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June 17, 2013


smithsonian Curator

Smithsonian Plows Into Farming History

The Smithsonian is now working on 8,000-square-foot “American Enterprise” exhibition that will explore agriculture’s connection to finance, science and retail.

May 17, 2013


hydroponic basil

Eden Farms: Growing Basil Year Round With Hydroponics

Join us for a tour of one-of-a-kind Eden Farms and learn about their hydroponic farming that grows basil, arugula, and watercress year-round.

April 29, 2013

Bright Sun Shiny Day 

'The Chile Woman' Susan Welsand

Chile Farm Runs On The Power Of The Sun

"The Chile Woman" Susan Welsand was able to install a 5.2 kilowatt array of solar panels after a tornado uprooted several old-growth trees on her farm.

October 26, 2012

Animal Farming 

cow tail

Here’s The Short Story On Cow Tails

Cow tail docking as a practice was introduced in the New Zealand dairy industry in the early 1900s.

October 20, 2012

Unique 2012 

voting signing

Politics Of Food, Fall At The Winery, Persimmon Pudding

Food is not a talking point this election season. Christine Barbour speculates why. We visit Creekbend Vineyard, and Chef Daniel Orr makes persimmon pudding.

October 16, 2012

Let It Rain 


Water Resources Are Stretched

Nebraska irrigates more acres of farmland than any other state in the nation. Kansas is also near the top.

October 11, 2012

Alt Farming 


Drought And Heat? Some Farmers Try Hydroponics

Hydroponics involves growing plants without dirt. Plants receive nutrients from water solutions that drip directly into the root system.

September 26, 2012

Update From The Field 

drought-stressed corn

Drought-Resistant Corn Tested By … Drought

About 2 million acres of Aquamax corn were planted across the Corn Belt this year, making it the first drought-resistant lineup to be widely available.

September 14, 2012

Road Trip 

u-pick blueberries

Farming Intersects With Tourism, Cautious Optimism Prevails

Farm-based tourism attractions like “u-pick” berry patches, wine tastings, dude ranches and guided hunting trips have operated in the region for years.

July 6, 2012



Agricultural Economists Say Drought Could Impact Food Prices

Purdue economists say if conditions don’t improve, Hoosiers will start to see prices increase at the supermarket.

June 11, 2012

Better Burrito? 

Exterior of a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant at night.

Chipotle: The Ethical Future Of Fast Food?

Chipotle claims to sell "food with integrity." But are there limits to how ethical a chain restaurant can be?

June 5, 2012

Gone With The Wind 

wind sock

Researchers Against The Wind

For many Midwesterners, wind is an occasional nuisance. For farmers, though, the wind’s impact can be huge — drying out crops and eroding topsoil.

May 29, 2012

After The Flood 

mississippi river flood

A Most Unusual Planting Season

It’s spring along the Missouri River in Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and farmers are back on the land, trying to fix what nature broke.

May 22, 2012

Farming Forecast 

young corn plants

Early Planting, Lots Of Acres Could Mean Record Corn Crop

With farmers expected to put in more acres of corn than they have since the Great Depression, this fall’s harvest could be one for the record books.

May 11, 2012

Ag Chat 

vendors and customers at the farmers market

Local Foods: From Farm To Table

We’ll talk with our panelists about how they’ll make sure the bounty of this season's farm products make it onto your table.

March 21, 2012

Art In The Coop 

Gretchen Sigmund Marks egg sack art

Gretchen Sigmund Marks: Art Inspired By Chicken Farming

After she feeds her chickens, Gretchen Sigmund Marks uses the burlap feed sacks to make collages.

January 20, 2012

Pollinating Power 

beekeeper pulling frame from the hive

The Joy Of Beekeeping (Or, How To Save The Food Supply)

With his 30 hives, Rob Green brings plenty of experience to the classes he teaches at the Indiana Beekeeping School.

December 28, 2011

Rising Costs 


Packaged Food Companies Feel Penny Pinch

Food costs more than it did this time last year, and the effects are hitting the consumer.

November 10, 2011

Turkey Time 

heritage turkey

Buying A Thanksgiving Bird? Think Sustainable

Reaching for a frozen bird at the local market? Think again -- sustainable varieties of turkey are likely near where you are.

November 10, 2011

Food Futures 

Salem Willard stands between two tall wooden stakes drilled vertically in the ground.  He is leaning against them.  There is a third stake in the foreground.  The ground and trees in the background are bare, reflecting that the picture was taken in early spring.

Young Farmers’ Growing Challenges

The median age of American farmers is currently 57, and rising. Soon, they're going to retire--and young farmers face incredible challenges in taking over.

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