Learn about an Iowa crop that may exceed your expectations of corn and soybeans: wine. Then, a Tennessee couple explains their technique for producing rare cheese, and experience how one family in California goes the extra mile to stay on the land.
Farming for Fine Wines
Mike and Diane Furlong just have to look out their farmhouse window to see the corn and soybeans that Iowa is
famous for. But these Iowa producers raise vines for wines instead of Iowa’s better-known crops. After years of
working off the farm, Mike and Diane decided to get back to the land with a unique vineyard and winery.
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Getting Great Cheese from Goats!
Raising prize-winning goats started out as a hobby for newlyweds Dustin and Justyne Noble. It was a hobby so successful, however that the couple decided to use their farming skills to turn out goats milk and artisanal cheese.
Ripe Red Opportunities
The Mooney family knows a lot about tomatoes. That’s because more than 20 years ago, they decided their farming future depended on the bright red tomatoes that make up an important part of many people’s diets.
Along the Way: Potatoes Potato harvest time near Alamosa, Colorado. Potatoes are native to the Americas, leading the list of popular vegetables. U.S. farmers will harvest more than 40 billion pounds of potatoes a year. The average American consumes 130 pounds of potatoes a year including 30 pounds of French Fries and 6 pounds of potato chips.
Off the Shelf: Wheat Products Most of us consume a number of products each day that contain wheat. It’s one of the most popular grains in the world and can be found in bakery products, beverages, cereals, and baby food. More and more of us are turning to whole wheat to make sure we get enough vitamins and fiber in our diet.