agriculture

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, co-host Lyn Patrick continues the conversation with Bob Bragg of KSJD's Ag Markets & More, about the environmental impacts of large concentrated animal feedlot operations, the economic structure behind them, and how the choices that consumers make are key to changing our food systems.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Bob Bragg of Ag Markets & More and co-host Lyn Patrick about Concentrated Animal Feedlot Operations; the current problems with these operations and what is being done to address them.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Kate Greenberg, Western Water Program Coordinator for the National Young Farmers Coalition, and Mike Nolan, Vice President of the local chapter of the Coalition, about how their organization supports young farmers, how they approach working on policy, and what is happening at the upcoming Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum.

  • Property valuations for irrigated farmland in Dolores County are being reduced 3 to 5 percent as the result of research by a state property-tax expert.
  • Thirty-six thousand pounds of trash has been picked up from the Lake Powell shoreline.


Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative

In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Ole Bye, Manager of the Southwest Farm Fresh Cooperative, and their board president Kim Lindgren about how the Cooperative provides local produce to restaurants, schools, and businesses across the region, and how the cooperative model benefits small farmers.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Katrina Blair, author of "The Wild Wisdom of Weeds", about how weeds and the push to eradicate them needs to be seen in a different light, where the nutritional and ecological value of weeds is valued, and the use of pesticides is more seriously scrutinized by farmers who wish to grow sustainable crops.

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In 1885, the Montezuma Valley Irrigation District completed a tunnel that moved water from the Dolores River to the Montezuma Valley. This trans-basin diversion allowed the town of Cortez and the entire valley to grow and thrive.  But this transfer, and later McPhee dam, changed the Dolores River. A hundred and fifty years later, the community is working to find a balance between keeping the water it has long relied on, and meeting federal requirements for healthy fish and a protected river downstream. Reporter Stephanie Paige Ogburn has more on those efforts.


  • Colorado Board of Equalization rejects Montezuma County’s effort to give a tax break to farmers.
  • Montezuma County commissioners adopt a wait-and-see attitude toward a National Conservation Area along the lower Dolores River.


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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Nina Williams and Jude Schuenemeyer of the Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project about their efforts to document and preserve rare apple and fruit tree varieties, the history behind fruit orchards in southwest Colorado, and how the public can get involved.

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In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Sandi VanHouteen, Cortez School District Food Service Director, and Danyel Mezzanatto, Cortez Middle School Production Manager, about Colorado Proud Day and how it is being celebrated in local school cafeterias with farm-fresh produce from area farms and school gardens.

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