Commissioner Putnam Celebrates Florida Agriculture Literacy Day

May 02, 16 Commissioner Putnam Celebrates Florida Agriculture Literacy Day

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Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam recognized the 13th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day today at the meeting of the Governor and Cabinet. Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is sponsored by Florida Agriculture in the Classroom Inc. (FAITC), a nonprofit organization that trains teachers and agriculture industry volunteers to educate students on the importance of agriculture.

“Florida Ag Literacy Day is a fun and entertaining way to bring agriculture into the classroom,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam. “It’s important to educate Florida’s next generation on where our food comes from and how important the agriculture industry is to all of us.”

This year’s Ag Literacy book, Drive Through Florida: Vegetables, is the second book in a new series of non-fiction books and highlights Florida’s robust vegetable industry. The book is geared toward children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Books and materials will be provided to readers for free thanks to FAITC which is funded by sales of the license plate known as the “Ag Tag,” and a donation from the Florida Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee.04262016_ag_lit

The annual reading event is made possible by volunteer readers including Florida farmers, growers, ranchers, Florida Farm Bureau members, Florida Cattlemen and Cattlewomen members, FFA students and teachers, 4-H students and teachers, and University of Florida IFAS extension agents and master gardeners. More than 1,600 volunteer readers will read in 3,000 elementary classrooms to more than 70,000 students.

For more information on Ag Literacy Day and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, please visit FlAgintheClassroom.com.

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