Colorado Agriculture

Kori Stanton

KVNF joins the Colorado Farm and Food Alliance for a day of gleaning at Excelsior Orchards in Paonia, Colorado. Reporter Kori Stanton talks with COFFA Community Cultivator Elizabeth Agee and Tony Carraro from Our Farm about the gleaning portion of the 'Plant A Row' project that launched at the beginning of the pandemic.

Ryan Maye Handy

Colorado's Commissioner of Agriculture, Kate Greenberg, talks with KVNF's Kori Stanton on August 26th, 2020. Greenberg gives KVNF listeners an  update on what's going on at the Colorado Department of Agriculture in the middle of the pandemic and answers questions from Western Slope farmers, ranchers and producers.

Jim Brett

KVNF talks with Courtney Frazier from the Colorado Agritourism Association and Executive Director of the Colorado Dude & Guest Ranch Association, Suanne Miller from Western Slope Farmstead and Creamery in Paonia, CO and Jayme Henderson and Steve Steese from The Storm Cellar in Hothckiss, CO.

Credit Illustration by Elayne Sears

Soil health is the hot topic in agriculture as consumers become more aware and concerned with the quality of food that they're eating. 

Laura Elizabeth

Farmers on the Western Slope often struggle to find enough workers. More and more of them are turning to hiring foreign farmhands through a federal program, H-2A. This program provides a legal way for workers to come to the U.S., earn money on farms, and return home. KVNF's Kori Stanton talks to H-2A agent, Kim Noland from Palisade, CO to get a better understanding of the program, how farmers can apply and how she assists farmers and foreign workers through the entire process.

The Storm Cellar

Agritourism in Colorado is thriving and on this program KVNF's Kori Stanton talks with Wendy White from the Colorado Department of Agriculture and manager of the Colorado Proud program. KVNF also spoke with North Fork newcomers Jayme Henderson and Steve Steese of The Storm Cellar, Jeff Schwartz from Delicious Orchards and Big B's and the Young family from Mountain View Orchard & Winery.

iSeeChange: Hay, What's Happening?

Oct 20, 2015
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It’s been a weird year for weather in Colorado. With a winter so warm and dry that trees bloomed in January, hay farmers started having flashbacks to the drought of 2012. But by spring, rains did come to Colorado, and the wet weather has been good news - for some.

As part of a special iSeeChange collaboration with  KDNK in Carbondale, and KSJD in Cortez, Amy Hadden Marsh and KVNF's Jake Ryan started looking at how the hay markets fared this year. 

Jake Ryan

The third annual Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum happened last weekend in Montrose.

Russell Lee

Colorado already draws thousands of visitors each year for skiing, hiking, beer drinking and, most recently, marijuana sampling. In 2012, those visitors spent more than $16 billion in the state. Tourism officials want more and they’re looking to do it by bringing well-educated “traveling foodies” to the state.

Agritourism A Growing Opportunity On The Farm

Jul 20, 2014

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.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Nov 5, 2013

Headlines:

  • Republicans Still Outpacing Democrats in Voter Turnout
  • Delta County Clerk on Changes in Voting after New Election Rules
  • Montrose County Schools Embarking on Ambitious IT Upgrades
  • Colorado Farmers Say Proposed Air-Quality Regulations are Too Weak
  • CPW Accepting Public Comments on Management Plans for Mule Deer
  • Independence Pass Closed for Season
  • Free Entrance to National Parks This Weekend

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The future of agriculture across the Great Plains hinges on water. Without it, nothing can grow.

Climate models and population growth paint a pretty bleak picture for water availability a few decades from now. If farmers want to stay in business, they have to figure out how to do more with less. Enter: super efficient irrigation systems.

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Members of Colorado US Senator Michael Bennet’s staff recently held a listening session in Paonia to gather community input on the 2013 Farm Bill.