Season 6 - Farm Connections
MN State FFA Convention
Dan visits the Minnesota State FFA Convention held annually at the University of Minnesota campus.
Zimmerman Turkey Farm and Energy Efficiency
Dan visits the farm of John Zimmerman near Northfield, Minnesota and learns how the operation was evaluated by a team of experts and optimized for energy efficiency.
History - People, Places & Things
We travel back in time with the help of the Mower County Historical Society. We visit with people that impacted history & made a difference in agriculture. We talk about places that are significant; how they were mapped and charted and we talk about the things that were involved in making agriculture productive.
Fuel Economy & Bio-Fuels
Food, Fuel, Feed & Fiber
This episode of Farm Connections explores the world of forage crops -- those intended to feed livestock -- which are among the most valued crops in our ag economy. Dan travels to Gar-Lin Dairy Farms in Eyota, Minnesota to understand how feed is produced, processed and consumed within a successful dairy operation. He also visits with researchers from the University of Minnesota who explain the unique and powerful characteristics of alfalfa, an important forage crop. And he meets with a representative of the Midwest Forage Association.
Breakfast On the Farm
On this episode, we take part in one of the great traditions in rural Minnesota – Breakfast On the Farm. It’s an opportunity for people outside of agriculture to visit a farm and meet the people who produce the food for our table throughout the year. Breakfast On the Farm is fun, informative and filling!
Water Quality & Agriculture
On this episode we dive in to research about farm water quality when we visit a Discovery Farm near Kasson, Minnesota. Researchers there try to understand the relationship between agriculture and clean water supplies. You'll learn something new about one of our most basic elements!
Ag Appreciation and the Economy
On this episode we talk about agriculture and the economy. We also visit an Ag Appreciation Dinner. Come join us for a great pork chop dinner!
Around the World
On this episode we learn how products from area farms get distributed to far away places. We talk to area leaders in the business of exports.
MN State Fair & Princess Kay
Welcome to the Minnesota State Fair, one of the biggest agricultural expositions in the country. Dan explores the fair's agricultural underpinnings, including the tradition of Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the impact of dairy on the state economy and culture, and agriculture education through a fair teacher/entertainer.
All About Pork
We take a trip to the National Barrow Show in Austin, MN and also we learn how to make delicious grilled pork loin at Dan Hoffman's residence.
The Big Iron Show
In this episode we go to the Big Iron Farm Show in Fargo, North Dakota!