As winter storm Wesley rages on throughout the Midwest, many producers may be looking for a reprieve from the elements. When you’re not outside feeding hay or checking for newborn calves in the snow and mud, settle into your recliner and check out these television shows inspired by life in agriculture.
First is “The American Farm,” a new docuseries airing on the HISTORY channel.
The first episode was released April 4. “The American Farm” is described as “an authentic portrait of the fight to go from seed to stalk and from farm to fork. The HISTORY series presents an up-close look at one full year of family farming, told through an unprecedented year on the ground, capturing breathtaking visuals, private moments and personal interviews.”
Shot on location around the country, the docuseries introduces us to several farm and ranch families.
Viewers will meet the Boyd family in Virginia, who are struggling to transition their successful farming business to their children.
You’ll also meet the Griggs family, fifth generation row crop farmers who work together as a team to get the job done.
Travel to the Alaskan tundra to meet the Meyers family. Living in isolation (400 miles from the nearest road) has its drawbacks, but this farming family has launched a booming business in the middle of nowhere.
Next up is the Robertson family, who run dairy, crop and creamery businesses on their family farm. Here you’ll meet three hard-headed brothers who love to add humor to their days as they work.
Head on over to Utah to meet the Sutherland family, who are dealing with the challenges of an ongoing drought.
If “The American Farm” strikes your fancy, you may also like “The Cowboy Way: Alabama.”
Not to be mistaken for the 1994 classic movie, “The Cowboy Way,” starring Woody Harrelson and Kiefer Sutherland, “The Cowboy Way: Alabama” is a reality show on Amazon Prime that showcases three modern-day Alabama cowboys who are facing the everyday struggles of ranching.
Starring Booger Brown, Cody Harris and Bubba Thompson, the show is in its fifth season. Viewers will watch as these young cattlemen herd cattle, break horses, till fields and work together with their families.
Described as “the Old West meets the Deep South,” the show introduces the audience to the cowboy code of ethics where ranchers “work hard, play hard and depend on each other.”
As you hunker down to weather through winter storm Wesley, now may be a good time to watch an episode or two with the family. Check out these shows and let me know what you think. I haven’t personally watched yet to vouch for either, but I figure any show that is inspired by production agriculture is definitely worth checking out.
The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of beefmagazine.com or Farm Progress.