Colorado growers face “risk like we have never faced before” as coronavirus puts up labor walls
Work in the "essential" agriculture industry can go on, but the pandemic’s threat to the market has shaken some Western Slope farmers and orchard men to their roots. Others call the panic overblown.
How the closure of two Vail restaurants shows coronavirus’ domino effect on the food-service economy
Hundreds of workers and business owners in the Eagle Valley felt the pinch when Matt Morgan was forced to close Sweet Basil and Mountain Standard in Vail Village.
West Slope lawmaker tries to pump the brakes on Colorado wolf reintroduction
Democratic Sen. Kerry Donovan’s bill would delay wolf management to study and fund compensation for lost livestock. It would also cancel a plan to bring back the predators if a “self-sustaining population” is confirmed.
Even if you make more than minimum wage, this updated Colorado rule could affect you
After 10 months of debate and public input, the revised pay standards are adopted; increase to minimum salary threshold is delayed to 2021.
Colorado farmers hopeful as revised free-trade deal with Mexico and Canada approved
The new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement will have greater impact on Colorado’s agriculture than the recently approved deal with China
How Colorado’s rural and urban food communities are coming together
Schools, other public institutions are buying locally sourced food spurred by policy, values. But labor, distribution and other issues are unresolved.
Lost for decades, the Colorado Orange apple variety has been found — officially
The Montezuma Orchard Restoration Project compared the fruit of a tree found near Cañon City to botanical illustrations and wax castings of award-winning apples to identify the lost treasure
Colorado’s economy is predicted to keep growing in 2020, but slower. Here’s what this means.
University of Colorado's annual economic report is optimistic for agriculture (except for small farmers), bearish on construction (but there’s lots of ongoing activity) and more.
Opinion: Colorado FARMS project grant could help address climate change, make agriculture more sustainable
Colorado is owed 9,900 acres by the federal government. But getting that land could mean no more recreating on it.
The federal government wants to settle a 143-year-old debt to Colorado with a grant of 9,900 acres across 16 counties. Some of those grants would block access to hunting, fishing on adjacent BLM land.
Female farmers are fueling agriculture’s resurgence in the Roaring Fork Valley near Aspen
The number of farming-related, start-up businesses that have sprouted in the Roaring Fork Valley in recent years has encouraged her. Women head many of them.
How Colorado’s rural communities could benefit from $600 million in federal broadband grants
Dove Creek is the first in Colorado to be awarded the grant money, with two more communities crossing their fingers that they'll cash in as well
Colorado ranchers have beef with lab-grown and plant-based “meat” — and they want well-done labeling
Cattle and bison ranchers are looking for help to let consumers know where the food in their package came from, including whether it originated in a petri dish or another country
Water crisis looms if Colorado fails to meet its legal obligations to other states, study warns
If water consumption increases by as little as 12%, the risk of Front Range spigots and farmland going dry doubles. But some call the findings scare tactics.
Feed the world in 2050? National Western-based consortium tackles food, workforce challenges
Big Ag, nonprofits and CSU incubate ideas to expand production and imagine jobs that don’t yet exist
More Colorado workers will get breaks, must make $42,500 salary to be exempt from overtime under draft policy
The proposal represents a major win for Colorado labor groups, who have long been pushing for the changes -- although they didn’t get everything they wanted.
Cross-pollination between outdoor-grown marijuana and hemp is a budding conflict in Colorado, beyond
In Pueblo, the area of the state with the largest amount of outdoor-grown marijuana, the county regulators have been working to allow both hemp and cannabis cultivators to coexist
Colorado’s newest farmers are YouTube-taught, social justice-minded and preaching the gospel of microgreens
With the launch of Emerald Gardens near Bennett, two Ohio high-school buddies ventured into the world of hydroponic farming, with an eye toward social justice
For farmers in a mental health crisis, it’s often tough to seek help. A Colorado program aims to begin conversations.
Amid uncertainties over tariffs and declining income, suicides are increasing in Colorado and rates are higher in rural areas than in urban environments