Mid-Ohio Valley residents interviewed for long-running TV show

BELPRE – In early July, the “U.S. Farm Report” will start televising eight interviews it filmed of two local organizations on Monday at Howes Grove Park in Belpre.

On the air for more than three decades, “U.S. Farm Report” is the longest-running syndicated program focusing on agriculture, rural issues and the country lifestyle, according to its website. Hosted by multi-media agricultural journalist Tyne Morgan, a new edition of the program airs each weekend on TV stations coast-to-coast.

The program can be seen Saturdays at 10 a.m. and Sundays at 4 p.m. on channel 231 for all Dish Network customers or Channel 6 for local stations.

All eight interviews will be aired over four episodes starting in the beginning of July, possibly on July Fourth weekend, said Mike Byers, production assistant for the “U.S. Farm Report.”

Earl Hudkins, president of the Wood County Flywheelers, and Pat Tornes, president of the Pioneer Antique Power Association, were two of the local residents the U.S. Farm Report interviewed for its upcoming shows.

Hudkins said the U.S. Farm Report representatives contacted him and his group about two weeks ago to interview them and another group. Byers was going to be in the area and wanted to speak with them, Hudkins said.

“I was interviewed about my personal antique tractor that took me almost 400 hours to complete, with engine work, paint job, and everything,” said Tornes.

Wood County Flywheelers Association is a nonprofit organization with a passion for the preservation and exhibition of gas- and steam-powered machinery, Hudkins said.

The U.S. Farm Report located the group by using the Farm Collector Show Directory, Hudkins said.

It is the directory to antique farm equipment events in the world. Each year, the directory features hundreds of pages of event listings and advertisements for tractor and engine shows, livestock farming demos, swap meets, auctions, threshing bees and more.

“They spoke with eight of us in total, one at a time. The interviews lasted around 10-15 minutes,” said Hudkins. We were interviewed about our antique tractors; they filmed them starting and running,” Hudkins said.

“The interview being filmed was very exciting,” said Hudkins. “I described about the Volcano Days event that is coming up, that both groups will be attending. During the last full weekend in September (at Mountwood Park), we expect at least 10,000 people to attend.”

Rebuilding these engines and tractors is a way for group members to relive the old days, said Tornes.