(Posted Thu. Sep 3rd, 2015)
For students at three of our nation’s top universities, September’s not going to be just about back to school – but back to the farm. Screenings of the powerful FARMLAND documentary are on tap with panel discussions for Columbia University in New York, Tulane University in New Orleans and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Screenings without panel discussions are planned for four other locations.
FARMLAND premiered in theaters across the country in spring 2014, and is now available on DVD and streamed on Netflix. The film, which offers a firsthand glimpse inside the world of farming by showcasing the lives of six young farmers and ranchers, was produced with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance, of which the National Corn Growers Association is a founding affiliate.
“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.”
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, Academy Award-winning 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, will take place today, Boston University; Sept. 15, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.; Sept. 16, University of Florida, Gainesville; and Sept. 30, Georgetown University, Washington.