The American Farm
Betting the FarmAired on Apr 04, 2019
As spring arrives, hard-working family farms across the United States gamble everything they have, fighting to stay in business, and stay together. The real-life struggle of men and women who put food on our tables begins each year by going deep in debt on new land, equipment and livestock.
Out of ControlAired on Apr 11, 2019
With spring in full bloom, family farms across the United States race to prep their fields and plant their crops. While one family operation faces down the worst drought in decades, another family gets a scare that puts their life in perspective.
No Rest for The WearyAired on Apr 18, 2019
At the end of spring, it’s the last chance for family farms to put seed in the ground before the planting window closes. A farmer and his wife reconcile to finish planting, while another leaves his fields at a crucial time.
Invading HordesAired on Apr 25, 2019
With the crops in the ground, and hundreds of thousands of dollars on the line, farmers must protect their investment. But when their fields are threatened by a variety of pests, it’s time to fight back.
Chasing the DreamAired on May 02, 2019
In mid-summer, winter wheat is ready to harvest, and it’s the year’s first opportunity for a pay-day and a chance to break out their combines. Stress is at an all-time high as they begin to harvest crops that will help carry them out or dig them deeper into debt.
On the BrinkAired on May 09, 2019
As September arrives, and fall harvest begins, two farms face life or death struggles with their livestock, while a third races to get their crop harvested and help a neighbor in trouble.
Make or BreakAired on May 16, 2019
Harvest season hits high gear, and judgement day arrives for some of the year’s biggest gambles. As bank payments loom and legacies are at stake, one bad harvest could spell disaster.
Never Give UpAired on May 23, 2019
As fall draws to a close, the last harvests are do or die for these family businesses. Farmers have put everything on the line to stay afloat, and set themselves up for the future, but will it be enough?
Shot on location across the country, “The American Farm” is an authentic portrait of the fight to go from seed to stalk, and from farm to fork. The HISTORY series presents an up-close look at one full year of family farming, told through an unprecedented year on the ground, capturing breathtaking visuals, private moments and personal interviews.