Luke Runyon

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Beaks On Fleek: Meet Some Of Colorado's Most Charming Chickens

Friday, August 05, 2016

Some of the chickens perform tricks — one pale-feathered rooster named Bruce pretends to sleep on command — while others, like Buff Brahma hen Miss Felicia Fancy Feet, don dapper costumes.


Can Planting More Milkweed Save Monarch Butterflies? It's Complicated

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Conservationists have long blamed farmers' use of pesticides for decimating the milkweed that monarch caterpillars like to eat. But scientists say simply planting more milkweed isn't the answer.


How A Cheese Factory Is Transforming The Landscape Of Northern Colorado

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Leprino's is the largest mozzarella manufacturer in the world. Now that the company is expanding, Colorado dairy farmers are beefing up their operations. The changes don't come without costs.


How Colorado Is Turning Food Waste Into Electricity

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

At the Heartland Biogas Project, spoiled milk, old pet food and vats of grease combine with helpful bacteria in massive tanks to generate gas. It's all thanks to anaerobic digestion.


Gigi The Cow Broke The Milk Production Record. Is That Bad For Cows?

Friday, March 18, 2016

Cows are being bred to be larger, hungrier, and more productive. But this drive to raise ever-larger, hulking Holsteins has some prominent livestock advocates ringing alarm bells.


Dispute Over Prayer Breaks Divides Muslim Meatpacking Workers

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The conversation about religious accommodation in the workplace is playing out in a rural Colorado meatpacking town where Muslim workers at a Cargill plant were fired over prayer breaks.


World's Largest Meatpacking Firm Wants To Test Out Robot Butchers

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million Americans prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up on dinner tables. But some of those workers could eventually be replaced by robots. The world's largest meatpacking company is looking at ...


World's Largest Meatpacking Company Tests Out Robot Butchers

Friday, January 01, 2016

Slaughterhouses and meatpacking plants throughout the country employ a lot of people. About a quarter of a million Americans prepare the beef, pork and chicken that ends up on dinner ...


Critics Question Monsanto's Plan To Buy Syngenta

Monday, August 17, 2015

Monsanto, the world's largest producer of seeds, is trying to swallow up a competitor in pesticide production. The move could lead to fewer choices for farmers and further consolidate the industry.


Judge Strikes Down Idaho 'Ag-Gag' Law, Raising Questions For Other States

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

A judge ruled Monday that an Idaho law criminalizing undercover investigations of farms is unconstitutional. Seven other states have similar laws, but legal experts say they may not stand much longer.


Inside The World's Largest Food Company You've Probably Never Heard Of

Friday, July 10, 2015

Executives at JBS, the world's largest meat producer, know consumers want to know more about how their food is sourced. But the very nature of their business is grisly and sometimes unpalatable.


Concern Grows Over Unregulated Pesticide Use Among Marijuana Growers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Regulators in the 23 states where medical or recreational marijuana is allowed are having a tough time making sure pot buyers don't ingest harmful pesticides.


Sheep Ranchers Count On American Muslims To Keep Lamb On Menu

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Today, the average American eats about a half pound of lamb per year. Now lamb producers are setting their sights on Muslim consumers. But first they'll have to learn how to market to them.

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Farmers, Trade Association Debate Merits Of Organic Marketing Fund

Monday, April 06, 2015

The fast-growing organic sector hasn't enjoyed a succinct motto. The Organic Trade Association wants growers to help pay for one. The idea is splitting farmers, processors and marketers into factions.


Is Colorado Primed To Become The Silicon Valley Of Agriculture?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Colorado is famous for its beer and its beef. But what about its farm drones?

In the last several years, Boulder and Denver have become hubs for tech startups, and companies in the state's Front Range are on a tear, patenting new technologies in irrigation, food science and ...


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

After more than a decade of explosive growth, sales of local food at U.S. farmers' markets are slowing. A January report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that while more farmers are selling directly to consumers, local food sales at farmers markets, farm stands and through community supported ...


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.