Esther Honig

Harvest Public Media Reporter

As a reporter for Harvest Public Media, I travel throughout northern Colorado, and parts of Wyoming and Nebraska to cover agriculture and rural issues. 

I’m originally from Colorado and moved back after a nine year hiatus to work for KUNC. Previously, I spent two years reporting on the opioid epidemic in rural Ohio for the NPR affiliate in Columbus. 

I got my start in radio journalism while attending college in Oakland, California, where I earned a degree in Spanish, Latin American Studies. 

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A sugar refinery in Fort Morgan, Colorado has been fined $2 million  for violating the state’s environmental laws. Those infractions may be linked to a foul odor that’s been frustrating local residents since last summer.  

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Farmers across Colorado are in the midst of planting season. Major crops like corn went in the ground in mid-April. Early May is prime planting time for sugar beet and sorghum.

This year, the outlook for these crops depends largely on where they’re planted. For farmers in southern Colorado, the prospects aren’t good.

Esther Honig

At a press conference in Tennessee last February, local Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh stood behind a podium to announce that state law enforcement, together with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI, had raided 23 local stores. Fitzhugh alleged the stores were selling products “resembling candy and containing a marijuana derivative.”

The farm bill traditionally is a bipartisan effort, but House Republicans’ proposed changes to the main federal food-aid program in this year’s version have struck a nerve. To move it through efficiently, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he’ll appeal to President Donald Trump.

Esther Honig

At his booth for the 5th annual NoCo Hemp Exposition in Loveland, Colorado, Scott Leshman, founder of Cannabinoid Creations, pours samples of his signature soda flavor, Cartoon Cereal Crunch. It’s an ode to the popular breakfast cereal, Cap'n Crunch CrunchBerries, with a twist: It contains cannabidiol, also known as CBD oil.