North Dakota Students Take 3rd Place in C-SPAN Documentary Competition With Beef Industry Video – InForum

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BISMARCK — Three students from LaMoure, North Dakota, won third place in a C-SPAN national documentary competition with a video about the state’s beef industry that highlighted North Dakota’s ranchers.

LaMoure Public School students Rose Wendel, Makayla Jones and Molly Musland created a six-minute documentary for C-SPAN’s 2022 StudentCam contest about how the federal government can help local beef producers with better antitrust policies.

The documentary film competition received more than 1,400 entries from the USA, Morocco and South Korea. This year’s documentary challenged students to ponder the question, “How is the federal government affecting your life?”

The LaMoure student documentary, Vertical Challenged: Our Beef Industry and Their Struggle, describes the difficulties many local beef producers face because large corporations control much of the market and command prices.

The students said in the documentary that the federal government can support local producers and ranchers by better enforcing antitrust laws to regulate the big companies in the beef industry.

“The winners have demonstrated exceptional research and production values ​​in interweaving personal stories with historical or contemporary themes,” said Craig McAndrew, director of C-SPAN Education Relations, in a statement. “These middle and high school students have far exceeded our expectations and we are excited to share their hard work with the country.”

The three LaMoure students receive a prize of US$750.

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