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Miami Grad Produces 'American Farm' Series For History Channel

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Dairy farmer Abraham Robertson in Contoocook, N.H., is from one of the five families featured on 'The American Farm.'

After years pursuing the Deadliest Catch off the shores of Alaska, Emmy-winning producer Jeff Conroy has returned to the lower 48 states for a comprehensive look at The American Farm.

Conroy, a 1994 Miami University graduate, is an executive producer of the eight-hour documentary series premiering 10 p.m. Thursday, April 4, on the History Channel.

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The American Farm is from BoBCat Studios in Burbank, Calif., founded in 2016 by Conroy, Thomas Beers and Sarah Bernard. Their crews focused on five families:

Credit Courtesy BoBCat Studios/History
Courtesy BoBCat Studios/History
Cattle and soybean farmer John Boyd Jr. is president of the National Black Farmers Association.

John Boyd Jr. of Baskerville, Va., a soybean and cattle farmer, and president of the National Black Farmers Association.

Brothers Si, Nate and Bram Robertson, dairy farmers in Contoocook, N.H.

Matt Griggs, a fifth-generation farmer in Humboldt, Tenn.

Tim Meyers in Bethel, Alaska.

Scott Sundeland, a turkey farmer in Chester, Utah.

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Utah turkey farmer Scott Sunderland.
Credit Courtesy Grace Dahlman
Jeff Conroy

Working for Conroy on the series were two 2016 Miami grads, associate producer Grace Dahlman and field associate producer Nathan Hengstebeck, according to Margo Kissell, a Miami University news and communications staffer. Both now live in Los Angeles. 

In addition to Deadliest Catch, Conroy's credits include Jay Leno's Garage, Storage Wars, Ice Road Truckers, Appalachian Outlaws, Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout?, Mark Hamill's Pop Culture Quest, Black Gold, Ax Men and Iditarod.

John Kiesewetter joined the WVXU news team as a TV/Media blogger on July 1 2015, after nearly 30 years covering local and national broadcasting for The Cincinnati Enquirer. He’ll be posting news about Greater Cincinnati TV, radio and movies; updating your favorite former local TV/radio personalities or stars who grew up here; and breaking news about national TV, radio and media trends. You’ll also learn about Cincinnati’s rich broadcasting history.