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An independent feature film about grain-bin safety inspired by true events and a short film from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) focusing on how farmers’ are affected by climate change were recently released.

Blood Orange Pictures, a New York-based film and television production company, released its narrative feature film “SILO” at the Farm Progress Show in Decatur, Illinois, on Aug. 27. The film is the first to address the threat of grain entrapment farmers face every day.

“SILO” tells the story of Cody Rose, a teenager who falls victim to a grain entrapment incident in a small American farm town. As the grain flows like quicksand inside of the grain bin, SILO offers its viewers a window into the lives and relationships of the town locals as they come together in a race against the clock to save Cody’s life.

The “SILO” team is also partnering with the Grain Handling Safety Coalition, a thought leader on safety in the agricultural industry, to provide a discussion guide and educational resources in conjunction with the film. Alongside GHSC's board of directors and a top group of agricultural educators, the goal is to raise awareness around farm safety and mental health on the farm.

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The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) has unveiled a new film that highlights the need to address climate change and the management practices farmers already use to prevent climate change. Despite uncertain economic times, farmers are front and center as the agents for change in “30 Harvests.”

The next 30 years are the most important in the history of agriculture. Food production will need to increase by 70% to feed the world by 2050.

The docudrama follows the plight of farmer Jay Hill of Dell City, Texas, and farmer and soil scientist Meagan Kaiser of Bowling Green, Missouri. They articulate the challenge farmers face while embracing the opportunity to meet the increasing demands for food, and ultimately help solve climate change. 

Thirty harvests quantifies the crop cycles left before 2050, the year the global population is expected to reach 9 billion people. According to American Farmland Trust, the U.S. loses 175 acres of farmland every hour, mostly to urban encroachment. Additionally, the U.S. Global Change Research Program reports that the effects of climate change are already being felt, with increases in average temperature, extreme heat conditions, heavy rainfall, droughts and extreme weather events contributing to excessive runoff, flooding, and soil erosion, loss of soil carbon and reduce the availability and quality of water.

“30 Harvests” is available to view at