"John Deere Contribution Aids Tallgrass Prairie Documentary" (2004)

Donations from John Deere and a variety of other sources have enabled a Cedar Falls, Iowa, professor to share his love of the prairie with millions of TV viewers.

Dr. Daryl Smith, a professor of biology and science education at the University of Northern Iowa, recently completed a documentary entitled "America's Lost Landscape: The Tallgrass Prairie," about the ecosystem that used to cover more than 240 million acres across America's heartland. The documentary... is slated to air on PBS stations throughout the United States in 2005.

Smith has a real passion for the prairie. So much so, that he uses prairie grass plots at Deere's Donald Street plant and Product Engineering Center in Waterloo, Iowa, to teach his students about the prairie ecosystem and how to preserve it.

Fundraising for the documentary, which took more than eight years, received a $10,000 (U.S.) boost from John Deere last year. The one-hour film also exclusively features footage of John Deere agricultural equipment....