Once banned because it is a close cousin to marijuana, hemp is coming back in Colorado and now has its own convention, attracting international interest as a new crop for farmers struggling to find new crops to stay afloat.
A Colorado water broker and a university researcher are testing underground crop irrigation, hoping it can make farms more efficient and reduce competition between cities and agriculture for the state’s scarce water.
There’s been some relief for Weld County farmers still suffering from the effects of last fall’s flooding.
This week marks the six month anniversary since the floods devastated Colorado, and while the state has seen recovery there is still a lot to do.
Farmer Amanda Scott owns 63rd Street Farm in Boulder. September’s floods wiped out the vegetables and crops that would have fed nearly 400 people.
Colorado farmers affected by devastating floods in September are facing a long road to recovery.
It didn’t take long for the flood waters to move across fields in northeastern Colorado but the effects will be long lasting.
Until last week, drought had been Longmont farmer Bill Haserbush’s biggest concern.
Brown stalks of corn sliced off a few inches above the ground stretch across a field at Ackerman Farms north of Fort Collins, where Eldon Ackerman’s family has farmed since 1928.
Farming is big business in Colorado and spring planting is just around the corner. After a dry winter recent moisture has been a godsend, but farmers are still worried about this year’s water supply.