Episode 114   addthis

   It’s been called "The Superbowl of Agriculture." The Farm Progress Show, lately held in Decatur, Illinois, is a mega-bazaar of the latest farm equipment and products being marketed to America’s food producers.
   Jason Shoultz travels to the Kansas State Fair to discover why enthusiasm remains high for many non-farm kids.
   A select assortment of America’s food producers harvests their products underwater – and in person. Count the abalone farmers of California’s Monterey Bay among them.
   Jason Shoultz visits with a retired Nebraska farmer who never quite got his fill of growing corn, so he made a switch to popcorn.
   The world’s best wild blueberries thrive in the cool, salty air of Maine’s northeastern coastal region.


The Farm Progress Show The Farm Progress Show
Bryan Adwell is an Illinois grain farmer. Like most growers, he’s down to earth. Not the excitable type. Still, we found him salivating over a giant tractor, if only just a bit. His kind of quiet enthusiasm is obvious all over a dusty site in Decatur, Illinois. Welcome to the Farm Progress Show.



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State Fair 4-HState Fair 4-H
In a few days an award-winning rabbit and prize-winning cow will take the stage in a four-legged beauty pageant at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson. Lindsay Davis’s Meyer and Jennifer Toews’s Audrey will be up against dozens of other contenders. Jennifer and Lindsay are both members of an organization called 4-H which stands for head, heart, hands and health.


Abalone FarmingAbalone Farming
According to Maritime Museum historian, Tim Thomas, the line tracing the rise and fall of Monterey’s abalone industry began in the 19th century. He told us that in the early 1850s a group of Chinese fishermen came down from San Francisco and discovered a huge wealth of abalone along the coastline. It was even dubbed “the abalone rush”.


Specialty PopcornSpecialty Popcorn
Keith Heuermann and his family are one of Nebraska’s premier popcorn producers on their farm about 90 miles west of Lincoln. The Heuermanns starting growing popcorn in 1982.



The Power of Blue The Power of Blue
It’s one of the smallest fruits in the world and it holds a special place in Maine’s agricultural heritage—going back centuries to the Native Americans who ate wild blueberries both fresh and dried. They became a commercial commodity in the state in 1840.



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