U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

3:09pm

Mon June 23, 2014
water

Colorado Had A Great Snowpack Year, In Some Cases Really Great

Snow on pine trees.
Wikimedia Commons

Skiing across Colorado’s high country was exceptional in 2014, with some resorts reporting more than 300 inches of snow. All that snow translated to an above-average snowpack.

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4:39am

Thu June 19, 2014
Agriculture

Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm

Blake Bohlender attended a three-day camp at Laughing Buck Farm near Fort Collins, Colo.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Farms aren't just for food any more. With the local food movement growing, more savvy farmers are putting a price tag on more than those organic tomatoes. They are instead marketing and selling the “farm experience” in the form of agritourism attractions.

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5:00am

Thu May 22, 2014
Agriculture

Canada Jonesing For Piece Of American (Hemp) Pie

Canada legalized hemp in 1998 and many companies there are anxiously awaiting cultivation in the U.S. At Centennial Seeds in Colorado, growers have started planting.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The U.S. market for foods and beauty products that contain hemp is growing, but American manufacturers that use hemp have their hands tied. The crop is still illegal to cultivate, according to federal laws, which means the current American hemp industry, estimated at $500 million per year, runs on foreign hemp.

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5:00am

Tue May 20, 2014
Agriculture

Could Hemp Bring An 'Agricultural Revolution?'

Hemp is grown for its fibers and seeds and lacks high concentrations of the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

6:00am

Wed May 7, 2014
Agriculture

Brazil Beef Imports Too Risky, Ranchers Worry

Rancher Sharon Harvat worries that importing fresh beef from Brazil could bring foot-and-mouth disease, which could wreak havoc on the U.S. beef trade.
Luke Runyon KUNC and Harvest Public Media

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to greenlight a proposal that would allow imports of fresh beef from certain sections of Brazil, despite the South American country’s history of outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease, a highly contagious pathogen that cripples cattle.

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