With this resource students will be introduced to Jim Mitchell, a Delaware dairy farmer who is adding value to his product, by turning milk into ice cream at Woodside Farm Creamery.
With this resource students are introduced to the Fornstrom family who knows that you have to be versatile to be successful in agriculture today. The Fornstroms have been farming and ranching several thousand acres of Wyoming farmland since Granddad began growing potatoes on the farm way back in the 1930â€™s. Today, the Fornstroms run three separate sheep and cattle feedlots on the property
With this resource students will be introduced Rob Litch and his uncle who saw the potential of raising poultry in New Haven, Vermont. His farm has some 20 thousand turkeys and 75 thousand chickens, in a free range environment.
With this resource students will be introduced to a Central Michigan dairy farm during the sub-zero winter common to that state. Farmers struggle to keep their animals fed and healthy while fighting off bitter cold. Itâ€™s lonesome and the tasks seem never-ending. So why canâ€™t the dairyman we visit in mid-January imagine doing anything else?
With this resource students will meet Jack Seiler and his son Ryan who grow cotton near Blythe, California, carrying on a family farming tradition that goes back decades. Farming cotton is a tough job, and deciding when to pick is a delicate dance. Farmers must weigh the factors of sunshine, heat, and moisture, dodging seasonal rains that might adversely affect their harvest and yield. When the harvest finally begins, students quickly get a sense of the challenges facing cotton farmers.
With this resource students will be introduced to siblings Jill and Eric Benson, owners of a large egg producing company who are making dramatic changes in how their hens are housed. Students will learn how the family is spending millions of dollars to provide dramatically different cages for their thousands of chickens.
With this resource students will be introduced to the owners of Babcock Ranch a southwestern Florida property that may be the most unusual ranch youâ€™ll ever see. So-called swamp buggies carry visitors on a 90-minute tour through unspoiled pine forest, sprawling cattle lands and freshwater marshes, home to forbidding alligators.
With this resource students will be introduced to the Waybright family of Mason-Dixon Farms near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Students will see the improvements of state-of-the-art milking parlors to a waste system that doesnâ€™t let cow manure go to waste. This historic farm is a living laboratory.
With this resource students will be introduced to a cooperative farm in Lubbock, Texas, where a group of clever cotton growers not only plant the fields and pick the crop, they own the nearby factory that turns it into denim, a fabric used to make some of the worldâ€™s most popular fashions.
With this resource students will be introduced to Scott Tucker owner of Maple Leaf Duck Farms. Duck is a specialty product thatâ€™s big in Asia and growing quickly in the U.S.
With this resource students will be introduced to Willie Nelson, a legendary country singer, who is using his celebrity to champion the creation and use of biofuels.
With this resource students will be introduced to Ralph Brokaw a Wyoming cattle rancher and Ian Anderson a California wheat farmer both of whom are using wind turbines on their farmers to save energy.
With this resource students will be introduced to wheat farmers in Washington State showing the culmination of months of planning, hard work, sweat and a few prayers.
With this resource students will be introduced to Emile DeFlice a South Carolina hog farmer who is part of a new trend among some smaller producers to raise their animals in a â€œnaturalâ€ way, and go for a growing niche market.
With this resource students will be exposed to workings of the American poultry industry. Itâ€™s pretty difficult for the men and women of Americaâ€™s poultry industry not to think big. Americans consume, on average, 60 pounds of chicken each year. Poultry producers must process and ship close to 8.5 million birds each year to meet that demand, and to fill overseas orders as well.
With this resource students will be introduced to Clint Hickman the latest operator of Hickmanâ€™s Eggs in Arizona. Heartland hens lay close to 70-billion eggs for market every year. To keep up with demand, Grandma Hickmanâ€™s Golden Eggs keeps their birds busy.
With this resource students will be exposed to wheat farmers in North Dakota. The North Dakota Mill & Elevator in Grand Forks is a marvel of modern agricultural complexity and efficiency. It makes its owners proud, and through an unusual twist of history, those owners happen to be all the people of North Dakota.
With this resource students will be introduced to newlyweds Dustin and Justyne Noble who started raising prize-winning goats as a hobby. Their hobby has been so successful that the couple decided to use their farming skills to turn out goatâ€™s milk and artisanal cheese.
With this resource students will be introduced to the Chinn family hog farm in Clarence, Missouri who use a high tech operation that turns out thousands of hogs each year
With this resource students will meet Nebraska corn farmer Alan Tiemann. The road to some creative uses for corn starts here in Nebraska on Alan's farm but is a journey that takes this commodity halfway around the world.
With this resource students will meet Kathryn Spann and Dave Krabbe who consider themselves â€œself-taughtâ€ farmers. Kathryn gave up a career in law to move back to her native North Carolina and begin goat farming. Kathryn and Dave raise some 200 goats, milking them each day to create award winning goat cheese.
With this resource students will be presented with the question: which is best? - fresh, frozen, or canned products. Americaâ€™s Heartland correspondent Jason Shoultz takes a look at the choices.
With this resource students will meet third generation farmer Landon Moore and his family who grow work soybeans on their fifteen hundred acres of farmland inherited from Landonâ€™s grandparents. Students will see how the Moore family works together raising soybeans along with other crops.
With this resource students will be introduced to Barry Evans and his family who grow cotton and sorghum on 2000 acres near Kress, Texas. Today Barry is getting the ground ready and nature has some threatening weather that may affect his final crop outcome.
With this resource students will meet an Ohio farm family whose work focuses on agriculture at home and abroad. The Surber farm family takes a comprehensive approach in turning out agricultural products. Not only will students find them in the field growing corn, wheat and soybeans, they also run a feed company and raise hogs for customers overseas.
With this resource students will be introduced to Jay Hardwick and family who have been raising cotton in Louisiana for decades. Jay uses GPS satellite information to harvest thousands of acres of cotton. After being hauled to the cotton gin, the cotton will be combed and cleaned, and ready for use in a variety of products. Students will trace this key product from field to fabric, and learn about the surprising byproducts made from cotton. Students will also learn how new technologies and research are making cotton fields more pest-resistant and productive than ever before.
With this resource students will meet Sebastian Braum an agronomist . In this video Sebastian explains his profession of how agronomists help production agriculturist solve problems with their crops.
With this resource students will meet Randy Oliver, a commercial bee keeper. In this video Randy explains the importance of the bees in agriculture, and the impact pollinators have on production agriculture.
With this resource students will meet Danita Cook a fiber scientist. In this video Danita explains about the variety of professions that a fiber scientist could be involved in.
With this resource students will meet Kathie Griley a Food Safety Specialist at the University of California, Davis. In this video Kathy discusses why she focuses on teaching food safety to future culinarians.
With this resource students will meet Ellen Zagory a horticulturist whose job is primarily to know plants - to know the names of plants, understand how they grow, and observe their characteristics.
With this resource students will meet Paul Squires a pest control advisor whose job is primarily to advise farmer on pest management, fertilizer management, and nutrient management for soils.
With this resource students will meet Nancy Martin a veterinarian. In this video Nancy explains her profession of how veterinarians help farmers with their large animals.
With this resource students will meet Monte Botten, a water and crop management specialist. In this video Monte explains about how water management impacts how crops grow.
With this resource students will be introduced to the state of Vermont known the world over for some outstanding dairy products. Vermont is already well known for its maple syrup. Students will learn that Vermont also claims the largest number of cheese-makers in the country and Cabot Creamery, in the town of Cabot, is by far the largest in Vermont.
With this resource students will be taken to North Dakota where wheat growers harvest some 300-million bushels each and every year.Students will be exposed to the concept of hardilness and learn about how the weather can impact the growth of the wheat grain.
With this resource students will be taken to Washington State to be introduced to Karl and Fred Fleming who have changed the way they use their soil and plant their crops. By adapting a â€œno tillâ€ approach, Karl and Fred saw that they could prevent erosion on their land and address other soil concerns