ISA – the state soybean checkoff – is partnering with the Indiana FFA Association and the Indiana FFA State Officer Team to deliver the books to more than 100 elementary school libraries across the state from mid-February through May of this year. During the visit to Churubusco Elementary School, the Indiana FFA State Officers talked to students about the vital role of Indiana agriculture and soybeans while presenting the books to the school library.
“We’re so excited to be partnering with the Indiana FFA Association on this effort to teach Indiana youth about our industry,” Teel said. “The young people of the FFA are the future of Indiana agriculture, and it’s a great opportunity for these young FFA members to share their knowledge of our industry and their vision for the future with elementary students who will one day be the consumers of our agricultural products.”
The two books are “Awesome Agriculture: Soybeans A – to- Z,” which illustrates the many uses of the “miracle bean” soybean, and “Soybeans in the Story of Agriculture,” which explores soybean production, processing, distribution and marketing. Both books are authored by Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey.
“Many of today’s students are two or three generations removed from the farm,” said ISA President Lynn Teel, a soybean farmer from Chalmers, Ind. “Because we recognize the growing gap between farmer and consumer, it is increasingly important to share agriculture’s success story early on to help these youth realize the important role we as farmers play in their lives every day.”
For additional information on these books or to learn more about requesting a set for your local school, contact the Indiana Soybean Alliance office at 317-347-3620.