The Journal

January 30, 2019

Heartland Romance: Part 2

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As summer slid into fall and fall began giving way to winter, our team worked sunup to sundown, witnessing golden moments, breathing in the smell of fresh earth, and providing a window into the lives and labor of some of America’s most hardworking souls: Farmers and their families.

Our mission from farm lender Compeer Financial: Don’t just document. Go, see, feel and make pictures that show what it’s like out there in the fields, barns and tractors of the heartland. Capture motion and stills that convey the intricacies — and the magnitude — of the work and the life. Find the big moments — and the little ones. The farming. And the farm life.

Invigorated by the challenge, we went to work. And here’s a sampling of what we came back with.

Our first stop was a family-run dairy and corn farm in central Wisconsin. Brothers Craig and Brian Meinholz operate Blue Star Dairy along with their parents and uncle. The brothers’ wives and children are fixtures on the farm and Craig’s son, Austin, is studying agricultural science with an eye to taking over the farm.

Photographer/Director: Adam Ryan Morris
DPs: Ryan Bingham, Jonny Stuckmayer
Camera assistants: Laura Dierbeck, Kirsten Martinez, Molly Meehan