Episode 215   addthis

   The U.S. has ceded its position as the world’s number one producer, but cotton is still a huge crop in the Heartland, and a top agricultural export. Farmers across the south roll out their massive equipment to bring the crop in during September. Running his harvester in Madison, Alabama is usually cotton farmer Stuart Sanderson’s favorite place to be.
   Farmers celebrate their season – and their profession – in many ways. One unique event takes place in Iowa. That’s where Jason Shoultz discovered “Tractorcade,” an odyssey across Iowa featuring some of their heartland’s mightiest machines, along with some classics.
   One South Carolina livestock farmer harvests his animals a different way.  Not only is he committed to “sustainable agriculture,” Pat McConahay discovers he’s preserving rare and unique “heirloom” breeds of pigs for posterity.
   It’s a different kind of harvest – one straight from the sea. We meet a female aquaculture farmer who’s part of a third generation of shellfish harvesters making a living in the rich waters of Puget Sound in Washington.
   Finally, it’s an American tradition: celebrate the end of the season with a harvest fair. There are hundreds throughout the heartland. We highlight some of the biggest, best and most bountiful.

   

Southland Harvest Southland Harvest
Farmers across the south roll out their massive equipment to bring the crop in during September. Running his harvester in Madison, Alabama is usually cotton farmer Stuart Sanderson’s favorite place to be.

 

Cultivating Caravan Cultivating Caravan
Farmers celebrate their season and their profession in many ways. One unique event is called a “tractorcade.” It’s a slow-speed journey involving some of the Heartland’s most historic machines.  It’s partly a parade, partly a tribute to our agricultural past.  Jason Shoultz rode along on one of the biggest tractorcades, this one in Iowa.

 

Pastured Pork Pastured Pork
A South Carolina hog farmer is part of a new trend among some smaller producers to raise their animals in a “natural” way, and go for a growing niche market.

 

 

Hard Shelled Harvest Hard Shelled Harvest
It’s a different kind of harvest – one straight from the sea. We meet a female aquaculture farmer who’s part of a third generation of shellfish harvesters making a living in the rich waters of Puget Sound in Washington.

 

Fun at the Fair Fun at the Fair
Farmers have celebrated the end of the harvest season with festivals and fairs since ancient times. They’re as varied as the people who work the land – always colorful, creative, and often comedic.
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