In Episode 202, we meet renowned country singer Willie Nelson, who’s emerged as one of the nation’s most visible proponents of soybean bio-diesel fuel. In fact, he’s loaned his name to a bio-diesel manufacturer. We learn more from soybean farmers, fuel makers, truck drivers, and Willie himself.
Much of that new fuel may end up powering farm equipment, and Pat McConahay travels to Kentucky for one of the Heartland’s biggest machinery shows. She discovers that farm gear is growing more sophisticated than most people imagine, but here, it still provides a lighter side: a raucous "tractor pull"– part drag race, part tug-of-war!
From new and futuristic farm machinery, Jason travels back to the past as he meets a California man whose passion is restoring classic farm equipment. He’s managed to turn his own personal tragedy into an opportunity to honor America’s Ag history.
Before tractors and trucks, there were mules. As Pat learns at a gathering of mule breeders in Tennessee, the supposedly-stubborn critters may be mostly gone from the farm scene, but there are still many folks in the Heartland who have great affection for them.
Finally, we conclude episode 202 with an unusual profile of some unique young women. These Texas high school student defied the odds – and a few stereotypes –as they set out to become one of the nation’s top tractor mechanics and restorers.
Singing a New Song
Over the years American farmers have answered many a crisis, here at home and in
far-flung places around the globe. Now there’s a different kind of challenge;
one we’re all facing. It’s the uncertain supply and rising cost of fuel and
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The Biggest, The Baddest, The Best
Plows and planters from quaint old days have long since given way to a dazzling
variety of mechanized marvels – some that look like they came right out of a
science fiction story.
A Second Chance
Like people everywhere, farmers aren’t immune to developing feelings for the
machines they’ve come to rely on. And those machines don’t have to be big,
shiny, and modern. Look around the Heartland, and you’ll find tractors and
trucks long past their prime restored to glowing health.
A Sturdy Breed
Koy Flowers is one of thousands who converge on Columbia, Tennessee to celebrate
the virtues of a widely misunderstood animal – the mule.
A Woman's Touch
Recently, we met a group of Texas teenagers who were part of a national
competition to restore old tractors. What made this group unique was the fact
that all were young women – and the team did extremely well at the FFA national
finals in this event.