Ag books donated to schools

Indian Creek Elementary in Shabbona was one of 43 schools that benefited from books recently donated to school libraries. Shown with the books are (from left) John Weberpal, Weberpal Farms; Jennifer Walker, Tate & Lyle; Susan Anderson (standing), library paraprofessional; Brayden Goodbred, 1st grade student; Brandon Johnson, Tate & Lyle; Addison Herrmann, 3rd grade student; Paul Rasmussen (standing), Illinois Soybean Association; Dale Sanderson, Sanderson Ag; Payton Hueber, 3rd grade student; Lisa Brandt, Sycamore Hy-Vee; Zane Kustes, 1st grade student; and Jack Goodrich, DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

DeKalb County Farm Bureau’s Agricultural Literacy program worked with sponsors to donate ag-related children’s books to elementary, middle, and high school libraries in the county.

The following six titles were provided this year: “Combines” by Holly Dufek, “First Peas to the Table” by Susan Grigsby, “Food Engineering” and “Genetic Engineering” by Michael Burgan, “Heartland” by Diane Siebert, and “Pod to Plate: The Life Cycle of Soybeans” by Julie Blunier.

Forty-three schools benefitted from this effort, which targeted students in kindergarten through high school. Each school library received titles appropriate to the grade levels within that building.

A total of 194 books were distributed in October. Our thanks to the following businesses and organizations for making the purchase of these books possible: Bob & Bonnie Buchholz – DEKALB Asgrow, Ed & Darla Arndt – DEKALB Asgrow, Illinois Soybean Association and local farmers, Sanderson Ag, Sycamore Hy-Vee, Tate & Lyle, Weberpal Farms, and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

From the DeKalb County Farm Bureau