Hemp is considered one of the best plants in the world for producing fiber and oil that have many industrial uses. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Sharon Stewart, founder of Hemp Talks Western Slope, and Scott Perez, owner of Perez Agriculture Company and an industrial hemp farmer, about the potential for growing industrial hemp in southwest Colorado, and how it could transform agriculture and the local economy.
In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly from the Four Corners Free Press sit down with Bob Bragg, agriculture educator and co-host of KSJD's Ag Markets & More program, to discuss the outlook for water for the upcoming growing season, and what it means for Montezuma County producers who rely on irrigation, and for consumers.
In this episode of the Big Fat Farm Show, host Sarah Syverson talks with Dustin Partridge, owner of Zuma Natural Foods in Mancos, Colorado, about running a small town grocery store that emphasizes local, sustainable, GMO-free foods, and how to make a better cup of coffee.
Tourism is a vital part of the economy across the Four Corners area. KSJD's Sarah Syverson talks with Kelly Kirkpatrick, Director of Tourism at Mesa Verde Country, about how they promote the unique opportunities available for visitors to the area, and why visiting the Four Corners area is as popular as ever.
In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss factors contributing to the economy of the area, including Kinder Morgan's role in oil and gas development, and what the economy might look like in the future in the Four Corners area.
Fiber optics are an important part of ensuring that the digital bandwidth is available for online resources that are critical to modern life. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Cortez City Manager Shane Hale and Rick Smith, General Services Director for the city of Cortez, about how the city is investing in fiber optic infrastructure, and how it will impact the local economy and residents.
In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly from the Four Corners Free Press discuss the potential avenues for economic development in Cortez and Montezuma County: what appears promising, and what could hinder progress.
In this Zine episode, KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Gregg Anderson, the mayor of Rico, Colorado, about the potential for geothermal energy and mining development, real estate, and other factors that are driving the economic engine of this small mountain town nestled along the headwaters of the Dolores River.
During this season of holiday shopping, it is important to consider spending your dollars locally instead of online or at big box stores. KSJD's Jeff Pope talks with Rocky Moss, Manager of the Dolores Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center, about why it matters to support local businesses, and the impact that it has on our communities.
For ten years, a small company in Cortez has been producing some of the finest guitar strings in the music business. KSJD's Tom Yoder goes inside the workshop at Curt Mangan Strings to find out how they make their strings, and hear why they choose to center the business in southwest Colorado.