Agriculture

12:52pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Agriculture

The Search Begins For Century-Old Colorado Farms

The state's historical society has recognized more than 400 farms and ranches in Colorado that have been owned by the same family for a century or longer.
Credit Sara Brooks / Greeley History

History Colorado, the state’s historical society, is on the hunt for farms that have been around for one hundred years or more. 

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1:20am

Mon April 8, 2013
The Salt

Vermont Finds High-Tech Ways To Sap More Money From Maple Trees

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 2:35 pm

John Silloway fixes maple sap lines in Randolph, Vt., in February 2011.
Toby Talbot AP

In Vermont, maple syrup is growing jobs and allowing farmers to make a profit.

When most people imagine maple syrup production, they think of buckets hanging from trees collecting sap. But these days, most of that sap is collected by pipeline and vacuum pumps.

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5:30am

Fri April 5, 2013
Agriculture

Colorado Farmers Scramble To Find Irrigation Water

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's go now to the Great Plains, where farmers are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They are scrambling to find irrigation water, which is scarce in the midst of the region's persistent drought. In eastern Colorado, thirsty cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, selling what they don't need back to farmers.

As Luke Runyon from member station KUNC reports, the agreement only works when water is plentiful.

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8:54am

Thu April 4, 2013
Agriculture

Thirsty Cities Drain Colorado Farm Land

Fourth generation farmer Kent Peppler will have a hard time securing irrigation water this year. The ongoing drought has forced cities to hold on to their supplies, leaving farmers like Peppler to fallow some of his fields in Mead, Colorado.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They’re in a tight spot with irrigation water, due to the region’s persistent drought.

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6:19am

Wed April 3, 2013
Around the Nation

Cold Snap Delays Maryland Crabbing Season

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep. Punxsutawney Phil has his counterpart in the average Maryland crab - except while Phil supposedly predicts the weather and this year missed a cold snap, Maryland crabs react in real time. This week was supposed to be the start of crabbing season but the chill in the Chesapeake has left the water too cold for the crabs to come out of the mud. It turns out this is extending their life spans - since it means watermen can't catch them. It's MORNING EDITION. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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