The study of the Earth's surface is explored. Included: how some underground microbes can harm soil; using radar to scout locations to grow grapes in California; reclaiming chlorine-contaminated sediments in New Jersey.
How land-grant universities are helping today's youth; a 4-H program that arranges quality visits between children of inmates and their fathers; a New Jersey food stand that teaches kids about business; Ohio State University's Operation Military Kids, which helped five children whose fathers are deployed in Iraq.
An exploration of how food is produced in the U.S. Included: fighting a fungus that threatens the food supply; Boston's Food Project, which grows crops in the inner city; averting Asian Soybean Rust in America; advancements in farm technology that are benefiting farmers and consumers.
High-tech biosensors to prevent food recalls and detect agro-terrorism under development at North Carolina A&T are detailed. Also: aquaculture researchers at the University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff working on bait-fish production.
Federal, state and private groups that help farmers with disabilities are examined. Included: an Oklahoma case worker who helps rehabilitate injured ranchers; a Wisconsin dairy woman's battle with arthritis; three land-grant students who assist disabled farmers in Iowa.
Cast & Details
Premiered: November 13, 2005
Premise: An ecological magazine show that focuses on agricultural issues and the environment and examines USDA-funded projects at American universities.