NORTH MANKATO – SILO, the first ever feature film about grain entrapment inspired by true events, will be featured in a screening as part of South Central College’s 12th Annual Ag Symposium on Wednesday, February 19 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Kato Ballroom. The Ag Symposium is hosted by SCC’s North Mankato Campus Foundation with the screening sponsored by Ascent Financial. Tickets to the Ag Symposium are $119, with special funding available for Veterans. All proceeds support Ag scholarships, program advancement, and general needs at South Central College’s North Mankato Campus. Details and tickets are available at www.southcentral.edu/agsymposium or by calling 507-389-7203.
SILO, which will run during the Ag Symposium at 2:45 p.m., is the first-ever feature film about a grain entrapment. Inspired by true events, SILO follows a harrowing day in an American farm town. Disaster strikes when teenager Cody Rose is entrapped in a 50-foot-tall grain bin. When the corn turns to quicksand, family, neighbors and first responders must put aside their differences to rescue Cody from drowning in the crop that has sustained their community for generations.
A panel discussion will be held at 4 p.m. following the film. Panelists include:
- Michele Gran who lost her son Landon in August 2019 after he became entangled in a bin sweep
- Jim LeBrun who has been with the Adrian Fire Department for 21 years and was trapped in a grain bin as a youth
- Jim Zwaschka who is an agribusiness service technician instructor at SCC, safety instructor with the college’s Center for Business and Industry, trainer for Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RADASH) and assistant chief of the North Mankato Fire Department.
South Central College’s Center for Business and Industry will also have the Grain Bin Simulator they use to provide rescue training for emergency responders set up at the Ag Symposium.
The Ag Symposium is hosted by the South Central College North Mankato Campus Foundation with presenting sponsor Crystal Valley among other generous sponsors including Ascent Financial, CFS, CHS, Christensen Farms, Compeer, First National Bank Minnesota, Guardian Energy, ISG, Minnesota Pork Producers, MinnStar Bank, Pioneer Bank, Southern Minnesota Agricultural Center of Excellence, UFC, United Prairie Bank, Wingert Realty & Land Services, and Corporate Graphics.