Happy Birthday, Norman Borlaug

first_img Happy Birthday, Norman Borlaug Facebook Twitter SHARE  By Gary Truitt Home Commentary Happy Birthday, Norman Borlaug By Gary Truitt – Mar 23, 2014 center_img March 25 is National Agriculture Day; it is also the 100th birthday of Dr. Norma Borlaug.   Through dedication and lifelong effort, Borlaug was credited with saving a billion lives and earned the title of the father of the green revolution. His pioneering research dramatically increased agricultural production in the 1950s and 60s and laid the foundation for the biotechnology revolution which has increased food production today and will well into the future. While a statue of Borlaug is being dedicated in Washington this week, there remains today, as there was in his day, criticism of his work and ideas.“He was good at something most scientists aren’t good at—public relations,” explains Ed Runge, professor at Texas A&M University. “We all need to make connections, and I think Borlaug was superb at that. He could talk to a farmer. He could talk to Indira Gandhi [the third Prime Minister of India]. He could talk to anybody.”  Much of the criticism today of biotechnology is because the developers of the technology have not been good at talking with anybody.  Dr. Borlaug’s granddaughter, Julie, has the gift of PR and is now leading a pushback against those who oppose biotechnology as the Assistant Director of Partnerships for the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.  She told me in a recent interview that, “The fear of change is the biggest obstacle to progress.”Julie BorlaugShe calls for a change in the way biotechnology is explained and presented to the general public, “The arguments we have we used in the past have failed.” She said telling people the world will starve if we don’t adopt biotechnology is ineffective, “Nobody believes it is going to get that bad. Food shortages and mass starvation are not something most people in the developed world have experience with or can identify with.”    Furthermore, she said much of the opposition to biotechnology is rooted in a distrust of “big ag.”  She noted that people who oppose big corporations producing their food carry iPhones from a big corporation using proprietary technology.This wife and mother, while well-educated, does not use science to connect with consumers or to confront critics. She believes a more emotional approach is needed. “We need to dumb down and shorten our message,” she said. For example, she says those who oppose biotechnology are opposing woman’s rights. She says that without biotech crops woman in developing countries will continue to spend their days pulling weeds in fields by hand. She points out that by withholding biotechnology from these nations you condemn future generations of women to grinding poverty and back-breaking labor.She also enjoys talking with mothers who oppose GMO foods. She frames biotechnology in terms they can understand, “I talk about the orange juice in their refrigerator or the bread they feed their kids, and how these could disappear without biotechnology that can develop crops that are resistant to disease.” She also is a fearless crusader against myths and misconceptions about biotechnology, “You just have to walk into Whole Foods to see all kinds of examples of this; things like a sign that reads ‘GMO free salt.’”While erecting a statue to Dr. Borlaug in the nation’s capitol is nice and appropriate, a better way to celebrate his 100th birthday and honor his legacy is to continue the fight for the cause to which he dedicated his life: improving food production and availability around the world. “My grandfather always believed that investments in the next generation of people would bring solutions to future challenges,” stated Julie Borlaug.  Showing how biotechnology can improve life today and for the next generation is a great way to make that kind of investment. SHARE Previous articleIndiana Prepares for Ag WeekNext articleThe European Union’s Reluctance to Embrace GMOs Gary Truitt Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

New Tools Help Farmers Analyze Farm Data

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE New Tools Help Farmers Analyze Farm DataBrent MinettThis week, Indiana based Beck’s Hybrids announced their new data analysis system, the latest in a variety of new tools on the market to help farmers make critical decisions based on their farm data.  Tom Uthell is an Illinois corn and soybean farmer who is now using the Beck’s system, called FARMserver. He said the ability to analyze on farm data is helping him to improve his operation, “We have a lot of great monitors that record information very well, but all that gets us is binders full of data that sat on a shelf. Now we can get data we can really use.” Brent Minett, FARMserver field manager, says these tools can help farmers look at their production in a new say, “It can be as simple as wondering why hybrid A did so well in the first 3 fields, but did not do so well in the 4th field.” The weather tool can help growers analyze weather patterns to help explain differences in crop performance. FARMserver weather monitoring is focused on an individual field. A grower can receive an email or text message alerts when rain is approaching. In addition, FARMserver provides a unique recordkeeping system focused at the field level; comprehensive aerial imagery that delivers deep insight into field variability; field-based weather monitoring; and a crop scouting app.Minett says the Beck’s program will allow growers to share their data and compare their operation to farmers in their area, “So if you are a farmer in Hamilton County Indiana and you would like to compare your yield information anonymously with other growers in your area, you can compare your information to theirs.” For example, you can compare your nitrogen rate or application timing with other growers who had similar or higher yields.  This gives growers the opportunity to compare their agronomics with real farmers in their area.Minett says the development of the Beck’s products, as well as similar products being offered by other seed companies, are all being driven by a desire on the part of farmers to do a better job of managing and analyzing their data.  He said this kind of data analysis can help growers increase yields, better manage inputs, and save time. “This the qualification we use to  include tools in FARMserver; it has to do one of those three things,” Minett said.Mobility is another key issue. Taking data mobile has never been more important for farmers. FARMserver provides the capability to access their information from a web connected device at any time by using a simple and user-focused design. The FARMserver mobile app allows farmers to record geo-referenced data from the field and easily sync it to their secure FARMserver account.Uthell told HAT he sees this kind of detailed analysis as the trend in farming for the near future. The Teutopolis, IL, farmer said ownership of his data is a key concern, “With FARMserver, I’m not only in control but I can choose to give my trusted advisors access in order to implement management strategies that will help increase my bottom-line. Plus, I can now store data from all my field locations in one place using one technology that I feel is safe, secure and easy to use.”Security and ownership of the on-farm data is a major point of discussion among farmers and the industry. Standards are being put in place to provide guidelines for services who are collecting and sharing data. The Beck’s system is unique in that it allows grower to choose how their information is used and who can use it.For more information or to sign up today, please contact a FARMserver field advisor at 317.565.4120 or visit www.FARMserver.com. Brent Minett interview New Tools Help Farmers Analyze Farm Data Home Indiana Agriculture News New Tools Help Farmers Analyze Farm Data SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jul 29, 2014 Previous articleVeterinarians Modify Position on Sow HousingNext articleIndiana Pork Joins with ISDA to Feed the Hungry Gary Truittlast_img read more

Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase

first_img SHARE Previous articleTrans-Pacific Partnership Text Now PublicNext articleKelsay Offers His Vision of Farm Bureau’s Future Andy Eubank Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase Reaction to SAFE defeatThis week the Safe, Flexible and Efficient (SAFE) Trucking Act amendment was defeated in the U.S. House, although the Highway Bill to which it was attached did pass. Many in agriculture supported the amendment which would have permitted states to increase a truck’s maximum weight to 91,000 pounds on interstate highways from the current 80,000-pound limit with the addition of a 6th axle.Mike Steenhoek of the Soy Transportation Coalition explains who in ag would have benefited from passage.“Grain handlers, those movements from say a local cooperative and it needs to transport grain or soybeans to say a rail shuttle loading facility or to a barge loading facility or an ethanol plant or a soybean processor. A lot of those intermediate regional kinds of movements that rail is not an option for them. There would be a gradual adoption by farmers. Farmers wouldn’t be the ones to just immediately change their fleet or change their truck. It would be some of these companies that would more immediately do that, but you would see more and more farmers adopt it as well.”Colin Woodall at the national Cattlemen’s Beef Association was disappointed by the defeat. Their simple goal is to be more efficient at moving cattle around the country.“We know that we could add additional weight in conjunction with an additional axle and have trucks that were actually safer than what we have on the roads right now. But unfortunately we had groups like America’s railroads who came out against us because they felt that this was going to cut into their ability to stay competitive. Unfortunately they forget that we don’t move cattle, nor do we move beef on the railroads anymore, so this was definitely a slap in the face to us.”Woodall, NCBA Vice President of Government Relations, said they’ll continue to push for higher weight limits after missing out on the prime opportunity that comes with highway reauthorization.The bipartisan amendment was sponsored by Reps. Reid Ribble (R-Wisconsin), Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon), David Rouzer (R-N.C.), and Collin Peterson (D-Minnesota.)“The SAFE Trucking Act would have helped farmers get their product to market more efficiently” said Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “While we are disappointed that this amendment was defeated, we are happy to see Congress moving forward on long-term highway funding.”The final vote was 187 ayes, 236 nays. Ten representatives did not vote. Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Loses out on Defeat of Trucking Weight Increase Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Nov 5, 2015 last_img read more

Farmer Confidence at Record Low Level

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Farmer Confidence at Record Low Level Farmer Confidence at Record Low Level By Gary Truitt – Jan 5, 2016 SHARE Farmer Confidence at Record Low LevelKatie MicikThe latest Progressive Farmer Agricultural Confidence Index reveals the state of American agriculture is extremely  pessimistic. In the latest survey, producers’ overall confidence fell to 92.7 from 99.4 in August and 103.4 a year ago. This is the first time in the history of the survey that the level has been this low, says  Katie Micik, director of the confidence index, “It’s an indication that farmers are facing some hard economic realities.”  Concerns over their current situation dropped significantly over the past year from 113.3 last December to 101.5 in August, then to 92.2 following this year’s harvest. Farmers’ expectations about the future decreased from 98.0 in August to 93.1 now. The value of 100 is considered neutral. Values above 100 indicate optimism, whereas values below signify pessimism. “The majority of our respondents classified their input costs as bad. In the past we have had some but never a majority (53%),” said Micik. She added that producers also characterize their profit prospects as bad.The pessimism is not confined to row crop producers, but also involves livestock producers. “For just the second time in the index’s history, both crop and livestock producers have a pessimistic confidence score, with crop producers at 91.0 and livestock producers at 96.4,” said Micik.” She said, not surprisingly, market price uncertainty has contributed significantly to this pessimism. “Ag economists believe this period of low crop prices could last for two to three years, which has crop producers gloomy about the future,” added Micik. “As for livestock producers, recent volatility in the cattle and hog futures markets has them concerned.” The survey indicated that producers see this downturn in the ag economy lasting for several years.The confidence index, which surveyed 500 crop and livestock producers from November 2 – 25, measures the sentiments of crop and livestock producers on their overall agricultural sector impressions. Since 2010, DTN/The Progressive Farmer has conducted the ACI three times a year – before planting, before harvest and after harvest. Producers also rate current and long-term input prices and net farm income to gauge their attitudes toward the present situation and future expectations.Low crop prices also played a role in regional differences in the recent ACI survey. With the combination of low prices and the high concentration of corn and soybean acreage in the Midwest, producers in that region are the most pessimistic about their overall confidence (85.3), current situation (79.8), and future expectations (89.0). The overall index scores were slightly higher in the Southeast (96.8) and Southwest (98.0). Expectations for the future remain solidly pessimistic for producers in the Southeast (87.2) and Southwest (95.3). Unlike Midwest producers, Southeast and Southwest producers still have optimistic ratings for their current situations at 111.1 and 102.1, respectively. Micik believes this is due to greater diversity in farm type and more regional cash prices. SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleDuPont to cut 1,700 jobs ahead of Dow MergerNext articleVillwock Heads for Home Stretch of National President Run Gary Truittlast_img read more

New York Moving Toward E-15 Approval

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Sep 6, 2016 Facebook Twitter The New York Department of Agriculture and Markets is proposing a new rule to allow the sale of E-15. The new rule would apply to all vehicles model year 2001 and newer. New York State consumes over 5.5 billion gallons of gasoline annually, making it the fourth largest gasoline market in the country. POET and Growth Energy have worked extensively over the last two years to get this regulation updated. “This proposal marks a major victory for consumers,” said Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor. “Consumers will gain access to cleaner and more affordable choices at the pump. E-15 is already used on the race track in Watkins Glen (NY) and if this proposal is approved, drivers will get to experience the same economic, environmental, and performance-enhancing benefits.”Skor points out that E-15 is already approved for nearly 90 percent of the cars on the road today. By increasing biofuel blends, she said America can reduce its dependence on foreign oil, cut carbon emissions, and reduce the need for toxic additives to gasoline that are associated with cancer, contaminated water, and smog.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News New York Moving Toward E-15 Approval New York Moving Toward E-15 Approval Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleSoybean Use Exceeded USDA Expectations Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Indiana Corn & Soybean Farmers Meet with Rep. Hollingsworth

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Corn & Soybean Farmers Meet with Rep. Hollingsworth SHARE By Gary Truitt – Mar 14, 2017 Previous articleStudy Shows Crop Insurance Firms’ Returns Have DecreasedNext articleChanging the Way Agriculture is Presented to Young People Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Trey HollingsworthSouthern Indiana corn and soybean farmers recently met with Representative Trey Hollingsworth (IN-09) who represents the state’s ninth district to discuss issues important to their operations, including trade, farm bill, infrastructure and the Renewable Fuel Standard.The meeting, hosted by Indiana Corn Growers Association and Indiana Soybean Alliance’s Policy Committee, took place in New Albany, Ind. and was an opportunity for corn and soybean farmers to learn more about where Rep. Hollingsworth stands on issues critical to the viability of their farms and the entire agricultural sector.“It was good to hear Representative Hollingsworth say he is in support of the Renewable Fuel Standard as that piece of legislation has had an incredible impact on the corn market,” said Mike Flock, an ICGA director and farmer from Ramsey, Ind. “This meeting gave us a chance to talk directly with our newly elected Congressman and let him know where we are coming from on the issues he will be voting on throughout the year.”Last week, Rep. Hollingsworth signed on to co-sponsor HR 1311, a bill that provides more opportunities for ethanol in the marketplace by allowing for E15 blends (15 percent ethanol) to be sold year-round. ICGA believes this bill will lead to increased ethanol usage and more demand for corn.During farm bill discussion, ICGA and ISA members stressed the need of a strong safety net for producers, including support of crop insurance. Growers also reiterated the importance of nutrition programs staying in the upcoming farm bill.“I am committed to empowering Hoosier farmers whether that be in support of the Renewable Fuel Standard, in expanding exports markets, or in reducing regulations that suffocate their potential for growth,” said Hollingsworth. “I stand arm-in-arm with farmers in creating a more secure and prosperous economy.”This was the first of several meetings hosted by ICGA and ISA to connect their farmer-members with their representatives in Washington, D.C. The meeting was sponsored by Huntington Bank. The organizations also hosted a farm bill listening session with Senator Donnelly in February SHARE Indiana Corn & Soybean Farmers Meet with Rep. Hollingsworth Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for July 17, 2017

first_img Facebook Twitter Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for July 17, 2017 A mostly dry start to the week this week, with no serious precipitation action until Thursday up north, and then over more of the state on Friday. The stagnant remains of an old frontal boundary over central Indiana lit up a few showers and thunderstorms yesterday, and we won’t completely rule that out today either. But, in general, we are looking for fairly nice, dry weather over the next 3 days. Temps will be climbing through midweek.Thursday, we have some moisture moving into the northern third of the state, an offshoot of a frontal complex that is more bent on hitting MI and the great lakes region. This will trigger rain totals of a few hundredths to perhaps .3” over areas from US 24 northward, and in far NW Indiana, we can see some rains over half an inch early on Thursday in southern Lake and southern Porter counties. The rest of the state stays dry. On Friday, a slow, sagging trough moves through the rest of the state, bringing rain totals of .1”-.5” with coverage at 50%. These rains will leave a lot of areas wanting for more. The above map shows a snapshot of potential precipitation at midday on Friday.The weekend shows an active precipitation track, mostly over the northern half to third of the state through Saturday and most of Sunday. Areas north of I0-70 can see rain totals of a few hundredths to half an inch over both days combined with coverage at no better than 60%. Southern Indiana continues with no significant ran chances. Temps remain above normal.We dry down again for next week, with no significant rain chances anywhere in Indiana for Monday through Wednesday. In the extended window, we do have a weak front moving in around the 28th with some potential rain totals up to half an inch and coverage at 60%, but the rest of the 11-16 day forecast period is dry, with temps above normal. While we still do not see what we would term “oppressive” heat building in, we do think that all of the coming 2 weeks will be above normal to some scale, and highs from the mid-80s to low 90s will be pretty much expected for most of the rest of the month…beginning with our slow build this week. Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Ag Attorney Gives DC Testimony on Data TransparencyNext articleClosing Comments Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 17, 2017 Home News Feed Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for July 17, 2017 SHARE SHARElast_img read more

Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Nominations Now Open

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Nominations Now Open Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Nominations Now Open By American Farm Bureau Federation – Mar 15, 2021 Previous articleThe Hoosier Ag Today Podcast for March 15, 2021Next articleIndiana Dairy Producers Executive Director Retiring American Farm Bureau Federation SHARE Utah Farm Bureau members Beth and Rhett Crandall with Flint, 2020 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Credit: Nestlé PurinaFarmers are invited to submit nominations for the 2022 Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest, supported by Purina. This is the fourth year of the contest, which celebrates farm dogs and the many ways they support farmers and ranchers in producing nutritious food for families and their pets across America.The grand prize winner – Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year – will win a year’s worth of Purina dog food and $5,000 in prize money. The winner will be recognized at a Farm Dog of the Year award ceremony at the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention in January 2022. Up to four regional runners-up* will each win $1,000 in prize money.“We’re excited to host this popular contest again and provide the general public with another glimpse into daily life on the farm,” said AFBF President Zippy Duvall. “Farm dogs often play a dual role as both working dogs and companions to farm families, which is especially important because farming and ranching can be stressful, even on the best days.”Scientific research insights provided by our partner Purina reveal that interacting with pets can provide health benefits. For example, after spending just 20 minutes with a dog, people experienced a significant increase in levels of oxytocin, a hormone that plays a role in moderating stress. This was also associated with a decrease in heart rate and an increase in self-reported sense of well-being. Following the interaction with the dog, people were in a more positive emotional state.Desired attributes for the Farm Dog of the Year include helpfulness to the farmer and his/her family, playfulness and obedience. The 2022 Farm Dog of the Year will also be featured in a professionally produced video. The profile of 2021 Farm Dog of the Year Bindi can be viewed at https://www.fb.org/land/fdoty.“For the fourth year in a row, Purina is proud to support the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Farm Dog of the Year contest,” said Jack Scott, VP of sustainability at Purina. “Pets have a positive impact on people’s lives as companions and contributors to farmers’ and ranchers’ operations. The outstanding nominations received help demonstrate that people and pets are better together. We look forward to hearing and seeing many more stories in this year’s contest.”Farm dog owners must be Farm Bureau members to enter their dogs in the competition. Prospective applicants who are not Farm Bureau members can visit fb.org/join to learn about becoming a member.Eligibility guidelines and submission requirements are available at https://www.fb.org/land/fdoty. Farm Dog of the Year nominations, which include written responses to questions, still photos and a video clip (optional), must be received by July 2, 2021, for consideration.The Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year contest is sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Federation.The second annual social media contest, People’s Choice Pup, was a popular element of the Farm Dog of the Year competition in 2021 – reaching nearly 400,000 people – and will return for 2022. Profiles of the top 10 dogs will be shared beginning in October, with the public invited to vote. Bragging rights and a year’s worth of dog food from Purina will be awarded to the People’s Choice Pup. Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

‘Bachelor’ spoilers: did Olivia Caridi survive cliffhanger?

first_img‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Host Chris Harrison called the comment “the shot heard ’round the world.”The contestants on the show wanted Higgins to revoke Caridi’s rose and kick her off of the show for the comment.The final six contestants are Lauren Bushnell, Caila Quinn, Emily Ferguson, Becca Tilley, Amanda Stanton and JoJo Fletcher.“The Bachelor” continues next Monday at 7 p.m. CT on ABC.[<a href=”//storify.com/CaitlinAndreen/tcu-alumna-eliminated-from-the-bachelor” target=”_blank”>View the story “TCU Alumna Eliminated from ‘The Bachelor’” on Storify</a>] Kat Matthews Kat Matthews is a managing editor for TCU360. She is an active coffee enthusiast and spends more time playing with her dog than she should. Kat also lives in the TCU Convergence Center, so if someone wanted to make her day, that someone should send a large pizza her way. printBachelor Ben Higgins left TCU alumna Olivia Caridi stranded on an island in this week’s episode of The Bachelor. Literally.Caridi’s future on the show was uncertain after a cliffhanger ended last week’s episode. But she received a rose at the beginning of this week’s episode, despite many of the women trying to convince Higgins to send her home.Their wish would be granted later. The women headed to the Bahamas, where Caridi went on a two-on-one date with Higgins and Emily Ferguson.When the date was over, Higgins gave Ferguson a rose and left Caridi on an island, ending her run on the show.Caridi seemed shocked by the move. She received the first-impression rose in the first episode but soon became the show’s villainess.Largely disliked by the other women, Caridi was recently targeted after she made a “Teen Mom” joke toward Amanda Stanton, a contestant who is a young mother. SGA elections: A guide to candidate platforms Kat Matthewshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kat-matthews/ A group picture of the women before the premiere of “The Bachelor.” Facebook Twitter Previous articleFrogs snap 7-game conference losing streakNext articleWomen and gender studies professor to talk research of female artists Kat Matthews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Youngest TCU Graduate to date Kat Matthewshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kat-matthews/ TCU’s EIF plays with real money on Wall Streetcenter_img Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods Kat Matthewshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kat-matthews/ Seniors Speak Up about life lessons Linkedin Website| + posts Kat Matthewshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kat-matthews/ ReddIt TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Facebooklast_img read more

Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’

first_imgKristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Looking for a place to vote on Election Day? Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ ReddIt Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Facebook Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Twitter Linkedin Kristen Weaver TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus + posts Twitter printImagine being dropped on a deserted island alongside nine other strangers. You’re allowed nothing but the clothes on your back to survive up to 40 days, all while being filmed constantly by drones and cameras hidden in trees.Oh, and there’s a million dollars at stake.No, it’s not an science fiction novel or a movie. “Stranded With a Million Dollars” is MTV’s new reality TV show which tests the skills of contestants for a chance at winning a huge sum of money–and a TCU alum is one of the ten battling it out for a share of the prize.Alex Apple is appearing on MTV’s new reality show, “Stranded With a Million Dollars.” Credit: MTV“It’s like the show ‘Survivor’ meets ‘Hunger Games,’” said Alex Apple, a TCU alum who graduated in 2014.The reality show begins by dropping ten strangers on an island in Fiji. The rules seem simple enough: survive 40 days, and split a million bucks with whoever makes it to the end.But it’s a little more complicated than that.“The catch is, the tools you need to survive aren’t given to you,” Apple said. “You have to buy them, and that money comes out of the eventual prize money. Everything is crazy expensive, so a machete you would need to build shelter may cost $10,000.”The only way out is to shoot a flare up, signaling that a contestant has had enough.“There’s no voting off, so the only way out is to quit,” Apple said. “It’s really a test of your will.”Apple described himself as someone who didn’t know a lot about survival before the show. Fresh out of college, he was a reporter for a WCAX, a TV station in Burlington, Vermont.Apple during his job as a reporter for WCAX in Vermont.He said he stumbled across a casting call for the reality show while watching casting videos from the show “Survivor.”“I came across this casting call for an unnamed survival adventure show,” Apple said.After several interviews, “Lo and behold, I ended up deciding I was gonna give it a whirl,” he said.Once the MTV producers narrowed the applicant pool down to ten contestants, Apple said they were told very little about the rules of the show or what they would need to prepare before being dropped off in Fiji.“I prepared by trying to brush up on basic survival skills like starting fires without matches,” he said. “It happened quickly so I didn’t have a great deal of time.”Apple during his reporting job in Vermont.Once he arrived, Apple described how difficult the experience was, both physically and mentally.“That’s the hardest part: [being lonely]. There’s a lot of down time. And they’re constantly filming you.”Apple said that the producers used drones and robotic cameras to film the series as a way to make contestants feel even more isolated.The show’s executive producer, Kevin Lee, gave a behind-the-scenes look of how the cameras were set up here.“It’s designed to simulate having less people around the cast to make the cast feel alone or like you’re on an isolated island,” Apple said.Apple couldn’t say how far he made it in the show or what the outcome was, but he did say this:“It was intense…one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done.”These days the TCU grad said he’s readjusted to life back home. He said coming back was an experience in itself.“It was weird coming back at first,” he said. “You’re so engrossed in this game…eventually I came back to work and my life has gone back to normal.”The show is premiering Feb. 21 at 9 p.m. on MTV.“We’ll see what people think once it airs,” he said. “We’ve all been looking forward to [it].”TCU360 will follow up with commentary from Apple after the show premieres. World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution A TCU alum is competing on “Stranded With a Million Dollars,” a new MTV reality show. Previous articleThe Podell and Pickell Podcast – Chuck LaMendola InterviewNext articleAnn Louden leaving TCU, heading to Adelphi University in NY Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ ReddIt It’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Facebook Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more