‘How America Works’ involves Maryville farm

‘How America Works’ comes to Maryville farm

By Kay Wilson

Final January with snow and ice on the bottom, the Schenkel farm, west of Maryville, welcomed a “How America Works with Mike Rowe” movie crew to chronicle a corn farming operation.

The present made it to the display screen in early Could with a repeat of the present streamed June 4. The present is on Fox Enterprise Prime, season 2, episode 3 for individuals who wish to view it.

John A. and son, John G. Schenkel, hosted the movie crew on-site whereas they loaded a semi-truck with contracted corn; then they traveled with John A. to Lifeline Meals, St. Joseph, for a white corn supply. The corn could be processed on the St. Joseph facility into corn chips. The premise of the present was to elucidate the manufacturing of corn chips with the upcoming Tremendous Bowl in early February being a day of nice consumption of the snack.

“Lifeline Meals have been the rationale we obtained concerned,” mentioned John A. “A few months earlier than the filming day, they (Lifeline) contacted us since we’re one of many members.”

The Schenkel farm produces each white and yellow corn to fill contracts with Lifeline.

Many of the movie crew have been conscious of the origins of corn chips; nevertheless, the duties related to a farm raised some eyebrows.

“If the crew would have had extra time, they might have appreciated to have filmed all of the seasons of corn manufacturing,” mentioned John A. “However there have been time constrictions with the movie crew so that they settled for the supply of corn from grain bin to Lifeline.”

Lifeline Meals CEO Kevin Kelly famous the corporate’s advertising agency’s movie manufacturing group mentioned they have been needing a corn milling operation. The present included a big section about Lifeline’s manufacturing of corn components. The corporate contracts 25 million bushels of corn yearly for the components division and ethanol.


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