My Farm Roots Radio Series Begins June 1

News Release Date: 
May 23, 2013

NET Radio’s “My Farm Roots” Digs Deep Into Farm Family Traditions

LINCOLN, Neb. (May 23, 2013) -- The farm fields of the Midwest provide iconic images of the diversity of landscapes and rural life. From rolling plains and supple orchards; fields of corn, wheat, sunflowers and soybeans; wide meandering rivers to roads running endlessly, one can see tradition in every direction.

The essence of farm country is captured in a new radio and  digital series, “My Farm Roots,” airing Saturday mornings at 7:34 a.m. CT beginning June 1 on NET Radio. Listeners will hear first-person narratives from those involved in production agriculture as families recall their history, traditions and connections to the land. “My Farm Roots” is a partnership between NET News and Harvest Public Media, and can be viewed online at harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots.

Producers of the project, including Grant Gerlock of NET News, want to speak with people about all aspects of what it means to be from farm country. Those with agricultural connections are encouraged to be part of the conversation. Farmers and farm families can submit their stories, photos and videos via the project website harvestpublicmedia.org/myfarmroots.

In the midst of the 21st century, program participants discuss their impressions of farm country, what is important to them, their thoughts about farm families migrating to cities and why younger farmers are choosing, or not choosing, to stay on the farm. “My Farm Roots” features real farm stories from each of the Harvest Public Media states, including Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Colorado.

Funding for Harvest Public Media comes from a three-year grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  The initiative is intended to combine resources and strengthen collaboration among several Midwest public broadcasting stations. As part of the grant, NET participates in a Midwest Local Journalism Center (LJC) with partners KCUR-FM in Kansas City, Mo.; Iowa Public Radio; KBIA-FM in Columbia, Mo.; KUNC in Greeley, Colo. and WUIS in Springfield, Ill.

NET Radio is a service of NET. For a complete program schedule, visit NET's website at netNebraska.org/radio.