A documentary movie that highlights the food industry’s future will be shown Friday at a local high school to mark National FFA Week.
The film, “Farmers for America,” is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Academy of Arts, Careers & Technology, 380 Edison Way. In lieu of admission, those attending are asked to bring a new package of socks or underwear. Donations will go to Lexie’s Gift, a local nonprofit organization that supports homeless and at-risk youth.
Released in October 2017, the documentary is about a new generation of farmers who are filling the void left by retiring farmers. According to the film, the average age of American farmers is 60, half of farmland will change hands within the next 12 years, and 20 percent of U.S. food is imported.
Proceeds from raffle ticket sales and concessions will to go to the FFA chapter at AACT, which is hosting the event. Some FFA members hope to become agriculture professionals.
Formerly known as Future Farmers of America, it’s name was changed in 1988 to the National FFA Organization, commonly called FFA, to recognize members with various interests in food, natural resources, business, science, and technology.
For more information, call 775-327-3920.
On The Web:
National FFA: https://www.ffa.org/home
“Farmers for America” movie: https://www.leaveitbetter.com/farmers-for-america/
Lexie’s Gift: https://www.lexiesgift.com
Carla has an undergraduate degree in journalism and more than 10 years experience as a daily newspaper reporter. She grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., moved to the Reno area in 2002 and wrote for the Reno Gazette-Journal for 8 years, covering a variety of topics. Prior to that, she covered local government in Fort Pierce, Fla.