Agriculture Reading Hour

About the Program

In celebration of agriculture in Nebraska, volunteers throughout the state read an agriculture-themed book to elementary students in Nebraska.

Each book is provided by the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation. This program equips farmers, ranchers, and agriculture industry leaders to read to children in their community and, in turn, donate the book to the classroom or school. The mission of the program is to increase student knowledge about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives.

How to Participate

By signing up for the program you agree to:

  1. Read the book, Barn at Night, to a classroom.
  2. Donate the book to the school library or classroom.
  3. Submit a photo of your book reading experience to the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation.

2021-2022 Book

Barn at Night

By: Michelle Houts

An after-dark journey out to the barn, even on the coldest winter evening, can be a warm and welcoming scene. Who is awake, who is asleep, and who is just making their first appearance in the barn? This book creates a warm and wonderful story best shared together.

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Thank you to every volunteer who signed up to participate for the 2021-2022 Ag Reading program. Every book has been picked up. Please check back in the Fall for next year’s book!

Thank you for seeing the need for agricultural awareness and joining us to take agriculture directly into a classroom. With a $15 donation, you can provide a volunteer a book to take into the classroom to help approximately 20 students learn about agriculture.

Reading Tips

Be prepared. Practice reading the book silently to yourself so you can decide where to pause, where to ask questions, and where to expect reactions.

Introduce the book. Explain that you are a part of agriculture and want to share about what you do with the students.

Read the book with expression. Vary your voice volume and tone throughout the story. Make sure to smile!

Hold the book to the side. As you read, hold the book to the side of your body and slowly move the illustrations in front of the kids.

Allow time for responses and reactions. Don’t rush through the reading experience. Invite the kids to comment on the story and its illustrations and share your experience with the topic.

Most importantly:

Have a good time!

Past Ag Reading Hour Books

2020-2021 Book

Right This Very Minute

In recognition of the challenges of a pandemic and National Agriculture Week, Governor Pete Ricketts read an agriculture-themed book to elementary students that highlighted how agriculture brings food to students’ tables.

2019-2020 Book

Right This Very Minute

By: Lisl H. Detlefsen

What’s that you say? You’re hungry? Right this very minute? Then you need a farmer! You have stories of so many right here on your table. Award winners Lisl H. Detlefsen and Renee Kurilla’s delicious celebration of food and farming is sure to inspire readers of all ages to learn more about where their food comes from – right this very minute!

2018-2019 Book

John Deere, That’s Who!

By: Tracy Nelson Maurer

Books donated in memory of Charles and Dorothy Wiechert. 

2017-2018 Book

Before We Eat

By: Pat Brisson

Books provided from a grant from Farm Credit Services.

2016-2017 Book

First Peas to the Table

By: Susan Grigsby

Books provided from a grant from Farm Credit Services.