Students at three of the United States' top universities will be treated to a Farmland documentary film screening and a discussion about the film this fall, the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance says.
The film, released in the spring of 2014, follows six young farmers and ranchers as they carry on daily tasks. It is now available on DVD and for streaming on Netflix.
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During the screenings, at Columbia University in New York, Tulane University in New Orleans and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, students will see the film and then discuss it with a panel of farmers.
Screenings without panel discussions are planned for four other locations.
"It's great to see FARMLAND being screened at these universities not traditionally tied to agriculture," said Missouri farmer and NCGA Corn Board member Mike Geske, who also sits on the USFRA board's executive committee.
"The documentary's important stories about the challenges facing today's young farmers can help those who aren't involved in farming understand the importance of their work and the passion and concern they put into the food they produce," Geske said.
The action starts Sept. 10 at Tulane, where the film will include a panel discussion with area farmers and a campus representative, on issues raised in the film as well as focusing on the strategies of farming and sustainability, under the theme, "The Art of Farming."
Next, a Sept. 14 screening at Columbia looks at farming not as an art, but as a science. On campus that week, there are various information sessions and talks occurring on campus on the earth, environmental science and sustainability. Using this moment in time, highlighting the focus of environmental studies and sustainability will help bring awareness around the film and panel discussion.
Finally, on Sept. 21, Farmland director James Moll will join a panel at the University of Southern California to focus on issues raised in the film as well as the making of the film and career opportunities in agriculture and film production.
Other screenings, without panel discussions, are scheduled for Sept. 15, at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.; Sept. 16, University of Florida, Gainesville; and Sept. 30, Georgetown University, Washington.
A Sept. 3 showing also was conducted at Boston University.