The Emmy-winning AMERICA'S HEARTLAND, which began in 2005, celebrates the men and women across the United States who grow the country's crops, raise its livestock, tend its nurseries, and prepare its food. The 22-part series taps into the national fascination with food and curiosity about unfamiliar places and ways of life, while also exploring the American values of family, hard work and the spirit of independence. AMERICA'S HEARTLAND portrays the worlds of agriculture, horticulture and aquaculture... [see more] complete with fascinating stories, compelling characters, innovative ideas and enticing travel destinations. It has given hundreds of farm and ranch families across America the opportunity — in their own words — to share their diverse stories of agriculture with consumers, urban and rural alike. Reporters Sarah Gardner, Jason Shoultz, Kristin Simoes, Rob Stewart and Akiba Howard travel across the country reporting on agriculture-related topics designed to address consumers' questions and concerns about food safety, animal welfare and environmental sustainability in the new season. Sarah travels to New Mexico where urban gardening finds a growing fan base in Albuquerque; Jason meets a Virginia farmer improving his profit margin by helping reduce pollution on his farm; and Rob finds out how climate change is affecting American agriculture. Other notable stories, include: how entire lines of seed stock are protected at a unique repository known as the National Seed Bank, and how a California farm community pulls together to save pollinating bees. In addition, season 13 features some of the best past-season episodes.