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My Family's Corn Farm

32 pages
Feeding Minds Press

Meet Presley – a farm girl who narrates the busy life of a modern, working corn farm in this fun and informative picture book about a family growing one of the top crops of American agriculture

There's a lot of jobs to do on the family farm! Presley and her farm family work on planting corn, watching for pests, monitoring rain fall so plants get the right amount of water, harvesting the corn, exploring how corn is used in many products, and learning how to be more sustainable farmers.

My Family's Corn Farm is a picture book that includes the life cycle of the corn plant, parts of the corn plant, what a corn plant needs to grow, different types of corn and their uses, how farmers work to prevent erosion with cover crops, and how farmers are continuously learning how to be better stewards of the land. The book also showcases farm vehicles and technology such as a tractor, combine, grain bin, and planter. Readers also see how corn can be used for many types of products from ethanol to corn chips, corn syrup, corn starch and more.

Easy to read glossary defines the following: acre, bushel, combine, crops, ethanol, farmer, feed, fuel, harvest, kernel, livestock and nutrients.

My Family's Corn Farm is a great way to teach about plant life cycles, farm families, and American agriculture.

About the publisher: Feeding Minds Press is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture whose mission is to build awareness and understanding of agriculture through education. We focus on helping young readers understand where their food comes from, who grows it, and how it gets to them and believe in cultivating curiosity about food and farming and how agriculture plays a role in our daily lives. All books from Feeding Minds Press have accompanying lessons, activities, and videos to further learning available on their website, www.feedingmindspress.com

Author Bio
Joe Hox was born with a spade in one hand and a pencil in the other. He was raised on an Iowa farm where he spent his days vanquishing thistles and sketching critters. Today as an artist, he's moved to town, but he's still inspired by rows of corn and fluffy clouds over cow pastures. Joe has illustrated more than a dozen books, including Zoe's Hiding Place and Farmer Gary's Birthday Adventure.Growing up, Katie Olthoff dreamed of following in the footsteps of authors like Laura Ingalls Wilder, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and Louisa May Alcott, who wrote fiction based on everyday life. After marrying a farmer and learning more about agriculture, Katie began writing (mostly non-fiction) articles and books about farming, and she has written for many different agriculture organizations and publications. Katie and her husband have three children and live on a turkey farm in central Iowa with their cat, Snuggles, and beagle, Charlie.