FARMERS FOR AMERICA
CONTACTS: Graham Meriwether, firstname.lastname@example.org, 917 701-3307
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‘FARMERS FOR AMERICA’ DOCUMENTARY GETS FREE SCREENING IN AMES
CEDAR FALLS, IA -- Farmers for America, the acclaimed new documentary that traces the challenges facing today’s young farmers, will be shown free Feb. 21 at the UNI Center for Energy Environmental Education, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and local farmers.
Doors will open at 6:45 at the Center, 8106 Jennings Drive, with the film at 7 p.m. The panel discussion afterward with local farmers will be moderated by the filmmaker, Graham Meriwether, who discussed the film recently on Charity Nebbe’s Talk of Iowa show on Iowa Public Radio.
The documentary, which is narrated by popular TV host and podcaster Mike Rowe (Dirty Jobs, Returning the Favor) reflects the remarkable changes coming to American agriculture as more and more consumers flock to farmers’ markets, embrace farm-to-table lifestyles and insist on knowing where their food is coming from. At the center of the film are the farmers, young and old, who provide the spirit and energy to bring urban and rural America together over what both share in common: our food.
The farmers in the film reflect nothing less than the face of America: From a father-son team in northwest Iowa practicing both conventional and organic farming to a Mississippi FFA instructor who inspires his students to live by their deeds; from an ex-Marine in southern California who’s jump-started a $1 million business selling pastured meats to a young postal worker in western Missouri struggling to buy land; from a Hudson River Valley woman who became the head of the National Young Farmers Coalition to two Shenandoah Valley farmers who’ve turned their farm into a laboratory for new models to get young farmers started.
With the average age of today’s farmer at 60, and rural America losing population as the cost of land and equipment soars, this film reveals the people waiting to take their place, the practices they’re championing and the obstacles they must overcome.