County Farm Bureau shows free film

The Shenandoah County Farm Bureau Young Farmers will be showing the film “The Great American Wheat Harvest” at the Woodstock Community Theatre in honor of National Agriculture Day.

Nathaniel Dirting, chairman of the county farm bureau, said he believes this film is a good follow to a similar event held last year when “Farmland” was presented.

The film will be shown at 5:45 p.m. Saturday and Tuesday, which is National Agriculture Day. The movie is free to attend.

According to the website http://www.greatamericanwheatharvest.com, the film is a documentary that tells the story of harvesters who travel from Texas to the Canadian border to harvest wheat grown in the U.S.

“The story is dramatic as well as inspiring,” the site states, “It’s compelling as it shares the challenges that are now threatening that way of life passed on from generation.”

Dirting added that the film’s director, Conrad Weaver, will also be making a special appearance at Tuesday’s showing.

“The director lives in Frederick, Maryland, and agreed to come down for a showing to do a meet and greet,” Dirting said, “The idea is to encourage those who have questions or concerns about the food supply and production agriculture to have an opportunity to learn and ask questions from producers themselves.”

The county Farm Bureau will also be purchasing a DVD for each FFA program in the county to use as an educational tool in the future.

The young farmers program is for people ages 18 to 35.  Dirting, who is working the expand the program, said the program holds contests and events at state and national levels, including farm tours and other educational activities.

“Members of the program do not have to be Farm Bureau members,” he said, “Just be in the age bracket and be interested in agriculture.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com