Local children will have more opportunities to learn about agriculture, thanks to a literacy project between Rock County farm organizations, local schools and the public library.
The Rock County Farm Bureau, Rock County Corn and Soybean Growers, Rock County Dairy Association, Rock County Pork Producers and Rock/Nobles Cattlemen sponsored Children’s Agricultural Literacy Book Bundle for area children.
The bundles of 22 books offer a variety of fact and fiction, covering topics and content that represents plants, animals, agriculture and the food and fiber systems.
Titles included in each book bundle are:
“Tops and Bottoms”
“Extra Cheese Please”
“Out and About at the Greenhouse”
“Fantastic Farm Machines”
“Life on a Pig Farm”
“Oh Say Can You Seed?”
“How Do You Raise a Raisin?”
“The Super Soybean”
“From Wheat to Bread”
“Out and About at the Dairy Farm”
“Dirt: The Scoop on Soil”
“Soybeans: A to Z”
“Living on Farms”
“Daddy Played Music for the Cows”
“The Ojibwa: Wild Rice Gatherers”
“The Tree Farmer”
“Plant Plumbing: A Book About Roots and Stems”
“Midday Meals Around the World”
“The Honey Makers”
“George Washington Carver”
Rock County Farm Bureau President Peter Bakken presented book bundles to the elementary school libraries in Luverne and Hills-Beaver Creek last week.
He said the books are a valuable outreach program for ag groups looking to connect with the public.
“It’s something we can do as a commodity organization other than simply promote cattle,” Bakken said.
Diane Lutmer, Luverne Elementary library aide, said the books are a welcome addition, and that students check them out frequently.
“The kids love the cattle pictures and machinery,” she said, adding that they’re also rated for the Accelerated Reading program, which makes them essential to students’ curriculum.
The same book bundle was given to the Rock County Library earlier this year.
The local ag organizations purchased the books at roughly $300 per bundle from Finney Book Company, which donates a portion of the proceeds to the Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom Program to advance K-12 education about agriculture.