“When Art Informs Public Policy: The Dust Bowl, a Metaphor for Contemporary Farming Challenges.”
On November 15, 2017, 7:00 pm, Galena Center for the Arts will screen “The Plow that Broke the Plains”. Paired with the film, Mr. Tim Youngquist, Farmer Liaison, Iowa State University, will discuss STRIPS, Science-Based Trials of Row Crops Integrated with Prairie Strips.
“The Plow that Broke the Plains”, a black & white 1936 cinematic exploration, was directed/produced by Pare Lorentz, Father of American Documentary Film. Funded through the Farm Security Administration/WPA the film, poignantly photographed is accompanied by a poetic musical score, Virgil Thompson the composer.
Horrific outcomes resulted from ill thought farm policy begun during World War 1, extending into the early 1940’s: soil depletion/erosion and mass migration. ‘The Plow’ is the first of three Lorentz films that artistically addressed America’s social and environmental crises.
STRIPS research, ten years, has demonstrated if 10% of a field is converted to Prairie Strips, nitrogen loss is reduced by 80%, phosphorous loss cut by 90%, and sediment migration decreased by 95%. “Overall, 5,353 pounds of soil per acre will be kept in the field rather than washed downstream.” (www.PrairieStrips.org)
For further information see: www.GalenaCenterForTheArts.com