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Douglas County Farm Bureau donates books to area libraries

Pictured is Marsha Burgener, director Atwood-Hammond Public library and Ericka Crist, Douglas County ag literacy coordinator.

In recognition of March being National Agriculture month, the Douglas County Farm Bureau recently donated three books to area and school libraries.

“Lincoln Clears a Path”, written by Peggy Thomas and illustrated by Stacy Innerst reflects upon the actions of Abraham Lincoln that advanced agriculture in our country.

Lincoln established the USDA-United States Department of Agriculture which tested seeds and equipment. The USDA still supports agriculture and oversees food safety and the Food and Nutrition Services. Lincoln signed the Homestead Act which allowed settlers to claim 160 acres to farm. Lincoln created land grant colleges for the study of agriculture. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of these colleges.

“George Washington Carver for Kids” written by Peggy Thomas is an in-depth study of this remarkable American. Washington was born into slavery, but persevered until he was the first black graduate from Iowa Agricultural College, became a teacher at Tuskegee Institute and became nationally known for his work in agriculture. The book features 21 activities that correlate with Washington’s life.

“Flight of the Honeybee” written by Raymond Huber and illustrated by Brian Lovelock is a beautiful book about a bee on a scouting mission. This bee must find the last flowers of fall so her hive can make enough honey to survive the winter.

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