Nebraska’s First Lady shares “Bushels of Stories” with state’s elementary schools

Nebraska’s First Lady shares “Bushels of Stories” with state’s elementary schools
February 27th, 2024 | News Release

As another growing season approaches, First Lady Suzanne Pillen said she wants to ensure children in Nebraska know where their food, fiber, and fuel come from. The First Lady said it’s one of her missions to share accurate agriculture books with students in Nebraska.

Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom, managed by the Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation, helped to create Bushels of Stories to connect students with agriculture through story.

“Books are interactive and require kids to think.  I am passionate about helping kids think about how agriculture is a part of their everyday life. I hope that by reading accurate agriculture books to students, we can help more students understand how their food starts on a farm and ends up on their plate,” said First Lady Pillen.

In February, she visited more than 220 students at Engleman Elementary, Howard Elementary, Seedling Mile Elementary, and Wasmer Elementary at Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS).

The Nebraska Agriculture in the Classroom Program (AITC) aims to presents relevant and accurate information about agriculture that connects students to their source of food, fiber, and energy, demonstrating the positive impact of agriculture.

Throughout Gov. Pillen’s time in office, the First Lady will fulfill requests to read agriculture books to classrooms across the state.

To learn more about a Bushel of Stories visit go to


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