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America at Work: Fishing

Ann Love, Jane Drake, Pat Cupples

Part of the America at Work series, Fishing explains how fish farmers in Maine raise salmon and halibut, and traces the fascinating life journey of a wild salmon in Alaska. Combining fact and fiction with colorful illustrations, this book delivers an early lesson in appreciating and protecting our natural resources. Fishing introduces young children to the people, machines and environmental concerns involved in some of America’s leading resource-based industries.

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Cattle Kids

Cal Urbigkit

Beautiful, full-color photography illustrates this exciting portrayal of young people helping adults look after cattle, from calving and branding to haying, grazing and rounding up the herd.

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Connecting to Agriculture

Illinios Farm Bureau

Animation, fun facts and farmers tell the story of agriculture and how it relates to economics, science and business. Interwoven through the commodity stories of corn, cotton, apples, dairy and soybeans are important concepts such as: biodegradable properties, renewable resources, biotechnology, foreign trade, pest management, conservation practices and food quality. Length: 16:31 minutes.

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Agriculture is one of the nation’s largest employers and a far more diverse field then people realize. These career packets feature 50 agriculture related occupations from veterinarians to soil scientists, to aqua-culturists and florists. Each occupation sheet gives a description of the job, where the work is done, and the high school, college or trade school training necessary to pursue careers in these fields.

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Tractors, big trucks, combines, harvesters and other high-tech farm equipment add excitement to this live-action tour of a modern vegetable and grain farm. During the tour, friendly Farmer Bill delivers an important message: the food you eat doesn’t come from the grocery store – it comes from a farm! On the tour, you’ll see lots of tractors and machinery in action. You’ll see farmers preparing the soil, planting, cultivating, and harvesting wheat, green beans, cabbage, carrots, corn and pumpkins. Length: 30 minutes.

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This book is part of the Rookie Read Series. This focuses on farmers. These are easy to read, perfect for beginning readers to learn about agriculture.

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World Farming

Martin Bramwell

An innovative, in-depth look at important topics in physical geography. Full color diagrams, illustrations and photographs. Provide a global view of each subject, along with hands-on activities for real science experience.

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The Beeman is a sweet story of a boy and his grandfather who is a beekeeper. The story teaches students about the amazing  and complex life of bees, how they help pollinate plants, and how honey is collected by beekeepers for us to eat. This kit allows students to “become” bees and pollinate different Oregon crops. Click here for the lesson plan. Please check out the book separately.

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Grandpa's Orchard, Based on a True Story of an Oregon Family Farm

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Grandpa’s Orchard

Darcy Thomas Kirk

Every year on the hazelnut farm, magic happens. It’s a place where stories, music, good food, family, and friends come together year round- but as summer comes to an end, things begin to change. On this working farm, the boys watch Dad and Grandpa do the tasks that need to be done as they head to the arbor to play, climb trees, and dream up new adventures.

“A fun portrayal of a multi-generational farming and farm life told from a youngster’s perspective. Grandpa’s passion for farming and desire to pass on the tradition is genuine and heartfelt.” -TJ Hafner, third-generation family farmer and agronomist.

Darcy Thomas Kirk lives in Independence, Oregon with her twin sons and her husband, Lance. They farm on a third-generation hazelnut farm. She attended Oregon State University and worked for Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom, aligning agriculture projects with state educational standards for seven years.

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Careers in Conservation

United States Department of Agriculture

This brochure engages readers in the foundation and mission of Natural Resources Conservation Services as well as career opportunities and how to get involved.