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Farmland: Meet America’s Next Generation of Farmers

Did you know that fewer than 1 percent of our population of 317 million are farmers? At one time, it was common for everyone to grow their own food. But with the immense amount of growth of our country has experienced, most Americans are now five generations removed from the farm. This means less people growing our food, and less land to grow it on, but that doesn’t mean there is any less care that goes into it.

Being five generations removed from the farm, a huge disconnect has developed between the farmer and the consumer. So much so, in some cases, that people couldn’t even tell you where their food comes from aside from in the grocery store. When in reality, about 90 percent of the food grown in America comes from a family farm.

It really saddens and frustrates me to see this happen, which is one of the reasons why I became an ag communicator. One of my greatest passions is helping to educate people where their food comes from and how it’s grown. But with anti-ag groups presenting misinformation, it’s sometimes hard to give people a firsthand look into what it is REALLY like on the farms across America. That is why I am so excited to share with you the new documentary, Farmland!

farmland poster

Released in theaters today, Farmland lets you step inside the world of farming and take an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their ‘20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farm and producing the food we all depend on.

As the trailer said, “When people see farmers, they think GMOs, organic, certified organic, all natural, treading an animal humanely” and all of the other buzz words that the media reports on, but what they don’t think about is that the farmer growing their food is a regular person just like you and me. And farming isn’t just a job to them, it’s their livelihood. Their lives depend on ensuring that their crops and/or livestock are healthy or nutritious. Not only because they feed them to their own family, but because hundreds and thousands of people are depending on them. To the outside eye, making sure that happens might look easy.  But from firsthand experience, I can tell you that farming is anything but.

“We put so much time and so much effort into making something happen, when it finally does happen, we’re pretty proud of it.” – Farmland.

Thanks to the Indiana Soybean Alliance, the Indiana Farm Bureau, and BASF, I had the opportunity to attend an advanced screening of the movie and I absolutely loved it! I’m not sure if it was because it was such a great representation of the different areas of farming and what all it takes to be grow the food we all depend on, or because of how proud it made me feel to be a part of agriculture, but I truly hope that everyone takes the time to watch it! (Oh and maybe bring a tissue just in case, as I may have gotten a little tear-y eyed at the end.)

Farmland and meeting Leighton Cooley

We got to meet one of the farmers from the movie, Leighton Cooley! A fourth generation poultry farmer, Leighton operates four farms in georgia with his father. In addition to chickens, he also has a cow-calf operation and grows hay. Leighton and his wife have two sons.

Farmland will be released in select theaters across the country starting TODAY! Please check www.FarmlandFilm.com for screening dates and locations. In Indiana, it will be showing at the Landmark Keystone Theater in Indianapolis.

If you don’t see a theater near you, their Facebook page said to send them a message with your email address and they’ll add you to the list to receive updates about the digital download and DVD release of the film.

Please do me, and yourself, a favor and go see this film! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Chelsea

FREE TICKET ALERT! JOIN US AT THE INDIANS GAME TONIGHT!

Hey Everyone! How does FREE food, FREE beer and FREE tickets to the Indy Indians baseball game tonight sound for a great Monday night activity?

Indiana Soybean Alliance is hosting a night at the Indians game TONIGHT for bloggers around the state and I have your chance to join us! I know it’s a little short notice, but it will be a great time!

The tickets are coming to you thanks to Indiana Family of Farmers so thanks to them for sharing such a great opportunity! You don’t have to be a blogger to attend, but you do have to show some social media love!

   

If you’re selected as the winner you will receive 2 FREE TICKETS to tonight’s Indianapolis Indians baseball game, wrist bands to the Coors Light Corner with free beer and food in the picnic area and… (the best of all) the chance to hang out with me and a great group of people!

HERE’S HOW TO ENTER:

  1. “Like” this blog!
  2. Re-post this blog on your Facebook or Twitter page  with the phrase:

“I want to go to the @indyindians game TONIGHT with @Chelsea_PA and @INSoybean Alliance! – via boilermakerag.wordpress.com”

and leave the link to the post in a comment below along with your email so I can contact you if you are the winner. (I will not use email addresses for any other reason).

I will select the winner via random.org and announce it in another blog post, on my Facebook page, and my Twitter page at 5 P.M. today!

So HURRY HURRY HURRY and get your entries in!

I will put your tickets and wrist bands to the Coors Light Corner (picnic area) at will call, and they will be available for you there. As a reminder, we do have the picnic area reserved, and you are welcome to come in.  However, don’t feel obligated.  There will be free keg beer and food in the picnic area.

GOOD LUCK! I can’t wait to hang out with you guys tonight at the game!

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