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Real Ag is an exciting series from Smoky Hills Public Television. Real Ag is a program for everyone -- both consumers and those in agri-business -- with pertinent information about food and the agriculture industry.

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Season 7: 

Episode 1 - 3i Show, Part 1 (March 29, 2018)
Hear from exhibitors at the 3i Show that took place in Dodge City March 22-24.

Episode 2 - 3i Show, Part 2 (April 12, 2018)
Our inside look at the 3i Show continued. 

Episode 3 - Elk and Buffalo (July 12, 2018)
Visit buffalo and elk ranches in Kansas to learn more about the care of these animals. 

Episode 4 - Game Birds (July 26, 2018)
Learn about game bird breeding, habitat and hunting on this episode. 

Episode 5 - Nursery Tree Farms (September 6, 2018)
Find out about the purpose of tree farms in Kansas.

Episode 6 - Organic Crops (September 13, 2018)
Organic food is increasing in popularity, but what qualifies as organic, and how can we find out where it came from. 

Episode 7 - Pet Food (October 4, 2018)
Ever wonder about the standards and regulations for pet food? We speak with pet food equipment manufacturers and an Agribusiness
development director as we get more in depth into pet food on this episode.

Episode 8 - Water Tech (October 11, 2018)
On this episode we speak with the Director of Kansas Water, as well as, an advocate for sustainable food production.

Episode 9 - Animal Pests (November 1, 2018)
Ever had an animal on your property that just would not leave? We speak with someone from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism, as well as, a Kansas State Wildlife control specialist.

Episode 10 - Extreme Weather (November 15, 2018)

Kansas experiences all types of extreme weather, but what causes extreme weather, what makes it extreme and is it becoming more frequent?  We answer these questions and more on this episode of Real Ag.

Episode 11 - Noxious Weeds and Plant Protection (December 21, 2018)

There are several different types of weeds in Kansas, but what makes a plant a weed and should you do when you have noxious weeds on your property? We take a look at these questions and more on this episode of Real Ag.

Episode 12 - SEASON 7 GUIDE

This is a summary of the different Real Ag episodes covered in this 7th season of Real Ag.

Season 6:

Episode 1 - Agritourism (April 6, 2017)
This episode features visits to the Kansas Corn Maze in Buhler and Hendrick's Exotic Animal Farm in Nickerson.

Episode 2 - Robotic Dairy (April 13, 2017)
Tour a dairy operation in Palmer that uses robotic milking machines.

Episode 3 - Honey (April 20, 2017)
Learn more about honey bees and the production of honey in Kansas.

Episode 4 - Breweries/Micro-Breweries (May 18, 2017)
The popularity of craft brews has been growing nationwide and in Kansas. This episode visits Gellas/Lb Brewery in Hays and Kansas Territory Brewery in Washington. 

Episode 5 - Equipment & Technology (May 25, 2017)
New technology, like tractors with multiple capabilities and drones, has changed farming operations. Learn about what might be in store for the future. 

Episode 6 - Kansas Department of Agriculture/Inspections/Weights & Balances (July 20, 2017)
Learn more about the departments that handle state food and restaurant inspections and the checking of weights and balances.

Episode 7 - Fish Farms (August, 31, 2017)
During this program we visit a state fish hatchery at Milford Lake and a fish farm near Allen.

Episode 8 - Artificial Insemination in Cattle (September 14, 2017)
Learn more about the process of artificial insemination in cattle with a producer near Tipton.

Episode 9 - Alternative Products (October 26, 2017)
Find out about alternative products farmers are using today to supplement their income and diversify their product line.

Episode 10 - Lavender (November 16, 2017)
We take a deeper look at the familiar aromatic plant known as lavender.

Episode 11 - Cotton (November 16, 2017)
This episode looks at growing cotton in Kansas.

Episode 12 - Season 6 Guide (December 28, 2017)
From Agritourism to Cotton.  It has been an informative year for Real Ag.  In This episode we take a look at some of the past moments from earlier episodes from this season. 

Season 5

Episode 1: Crop Rotation (March 24, 2016)
Why are crops rotated and what are the benefits of this common agricultural practice?

Episode 2: Beef (March 31, 2016)
Kansas is one of the nation's largest beef producers, and beef continues to be in high demand. Real Ag looks at the history of beef production and the nutritional benefits.

Episode 3: GMO's - Genetically Modified Organisms (April 7, 2016)
Real Ag investigates GMO's, why they are used and how safe it is to consume modified foods?

Episode 4: Pork (April 14, 2016)
Better tools and knowledge have improved pork production including nutritional benefits. 

Episode 5: Soy (March 21, 2016)
The United States plants and produces more soy beans than any other nation in the world. What are the uses of soy?

Episode 6: Grapes/Wine (March 28, 2016)
Kansas was a leading producer of grapes and wine over 100 years ago. In recent years there has been a resurgence in the number of acres dedicated to grapes.

Episode 7: Wheat (May 5, 2016)
Kansas wheat farmers work hard each year to grow high quality hard red winter wheat. Learn more about the history, production and value of wheat. 

Episode 8: Antibiotics (May 12, 2016)
What are the benefits and risks of using anibiotics to treat animals? 

Episode 9: Corn (May 19, 2016)
Corn is the highest value crop grown in Kansas. Kansas corn acres have doubled since the mid-1990's.

Episode 10: Government Regulations (August 18, 2016)
This program will explore government rules and regulations on agriculture.  

Episode 11: Transportation (September 29, 2016)
This program looks at how transportation and trucking affects agriculture. Interviews are with trucking industry employees and the Kansas Highway Patrol.

Episode 12: Season 5 Guide (September 29, 2016)
Real Ag has covered a lot of topics this season but how do they all fit toghther? Kyle walks you through the key information from the season.

Season 4

Episode 1: Entomology (January 8, 2015)
There is a secret war being waged across America every day, and both our enemies and our allies are not bigger than a penny. Real Ag delves into the world of Entomology. 

Episode 2: Pecan Farming (January 15, 2015)
This crop takes ten years to bear fruit, but continues to produce for hundreds of years. Real Ag looks into pecan farming.

Episode 3: Canola Intro (January 22, 2015)
Everyday millions of people use canola oil in one form or another. Yet most of them have no idea what canola is. We get the skinny on Real Ag. 

Episode 4: Plant Pathology (January 29, 2015)
Plants get sick, just like us. And just like us there are people working on keeping the healthy. Plant Pathalogy is the topic this week on Real Ag. 

Episode 5: Forestry (February 5, 2015)
The High Plains are not known for the grandeur of their forests... but maybe they should be. forestry is our topic today on Real Ag.

Episode 6: Drought (February 12, 2015)
Farmers have learned some hard lessons about water throughout the years. But how do we deal with modern water shortages? 

Episode 7: Sheep (February 19, 2015)
The relationship between humans and sheep was already old by the time the bible was written. But a lot has changed for shepherds since those days

Episode 8: Weather (February 26, 2015)
A single storm can destroy a year's worth of work. How do farmer's deal with something as chaotic as the weather?

Episode 9: Vaccines (March 19, 2015)
Are you concerned about vaccines in the meat that you serve your family? This episode of Real Ag addresses the issue.

Episode 10: Aerial Applicators (March 26, 2015)
We all know the image of the old propeller plane dusting a corn field, but aerial farm technology has come a long way. 

Episode 11: Animal Nutritionists (April 2, 2015)
Here on Real Ag we spend a lot of time talking about the food that you eat. But what about the food that your food eats. Animal dieticians is our topic tonight on Real Ag. 

Episode 12: Season 4 Guide (April 9, 2015)
Through this season we have talked about all the factors that affect the food hyou eat; pests, disease, weather. Today we're bringing it all together for you. Ths is the Real Ag Guide for Season 4- 2015.

Season 3

Episode 1: Farm Technology (September 19, 2013)
Farmers employ highly sophisticated technologies, from GPS-guided combines to complex programs to track the progress of cattle.

Episode 2: Irrigation (September 26, 2013)
Crops need water and water's not always available. What are the challenges of irrigation? What are its economic and political ramifications?

Episode 3: The Beef You Buy (October 10, 2013)
How can you tell you're getting a good steak at the store. Color? Grade? And what factors increase the quality of beef?

Episode 4: Animal Welfare (October 17, 2013)
What is the difference between animal welfare and animal rights, and how do producers handle animal welfare?

Episode 5: Sorghum (November 7, 2013)
Science continues to find new uses for sorghum. Is this modest, reliable crop the next big thing in agriculture?

Episode 6: Bison (November 14, 2013)
Long ago vast herds of bison covered the central plains. Now this powerful animal is making a comeback thanks to some dedicated ranchers.

Episode 7: Sod (November 21, 2013)
Where does the grass on your front lawn come from? Real Ag investigates this ubiquitous but surprisingly unknown crop.

Episode 8: Pesticides (November 28, 2013)
Pesticides are as crucial to agriculture as they are controversial. Real Ag gives you straight answers about these chemicals.

Episode 9: Pasture Management (December 22, 2013)
You often see pastures while driving down the highway, but did you know they need to be closely managed? Real Ag investigates Pasture Management.

Episode 10: Dairy Products (December 28, 2013)
Milk undergoes a series of processes before it can be served to people. Real Ag walks you through the process.

Episode 11: Poultry (January 9, 2014)
Almost every restaurant serves chicken. It is an intrinsic part of the American diet. Real Ag looks into the poultry industry.

Episode 12: Season 3 Guide (2013-14)
Real Ag has covered a lot of topics this season but how do they all fit toghther? Kyle walks you through the key information from the season.

Season 2

Episode 1: Dairy (March 2012)
Milk is a huge industry in the United States, and each aspect of it must meet rigorous standards. Real Ag looks into the challenges of the modern dairy producer. 

Episode 2: Ethanol (April 2012)
This episode of Real Ag will look into the production and sale of Ethanol, as well as legislation surrounding it.

Episode 3: Sunflowers (May 2012)
When you think of Kansas, you think of sunflowers, but what are the uses for Kansas' most famous crop? 

Episode 4: Beef Life Cycle (June 2012)
Real Ag takes you step by step into the life of a beef cow. 

Episode 5: Agrosecurity (July 2012)
Real Ag talks to the people responsible for keeping our food safe. 

Episode 6: Flour Milling (August 2012)
Being a flour miller is a very complex job. Real Ag investigates this often overlooked profession.

Episode 7: Industrial Uses of Farm Products (September 2012)
As consumers demand "green" products and services, scientists and farmers work to create new utility from corn and soybeans. 

Episode 8: Food Science (October 2012)
Consumers demand cheaper, healthier and better food. Real Ag speaks to the people making these demands a reality. 

Episode 9: Veterinarians (November 2012)
Modern agriculture would not be possible without veterinary medicine. Real Ag brings you a closer look at food animals veterinarians. 

Episode 10: Rodeo (December 2012)
The Rodeo is a staple of rural life in the United States, but how does it relate to farm life?  And what challenges do rodeos face today? 

Episode 11: Weed Science (January 2013)
Weeds are a constant pain for farmers, but what can we learn from these pesky plants? Real Ag investigates.

Episode 12: Feed (February 2013)
We think a lot about our food, but what about our food's food? Real Ag looks into livestock feed.


Episode 1: Beef: The Steak That’s on Your Plate (February 2012) 
When you buy beef at the store you are faced with a variety of choices, should you buy Prime? Select? Organic? Angus? What do each of these labels mean? And who decides if a steak is fit to eat? Real Ag takes a look at the steak on your plate.

Episode 2: Corn: The Engineered Crop (March 2011)
Corn is one of the most adaptable crops known to man. Whether through old-fashioned selective planting or high tech engineering, each new generation of corn presents new and exciting possibilities. Real Ag looks into Corn, The Engineered Crop.

Episode 3: Water (April 2011)
As kids we learn about the cycle of water, but in reality things are more complex. The source, use and disposal of water has real social, agricultural and economical implications. Real Ag explains.

Episode 4: Non Traditional Meats (May 2011)
Everyone has eaten beef, pork and chicken, but what about the other meats like bison or ostrich. Are their healthier? More expensive? Real Ag investigates.

Episode 5: Wind Energy on the Plains (June 2011)
Wind Energy is clean and renewable, but a lot of factors need to be addressed before a new wind farm can go up. Real Ag looks into wind energy.

Episode 6: Reliable Wheat (July 2011)
Wheat plays a huge part in the American economy. But a good crop takes more than a little sunshine and rain. Real Ag looks into what makes wheat such a staple of the American Heartland as well as the obstacles farmers face each year.

Episode 7: Pork Today (August 2011)
Pork is a staple of the American diet, as well as the American economy. As the industry strives to meet consumer need, government regulations and other factors, the modern picture of pork continues to change.

Episode 8: Horses for Sale (September 2011)
In the old days horses were beasts of burden, transportation and farm equipment. But now the role of the horse has changed. Real Ag looks into the reasons, as well as the process for buying and selling horses.

Episode 9: New Food Technologies (October 2011)
As technology advances it creates more opportunities for food production, but also creates new challenges and concerns. Real Ag looks into the technologies driving agriculture right now.

Episode 10: Soybeans Around the World (November 2011)
As technology advances it creates more opportunities for food production, but also creates new challenges and concerns. Real Ag looks into the technologies driving agriculture right now.

Episode 11: The Organic Option (December 2011)
As technology advances it creates more opportunities for food production, but also creates new challenges and concerns. Real Ag looks into the technologies driving agriculture right now.

Episode 12: Manure (January 2012)
If you have animals, then you need to deal with their waste. But that waste can be turned into a resource. Real Ag investigates the glamorous world of manure.

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