A feature-length documentary, "Farmland," from Oscar-winning filmmaker James Moll, follows the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, all in their 20s, in various regions across the U.S.
Among the six farmers and ranchers featured in the film is Leighton Cooley, a fourth-generation poultry farmer from Crawford County, Ga., who operates four farms with his father. In addition to chickens, he also has a cow-calf operation and grows hay. Leighton lives in Georgia with his wife and two sons.
"On our farm, we have an open-door policy and we love showing people what we do. It's important to me to share the story of agriculture with consumers and share where their food comes from, that's why I participated in this film," said Cooley, who is incoming president of Crawford County Farm Bureau.
Moll spent five months meeting farmers and ranchers before he settled on the six who are featured in "Farmland."
In order to authentically tell the story through the eyes of this next generation, Moll extensively researched the subject and looked for individuals to profile, specifically choosing from different farming and ranching production methods, various types of crops and livestock and geographic diversity.
The film, made with financial support from the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), gives viewers a firsthand glimpse into the lives of these young farmers and ranchers, their high-risk/high-reward jobs and their passion for a way of life that, more often than not, is passed down from generation to generation.
Georgia Farm Bureau is an affiliate member of the USFRA.