Harvest Public Media http://krcc.org en Mutton Busting: A Rodeo Tradition http://krcc.org/post/mutton-busting-rodeo-tradition <p>A furry beast, a brave rider and a roaring crowd make up the list of ingredients for the Western rodeo tradition known as “mutton busting.” Think of it as bull-riding, but for 6-year-olds, and the furry beast is actually a wooly sheep.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mutton busting has its roots in Colorado, where it was first introduced in the </span>1980s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The crowd-pleaser is now a favorite at many rodeos and county fairs across the Midwest and Great Plains.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 01:56:12 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media & KUNC 22444 at http://krcc.org Mutton Busting: A Rodeo Tradition While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same http://krcc.org/post/while-farm-life-changes-ffa-s-blue-jacket-stays-same <p>The blue corduroy jacket worn by high school students in FFA, formerly the Future Farmers of America, is an icon of rural life. To the average city dweller the jacket is a vestige of dwindling, isolated farm culture, as fewer and fewer young people grow up on farms. The numbers tell a different story however. In spite of that demographic shift, a record number of kids are donning blue jackets this year.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 04:06:55 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 17223 at http://krcc.org While Farm Life Changes, FFA’s Blue Jacket Stays The Same Climate Change Could Benefit Some Invasive Plants http://krcc.org/post/climate-change-could-benefit-some-invasive-plants <p><br />Most <a href="http://www.hprcc.unl.edu/publications/files/HighPlainsClimateChangeGuide-2013.pdf" target="_blank">climate models paint</a> a bleak picture for the Great Plains a century from now: It will likely be warmer and the air will be richer with carbon dioxide. Though scientists don’t yet know how exactly the climate will change, new studies show it could be a boon to some invasive plant species.<br />&nbsp;</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 16424 at http://krcc.org Climate Change Could Benefit Some Invasive Plants Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry http://krcc.org/post/colorado-imposes-food-safety-rules-marijuana-industry <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><br />Colorado made history when it opened up licensed marijuana retail shops. Aside from just legalizing the purchase of smoke-able marijuana, it also means pot brownies have the potential to be big business.</p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Food products infused with marijuana’s psychoactive ingredient, THC, are available in stores across the state.</span></p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:44:54 +0000 Luke Runyon & Harvest Public Media 14429 at http://krcc.org Colorado Imposes Food Safety Rules On Marijuana Industry Developers Look to Farms to Sell Suburban Homes http://krcc.org/post/developers-look-farms-sell-suburban-homes <p>For decades, housing developments in the suburbs have come complete with golf courses, tennis courts, strip malls and swimming pools. But make way for the new subdivision amenity: the specialty farm.</p><p></p><p>A new model for suburban development is springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement. Farms, complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees, are serving as a way to entice potential buyers to settle in a new subdivision.</p><p></p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 19:47:25 +0000 Luke Runyon 12622 at http://krcc.org Developers Look to Farms to Sell Suburban Homes Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk http://krcc.org/post/prison-dairy-serves-buffalo-milk <p></p><p>Past the razor-wire fences, beyond huge metal gates, behind thick walls, you’ll find one of the most unique dairies in the country. The Four Mile Correctional Center in Cañon City, Colo., is home to what could very well be the country’s largest herd of domesticated water buffalo – buffalo milked for their rich, frothy milk.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>At the Four Mile dairy, inmates run the milking parlor, not a farmer in overalls. And it’s not black and white cows dotting the landscape, instead it’s water buffalo with big, curved horns.</p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 10474 at http://krcc.org Prison Dairy Serves Up Buffalo Milk The 'Fort Knox' of Seeds: How Safe is It? http://krcc.org/post/fort-knox-seeds-how-safe-it <p></p><p></p><p>When genetically modified wheat was found growing in Oregon earlier this year, it didn’t take long for accusations to start flying. No one knew how the unapproved wheat ended up in the ground. A flurry of finger-pointing cast potential blame on a federal seed vault in Colorado, which housed the same strain of wheat. The facility's been cleared of wrongdoing since then, but the investigation brings up questions of how secure these seed vaults actually are. KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon took a tour of the Colorado vault, and has this report.</p><p></p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:49:51 +0000 Luke Runyon 6474 at http://krcc.org The 'Fort Knox' of Seeds: How Safe is It? Young Farmers and the Obstacles They Face http://krcc.org/post/young-farmers-and-obstacles-they-face <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font: inherit; font-family: 'PT Sans', sans-serif; line-height: 15px; ">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The American farmer is getting older. Most recent census data shows the average age is 57. And while that tells us who is farming now, it also shows who’s not. While the farming community continues to age, fewer young people are filling the ranks. Harvest Public Media’s Luke Runyon asks the question: Do young people even want to farm anymore?</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 13:35:00 +0000 Luke Runyon 6027 at http://krcc.org Young Farmers and the Obstacles They Face