South Dakota Farm Bureau is proud to announce its 2015 "books of the year" for the Accurate Ag Book project. 

The Beeman
, written by Laurie Krebs and Valeria Cis, is a beautifully illustrated book about the life of a beekeeper. The second book, What is Pollination, by Bobbie Kalman, takes a detailed look at the steps needed to pollinate a plant. Both books are appropriate for the elementary-age student.

SDFB enjoys taking an active role in educating students about agriculture, especially through these Accurate Ag Books and its accompanying "Book in a Bucket" project.  The SDFB Women's Leadership Team has created a five-gallon bucket with a lid packed with supplies and activities to use with these Accurate Ag Books. The supplies correlate directly to the agricultural product represented in the book, and the lessons included are directly attached to the core standards. Teachers love the ease of use, and students truly enjoy the activities!  This year's "Book in a Bucket" is about honey production.

The American Farm Bureau Federation book of the year for 2015 is The Apple Orchard Riddle, by Margaret McNamara and G. Brian Karas. This book takes students on a field trip to an apple orchard. This national Book of the Year is a perfect correlation to the South Dakota books since apple blossoms contribute to honey production!

If a teacher or a school is interested in having a Farm Bureau volunteer visit their classroom and do a class activity relating to bees or apples, please contact Bonnie Dybedahl at the South Dakota Farm Bureau ( or 605-366-9992) or the Huron office at 605-353-8050. 

These books are also available for purchase by contacting Farm Bureau at either of those phone numbers.