Modern Marvels

Season 7 Episode 31

Farming Technology

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Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Oct 18, 2000 on The History Channel
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Farming Technology
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The US agricultural process, from seed to shelf, is so efficient that most people don't think much about it. But food growing and processing is ever more sophisticated, employing computer-guided, ground-shaking machinery, and sometimes controversial techniques. It's an industry of declining family farms, diminishing returns, yet higher yields. We review the evolution of the tools used to produce food, show the steps in the cycle that bring food to the table, and look at the future of farming.moreless
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      • Narrator: Global positioning satellites, bio-engineered tomatoes, ultra sensitive yield monitors and food processing plants on wheels. From a plow to precision farms, it's no longer Old MacDonald's Farm. Next up, Farming Technology, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Dan Glickman
        US Secretary of Agriculture

        Greg Johannsen
        Farmer

        Alan Olmstead
        Director of Governmental Affairs, University of California, Davis

        Oscar Bacon
        Hiedrick Agricultural History Center

        Charles Gause
        Vice President of Marketing, John Deere Co.

        Stewart Rife
        Farmer

        Tim Nimz
        Director, National Agriculture Center & Hall of Fame

        Robert Johannsen
        Farmer

        Val Giddings
        Spokesperson, Biotechnology Industry Org.

        Kent Bradford
        Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, University of California, Davis

        Professor Carol Sheenan
        Environmental Dept. University of California, Santa Cruz

        Delmar Conner
        Farmer

        Lee Scheufler
        Farmer

        Bill Christison
        President, National Family Farm Coalition

        Mark Marino
        Farm Manager, Earthbound Farm

        Mike Johannsen
        Farmer

        Mervyn Rife
        Farmer

        Levi Kettle
        Customer Support, Trimble Navigation Ltd.

        Sid Siefken
        Sales, Trimble Navigation Ltd.

      • Executive Producer: Don Cambou
        Writer: Luke Ellis
        Producer: Luke Ellis
        Line Producer: Paul Dzilvelis
        Editor: Karen Segal
        Producer: Bruce Nash
        Creator: Bruce Nash
        Music: Alan Ett
        Production Manager: Linda K. Clark
        Post Producer: Scott Berkson
        Clearance Supervisor: Charlotte Carpenter
        Clearance Coordinator: Katie Del Core
        Director of Research: Barry Hill
        Researcher: Anthony Lacques
        Researcher: Gloria Morris
        Historical Consultant: Tim Nimz
        Historical Consultant: Oscar Bacon
        Footage Consultant: Ted Troll
        Camera: Michael Marton
        Camera: Dylan O'Brien
        Field Audio: Terry Marton
        Post Production Supervisor: Jason Steinberg
        Post Production Coordinator: Gary Reid
        Post Production Assistant: Brian Volk
        Online Editor: David Rex
        Sound Mixer: Paul Ray
        Production Auditor: Dani Eslin
        Assistant Production Accountant: Linda Scribner
        Production Coordinator: Kathy Exner
        Production Assistant: Maryalice R. Aragon
        Production Assistant: Suni Nivens

        Special Thanks:
        Collinwood Grain
        Tim Frank
        Heidrick AG History Center
        Bryan Hurley
        The Johannsen Family
        The National Agriculture Center and Hall of Fame
        Barry Nelson
        USDA

        Supervising Producer: Beth Dietrich
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday

      • This episode originally aired in "Men at Work Week" on the History Channel.

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