Learning about Sunflowers, New support for seed varieties

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This is a July 13, 2018 photograph of Ted H. Kendall IV of The Gaddis Farms, showing what sunflower seeds look like in the flower on The Gaddis Farms in Bolton, Miss. Frequent rains and long stretches of sun have helped the flowers grow this season. (AP P
This is a July 13, 2018 photograph of Ted H. Kendall IV of The Gaddis Farms, showing what sunflower seeds look like in the flower on The Gaddis Farms in Bolton, Miss. Rogelio V. Solis/AP Photo

We talk through proposed legislation from Wisconsin U.S Senator Tammy Baldwin about efforts to develop resilient seed varieties for the public. Then, we speak to the owner of a 70-acre sunflower farm as sunflower season continues in the Midwest.

Featured in this Show

  • (Nothing but) flowers

    Being near sunflowers and consuming sunflower seeds may benefit people’s mood and mental health. These bright flowers are beginning to bloom. We talk with a sunflower farmer about the crop, its uses and where in Wisconsin you can find them.

  • Baldwin seeks more funding to develop new seed varieties

    U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin recently introduced legislation aiming to lower seed prices for farmers and increase the diversity of food and livestock. A leader of the Wisconsin-based advocacy group Family Farm Defenders discusses the bill, which would provide $75 million in research grants.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Joe Tarr Producer
  • Joel Patenaude Producer
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Bart Sopa Guest
  • Anthony Pahnke Guest