Wed November 13, 2013

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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Mon November 4, 2013

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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Wed October 23, 2013

The Scarecrow: A View Of The Future, Or Attack On Family Farmers?

A screen capture from the animated short The Scarecrow. YouTube

A three minute video released by Denver-based Chipotle is ruffling feathers of the Nebraska Farm Bureau. Featuring a scarecrow, the animated short was released by the restaurant chain to promote a video game highlighting the company's 'commitment to food with integrity.'

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Wed October 9, 2013

The Long, Slow Decline Of The U.S. Sheep Industry

Once a staple part of the American diet, we’re eating a lot less lamb. The U.S. sheep herd today is just one-tenth the size it was in the 1940s.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has been cut in half. In fact, the number has been declining since the late 1940s, when the American sheep industry hit its peak. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.

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Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Slows USDA

The USDA headquarters in Washington D.C.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture was forced to send home tens of thousands of employees because of Tuesday’s government shutdown. As a result, the agriculture department and its nearly two dozen agencies are operating at limited capacity – or not at all.

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