Thu March 19, 2015

Factions Prepare For A Fight In The Organic Food Industry

Organic food sales continue to climb. The industry recorded $35 billion in sales in 2013.
Luke Runyon KUNC, Harvest Public Media

A battle is brewing in the organic food industry.

The largest trade association for organic farmers, marketers and processors wants growers to help pay for promotional campaigns, using a decades-old funding model that paid for iconic ads like “Got Milk?” and “Beef: It’s What’s For Dinner.” But deciding how to spread the organic message is dividing the sector into factions.

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Fri February 6, 2015

Status Of Colorado's Front Range Fracking Bans In One Handy Chart

Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The City of Fort Collins is set to file an opening brief in its appeal of a fracking moratorium struck down in 2014 by a state judge. The February 6 deadline for the filing marked an early step in a case whose final decision likely will not come for several months, said the city's attorney's office.

The Fort Collins case is just one of many bans or moratoriums passed, sued over, and struck down since 2012, when Longmont became the first Colorado town to institute a ban on hydraulic fracturing. As new bans are passed and lawsuits against those votes have wound their way through the courts, it's become a little difficult to keep track of the standing of various bans and moratoriums.

For reference, KUNC has put together a chart tracking the status of drilling or fracking bans or moratoriums in Northern Colorado.

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Thu August 28, 2014
Oil and Gas

3-0: Judge Strikes Lafayette's Voter-Approved Fracking Ban

Fracking pump trucks during a fracturing operation at a well pad site near Longmont, Colo.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

A Boulder district court judge struck down a 2013 voter-approved fracking ban in Lafayette. The move follows similar court rulings against Longmont and Fort Collins, where voters passed bans or moratoriums restricting hydraulic fracturing.

The lawsuit was initiated by the Colorado Oil and Gas Association, which argued that a ban on fracking was effectively a ban on oil and gas development.

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Thu July 3, 2014

Forget Knee-High, Colorado’s Hemp Crop Is Waist-High By The Fourth Of July

Hemp stalks shoot up on research plots in rural Boulder county.
Credit Ben Holmes / Centennial Seeds

An old saying among farmers is that you want your corn to be “knee-high by the Fourth of July.” That adage doesn’t necessarily apply to Colorado’s newest cash crop: industrial hemp. Unsurprisingly, considering the ubiquitous nickname given to hemp’s cousin marijuana, the plant grows like a weed.

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Wed May 28, 2014

Industrial Hemp Could Take Root, If Legal Seeds Weren't So Scarce

Originally published on Wed May 28, 2014 10:57 am

The hemp seedlings in Ben Holmes' warehouse in Lafayette, Colo., will be ready for harvest in about 50 days. Holmes says that during the peak growing season, the little sprouts can shoot up several inches each day.
Luke Runyon KUNC/Harvest Public Media

The most recent farm bill is allowing a handful of farmers across the country to put hemp, the nonpsychoactive cousin of marijuana, in the ground.

The bill allows small-scale experimentation with the plant. But despite the new law, many farmers say they're getting mixed messages from the federal government.

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