IPTV Premieres FarmHer the Documentary

Iowa Public Television’s new production, FarmHer the Documentary, examines the work of photographer Marji Guyler-Alaniz and gives viewers insight into the lives of the inspirational women in agriculture captured by her lens. FarmHer the Documentary premieres Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. on statewide Iowa Public Television. The program will also air Friday, March 18 at 8:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 20 at noon.

“They have a passion for what they do,” Guyler-Alaniz said of her work with the FarmHers. “It’s hard work, day in and day out. There are no vacations. There are no breaks. They love what they do, and I see that time and time again.”

FarmHer the Documentary follows seven women farmers and ranchers from around the country and discusses what it’s like to be a woman doing what is typically thought of as a man’s work. The women vary in age, ethnicity and the type of farming or ranching they do. The FarmHers include a produce farmer and a row-crop farmer from Iowa, a sheep rancher from Montana, a dairy farmer from Wisconsin, a goat rancher and an urban farmer from Texas and a cattle rancher and exporter from Florida. These hard-working women all share an enthusiasm for their chosen lifestyles.

“I hope people will see agriculture in a new way,” IPTV producer Laurel Bower Burgmaier said. “Women have been an integral part of agriculture since the beginning of time. However, they haven’t always been recognized for their role on the farm or ranch. Marji’s photographs help bring women to the forefront and give them the attention they deserve. It’s been an honor to help tell their stories.”

FarmHer fans looking for more to the story can visit at Iptv.org/farmher. Each woman highlighted in the documentary has her own section on the website with additional photos and video clips. Join the conversation on social media by using #FarmHerDocumentary.