The American Society of Agriculture and Republic Steel Corporation joined forces to present “Green Gold,” a 1953 Wilding Pictures Production that captures life down on the farm. We meet the “Weston Family,” and as the film opens a father and son argue over what to do with farm land they’re currently using as a cow pasture. Thanks to the son’s vocational agricultural class, he has learned new methods of farming that surpasses that of his father, who inherited the farm from his father. During a lengthy narration the son explains how fields can be rotated and used for planting crops such as hay part of the time and for pasture the rest (mark 04:00). “Without plenty of good grass our whole way of life would change,” the son informs his father as he pulls out stacks of literature to support his claim. The two discuss grassland farming as the film continues, and in an effort to sway his father’s opinion meets with agricultural scientist Will M. Myers (mark 07:23) and discuss “the meaning of grassland farming.” (Grassland farming is a system of farming in which grass is the basic crop taken from the land whether as a direct cash crop or as a source of income through further processing such as by feeding cattle — a point described at length by Myers as various related scenes accompany his speech.) “Agriculture needs … more farmers growing more good grass and turning it into meat and milk,” says Myers at mark 10:43 as bovine parade across fields. After further discussion of fertilizer, erosion, and plowing, a county agent meets with dad to encourage him further on different uses for his pasture including rotation pastures and rotation grazing, and starting at mark 20:12 the son offers his own synopsis of the differences. Preparing for a speech before the Future Farmers of America, the son “practices” in front of his family at mark 24:05 as he revisits some of the points already covered in the film, as once again his points are illustrated by various scenes. As the film concludes, father and son finally agree to repair their pasture and include more grassland.
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