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Host Paul Ryan visits a California racetrack that uses solar panels to generate power to keep the horses cool. Reporter Jim Finnerty finds that Texas farmers make big profits harvesting wind power. Reporter Sarah Gardner says a new demand for rice is a boon for California rice growers. Reporter Hena Cuevas visits a North Carolina greenhouse where automation makes it easier to get the plants from the field to your patio.

Harvesting The WindHarvesting The Wind
Ray McDaniel knows a good deal about the wind in South Central Texas. His family has owned this land since the 1920s. The wind used to be just a fact of life. Today, it's a source of income.



Goin For The GrainGoin For The Grain
It's bagged, boxed, heat pressured into snack cakes. It's even used for flavoring in the beer you drink. And because of changing tastes, demographics and health issues, rice consumption in the United States continues to grow.


Automating AgricultureAutomating Agriculture
A crane flies high above a sea of flowers and a pulley system moves thousands of baskets high above the ground. This is Metrolina Greenhouse in North Carolina. And chances are if you've ever planted a garden, you've purchased one of their products.


Cal Expo Horse StablesCal Expo Horse Stables
Steve Launey is Assistant General Manager of California Exposition Fair Grounds located in Sacramento. Among many other things, Steve is in charge of Cal Expo's twenty-six horse stables. They're not your typical stables because on the tops of each stable sits roughly 1,000 solar panels.


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