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6:00am

Thu January 23, 2014
Business

Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry

A marijuana plant glows purple under grow lights at 3D Cannabis Center in Denver, Colo.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.

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6:00am

Wed January 22, 2014
Politics

Meet The Man Who’s Enforcing Colorado’s Marijuana Laws

Lewis Koski is the new director of Colorado's Marijuana Enforcement Division.
Credit Jim Hill / KUNC

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