Farm Bureau donates books to libraries

Jackson County Farm Bureau officers recently presented copies of the book “The Kid Who Changed the World” to two local schools and a library.

County Farm Bureau President Marjorie Bishop and county Farm Bureau education and outreach coordinator Brenda Ault gave copies to Jane Meadows, librarian at Brownstown Elementary School, Jon Sprengel, principal at Lutheran Central School, and Sherri May, director of Brownstown Public Library.

A committee of Indiana Farm Bureau staff and professional educators chose the book as the 2017 Indiana Farm Bureau Book of the Year, and it is being distributed in each of the state’s 92 counties.

The book, written by Andy Andrews and based on a true story, is about a young Norman Borlaug, who grew up and used his knowledge of agriculture to create “super plants” that have saved the lives of 2 billion people.

But without the influence of Henry Wallace, who served as vice president under President Franklin Roosevelt and as secretary of agriculture, Borlaug may not have been driven to develop his knowledge. And without the influence of George Washington Carver, a teacher and inventor, Wallace never would have had the idea to create super plants.

Isabella Chisom, Indiana Farm Bureau second vice president, said the goal is to extend the organization’s reach into more classrooms, schools, libraries and homes with a book that celebrates agriculture and the important role farmers play in feeding people in Indiana and around the world.