Wed April 10, 2013
The Salt

Cities Turn Sewage Into 'Black Gold' For Local Farms

Originally published on Fri April 12, 2013 10:07 am

Thick jets of processed sewage arc out 30 to 40 feet from giant moving spreaders at Birmingham Farm in Kansas City, Mo.
Frank Morris for NPR

On a normal day, Kansas City, Mo., processes more than 70 million gallons of raw sewage. This sewage used to be a nuisance, but Kansas City, and a lot of municipalities around the country, are now turning it into a resource for city farmers hard up for fertilizer.

After the sewage has been processed at a treatment plant, it's piped out to Birmingham Farm on the north side of the Missouri River.

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Tue April 9, 2013

Potato Industry Banks On 'Linda'

Kristin Mastre is the kind of influential shopper the potato industry is targeting, as she buys food for her family, including sons Carter and Logan.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

At a Fort Collins grocery store, Kristin Mastre paused for a minute in front a large bin of Russet and red potatoes. She picked out a few handfuls and continued on, her two boys, Carter, 4, and Logan, 7, in tow.

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Mon April 8, 2013

The Search Begins For Century-Old Colorado Farms

The state's historical society has recognized more than 400 farms and ranches in Colorado that have been owned by the same family for a century or longer.
Credit Sara Brooks / Greeley History

History Colorado, the state’s historical society, is on the hunt for farms that have been around for one hundred years or more. 

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Mon April 8, 2013
The Salt

Vermont Finds High-Tech Ways To Sap More Money From Maple Trees

Originally published on Wed April 10, 2013 2:35 pm

John Silloway fixes maple sap lines in Randolph, Vt., in February 2011.
Toby Talbot AP

In Vermont, maple syrup is growing jobs and allowing farmers to make a profit.

When most people imagine maple syrup production, they think of buckets hanging from trees collecting sap. But these days, most of that sap is collected by pipeline and vacuum pumps.

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Fri April 5, 2013

Colorado Farmers Scramble To Find Irrigation Water



Let's go now to the Great Plains, where farmers are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They are scrambling to find irrigation water, which is scarce in the midst of the region's persistent drought. In eastern Colorado, thirsty cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, selling what they don't need back to farmers.

As Luke Runyon from member station KUNC reports, the agreement only works when water is plentiful.

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