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Drowning in Grain: A Look at the Hidden Dangers of Farming

In small farm towns across the United States, workers often venture into silos to loosen crusted or spoiled grain. Occasionally, these clumps give way rapidly and the kernels will flow like quicksand to engulf an individual in seconds. Sadly, only about half of grain entrapment victims survive. Directed by Marshall Burnette, Silo: Edge of the Real World profiles farmer Adam Fox and high school student Clay Althoff as they contemplate the risks and rewards of working in this dangerous profession.

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