Agriculture

6:00am

Fri August 29, 2014
Agriculture

Above Colorado’s Fruited Plains, Local Food Faces Hurdles

Yampa Valley Farms sit about 20 miles outside Steamboat Springs.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Local food is no longer just a novelty. Farmers markets are growing nationwide and farms that sell directly to consumers brought in $1.3 billion in 2012, up eight percent from just five years earlier. Despite the demand, making local food work in some places is decidedly more difficult than others. Steamboat Springs is one of those places.

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1:43am

Thu August 28, 2014
The Salt

How Foster Farms Is Solving The Case Of The Mystery Salmonella

Originally published on Thu August 28, 2014 11:57 am

Bob O'Connor, a Foster Farms veterinarian, holds an 11-day-old chick at a ranch near the town of Merced, in California's Central Valley.
Dan Charles NPR

Foster Farms, California's biggest chicken producer, has been accused of poisoning people with salmonella bacteria. After an outbreak last fall, the U.S. Department of Agriculture threatened to shut down three of the company's plants.

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5:00am

Tue August 26, 2014
Water

In Colorado, Conversation About Lawn Water Use Begins

Colorado water experts are discussing how much water should be used for watering new lawns.
Robert Couse-Baker Flickr-Creative Commons

As Colorado plans for a future with more people and less water, some in the world of water are turning to the problem of lawns.

In the 2014 legislative session, state senator Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) introduced a bill [.pdf] that would limit lawns in new developments if they took water from farms.  Although the bill was changed dramatically before it passed, that proposal opened up a statewide conservation about how water from agriculture and the Western Slope is used – particularly when it is growing Front Range grass.

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5:00am

Wed August 20, 2014
Agriculture

What Goes Into The Price Of Your Tomato?

Vegetable farmer Tom Goeke of St. Charles, Mo., sells his Red Deuce tomatoes wholesale at about $1.50 per pound.
Credit Kristofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

5:00am

Wed August 20, 2014
Biofuel

Squeezing Diesel From A Seed

Camelina seeds, with a 35 percent oil content, could be a perfect crop for farmers wishing to grow their own fuel.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

On a windy August day outside of Fort Collins, three Colorado State University students crouch in a field, harvesting a crop by hand. The plants in the field, which are browning slower than usual during a wet, cool summer, are a light tan color and about knee high.

The crop is called camelina, and the researchers believe these plants, which produce tiny, oil-filled seeds, could provide farmers with the ability to grow their own fuel on the farm.

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