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Nebraska’s First Lady Shares Bushels of Stories

KEARNEY, NEB. — As another growing season is on the horizon, First Lady Suzanne Pillen wants to ensure children in Nebraska know where their food, fiber, and fuel come from. During her time as Nebraska’s First Lady, it is one of Suzanne Pillen’s missions to share accurate agriculture books with students in Nebraska. Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom helped to create Bushels of Stories to connect students with agriculture through story.

“Books are interactive and require kids to think.  I am passionate about helping kids think about how agriculture is a part of their everyday life. I hope that by reading accurate agriculture books to students, we can help more students understand how their food starts on a farm and ends up on their plate,” said First Lady Pillen.

On Monday, May 6, First Lady Suzanne Pillen visited 156 students at Glenwood, Meadowlark, and Northeast Elementary Schools. “Seeing the First Lady engage with our students about agriculture highlights the importance of education beyond the classroom. We are thankful for initiatives like Bushels of Stories that not only educate but also connect our children to the essential roles of farming and food production in our society,” said Jason Mundorf, Superintendent of Kearney Public Schools.

Agriculture is a uniquely important educational topic for Nebraskans as it is the driver of Nebraska’s economy. Agriculture impacts all Nebraskans each time they eat, put fuel in their vehicles, turn on their lights, or put on clothes. Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation works to share this important message in elementary classrooms.

The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation manages the Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC). AITC presents relevant and accurate information about agriculture that connects students to their source of food, fiber, and energy, demonstrating the positive impact of agriculture.

“As students learn about how their food, fiber, and energy are produced, we inch closer to every Nebraskan from preschooler to retiree understanding the importance of agriculture,” said Courtney Shreve, senior director of outreach education with the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation.

Throughout Gov. Pillen’s time in office, the First Lady will fulfill requests to read agriculture books to classrooms across the state. Gov. and First Lady Pillen both recognize how important it is that every Nebraskan understands where their food, fiber, and energy comes from. 

To learn more about a Bushel of Stories visit go to

The mission of the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is to engage youth, educators, and the general public to promote an understanding of the vital importance of agriculture in the lives of all Nebraskans. The Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. For more information about the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, visit

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