Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman

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  • 2017
  • 1 hr 43 min
  • 7.4  (38)

"Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman" is a 2017 documentary film directed by Susan Froemke, John Hoffman, and Beth Aala. The film tells the inspiring story of four individuals who are deeply connected to the land and natural resources, and their efforts to protect the environment by sustainably managing their livelihoods. The film is based on a book titled "Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland" by Miriam Horn. The book and the film both showcase how people in rural America are taking proactive steps to balance their livelihoods with the natural environment.

Tom Brokaw serves as the narrator of the film, guiding the audience through the stories of the four conservation heroes: Dusty Crary, a rancher from Montana; Justin Knopf, a farmer from Kansas; Keith Ouchley, a conservationist from Louisiana; and Wayne Werner, a fisherman from the Gulf of Mexico.

The film opens with Dusty Crary, who owns a cattle ranch in Montana that stretches across thousands of acres. Dusty explains how he balances his ranching operation with conservation measures to protect the natural resources on his land. For example, he rotates his grazing patterns, plants cover crops, and manages invasive species to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Next, the film introduces Justin Knopf, a fifth-generation farmer from Kansas. Justin explains how he has implemented sustainable agriculture practices such as crop rotations, no-till farming, and cover crops on his farm. Justin's efforts have resulted in improved soil health, water conservation, and increased crop yields.

The film then introduces Keith Ouchley, a conservationist from Louisiana who works to protect the natural resources of the state. Keith shares his experiences of managing the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, which spans over 20,000 acres of wetlands, bayous, and historic sites.

Lastly, the film turns to Wayne Werner, a fisherman from the Gulf of Mexico, who discusses his efforts to ensure sustainable fishing practices. Wayne explains that he used to be a commercial fisherman, but he now runs a charter boat operation that emphasizes catch-and-release fishing. Wayne also works to educate other fishermen about the importance of conservation and the long-term benefits of sustainable practices.

Throughout the film, viewers are shown the dedication and passion these four individuals have for their craft and for the environment. Their stories are a testament to the idea that conservation and economic growth can coexist, and that sustainable practices are essential for preserving our natural resources.

"Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman" is a heartwarming film that showcases the power of individual action in protecting the environment. The stories of Dusty, Justin, Keith, and Wayne will inspire viewers to take action in their own communities to promote sustainability and conservation.

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    1 hr 43 min
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (38)