(Posted Tue. Sep 1st, 2015)

From olive oil to sweet potato vodka, bison farming to an old-fashioned western cattle drive, America’s Heartland returns to public television for its 11th season celebrating U.S. agriculture from all across America with new stories, themed episodes, and delicious new recipes.


Distributed by American Public Television, the series is slated for release to PBS stations on Sept. 5. The new season will also begin airing on RFD-TV on Wednesday, Sept. 9.  The National Corn Growers Association is a longtime promotional partner for the program.


In Season 11, 20 new episodes will again focus on agriculture-related topics designed to address consumers’ questions and concerns about food safety, animal welfare and environmental sustainability.


“We're excited and grateful to once again share positive stories about America's farmers and ranchers for an unprecedented eleventh season," said America's Heartland series producer Jim Finnerty. "The series provides a direct connection between television viewers and the people who bring food, fuel and fiber to the nation and the world. It’s a great opportunity to showcase the shared values between consumers and farmers in all aspects of American agriculture."


Launched in 2005, America’s Heartland has captured stories in all 50 states, and accompanied U.S. farmers and their products to overseas destinations like China, Taiwan, Egypt, and Morocco. The website provides viewers access to all episodes, stories, and special features, as well as accredited educational resources and links to additional information.


For a fifth consecutive season, America’s Heartland is receiving major funding support from Farm Credit, as well as CropLife America and its member companies Valent USA, Syngenta, and Bayer. Additional funding is provided by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. The series also receives in-kind production support from many prominent agriculture organizations, including NCGA, United Egg Producers, U.S. Grains Council, American Soybean Association, FFA, National Association of Wheat Growers, and the National Cotton Council of America.