Reporter Jason Shoultz takes you to the country where farmers are raising the fruits and vegetables making their way to your dinner table. New production techniques are making it possible to provide consumers with better quality at a lower price. But new threats from insects in Florida are impacting citrus production. At the same time, pollinating honeybee colonies are in decline in many parts of the country.
Reporter Sarah Gardner saddles up for a heartland outing devoted to horses. Travel to California where a unique program is dedicated to saving wild mustangs. Go on a Texas cattle drive with singer/songwriter Jewel. Meet an Illinois veterinarian helping horses near the Midwest’s largest city and visit a retirement home from racehorses in Kentucky.
Reporter Jason Shoultz examines how consumer demands are changing production techniques on farms and ranches across the country. A California poultry producer makes changes to impact animal welfare. An Idaho produce company lets consumers track their produce right back to the field. Wheat farmers find support from bakers in Kansas City and a San Francisco airline kitchen meets dining demands with the help of California produce farmers.
Reporter Sarah Gardner says if you’re eating more rice in your meals these days, you’re not alone. Thanks to consumers with more adventurous tastes and changes in America’s ethnic makeup, rice consumption has grown dramatically. Rice farmers in Louisiana bring in a double harvest in their rice fields: rice and bright red crawfish. Meet an Arkansas farmer raising special rice for Japanese diners. And a California rice grower gets some help from school children in saving wild duck eggs.
Rob Stewart takes you coast to coast to meet some farm and ranch families with some special talents when it comes to being creative. A Tennessee craftsman builds historic dulcimers that harken back to America’s past. A Wisconsin dairy farmer does double duty as a woodcarver. A Wyoming woman uses sheep’s wool for one of a kind art projects and a Kansas farm family creates a country attraction that teaches young folks about agriculture.
Reporter Jason Shoultz checks out how your garden grows with a look at how large nurseries develop floral and vegetable plants for your back yard. Travel to North Carolina where one nursery uses robotic workers to plant and pack new flowers. Examine the research going into creating new plant varieties at the world famous Burpee Seed Company. Head for the Atlantic Coast to find out how “sea oats” are helping one state to save its shoreline.
Reporter Rob Stewart shares some unusual crops with you on this episode. Ever wonder where those sesame seeds come from that end up on your fast food hamburger bun? Meet an Oklahoma farmer developing new ways to meet a growing sesame seed demand worldwide.You may not be familiar with the term, Pulse Crops, but you’ve enjoyed the beans and peas that make up this segment of farm crops. Now researchers in North Dakota are developing new uses for this important group of legumes. A group of California nuns is turning out unique olive oil and take part in a bright white harvest of sea salt direct from the shores of the Pacific Ocean.
Reporter Jason Shoultz takes a trip back in time to share some historic moments in American agriculture. You’ll meet an Indiana farmer saving historic windmills. Join a Florida cattle drive with a bovine breed dating back to the 1500’s. Test your taste buds on a savory pasta mushroom recipe and discover how North Dakota Farmers work to save historic rural churches.
Reporter Sarah Gardner shares a unique look at American agriculture as depicted by artists who share a view of the nation’s rural landscapes in colorful and dramatic ways. You’ll meet a Minnesota artist who created a career in painting cows. Travel to Nebraska where art students expand their horizons on a one of a kind art farm. California artists and farmers share space to capture Golden State images and we’ll take you to Colorado where one artist uses grain silos to create a huge canvass that celebrates rural living.
Rob Stewart is taking us cross country this time for a visit to some of the fairs and festivals that celebrate our rural lifestyle. You’ll head for some good eating at the National Cornbread Festival in Tennessee. You’ll meet a Wisconsin teenager whose future lies in dairy farming, but whose hobby is demolition derby driving at rural county fairs. Country cooking is on the menu as Chef Sharon Vaknin serves up tasty dishes using barley and a small Iowa city pulls out all the stops for its annual town festival.
Reporter Sarah Gardner says that sheep have been a mainstay of agriculture for thousands of years. Used for food and fabric, sheep are an important agricultural commodity in many parts of the world. We head for Arizona’s badlands on an unusual sheep drive. Meet an Idaho family raising award winning sheep. Sarah tests her wool wrangling abilities at a Tennessee sheep shearing school and we’ll travel to Nevada where wooly white animals help prevent wildfires.
Rob Stewart says dairy foods are an important part of the daily diets for many people: milk in their morning cereal, yogurt for lunch, even cheese and crackers as a party appetizer. Rob shows us how Idaho dairy farmers work to protect rivers and streams. Meet a Tennessee couple making award winning goat cheese. We’ll run down the steps in making Cottage Cheese in “Off the Shelf”, discover a flavorful dairy dish for your next party in “Farm to Fork” and go door to door for home delivery with a Minnesota milkman.
Jason Shoultz discovers how a direct to consumer sales program has brought success to a California organic Farm. A Nebraska farm family cashes in on a growing demand for gluten free flour made from sorghum. Stefanie Cruz explains just what gluten is and how it affects those with digestive disorders. And school children in Virginia help farmers succeed with a farm to school program that brings local products into the lunchroom.
Reporter John Lobertini takes us to the rocky coast of Maine where lobster fishermen are facing new challenges as they harvest crustaceans from the Atlantic Ocean. Sarah Gardner discovers how Arkansas farmers are finding fish farming to be profitable-hundreds of miles from the ocean.And a special kind of oyster farming in Maryland’s is helping clean up pollution in Chesapeake Bay.
Reporter Rob Stewart says that it’s usually sons and daughters that follow in the footsteps of their farming parents. At this Indiana farm, however, it’s dad who’s returned to the farm after a long career away from the land. Akiba Howard visits a Nebraska wheat farm where the parents are giving their young children the skills to one day take over their farming operations. Jason Shoultz travels to Africa to see how American wheat is benefitting food choices for both people and animals. And we visit an Idaho farm where the focus is all about barley to create distinctive beers.
Reporter Rob Stewart meets a group of young people just starting out in farming. They’ve gone back to school to learn all about agriculture at the California Farm Academy.Then, we meet some young people handling farming chores on a daily basis. Not on a farm, however, this is right in the heart of Philadelphia’s inner city. And Jason Shoultz meets a young Florida couple teaching others about organic farming with some hands on lessons at their produce farm.
Reporter Sarah Gardner rounds up some Texas Longhorn cattle. These cows, however, aren’t in the Lone Star State. A Kansas Ranching family changes the color of their cattle to improve the brand. Law Enforcement officials in California work to stop modern day cattle rustlers. Rob Stewart travels to Idaho to meet a cattle ranching family that’s added Elk ranching to their rangeland.
It’s all about wine. Rob Stewart does some research on how lab work off the farm is improving the vintage for one California winemaker. African American vintners tap into new markets. Jason Shoultz gives you some background on wine and grapes. And making beer is a multi-family affair at the 7 Brides Brewery in Oregon.
Akiba Howard finds two Nebraska women using the internet to help promote rural living in Nebraska. Sarah Gardner discovers that technology is making it possible for North Carolina farmers to better reach consumers. Two Kansas farm wives connect with city folks and rural residents with blogs on their new lives on the farm. And smartphone apps make it possible to improve crop yields for farmers in third world nations.
Rob Stewart finds a number of city folks who relish vacations on the farm…even helping to bring in the crops. Urban gardening programs in Kansas City help youngster to eat healthier.And a historic farm in the heart of Boston benefits consumers looking for fresh produce and youngsters who enjoy a rural vacation in the heart of the city.
Visit a working dog training school in Nebraska where dogs learn how to handle sheep and cattle roundups. A Texas program takes feral cats and provides them to farmers and ranchers to help battle rodent problems. U.S. Customs agents use specially trained dogs to discover unwelcome pests coming in from shipments overseas. Barn owls help to keep down pest populations in California vineyards.
Rob Stewart introduces us to New Mexico ranchers who work in helping farmers in Third World nations has taken him to Africa and Eastern Europe. One California City claims that title of Farm to Table capital in America. Travel to Sacramento where farmers and consumers get together to enjoy the bounty of the Golden State. And city residents in Boston join with Massachusetts farmers on a gleaners program that delivers fresh produce to those facing hunger in New England.