It has been a couple years since my husband and I went to the movies. We just aren’t movie-watching people. We have little kids, we work long hours, we have a short attention span and we’d rather be outside doing something around our house with the kids – if and when we get a free moment from the farm. Not to mention, my husband has a severe (not to be confused with serious) case of narcolepsy and always falls asleep during movies – so why pay the admission?

However, I foresee a date night in my future! Farmland is a film that caught my attention, as it is a documentary of modern farming with interviews with real farmers. Just from watching the trailer, I could relate to farmers interviewed. One farmer states, “We’re just like everyone else, we just have different jobs. We’re normal.”

I can’t wait to see how the movie impacts the public’s perception and understanding of modern farmers. As I tell people repeatedly who question us about the size of our farm (we milk 600 cows), “We are not a factory farm and we are not Old McDonald’s Farm. We are a modern family dairy farm.”

If nothing else, I hope the movie sparks further conversation about American agriculture and the decisions and challenges we as farmers face daily. Summarized nicely by another farmer in the movie, “The core of [agriculture] is still growing and producing something, but the way we do it has changed.”

Farmland the Film

Here’s what Farmland’s website says:

Most Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat. Farmland will take an intimate look at the lives of farmers and ranchers in their ‘20s, all of whom are now responsible for running their farming business.

Through this film from award-winning director, James Moll, you’ll step inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into the lives of young farmers and ranchers. Learn about their high-risk/high reward jobs and passion for a way of life that has been passed down from generation to generation, yet continues to evolve.

Director James Moll traveled across the country meeting young farmers and ranchers. Watch the trailer to catch a glimpse of stories shared during his interviews. This film will be released in spring 2014.

This film was made with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance ®.