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Farmers read to students

Farmers and agricultural industry representatives are in classrooms in schools across the country this week as part of Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week.

The second annual event March 3 to 10, which is delivered in Manitoba by Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba, focuses on Grade 3 to 5 students in more than 40 schools in the province.

“CALW is a hands-on program that encourages children to learn about and celebrate agriculture in various ways, including reading books about farming, watching videos and meeting with farmers and other agricultural representatives,” an AITC-Manitoba release says. “An important element to the success of the CALW is the connection between students and local farmers and/or agriculture industry representatives.”

“We are thrilled to participate in the second annual Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week in Manitoba,” said Johanne Ross, AITC-M executive director.

“In Canada, most families are two or three generations away from the farm. CALW provides an opportunity to help all young Manitobans understand the importance and value of agriculture.

The initiative is sponsored by Farm Credit Canada.

“Never has Canadian agriculture mattered more to Canada and the world,” said Ron Podbielski, FCC vice-president, communications and corporate social responsibility. “And, what better way to get young people involved and learn more about agriculture than through Canadian Agriculture Literacy Week. “At FCC, we’re committed to increasing students’ ag literacy today as part of our long-term commitment to the future of agriculture.”

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