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Local corn, soybean farmers donate books

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Waubun-Ogema-White Earth Elementary School in Ogema. SUBMITTED PHOTO4 / 9
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Some local farmers are doing their part to help promote agriculture education in their local schools.

The Becker/Mahnomen Corn and Soybean Growers Association donated nearly two dozen books dealing with agriculture to nine area elementary schools: Holy Rosary, Roosevelt Elementary, Rossman Elementary, Faith Christian, St. Michaels, Mahnomen Public, Audubon Elementary, Ogema Elementary and Frazee Elementary.

“These books are used throughout Minnesota and aid with the Ag in the Classroom studies,” says Karolyn Zurn, treasurer of the Becker/Mahnomen Corn and Soybean Growers Association.

“As an organization we want to use our Minnesota soybean checkoff and Minnesota corn promotion funds wisely. Aiding with the education of agriculture to our local schools is one of the counties goals.”

Each one of these books tells the story of agriculture in a different way and about a different segment of agriculture.

Some books cover crops such as corn, soybeans and wheat while others tell about animal agriculture such as dairy, beef, swine and goats.

“A huge percent of the students going through our school systems now are very unaware of agriculture and very little if any is taught in our schools,” Zurn added.

“This donation will help strengthen their connection with the agriculture that’s all around them.”

The Becker/Mahnomen Corn and Soybean Growers Association is affiliated with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, an elected board of 15 soybean producers from across the state.

The mission of the MSR&PC is to invest soybean checkoff dollars in well-defined research, marketing, education and commercialization programs designed to increase demand and improve the profitability of Minnesota’s soybean farmers.