"Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman" Spotlights America's Unlikely Heroes of Conservation

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27 August 2017
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
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"Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman"
Premieres Thursday, August 31 at 9 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel
          From America’s heartland come four unexpected warriors for a hidden but far-reaching conservation movement: a Montana rancher, two Kansas farmers, and a Louisiana fisherman. With a passion for the terrain that defines their identity, each has bridged long-standing divides—between rural communities and outside experts, people that work the land and federal bureaucrats-- to preserve the landscapes that sustain their livelihoods. Discovery’s “RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN,” shines a light on this unheralded movement and offers inspiring solutions to the challenges confronting America’s wild land and wildlife, fisheries and croplands --including climate change.

          Narrated by Emmy® and Peabody winning journalist Tom Brokaw, and directed by Emmy®-winning and Oscar-nominated filmmaker Susan Froemke and Emmy®-winning filmmaker John Hoffman, RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN weaves together the stories of four unlikely conservation heroes working in America’s heartland.  At a moment when it seems that collaboration is not just nonexistent but impossible, these working families cross political boundaries to arrive at real solutions for protecting the land and sea that define our country – and are crucial to all of our survival.
          Based on Miriam Horn’s recently released book, “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland” (Norton, Sept. 2016), RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN debuted in the prestigious Documentary Premieres Section at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. 
Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
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          “RANCHER, FARMER, FISHERMAN captures the spirit of what Discovery is all about: recognizing the champions of our time doing extraordinary work in improbable places,” comments Rich Ross, Group President, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and Velocity. Two centuries ago, 80% of Americans worked the land and water – today, just 1% of the population ranch, farm, and fish. This is a timely examination reminding us that conversation is a core American value, challenging the stereotypes of environmentalists. From the Montana Rockies to the fields of Kansas to the Gulf of Mexico, the film captures this muted revolution unfolding in America.
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