As summer harvest approaches for many around the state, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee and the Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation are asking producers to participate in the new Bushels for Books program created to help educate Oklahoma youth about agriculture.
The program allows farmers to donate a few bushels from their harvests – either by check or through their local co-ops – to purchase bushel baskets of accurate agricultural books to be placed in Oklahoma schools.
“The Bushels for Books program is an easy way for farmers across the state to ensure students understand the importance of agriculture,” OKFB YF&R Chairman Marty Williams said. “It is essential for students to have access to resources that accurately describe the agricultural industry so they can grow up to be the next generation of producers or informed consumers.”
Teachers will be given the opportunity to apply for the books starting in August 2014. Applications will be sent to all Oklahoma schools and county Farm Bureau offices to encourage participation.
The program is open to all farmers, and donations are 100 percent tax deductible.
For questions about Bushels for Books, please contact OKFB YF&R Coordinator Holly Carroll at (405) 523-2397 or visit www.okfarmingandranchingfoundation.org to download a donation form.