MADISON – Seed Soil Sun has been chosen as 2012’s Book of the Year by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation’s Ag in the Classroom program. The book that focuses on how plants and crops are grown was written by Cris Peterson, a Wisconsin dairy farmer.

“Seed Soil Sun is a great selection for the Book of the Year honor with its beautiful photography and information about soil, germination and other factors related to plant and crop growth,” said Darlene Arneson, Ag in the Classroom Coordinator.

Farm Bureau member volunteers utilize the Ag in the Classroom program to educate Wisconsin youth about where their food comes from and the importance of agriculture in their lives.

Seed Soil Sun describes the process by which air and water combine with seed, soil and sun to create nearly all the food we eat. Using the corn plant as an example, Peterson takes the reader through the story of germination and growth of a tiny corn seed into a giant plant reaching high into the air with roots extending over six feet into the ground. The book brings both wonder and clarity to the subject of agriculture, celebrating the cycle of growth, harvest and renewal.

Cris Peterson, along with her husband, Gary, and son, Ben, own and operate Four Cubs Farm near Grantsburg in Burnett County, where they milk 700 cows and farm nearly 1,500 acres of land.

It is not the first time that WFBF’s Women’s Committee have chosen Peterson’s work as their Book of the Year. Extra Cheese Please was among the original set of books chosen for the Ag in the Classroom library in 1994. Since then, Harvest Year was selected in 1998, Century Farm in 2000, Amazing Grazing in 2003, Fantastic Farm Machines in 2010, and Clarabelle was last year’s pick.

This year’s selection corresponds with Ag in the Classroom’s essay contest topic of ‘why crops and plants are important to Wisconsin agriculture’. The book and essay topic will educate youth about the soil’s connection to growing crops and feeding humans and animals.

Copies of Seed Soil Sun are available from the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation for $15 per copy plus shipping. Order forms are available at Activity guides developed for the book accompany orders. For more information, contact Darlene Arneson at 608.828.5719.

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