Agricultural Literacy Week to reach 1,000 students across Madison Co.

Cornell Cooperative Extension

The dairy industry will be supported in 2021 as the book Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) by Viola Butler will be read to students.

Week helps promote agricultural literacy and learning to students across New York State

 

Agricultural Literacy Week has been celebrated by New York Agriculture in the Classroom (NYAITC) for the past 17 years as a way to promote agricultural literacy and learning to students across New York State. Each year, with the help of county-based coordinators, thousands of volunteers visit schools to read an agriculture-themed book to elementary students. This year NYAITC and Madison County are excited to continue this state-wide event through virtual engagement. Volunteers readers will have access to pre-recorded videos developed by NYAITC or will have the option to read to students live via video feed.

The dairy industry will be supported in 2021 as the book Chuck’s Ice Cream Wish (Tales of the Dairy Godmother) by Viola Butler will be read to students. This is a unique tale of agriculture with vivid illustrations and an engaging

storyline. The book will help students understand the importance of dairy in communities across New York and learn about the journey their food takes from farm to fridge. With over 4,000 dairy farms and ranking fourth nationally as the largest producer of milk, dairy is vital to New York State. The dairy community in New York includes both large and small farms. It also boasts processing facilities of various types and sizes, from major global processing companies to small artisanal dairy product makers. NYAITC is proud to feature a book that displays the unique markets and diversity that encompasses many aspects of New York’s dairy industry while also focusing on processing and how consumers contribute to agriculture.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County is pleased to once again be partnering with Madison County Farm Bureau and local FFA Chapters to bring Ag Literacy week to elementary schools. We wish to extend a special thank you to the Madison County Farm Bureau which covered the cost of all books required for the 2021 program.

New York State has the longest running and largest Agricultural Literacy Week programs in the country. This year, more than 80,000 students across 62 counties will participate in virtual Agricultural Literacy Week activities. Agricultural Literacy Week would not be possible without the support of our wide network of volunteers. We are proud that funding to support Agricultural Literacy Week has generously been provided by New York State dairy farmers through the Dairy Promotion Order.

More information about Agricultural Literacy Week can be found by visiting the New York Agriculture in the Classroom website at www.agclassroom.org/ny. If you are interested in being a volunteer reader, please contact Courtney Livecchi at cll243@cornell.edu or 315-684-3001.





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