Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) recently distributed “Accurate Ag” books to members of the State House and Senate agriculture policy committees, encouraging lawmakers to read them to schoolchildren in their respective districts during March is Reading Month.
The sixth year of this tradition saw MFB Legislative Counsel Rebecca Park distributing copies of Full of Beans: Henry Ford Grows a Car, by Peggy Thomas. With obvious Michigan roots, the book describes Henry Ford’s drive to incorporate soybeans into his life and work to support ailing farmers after the Great Depression. The book earned the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s 13th Book of the Year award.
“This is a perfect story to read to kids during March is Reading Month,” said Rep. Julie Alexander, chair of the House Agriculture Committee. “Thank you, to Michigan Farm Bureau for promoting agricultural innovation and one of Michigan’s commodities: soybeans.”
Sen. Kevin Daley, chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, said he looks forward to “taking the book to classrooms around his district to share just how important farmers are to their everyday lives.”
“I was happy to receive a copy of this wonderful book that discusses the role farming played in the life of one of Michigan’s most famous innovators and leaders,” Daley said.
Other books presented in recent years include:
Note: To date, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has identified nearly 500 "Accurate Ag Books" that portray the industry accurately and often debunk misinformation about how American farmers produce the food we eat.
As a member of the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization, Michigan Farm Bureau is home to the state’s Agriculture in the Classroom programming. Through the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, the program provides agriculture-based lesson materials for teachers and farmer-volunteers to teach across all grade levels.