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Public Invited To Special Movie Event

By Staff | Nov 12, 2015

Area residents are invited to Algona High School on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to see a unique view of the next generation’s family farm through the lens of Academy Award-winning filmmaker James Moll. Farmland, a feature length documentary, takes the viewer inside the world of farming for a first-hand glimpse into the lives of six young farmers and ranchers in their twenties.

Many Americans have never stepped foot on a farm or ranch or even talked to the people who grow and raise the food we eat, yet are increasingly passionate about understanding where their food comes from. Through the personal stories of these farmers and ranchers, viewers 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.

Kossuth / Palo Alto County Economic Development Corporation’s Ag Committee, Iowa Corn Growers Association, and Kossuth County Farm Bureau are providing the opportunity for everyone to see the film at the Algona High School Little Theatre at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. This is a free, family event. Limited seating for the screening is available. You are asked to please RSVP by November 12 to 515-295-7979.

Farmland was made with the generous support of the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is an alliance consisting of a wide range of prominent farmer and rancher-led organizations and agricultural partners, including the Iowa Corn Growers Association.

Agriculture is a significant component of the local economy, and many jobs are agriculture-related. According to the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers 2014 Iowa Ag Economic Contribution Study, in 2012, Palo Alto County derived 67.7 percent of its output from agriculture including crops, livestock, and other Agriculture endeavors. Kossuth County derived just over half at 54.4precent. The study also stated that 36.4 percent of Kossuth County jobs are derived from agriculture while Palo Alto County closely followed at 36.1 percent.