The highly acclaimed documentary Farmland will be shown in Brookings on Thursday, November 13th on the campus of South Dakota State University at the Performing Arts Center beginning at 7:00PM. The film is being hosted by the SDSU Swine Club. Admission is free, but the club will be collecting free-will donations of non-perishable food items for the Brookings food pantry.
Farmland details the lives of six young and diverse farmers showing the different successes and struggles they and others in their industry face each year. One of those farmers includes an SDSU alumnus, Ryan Veldhuizen who farms and raises hogs near Edgerton, MN.
But this nationally recognized documentary is not simply just for farmers.
“This is a film for anyone who eats,” said James Moll, the documentary’s Academy Award®-winning filmmaker. “It’s not what you’d expect. The world of farming is complex and often controversial, but the farmers themselves are some of the most hard-working and fascinating people I’ve ever met.”
Those who attend will have an opportunity to ask area farmers questions about their own family farms and ranches with a panel discussion following the documentary.
The panel will include the film’s Veldhuizen along with Dave Iverson, a Toronto farmer and member of United Soybean Board and South Dakota Soybean Research & Promotion Council; ScottVanderWal, President of South Dakota Farm Bureau and owner/operator of a Volga beef feedlot and farm; Brad Greenway, a Mt. Vernon livestock producer and farmer and on the Board of Directors for U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance®, Jim Gilkerson, a Brookings organic dairy farmer; and Jason Ramsdell of Flandreau who operates Dakota Layers.