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KRWG to debut locally produced agricultural series 'Field Trip!'

KRWG TV will unveil a new agricultural series produced by the station and the Cooperative Extension Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6. Each week at that time the viewer will be invited to literally go on an entertaining "Field Trip" to take a product from seed to consumer. "Cheese" will be the first 30-minute show to air. All episodes will repeat at 3 p.m. Sundays.


Season one of "Field Trip!" will feature episodes focused on cheese, beef, cotton, pecans, wine, milk, turf, peanuts, honey, pistachios, onions, red chile and green chile. Local producers, processors, nutritionists and even cooks tell the story with the help of host Summer Woods of Truth or Consequences. The project was produced with the help of Jon Boren, associate dean and director of the Cooperative Extension Service at New Mexico State University.

Work on "Field Trip!" began more than four years ago, according to Co-Executive Producer Glen Cerny.

"When I interviewed for the general manager position at KRWG, I realized we were the land-grant university, housed the New Mexico Department of Agriculture and were nicknamed the 'Aggies,' yet produced little ag programming. Interest and momentum for the project picked up immediately."

The "Cheese" episode begins on the dairy farms of the state and follows the milk to the processing plant and finally to your pizza. History, nutrition, recipes and explanations of the many types of cheese are interwoven into the show. Cheese becomes much more than something wrapped in cellophane at the store.

"Jon Boren and his CES staff truly made the shows possible," said Adrian Velarde, the project's co-executive producer. "When Joe Widmer, Madeline Lafont-Anselmo and Jeff Anselmo began shooting, the research was at our fingertips. We found ourselves saying 'Wow, I didn't know that!' each day we worked on the programs."

In addition to airing weekly on KRWG, "Field Trip!" will be made available nationally to all PBS stations. Information and schedules for "Field Trip!" may be found at KRWG's website - krwg.org.