Local ag groups to host screening of “Silo”

Brown, Nicollet, and Sibley County Farm Bureaus, New Ulm, Martin County West and Sibley East FFA Chapters, and the New Ulm Farm-City Hub Club will be hosting two screenings of the independent film SILO on Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at the Sibley East High School Auditorium in Arlington and Monday, March 30 at 6 p.m. at the New Ulm High School Auditorium in New Ulm. The public is invited to attend this free event.

SILO is the first-ever feature film about a grain entrapment.  Inspired by true events, SILO tells the story of Cody Rose, an 18-year-old who falls victim to a grain entrapment incident in a small American farm town.  As grain turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in a crop that has sustained their community for generations.

The screening of this film has been made possible by a generous grant from Grinnell Mutual. 

Plus, everyone in attendance will receive free safety equipment including safety glasses and earplugs.  Additionally, farmers in attendance may register to win a fall protection harness kit to be used on their farm.  One harness will be given away at each location.  The safety equipment is provided in part by Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America Grant.

The film is 70 minutes in length.  Parental discretion is advised since some scenes contain mature content.  This film is not rated. 

“SILO’ lays bare the many, very real stresses of life on the farm, especially the physical dangers,” says John Hawkins, managing director of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “It places equal emphasis on how rural communities come together when a neighbor is in need.”

A post-film discussion will conclude the evening. For more information about the local screenings, like the pages ‘SILO the film at Sibley East’ or ‘SILO the film at New Ulm’ on Facebook.  For more information about the movie or to see a trailer, visit www.silothefilm.com.

During the 2020 legislative session, the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is advocating for increased voluntary grain bin safety measures.

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