The Air Force says a proposed expansion of a flight training area in eastern Colorado and western Kansas would have no significant environmental impacts…The costs of health insurance have become so high in Colorado’s rural areas that the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union says many farmers and ranchers carry policies that only cover them in case of a dire emergency. As a result, the organization is using a familiar business model and forming a healthcare co-op.

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The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union says the costs of health insurance have become so high that many people who work in Colorado’s rural areas carry policies that only cover them in case of a dire emergency. So the union is seeking to do for healthcare what it has done successfully for milk, livestock and equipment: Form a co-op.

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A partisan political battle is emerging at the state capitol over last month’s deadly Lower North Fork Fire…

The House approved a bill today that would grant a tax credit for farmers and ranchers who paid an inheritance tax if they continue to user their land for agricultural purposes.

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The USDA is funding a pilot program aimed at supporting veterans interested in farming. The program will be mid to late March in both Nebraska and Kansas, but also reaches out to veterans in other states, including Colorado. KRCC’s Katherine-Claire O’Connor reports.

More information is available through the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, [...]

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Since 1936, American farmers and gardeners have been able to select plants best tailored for their land by using the Plant Hardiness Zone Map, which is produced by the Agricultural Research Service, a branch of the USDA. The map uses average extreme low temperatures to divide the nation into climate zones. The 2012 version of [...]

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The Colorado Department of Agriculture, or CDA, is managing funds set aside by the United States Department of Agriculture for partially reimbursing farmers for organic certifications…The owners of a leaking uranium mine west of Denver are rerouting Ralston Creek to avoid toxic waste…and, a new zipline is being built at the scenic Royal Gorge [...]

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Mother Nature affects us all, and no matter how much we want the weather to remain consistent, it’s always changing. This month, we take a look at weather, climate, and natural disasters in the region, and at least one way in which we’ve changed that which Mother Nature intended.

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The US Labor Department was set to impose new rules limiting the work kids are allowed to do on farms and ranches. But after an outcry from family farmers, the government is reconsidering…Colorado lawmakers advanced a proposal that would allow business owners and employees in the state the right to use deadly force against [...]

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Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper is getting his first bill of the year from the state legislature…Farmers in 10 eastern Colorado counties are eligible to apply for emergency loans and other help under a drought disaster designation…University of Colorado president Bruce Benson is defending raises for top administrators after tuition was raised for students…and, Republican [...]

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Congressional investigators looking into an outbreak of listeria in cantaloupe that killed at least 30 people last year have found fault with third-party auditors, Jensen Farms, and Food and Drug Administration regulations, according to the Denver Post…and, the state’s annual legislative session begins tomorrow, and passing a balanced budget is expected to [...]

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An environmental group accuses the BLM of neglecting science in favor of politics when it conducted a series of ecological studies covering millions of acres in the West…The Colorado Department of Revenue says it has approved 26 of 500 applications to run marijuana dispensaries or marijuana centers…and, while we’re already well into this year’s [...]

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Cantaloupe producers from the Rocky Ford region met yesterday with representatives from the state Department of Agriculture to discuss possible ways to move forward after a deadly listeria outbreak earlier this fall…and, Colorado Springs has a new slogan. “Live it Up!” is the result of a brand developing process that involved more than 200 [...]

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The state’s cantaloupe farmers say they fear it will take time for people to feel safe eating Rocky Ford melons again because of the deadly listeria outbreak linked to one farm in eastern Colorado. The Food and Drug Administration said today that melons at Jensen Farms in Holly were likely contaminated in a packing [...]

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Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent.

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Two more people have died in Colorado and one in Kansas in cases linked to a listeria outbreak, which raises the death toll to 18 nationally…and, the Garden of the Gods has been designated as one of the 10 Great Public Spaces for 2011 by the American Planning Association as part of [...]

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It’s no secret that the economy is in pretty bad shape. This month, we’re talking with people across the spectrum to see how they’re faring, what kind of ideas are making an impact, and how even art can grow in uncertain financial times.

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Colorado is planning to get a waiver from parts of the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law…and, Colorado’s agricultural exports through the first seven months of the year are up 20 percent from the same time last year.

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Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent.

Each month, the state’s agriculture department highlights a commodity and provides a recipe [...]

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While Labor Day weekend may signal the unofficial end of summer, there’s sure to be some warm days still ahead. If you’re one of the many who take part in the summer-time treat of feeding the hummingbirds, commentator Donna Hartley of Black Forest Honey suggests you keep an open mind to the [...]

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Despite the fertility of the Arkansas River Valley, not every seed will grow. Such was the case with the African-American homesteaders who settled “The Dry,” which was abandoned due to irrigation issues. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska reports on a recent archeological dig that is attempting to bring The Dry’s history back into the light.

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This month we’re taking you on a trip through Colorado, visiting places and talking to people that help make the Centennial State what it is.

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The Great [...]

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Welcome to Mise en Place, a journey of culinary delight where anything can happen. Based on the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s list of food by month, KRCC takes a look at farmers, chefs, and fodder, all with a Centennial State bent.

Each month, the state’s agriculture department highlights a commodity and provides a recipe [...]

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If you’ve never been to the county fair, you’re missing out on a living tradition rich in the history and knowledge to which all of us are still tied in some form by the food we eat and the agrarian traditions that make all of our lives possible. Of course it’s far more [...]

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · For this week’s Sandwich Monday, we eat a mashed potato and sausage log tribute to our beloved 16th president. After this meal, the better angels of our nature may need CPR.
 

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September 22, 2014 | NPR · With his drummer son Spencer, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy performs three songs from their new album, Sukierae — plus a cover of “You Are Not Alone,” which the elder Tweedy wrote for Mavis Staples.
 

September 22, 2014 | NPR · Now that the pianist’s Fats Waller project tours and has a new album, Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead admits to mixed feelings.
 

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