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.
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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.