QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER FOR
AG PEN PAL FARMERS & RANCHERS
SEPTEMBER 2017
Welcome to the Ag Pen Pal Program!

We’re so happy you’ve joined. The Ag Pen Pal Program was created 26 years ago, to provide a face in the agriculture community to Nebraska’s future consumers. Every year this program matches volunteers to help more than 5,000 students understand and appreciate the agriculture around them. Thank you for volunteering your time!

The farm or ranch volunteer sends the first letter in the Ag Pen Pal Program. Please send your first letter by September 30 . Farm & ranch volunteers must send letters in September, January, and Apri l.
How to Get Started - Guidebook
Use this guidebook for tips and ideas on how to begin writing to your farm or ranch pen pal. Remember, real world relationships take time to develop and this one will too. Send photos, create a photo book, or send videos to bring agriculture to life for your classroom match!
Friendly Words Resource
We often use “farmer and rancher” talk without even realizing it. Use this resource to help describe agriculture to your classroom. 
# of years in the program : 10 years
Hometown : Meadow Grove, NE
Type of farmer : Farrow to finish hog farm, corn, soybean, alfalfa
Featured Ag Pen Pals:
 Bruce & Karen Grant
"When choosing to write to a class one needs to think about the age of the students, if they are from the inner city, or the possibility that they are from a farm or rural area. This makes a difference in how you write."

Click below for more advice from Bruce and Karen Grant.
Celebrate!
Use these holiday's as a guide to bring up topics with your classroom and celebrate the work farmers and ranchers do.
  • September
  • National Chicken Month
  • October
  • National Farm to School Month
  • National Pork Month
  • National Trucker's Day (10/4)
Farm Fact Friday - Follow Us!
Check out our Facebook page for agriculture facts and events. Search, " Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation " and Like us! You'll get updated information about resources available to you.
News Release for Local Newspapers
Your local paper may enjoy the opportunity to report on your participation in the Ag Pen Pal
program. Please feel free to share the good news! Click on the download button to see the sample news release. Our staff is available to provide further information. If you do receive media coverage, please share with us!
Becky Koester
Program Associate
(4025) 421-4747
Courtney Schaardt
Director of Outreach Education
(402) 421-4461
5225 S. 16th Street
Lincoln, NE 68512