Local PBS agricultural series kicks off 17th season.
More information: IdeaStations.org/VirginiaFarming
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Harrisonburg, Va. - “Virginia Farming” is a farming news program produced by WVPT PBS, one of the Community Idea Stations. Each week, hosts Jeff Ishee and Amy Roscher provide viewers with farming advice, in-depth interviews, and an up-close perspective on the work it takes to get food from the farm to the plate. Season 17 of “Virginia Farming” premieres Wednesday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. on WVPT PBS.
According to producer/director KT! Eaton, this season of “Virginia Farming” offers lots of variety for both farmers and consumers alike.
“In this exciting season of ‘Virginia Farming,’ we’ll see firsthand how drones and other evolving technologies are improving outcomes in agriculture and forestry, walk through a hilltop orchard and learn about the international reach of Virginia’s apple industry, follow large animal veterinarians on their rounds and experience how working dogs are changing the lives of farmers,” explains Eaton. “This season will also feature Virginia’s active duty and veteran farmers and their families. Our host Jeff Ishee, a military veteran himself, will explore the crucial contribution these farmers bring to our food security, communities and country."
In addition to new episodes, Season 17 will also include some past viewer favorites, including segments with Dr. Temple Grandin, Route 11 Potato Chips, and Southern Exposure Seed Exchange.
The making of “Virginia Farming” involves many miles of travel and countless visits to farms, gardens, livestock shows, and auctions. For Ishee and Roscher, the effort is well worth it, both in terms of the people they meet and the education they can help offer to viewers nationwide.
"Without question, the most enjoyable part of producing ‘Virginia Farming’ is getting to meet so many interesting and colorful people,” says Ishee. “With hundreds of episodes under our belt, we have had the opportunity to meet some of the most innovative, insightful, and inspiring people all across Virginia farm country. One by one, they have helped us to understand the nuances and challenges involved in agricultural production. We are fortunate to learn their stories and then share those stories with our viewers.”
“The fact that ‘Virginia Farming’ is in its seventeenth year of production speaks to the importance of agriculture nationwide,” says Roscher. “Don't let the name fool you. ‘Virginia Farming’ covers topics that are of importance to farmers and consumers all over the world. Farmers are interested in learning what other farmers are doing to be successful, and consumers are growing more and more interested about where their food comes from. There's a lot of agriculture education needed across the country, and Virginia farming has been contributing to that education for 17 years.”
The public is encouraged to engage with the show on social media through the “Virginia Farming TV” Facebook page. Viewers from non-commercial organizations are invited to submit 60- to 90-second video reports for consideration and possible inclusion on the show. Additional information is available at IdeaStations.org/VirginiaFarming.
Watch the Season 17 premiere of “Virginia Farming” May 1 at 7:30 p.m. on WVPT PBS (Harrisonburg) and May 5 at 8:30 a.m. on WCVE/WHTJ (Richmond/Charlottesville).
“Virginia Farming” airs on select public television stations in Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, including on WVPT PBS on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 9:30 a.m., and Sundays at 11:00 a.m.; on WCVE/WHTJ PBS on Sundays at 8:30 a.m.; and on WBRA PBS on Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. The show airs nationally on RFD-TV on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
About the Community Idea Stations:
The Community Idea Stations, the largest locally owned and operated public media company in central Virginia, provides the best of PBS and NPR programming coupled with a strong set of community-based programs and services to make an important impact in the areas of arts, news, history, science, and education. Each week, the stations reach over 300,000 people throughout central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley.
The stations offer television programming throughout the region on stations including WCVE/WHTJ PBS, WCVW/WVPY PBS, WVPT PBS, PBS Kids 24/7, lifestyle channel Create TV, and international program channel MHz Worldview.
In Richmond, the Community Idea Stations also broadcasts on radio. WCVE News provides Morning Edition, All Things Considered, as well as NPR talk shows and BBC News on 88.9 FM (HD1). WCVE Music provides classical, jazz, blues, world music, and more on 93.1 FM and 107.3 FM (HD2).
More information can be found at IdeaStations.org.
Photo Credits: WVPT PBS