Videos & Animations

Over the years we have produced hundreds of educational videos on a wide range of topics. These days we often produce short web videos as components of multimedia projects. In the past we often produced longer videos for classroom use and network broadcast.

Most of the videos below can be viewed online. Educational use is encouraged.

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Land Grant Universities and Extension

Besides teaching and research, some universities have an incredibly important third mission: to bring research-based knowledge directly to families, consumers, business owners and agricultural producers. This is the mission of Extension.

Learn about Land Grant Universities and Extension

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Don't Wash Your Chicken!

If germs were visible to the naked eye, you would see that washing poultry splashes bacteria that can make you sick all over you, your kitchen towels, your countertops, and any other food you have nearby, such as raw foods or salads. Learn how to prepare chicken recipes safely.

View videos for Don't Wash Your Chicken!

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Infotoons – Food Safety

See the science behind food safety among agricultural producers and processors, especially those selling directly to consumers. Created in collaboration with Maine Cooperative Extension, they focus on regional foods important to Maine's heritage, such as wild blueberries and seaweed.

View the Infotoons – Food Safety videos.

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Fresh and Sometimes Dirty

Fresh produce can sometimes be dirty. It’s important to wash it, no matter where you get it. These short, humorous videos are aimed at consumers who shop at Farmers’ Markets and suitable for sharing on social media.

View videos at Fresh and Sometimes Dirty.

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Reducing Antibiotic Resistance From Farm to Fork

To maintain antibiotics' effectiveness in fighting infections for future generations, learn about how technologies are helping us understand how to minimize the risks of antibiotic resistance.

View Reducing From Farm to Fork.

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Chemistry Animations

Plants and animals are mostly composed of carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, and nitrogen. These chemicals – and how they are put together – underlie everything around us. That's why chemistry is such a valuable tool for agricultural, environmental and food scientists.

View Everything Is Chemical and Cation Exchange.

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Innoventure Jr. ™

Even young children have skills and abilities that provide value to others and may eventually lead them to create their own jobs. This video series explores exchanging money for products and services, brainstorming with others to get the best ideas out there, and setting goals for entrepreneurship.

View Innoventure Jr.

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Zinkicide: Safe New Treatment for HLB

The citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB), also known as citrus greening, has compromised citrus production in many regions. Zinkicide is an economically feasible and environmentally sustainable bactericide treatment for HLB-affected citrus trees to improve production, fruit quality, and grower profitability.

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Kid Eats

Learn how to prepare vegetables and cook safely with your child. Kid Eats provides videos, recipes, and a virtual kitchen experience on the iPad, suitable for youth in grades 3-6, including videos of each recipe. Available free at the iTunes Store.

View at Kid Eats website, watch Kitchen Knife Skills for Kids, and watch the Kid Eats Fruit Slushies recipe video.

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Don't Be Gross

There's no 5-second rule. These videos raise awareness about actions that are unsafe and positive steps we can take to prevent illness.

View animations at Don't Be Gross.

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Understanding Western Soils

This series guides how to sample soil for analysis and includes visualizations on soil properties and water infiltration.

View at Understanding Western Soils.

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Norovirus Capsid

Human noroviruses cause 5 million cases of foodborne disease every year in the U.S. NoroCORE is a food safety initiative with the goal of reducing the burden of foodborne disease associated with viruses.

View the videos for NoroCore or visit our website.

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Produce Safety Matters

Growers, packing centers, and retailers rely on one another to prevent contamination and keep consumers safe. Four animations illustrate how contamination can spread from field to table and suggest ways to avoid this.

View Produce Safety Matters.

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Sorption Animation

What happens when atoms, ions, or molecules attach to the surface of a substance without entering it? Learn how adsorption occurs at the chemical level and cover the difference between adsorption and absorption.

Watch Sorption in Everyday Life  and Sorption: A Close-up View.

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Non-Thermal Food Processing Methods ™

Researchers have been studying non-thermal processing methods (methods that do not use heat) that will destroy pathogens and keep foods safe to eat, while retaining sensory attributes and nutrient content similar to raw or fresh products.

View the animations for Non-Thermal Processing.

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Killing Pathogens on Leafy Greens

See new processing techniques for fresh produce that penetrate leafy structures to access microbes. The Fresh Produce Safety Initiative aims to develop and spread awareness about processing techniques for fresh fruits and vegetables. 

View animations at Killing Pathogens on Leafy Greens.

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Tasty Solutions For Diabetes™

Join our co-hosts as they teach you how to prepare delicious dishes that will fit into your diabetes eating plan. Also, hear expert advice from a physician, psychologist, and people with diabetes.

View videos at Tasty Solutions for Diabetes.

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Chinese Food Safety (English, Mandarin, & Cantonese)

A restaurant owner teaches an apprentice to keep surfaces clean, separate cutting surfaces, heat food to proper temperatures, and store food safely. Available in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese. 

View videos at Chinese Food Safety.

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The BAC Files (English, Spanish, & Navajo)

These videos use engaging entertainment in order to give viewers of all ages helpful advice on how to keep food safe to eat in order to prevent foodborne illnesses from foodborne bacteria (BAC). These videos are available in English, Spanish, and Navajo.

View videos at The BAC Files.

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The Story of BAC (English, Spanish, & Navajo)

In these videos, watch and learn about several children who get tired of foodborne illnesses and decide to Fight BAC! These videos are available in English, Spanish, and Navajo. 

View videos at The Story of BAC.

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It's Good Business: Processing Salsa Safely (English & Spanish)

Learn how to process chile salsa to avoid foodborne illness or microbial contamination. Available in English and Spanish. 

View videos at Processing Salsa Safely.

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Processing Salsa Safely at Home

Everyone loves salsa. When you process your salsa correctly, you'll know it's safe. This video demonstrates how to process and preserve salsa safely at home using a United States Department of Agriculture-approved recipe. 

View at Processing Salsa Safely at Home.

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Making It Safe: HACCP for Small Food Processors (English & Spanish)

A Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) Food Safety Program designed for Small Food Processors in the Southwest. Available in English and Spanish.

View videos at Making It Safe.

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Preparing Safe Mexican Foods

These videos stress the importance of having a monitoring program and a HACCP plan in your food establishment to protect your customers and reputation. This project was made possible by a USDA Food Safety Inspection Service grant. Available in English and Spanish. 

View videos at Preparing Safe Mexican Foods.

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La Vida de Matilde (Spanish)

La Vida de Matilde ("The Life of Matilde") is presented in a soap opera that follows Matilde over several weeks as she opens her own home childcare. She learns food safety, and how to combat BAC, the bacteria food may contain if it is not properly prepared or handled. 

View videos at La Vida de Matilde.

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Healthy Eating for a Healthy Baby (English & Spanish)

Learn how to make healthy choices while pregnant by eating grains, fruits, and vegetables to ensure proper delivery and weight gain.

View at Healthy Eating for Healthy Baby.

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Heat Up Your Life Series

This video series takes you into the wonderful, wacky world of the hot and spicy. The package includes all three episodes: "Peppers and People," "From Seed to Salsa," and "Hot Plates!"

View videos at Heat Up Your Life Series.

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Hot Plates

"Hot Plates," focuses on the culinary delights of hot and spicy food. From Miami to Los Angeles, from Jamaica to Mexico, the best in fiery foods are featured. 

View videos at Hot Plates.

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Peppers and People

Learn about chile peppers throughout history, from Columbus' introduction of chile in Europe to the United State's only chile preserve in New Orleans. 

View videos at Peppers and People.

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From Seeds to Salsa

"From Seed to Salsa," tours farms, processing plants, import warehouses, factories and hot shops, and includes a side trip to the home of Tabasco sauce, Avery Island, Louisiana. Dave also provides a few home-growing tips from his garden in Albuquerque, NM. 

View videos at Seed to Salsa.

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Baby Talk: Listening to Your Baby at Mealtime (English & Spanish)

Even before they can say words clearly, babies communicate with "baby talk." Learn how to understand your baby's talk and help take the anxiety out of feeding time. 

View videos at Baby Talk.

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Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine Series

This three-part series explores the convergence of ancient healing with modern medical practices. These documentaries give insight into global cultures that still practice ancient ways, with intrepid scientists who explore new cures based on ancient medicinal plants. For International and Domestic TV, Cable, Satellite, Educational, DVD / Home Video rights Distribution, please contact Tapestry International.

View videos at Ancient Roots, Modern Medicine.

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Jordan: The Middle East

Travel to the Badia Desert of Jordan where Bedouin nomads still battle diseases with age-old treatments. This is a world of black-robed healers, wise herbalists called attars, and mysterious plants that survive in harsh Middle East sands. Dr. Sawsan Oran, whose research with the black iris, is netting astonishing results. This showy bloom, used medicinally for centuries by the Bedouin, has delivered strong, anti-leukemic effects in early laboratory trials. 

View videos at Jordan: The Middle East.

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Borderlands: USA/Mexico

Venture to the USA/Mexico border, where people have been using medicinal plants for thousands of years. It is a land of cacti, intense sun, and curanderos - those who heal with desert roots and herbs. Scientists are tapping into that knowledge - from an innovative program at New Mexico State University to clinical tests at a cutting-edge Seattle research lab - student researchers are discovering the power of nature's wonders and the next breakthrough medicine. 

View videos at Borderlands: USA / Mexico.

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Curacao: The Caribbean

Journey to the Caribbean island of Curacao, where healer Dinah Veeris is on a crusade to preserve her homeland's threatened medicinal plants. She is saving the wisdom of a vanishing generation of healers whose practices are steeped in African and Native American lore, and see how scientists are unlocking the power of the divi divi tree's amazing ability to fight staph infections to "mermaid's hair," a coastal blue-green algae with the promise of cancer cures. 

View videos at Curacao: The Caribbean.

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The Chihuahuan Desert: Our North American Outback

Kevin Von Finger guides you through the Chihuahuan Desert, our North American Outback. Visit caves that reveal the desert's youth, see skeletons of animals that lived during the last Ice Age, and learn about the changes this land has seen. 

View videos at The Chihuahuan Desert.

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Southwest Horizons Nature: Videotape Series

Explore White Sands and the majestic Chiricahuas Mountains of the desert and experience the magic of winter bird sanctuary in this three-video series. These videos feature the people, wildlife, anthropology, and geology of the American Southwest.

View at Southwest Horizons Nature Series.

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White Sands: White Wilderness

Visit the gypsum dune environment of New Mexico's White Sands National Monument, the largest of its type in the world. Through this dramatic video and computer animation, this documentary details the geology, plants, wildlife, and ancestral peoples found nowhere else. 

View videos at White Sands.

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Chiricahuas: Mountain Islands in the Desert

Explore the animals, plants, geology, and people of the Chiricahua Mountains on the New Mexico / Arizona border. Plant and animal species meet in this spectacular biological crossroads of the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts, the Rocky Mountains, and Mexico's Sierra Madres. 

View videos at Chiricahuas.

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Bosque del Apache: Ancient Flyway of the Rio Grande

Visit one of America's wildlife refuges, where every winter it becomes home to migratory birds and animals that feed in the temperate New Mexico climate.

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Birds of the Bosque

This video shows the birds, mammals, and scenery of New Mexico's Bosque del Apache refuge. Thousands of birds migrate here every year. This tape focuses on the beauty of the Bosque with slow-motion flight.

View videos at Birds of the Bosque.

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Back to the Bosque

A day in the life of a migrating sandhill crane, Sandy, who is one of the birds that flock to the Bosque del Apache Refuge when the weather gets cold.

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Trees in Your Neighborhood (English & Spanish)

Join forester Jim Freeman and students from a New Mexico elementary school as they demonstrate how to properly plant and care for trees. This video is designed for children but is fun for adults as well. 

View videos at Trees in Your Neighborhood.

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Green Gold: From the Maya to the Moon

This award-winning video traces three treasures of New World: corn, potatoes, and chile peppers. This exploration poses a question: Can we survive if we lose our food crops' genetically diverse, wild, and weedy ancestors? 

View videos at Green Gold.

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Survivors in the Sand

Developed for national television, this award-winning program takes you to the deserts of Australia, Israel, and the American Southwest. Viewers will meet desert dwellers and scientists who are studying ways to thrive in arid lands. 

View videos at Survivors in the Sand.

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El Hermitaño (The Hermit)

In his captivating book and one-man play, Larry Torrez, Northern New Mexico’s renowned story-teller and actor, weaves folklore, legends, and strands of history to bring to life the “Holy Hermit,” Giovanni María Agostini-Justiniani.

Visit El Hermitaño.

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Aggies Go Global at China Agricultural University

The Aggies Go Global (AGG) program aims to provide students with international opportunities to stimulate their educational, professional, and interpersonal development.

View at Aggies Go Global.

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Evolution of the Rio Grande Valley: Implications for Global Change

Rivers source life and change, especially in arid lands. See why scientists use the Rio Grande Valley for their studies. 

View videos at Evolution of the Rio Grande Valley.