blue_smokey_mtns_for_ksjd_web_header.jpg
Ideas. Stories. Community.
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
KSJD's 90.5fm and 91.1fm signals are experiencing audio dropouts during high winds. We hope to have the problem fixed soon.

Ukraine-Russia conflict

  • For many of the almost six million refugees fleeing Ukraine, as well as for the millions of civilians still left in the country, something as basic as charging your cell phone can be a challenge. But a group of students and climate activists at Western Colorado University in Gunnison wants to help.
  • Cold, wet conditions delay corn and soybean planting in the Midwest, drought conditions intensify in the Four Corners, the USDA is projecting that food prices will rise up to 6% this year, satellites detect methane emissions from cows, the EPA issues an emergency waiver that allows summertime sales of gasoline blends with 15 percent ethanol, and the Biden administration proposes a $500 million program to encourage farmers to boost production of wheat, soybeans, rice, and other commodities.
  • Drought continues to challenge farmers and ranchers across the country, hay production in the U.S. may fall to its lowest level in a century, volatility in commodity markets begins to settle, and a new farm business index shows signs for optimism.
  • Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused ripple effects across the globe, including one that could be felt strongest in the Southwest. And it involves an element found underground.
  • High fertilizer prices cause producers to rethink fertilizer requirements, how drought across the U.S. is affecting the cattle industry, and the conflict in the Ukraine is driving up the price of sunflower seeds and leaving thousands of acres of Ukrainian agricultural land without crops.
  • The Russia-Ukraine conflict continues to affect grain prices, and could worsen global hunger, causing some to recommend the USDA open millions of acres of idle croplands in the U.S. The USDA is projecting that food prices will rise further in 2022, and John Deere will end the requirement that only Deere-certified technicians can complete work on the company’s farm equipment.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine is having ripple effects across the globe, including right here in Southwest Colorado. Natasha Erlandson is originally from Ukraine, but now lives with her husband Todd here in Montezuma County. Until a few days ago, her parents were still living in one of the cities hardest hit by Russian forces.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine is having ripple effects across the globe, including right here in Southwest Colorado. Natasha Erlandson is originally from Ukraine, but now lives with her husband Todd here in Montezuma County. Until a few days ago, her parents were still living in one of the cities hardest hit by Russian forces. Now, they're refugees, and with the help Natasha and Todd, they're working their way across Europe and eventually to Southwest Colorado.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine is pushing food prices higher, disrupting seasonal agriculture in the area, and pushing futures grain markets up. A high pathogenic avian influenza has been reported in 14 states in the U.S. And March 7th to the 11th is American Farm Bureau Ag Safety Awareness Program Week.
  • For a lot of people in the Telluride region, the Russian invasion of Ukraine might feel like a distant news story. But, for many, it’s personal. KOTO's Matt Hoisch spoke to several locals from Ukraine and Russia about the invasion and what it’s like being far from home as war erupts.