"Harvesting the High Plains" Debuts in Scottsbluff

Left to Right: Film Producer Sydney Duvall, Museum Historian Jack Preston, Film Director Jay Kriss, retired University of Nebraska researcher Charles Fenster and Museum Curator Nancy Haney

The film documentary "Harvesting the High Plains" debuted Sunday night at the Midwest Theater. The film details lives of Ray Garvey and John Kriss of GK Farms - who saw the potential to grow dryland wheat on the Great Plains from the dust bowl to 1950. Film Director and Producer Jay Kriss says this film is truly about those people who make their living on the High Plains.

"Harvesting the High Plains," uses historic films and recreations, and is narrated by Mike Rowe, creator and host of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs."

The film uses historic films and recreations, and a lot of historic farm equipment from the Farm And Ranch Museum. The film also includes a appearance by retired University of Nebraska researcher Charles Fenster, who is internationally known for his work in conservation tillage systems.

This week the film has made it's debut in Scottsbluff at the Midwest Theater, as well as in Wichita and Colby, Kansas. Kriss says the film will also be shown on public television stations in Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

DVDs of the film will be made available after Thanksgiving at the Farm And Ranch Museum in Gering.

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