Book Review – Coolbean the Soybean

Joanna Schroeder

Ahhh…Spring is here and planting has begun and it’s a perfect time for kids to meet Coolbean. This week I read “Coolbean The Soybean,” by Shawn Conley, Ph.D. who is the state soybean specialist, aka agronomist, at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Who better to write a book about the life of a soybean from seed to seed. Coolbean …

Agriculture Education, Agronomy, Book Review, Soybean

Book Review: Red Combines

Joanna Schroeder

It’s Cyber Monday, and so here is another gift idea for agriculture lovers: Red Combines. Authored by Lee Klancher, the beautiful tome visually and artistically details the history of the entire line of International Harvester and Case IH red combines from 1915-2015. Other elements of the book include how the red combine has impacted both agriculture and society throughout the …

Book Review, Case IH, Equipment, Tractor

Book Review & Contest – Combines with Casey & Friends

Joanna Schroeder

There is a new strategy this year for “Black Friday” that I’m coining “StayFriday” where one does his/her holiday shopping from home. And today I’m offering up a great gift idea that you can purchase online for the little ones in your life: “Combines” written by Holly DuFek and illustrated by Paul E. Nunn. What better way to review a …

Agriculture Education, Book Review, Case IH, Contest, Equipment

Foundation for Agriculture’s Book of the Year

Jamie Johansen

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture presented its eighth annual “Book of the Year” award to Margaret McNamara for “The Apple Orchard Riddle.” In this playful and humorous story, the students learn a lot about apples and apple orchards – including how apples are harvested, how cider is made, and what the different varieties of apples are – while …

AFBF, Ag Group, Book Review, Youth

Book Introduces Children to the World of Modern Farming

Jamie Johansen

“A Year on the Farm,” a new educational children’s book from Case IH, introduces children, ages 4 to 8, to modern farming, showing how the tractors, combines and other equipment are needed to plant and harvest crops. The first in a series from Case IH, “A Year on the Farm” is filled with colorful photography, fun illustrations and a cast …

Agribusiness, Book Review, Case IH, Youth

The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen

Joanna Schroeder

There is a cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s kitchen this morning as his dad makes his world famous french toast. Why? Because Patrick thinks his food comes from the grocery story until the cow, a menagerie of chickens and a few maple trees appear causing him to rethink where his food comes from. In this new children’s book, “The Cow in …

Book Review, Food

Book Review – Demystifying Food From Farm to Fork

Joanna Schroeder

This week I read, “Demystifying Food from Farm to Fork,” by Maurice J. Hladik. Many of you may be familiar with Hladik, an agricultural expert who has spoken at events all around the world including Commodity Classic. The goal of the book is to take a look at food production from “farm to fork”. As with many concepts, farm to …

Book Review

Book Review – Remember Roscoe Filburn

Joanna Schroeder

I recently read the book “Remember Roscoe Filburn,” by Douglas J. Lising. I felt that there was a bit of a bait and switch going on but in reality, I guess I just wasn’t paying enough attention. The premise of the book is to revise the Commerce Clause and the basis for Lising’s argument was in 1941, the Commerce Clause …

Agribusiness, Book Review, Wheat