Agriculture

5:00am

Mon December 1, 2014
Energy

Helping Colorado Dairymen Lighten Your Milk's Energy Load

Dairyman Jim McClay in front of his cows.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

What comes to mind when you think about milk? Like it or loathe it, you probably associate it with cereal, Oreos and milk mustaches. One thing you probably don't think about? Energy.

It turns out, it takes a lot of energy to make a gallon of milk. Recently, a few Colorado dairymen have been working to lighten their milk's energy load.

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5:00am

Fri November 28, 2014
Water

On The Colorado Plains, Ag Depends On The Drying Ogallala

Deb Daniel, General Manager for the Republican River Conservation District, sitting near the Republican River in Wray, Colo.
Shelley Schlender RMCR

Most Colorado cities and farms get water from snowmelt in the Rockies. That's not the case in Northeastern Colorado. This food-producing powerhouse depends on an ancient, underground reservoir called the Ogallala.

Ever since the Ice Ages, the Ogallala's been slowly accumulating water. Modern farmers, though, pump so much water that this "timeless" aquifer is starting to run out. Someday, Northeast Colorado may have to curtail some crops and some farm towns might become ghost towns.

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5:00am

Thu November 20, 2014
Agriculture

Women Have Always Been Farmers, Now They’re Being Counted

The co-owner of a dairy near Fort Morgan, Colo., Mary Kraft says the skills needed to be a successful farmer have changed in recent years.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

When farmer Sondra Pierce had her first child, she decided to forgo daycare.

“Soon as I had my son, because I had my son very early, I would put his car seat in the tractor and he would ride with me,” Pierce said.

During harvest on her sugar beet farm in rural Boulder County, Colo., she’d buckle him up in the seat right next to her.

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9:11am

Wed November 12, 2014
Agriculture

Migrant Farmworkers Remain Crucial To Harvest

Veronica Jaramillo and her family spent about two months this year harvesting apples in Waverly, Mo.
Credit Esther Honig for Harvest Public Media

On a warm October afternoon Veronica Jaramillo walks through rows of skinny apple trees on the orchard where she works as the sun sinks behind rolling Missouri hills.

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1:04am

Mon November 10, 2014
The Salt

Want To Grow These Apples? You'll Have To Join The Club

Originally published on Tue December 2, 2014 6:21 pm

Pinatas are among the new generation of club apples — varieties that are not just patented, but also trademarked and controlled in such a way that only a select "club" of farmers can sell them.
Stemilt Growers LLC

There's an apple renaissance underway, an ever-expanding array of colors and tastes in the apple section of supermarkets and farmers markets.

Less visible is the economic machinery that's helping to drive this revolution. An increasing number of these new apples are "club apples" — varieties that are not just patented, but also trademarked and controlled in such a way that only a select "club" of farmers can sell them.

To understand the new trend, start with the hottest apple variety of recent years: Honeycrisp.

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