Farm Bill Series

December 16, 2009

Farm Bill Series on Colorado Matters

KCFR News looks at the federal farm bill and what it means for Coloradans.

Farm Bill Part 1 - Colorado Farmers
Today we begin a four-part series on the federal farm bill and what it means for Coloradans. We’ll get a report on the congressional debate. Then, to learn more about what’s at stake for Colorado farmers, Ryan Warner speaks with Alan Foutz, President of the Colorado Farm Bureau and Lee Swenson Executive Director of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.

Farm Bill Part 2 - Organics
Our series on the federal farm bill continues with a look at what it means for organic growers. Ryan Warner speaks with Steve Ela of Ela Family Farms near Hotchkiss. His family grows organics peaches, apples, and pears.

Farm Bill Part 3 - Food Stamps
We wrap up our series on the federal farm bill today. The legislation governs the food stamp benefits. Ryan Warner speaks with Nicholas Saccaro, President and CEO of the Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. He'd like to see more money in the food stamp program. First, KCFR's Andrea Dukakis goes grocery shopping with a food stamp recipient.

Farm Bill Part 4 - Alternative Energy
The final piece in our series: how the federal farm bill relates to energy-especially renewables. Ryan Warner speaks with Michael Bowman, a farmer from Wray and member of 25 x '25, which wants 25 percent of the nation's energy generated on farms, ranches and in forests by 2025.

 

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