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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1:03pm

Wed November 13, 2013
Agriculture

Hefty Flood Costs Weigh On Colorado Farmers

On September 23rd, not long after the flood waters receded from his farmland outside LaSalle, Colo., Glenn Werning spent the day getting drenched, fermenting corn out of a silo.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Farmers and ranchers are tallying just how expensive September’s flooding will be for Colorado’s agriculture economy. Estimates are quickly adding up to tens of millions of dollars.

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5:00am

Mon November 4, 2013
Agriculture

Joel Salatin: Local Food Movement Still Faces Big Hurdles

Joel Salatin, a farmer and author, is one of the top opinion leaders in the local food movement.
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Joel Salatin is one of the rock stars of the local food movement. He’s written books, appeared in documentaries and scheduled speaking engagements nationwide. Among foodies, he’s a celebrity.

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4:01pm

Tue October 22, 2013
Agriculture

Cantaloupe Farmers Plead Guilty To Criminal Charges

Cantaloupes were the culprit in a 2011 listeria outbreak that killed more than 30 people.
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The Colorado farmers who distributed cantaloupes infected with listeria two years ago pleaded guilty in federal court to criminal charges Tuesday. Jensen Farms, located outside Holly, Colo., was the source of the outbreak that killed 33 people nationwide.

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1:29pm

Wed October 16, 2013
Agriculture

Turning A Public Park Into An Edible Forest Free-For-All

Stephanie Syson, manager at the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute, holds a map of the planned food forest in Basalt, Colo.'s Ponderosa Park.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

4:25pm

Wed October 9, 2013
Agriculture

South Korea Halts Beef Imports From Colorado-Based Meatpacker

A 22 ton shipment of beef from one of JBS USA's meatpacking facilities tested positive for Zilmax, a controversial feed additive meant to make cattle gain weight quickly.
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