Jeff Pope

Executive Director

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Low crop, dairy and livestock prices are plaguing farmers around the globe.  U. S. farmers are now facing competition from some of the same countries that once shopped for food in this country. 

For example, Brazil is the number one soybean producer in the world.  India exports wheat and is contributing to the world wide wheat glut that is depressing prices.  China is the second largest corn producer in the world, but uses most of what they produce at home.  European farmers export about 60% of the worlds dairy products. 

Pigs Gone Wild

Feb 21, 2017
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Pigs were introduced into North America first, during the Spanish explorations, then by British and European colonists who came to farm this new country.  Since pigs were hard to keep inside rudimentary fences, they were turned out into the forests to fend for themselves and be harvested as needed by the colonists.  Ever since, the southern third of the U.S. has been a welcome habitat for feral pigs that have taken on traits common to their wild ancestors.

 

Bob Bragg

In this edition of Ag Markets & More, Jeff and Bob discuss the fallacy of commodity traders making predictions that grain prices will make a miraculousness recovery, based solely upon the possibility a weather event that will lay waste to this year's crops.

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Suicide is a public health issue, which means it’s preventable.  And while most young people don't attempt, let alone complete, suicide, it is the second leading cause of death among young people from 15 to 24 in America. KSJD’s Jeff Pope visited with Kelli Jackson and Stephanie Allred about the work of advancing community and individual resilience in preventing suicide.


Martha Teal

Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project recently completed an Orchard Market Study with two major findings: First, Montezuma County has the highest concentration and number of old orchards--that is those planted before 1920--in the State of Colorado, and these apple trees are best used as a valuable genetic reservoir. Second, there’s an abundance of juice apples that were planted in the 1930s and 40s that are ideal for juice or cider operations. 

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