Thousands of Young Students Learning
Where Their Food Comes From

Mark O’Neill, Media and Strategic Communications Director
510 S. 31st Street , Camp Hill, PA 17001 • 717.761.2740This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.@pfbmediaone

For Immediate Release:  March 23, 2018

(Camp Hill) – Hundreds of Pennsylvania farmers went back to school this week to read a book to young students to celebrate Ag Literacy Week, which is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation (PFAF), a charitable group supported by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau (PFB). Farm Bureau members visited more than 1,200 classrooms and reached approximately 30,000 students during the second annual celebration of Pennsylvania Ag Literacy Week, March 19-23. The Foundation selected the book “Tyler Makes Pancakes,” which was read to students in kindergarten through second grade. The book points out the plants and animals on the farm that produce the necessary ingredients to make pancakes, which is a typical breakfast food for children. A grumbling tummy and a yummy dream of pancakes starts Tyler and his dog on an adventure from farm to mouth. “We believe it is extremely important for young people to gain a better understanding about the role farmers play in producing the food they eat,” said PFB President Rick Ebert, who is also chairman of the Friends of Agriculture Foundation. “The future success of agriculture may depend upon a society that truly understands the value of farm families and the role they play in their communities. This is more critical than ever, because most children are at least three to four generations removed from family who lived or worked on farms.” Aside from the book reading, school students participated in a fun, bingo-themed activity and heard from the readers about their specific roles on the farm. PFB notes that each classroom receives a copy of the book and additional lesson plans, so teachers can extend the learning process after Ag Literacy Week is over. For more information about Ag Literacy Week, go to


Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization with more than 62,000 member families, representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation is an educational charitable organization supported by Pennsylvania Farm Bureau. The Foundation’s mission is the preservation and promotion of agriculture with an emphasis on creating educational programs for children.


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South Side Elementary School

(From left to right) Pennsylvania Friends of Agriculture Foundation representative Natalie Slembarski, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Government Affairs and Communication Division Director Joel Rotz, Principal Stacey Cherny, state Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and Assistant Principal Bethany Sidella pose for a photo at South Side Elementary School in Dauphin County. Secretary Redding presented a proclamation from Governor Tom Wolf declaring March 19-23 as Ag Literacy Week in Pennsylvania.

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South Side Elementary School

State Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding reads to a class of students during a Pennsylvania Farm Bureau sponsored Ag Literacy Week event at South Side Elementary School.



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Monroe Elementary School

Cumberland County dairy farmer Jason Nailor answers questions from student at Monroe Elementary School after reading the book “Tyler Makes Pancakes” during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s second annual Ag Literacy Week event. Farm Bureau members visited more than 1,200 classrooms and reached about 30,000 students as part of Ag Literacy Week.


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James Burd Elementary School

James Burd Elementary School Student Alyssa Edey takes part in the fun and interactive “bingo” activity as part of Ag Literacy Week. Edey was one of about 30,000 students across Pennsylvania who took part in Ag Literacy Week activities between March 19-23.

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Red Bank Primary School

Clarion County farmers Linda and Paul Stahlman are having a good time reading to students at Red Bank Primary School in Clarion County.  The Stahlmans were reading the book “Tyler Makes Pancakes” during Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s second annual Ag Literacy Week event.

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Pine Street Elementary School

Farmer Joann Oellig reads to students at Pine Elementary School in Lebanon County as part of Pennsylvania Farm Bureau’s Ag Literacy Week activitie