Produced by the Public Service Company of Northern Illinois, this 1944 film shows farm life in northern Illinois during wartime. The film is broken into a number of sections (dairy, beef, sheep, hog, poultry, truck farming, ideas at work, youth, and family) and looks at the ways the various farming families of northern Illinois use electric-powered machines to enhance their productivity and improve quality of life during wartime. The film opens with a montage of shots of a number of northern Illinois farms. Two horses pull a farmer on a wagon (01:57). A woman digs soil in a small plot. At a dairy farm, herds graze, and the film shows some of the different breeds of dairy cows. A border collie herds cows (03:40), moving the animals through an electric doorway sprayer at the entrance to a barn. The farmer’s wife and daughter feed calves. A young boy pulls a sprayer past the cows inside the barn. The farmer milks cows (05:05), and a woman from the dairy association dumps the milk into a combination cooler after measuring the output. An automatic milk stirrer moves the milk in the cooler (06:22). At another farm, a farmer operates an electric manure hoist (07:24). The farmer uses a pneumatic sprayer to quickly spray his cattle. Holstein bulls are tethered to an “exerciser” and walk in a circle (08:22). The film then looks at some beef farms. Beef cattle graze in a field (08:44), and the film gives viewers a look at some of the different types of beef bulls, including an angus bull. A motor pushes feed into a truck bed (09:32). Out in the field, farmers shovel feed from the truck bed. Next, viewers see another border collie herding sheep (10:10). A farmer puts a lamb under a brooder. Elsewhere, two men fix a lamb brooder (11:28). A sheep has its wool shorn with electric shears. At a high school, students build a pig brooder (12:21). A man feeds his hogs in a barn. High school students learn to vaccinate a piglet. The film then shows a man walking by several chicken coups. A chicken farmer uses an electric feed mixer. Chicks gather around an electric brooder. A man uses an automatic feather picker to clean a dead chicken (15:16). A boy pours feed for a dozen chickens then collects their eggs (16:05). In the “Truck Farming” section of the film, viewers see men use two 5-hp motor pumps to irrigate farmland (16:45), including a cabbage field. Men use a conveyer belt to load cabbage onto a truck. The film then moves to the “Ideas at Work” section. A small motor moves an elevator, lifting bales of hay into a barn. A man uses a forge to heat metal (18:40). Another man demonstrates a homemade seed inoculator (19:10). A truck tows a portable elevator (19:50); a man shovels corn onto the elevator which moves it into a truck. A 1-hp grinder grinds feed and moves it into a storage area ready for sacking (20:57). Another farmer uses a small portable motor to mix concrete (21:44); men pour concrete for a flat feeding ground. In the “Youth” section, students learn to use a grinder in a vo-ag classroom (22:50). The students then build a chicken feeder with a heated water container. The film shows inside a farm family’s home (24:00), where a grandmother looks at the food canned by the wife and daughter. A woman sews a 4-H project (25:00). A 4-H winner poses with his Holstein and 1st-place plaque. At the McHenry County 4-H Club Achievement Show, 4-H participants show cows (25:40). The last section of the film is on family. Viewers see a farm house (26:10); they also see a recently constructed tiled shower. A woman cans food (27:07), and another woman dehydrates spinach and carrots. The film concludes with a montage of shots of the motors used in farm life, of farm land and livestock, and a final shot of children playing at a small playground.
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