“Ag Books for Kids” winners announced - May 31, 2018
“Sharing our stories as farmers and ranchers is more important in today’s day and age than ever,” said Raenell Taylor, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Promotions Sub-Committee Chair. “The “Ag Books for Kids” program gives us an opportunity to make a difference for agriculture in Wyoming.” The state winners in each of the three contests all received a $50 gift card from the Wyoming Farm Bureau and an agriculture book titled “Ranching…It’s All About Family.” The book was signed by the Honorable Governor Matt Mead. The state runner-ups in each of the contests received a $25 gift card from the Wyoming Farm Bureau and an agriculture book.Coloring Contest Uinta County first grader Dawson Hutchings was the state winner of the coloring contest. Hutchings is a first grader at Mountain View Elementary School and his teacher is Jenilee Schwartz. Lilliann Otto, of Big Horn County, was the state runner-up. She is a first grader at Laura Irwin Elementary in Basin. Her teachers are Mrs. Morton and Mr. Mayes. Poster Contest Packard Carson, of Goshen County, won the state poster contest. Carson is in Miss Eisenbarth’s 3rd grade class at LaGrange Elementary. The state runner-up was Dylan Chamley, a second grader from Fremont County. Chamley’s teacher is Janet Lee at Dubois Elementary. Creative Writing Contest Crook County fourth grader Jaylin Mills won the creative writing contest. Mills is a student at Sundance Elementary School. Angel Villegas, of Crook County, was the state runner-up. “Educating elementary students about agriculture is key to our future in agriculture,” Taylor concluded. “It is very rewarding each year to see the elementary students improve upon the knowledge they are learning about agriculture while also helping them to put a face with farmers and ranchers." In its fourteenth year, the “Ag Books for Kids” program is a project of the WyFB Young Farmer & Rancher Committee. The grassroots efforts of the county Farm Bureaus who donate the books and help educate about agriculture contributes greatly to the program’s success. Throughout the years, nearly 7,300 books have been donated to elementary schools by the county Farm Bureaus. The program’s purpose is to educate children about agriculture and its importance to us all. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization. Visit www.wyfb.org.