Combines are running through bean and corn fields quickly and efficiently as I write. To know how the yields are doing we need to communicate with each other to determine if its just me or is everyone having a good year or bad year or just running somewhat normal. I encourage farmers who may read this to report how things are going. I should rephrase that, I encourage the farm wives between running the grain cart and fixing the meals to spend a couple of minutes to let the world know how things are going in your corner. I have had one report from a Dairy farmer near Crawfordsville and his silage is running less than half of what he normally gets. I do believe that communicating the trials and tribulations of a farmers daily work would go a long way in promoting a better relationship with those who have no idea of the daily stress of being a farmer. Praying for a good harvest or at least the pricing of your product to keep our farmers finances stable in order to continue providing the worlds food.
Putnam County Farm Bureau Education and Outreach Coordinator Heather Poynter presents Ag Literacy Toolkits to Bainbridge Elementary students and Principal Rodney Simpson (above), as well as Roachdale Elementary students and Principal Scott Spencer (below).
Last year, INAITC received a grant from the Indiana State Department of Agriculture to further its efforts to educate Hoosier children about the importance that agriculture and farmers play in their everyday lives.
Through this grant, Indiana Farm Bureau was able to create and donate ag literacy toolkits to at least one elementary school in each Indiana county for use in third through fifth grade classrooms.
Receiving the toolkits for Putnam County are Bainbridge Elementary and Roachdale Elementary.
Putnam County Farm Bureau has also announced that its has purchased "The Beef Princess of Practical County" books for Greencastle Middle School, Central Elementary, Tzouanakis Intermediate, Cloverdale Middle School and Fillmore Elementary.