GAINESVILLE – The 10th annual Florida Agriculture Literacy Day is scheduled for Tuesday April 30, 2013, and the children's book being developed for the event will commemorate the 500th year anniversary of Ponce de Leon's discovery of Florida. Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Florida Agriculture in the Classroom invite farmers, growers, ranchers, FFA teachers and students and agriculture industry representatives to read in kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms around the state as part of the event.
The book being developed is about Florida history and the role agriculture has played in it. The book and materials provided to volunteer readers for free thanks to the funding Florida Agriculture in the Classroom receives from sales of the agriculture specialty license plate nicknamed the ‘Ag Tag.’
Teachers and agriculture industry representatives interested in participating, please check Florida Agriculture in the Classroom's website, www.agtag.org in early 2013 to register. Florida Agriculture in the Classroom is a non profit organization that educates Florida teachers and students about where their food, fiber and fuel come from using lessons, materials, grant programs and other projects.