Luke Runyon

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Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colorado's food and ag industries have been growing two to four times faster than the state's economy overall. The state's economists are ever more hopeful about cornering the market on ag innovation.


As Rules Get Sorted Out, Drones May Transform Agriculture Industry

Monday, February 16, 2015

At farm shows across the country, drones have become as ubiquitous as tractors. Drone flights are mostly banned in the U.S., but on Sunday the FAA released long-awaited draft rules.


Are Farmers Market Sales Peaking? That Might Be Good For Farmers

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The rate of growth in the number of farmers markets and sales at them has slowed in recent years. But that could mean the entire local food movement is growing up.


After Congressional Green Light, Scientists Begin Hemp Studies

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Scientists are studying how hemp might be used in the electronic, medical and manufacturing industries. Because the plant's been illegal for decades, it's been difficult to do research on its uses.


Nuns On The Ranch Give A Heavenly Twist To Beef

Monday, December 22, 2014

At a Colorado ranch run by Benedictine nuns, prayer and farming go hand in hand. "We have kind of a corner on the market" for grass-fed beef, says one sister. "People just kind of believe in it."


Women's Work Is Never Done On The Farm, And Sometimes Never Counted

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The percentage of female farmers is climbing — slowly, according to federal figures. But those numbers don't take into account the many new roles women are filling on multigenerational family farms.


Week In Politics: Executive Action, Keystone Pipeline

Friday, November 14, 2014

Audie Cornish talks with E.J Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times about issues that popped up during the first week in Washington since the midterms.

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Legal Marijuana Drives Booming Demand For Denver's Warehouses

Friday, November 14, 2014

Colorado law says the plant itself has to be grown indoors, but regulation and reluctant banks have made real estate hard to come by for pot entrepreneurs. The right property can go for millions.


Colorado, Oregon Reject GMO Labeling

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Voters in Colorado and Oregon rejected measures to require labels on foods produced with genetic engineering. Meanwhile, voters in Maui, Hawaii, approved a moratorium on GMO crops.


Voters Will Get Their Say On GMO Labeling In Colorado And Oregon

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Similar measures calling for labeling genetically modified foods have failed in recent years in California and Washington, and Vermont is being sued for the labeling law it enacted earlier this year.


To Stop Picky Eaters From Tossing The Broccoli, Give Them Choices

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

When healthier school lunch standards went into effect, many worried kids would toss their mandated veggies. But researchers say letting kids pick what they put on their tray can cut down on waste.

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Colorado's Pot Brownies Now Come With Instructions

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Colorado is rolling out regulations for the edible-marijuana sector, including "emergency rules," which spell out serving sizes. But for now, most of the dosage education is falling to pot shops.


In Changing America, Gay Masculinity Has 'Many Different Shades'

Friday, August 22, 2014

As attitudes toward homosexuality shift in the U.S., many gay men say that's created not just more legal freedoms but also greater freedom to express their gender identities.


Will Americans Buy Bug Snacks? Maybe ... If They're Funny And Cute

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The "ick factor" has kept consumers in the U.S. from eating crickets, locusts and mealworms. To convert skeptics, bug-food advocates are trying to win them over with sleek packages and clever names.


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

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

After nearly 50 years of tight regulations, farmers in some states are now allowed to grow hemp seeds for experimentation. But it's still illegal to import viable seeds — which are in high demand.


The Latest Food Truck Theme Is Marijuana For Lunch

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The food truck craze and recreational marijuana have now collided. MagicalButter, a Seattle-based company, says its Samich food truck is just one of many pot culinary ventures.


Ranchers Wary As U.S. Considers Brazilian Beef Imports

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The U.S. wants to allow imports of fresh beef from Brazil, but the country's livestock has a history of foot-and-mouth disease. American ranchers worry about the risk and lower beef prices.


To Keep Business Growing, Vendors Rebrand Pot's Stoner Image

Monday, April 21, 2014

In Colorado, where recreational pot is now legal, stores are working hard to stand out — marketing to fans of organic, locally grown produce and trying to liken using pot to enjoying a glass of wine.


No Plows, Cows, Sows: Not Your (Grand)Father's Youth Farm Group

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A record number of kids are joining the FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America. Many are from urban and suburban areas, and they're shifting the group's focus from agriculture to food science.


In Ranchers Vs. Weeds, Climate Change Gives Weeds An Edge

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Invasive weeds are already a big headache for ranchers, who spend thousands of dollars to get rid of them. New research shows that a changing climate is likely to help many of these weeds thrive.