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Heartland celebrates the world of our Nation’s agricultural landscape by profiling the people, places, and processes that bring food, fiber, and fuel from farm and ranch to American consumers. First, a historical overview of our agrarian roots, followed by a visit to a South Dakota farm family who have farmed the original homestead for 120 years. The show travels to New Hampshire to review the Old Farmer’s Almanac; and we see a Midwest icon up close – the Corn Palace, and then travel to find the origin of sweet Georgia carrots.

Love for the Land Love for the Land
America’s Heartland celebrates the hardworking men and women who provide us with food and fabric. They are people who love the earth and coax its bounty from the soil and water. As we begin this journey, the first and biggest surprise may be just how fascinating and colorful these people are and how many great stories they have to tell.

 

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HomesteadingHomesteading
Imagine that you can’t feed your family or maybe you risk persecution for your political or religious beliefs. But suddenly you hear the call: come along to make a new life in a wide-open land. In a few years, you’ll own that land, for yourself and your descendents, free and forever.This fabulous offer turned out to be a cornerstone in the very foundation of America’s heartland.

 

The Old Farmer's AlmanacThe Old Farmer's Almanac
We live in an era of information overload. So many of us face a constant and often confusing barrage of facts, figures, and opinions. It’s just a lot of noise. But a lot of smart folks are returning to the basics, relying on a quietly humorous publication that’s been providing useful information to farmers and the rest of us for more than two centuries.

 

The Corn PalaceThe Corn Palace
Would you travel a thousand miles to see a building made of corn? More than one hundred years ago, when travel was quite grueling, a lot of people did just that. And thanks in part to this unusual attraction, today the great state of South Dakota turns out a billion dollar corn crop every year. Read on for the kernels of truth behind this colorful story.

 

Georgia CarrotsGeorgia Carrots
Americans love carrots and U.S.growers produce 1.5 billion pounds per year, according to a study from Iowa State University. And way down south, the competition is heating up between traditional carrot-growing states and the newcomer on the block.

 




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