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 if the program is to increase student knowledge about the importance of agriculture in their daily lives.

2021-2021 Book

RightThisVeryMinuteBarn 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.

For free educational activities and videos visit https://www.feedingmindspress.com/our-books/barn-at-night.

Become a Reader

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.

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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.

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Past Ag Reading Hour Programs


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!

JohnDeere ThatsWho

2018-2019 Book

John Deere, That's Who!

By: Tracy Nelson Maurer

Books donated in memory of Charles and Dorothy Wiechert. 

Before we eat

2017-2018 Book

Before We Eat

By: Pat Brisson

Books provided from a grant from Farm Credit Services

First Peas to the Table2016-2017 Book

First Peas to the Table

By: Susan Grigsby

Books provided from a grant from Farm Credit Services