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Ag reading week set

WESTPORT - Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

This is a question that many have asked but how many students even understand that eggs come from chickens and not the grocery store?

During National Agriculture Week (March 21-25), students throughout New York will be learning about the variety of products that the poultry industry provides during the sixth annual New York Agriculture Literacy Week, coordinated by New York Agriculture in the Classroom. Ag Literacy Week will be celebrated across the state in second grade classrooms with a visit from a community member involved in agriculture.

This year's book is "The Chicks & Chickens," written by Gail Gibbons, which will be read to the class and then donated to the school library. Teachers will also receive a resource packet including additional lessons and information on the poultry industry.

Another way for volunteers and teachers to help children understand agriculture is involvement in the annual Be Aware of New York Agriculture Contest. For more information about Ag Literacy Day, Be Aware, and other Ag in the Classroom programs, visit the Web page: www.nyaged.org/aitc/" www.nyaged.org/aitc.

New York Agriculture in the Classroom is a partnership of Cornell University, state Department of Agriculture and Markets, state Education Department, and New York Farm Bureau. The program works with cooperative extension educators, teachers, Essex County Farm Bureau members, and others throughout the state to foster an awareness, understanding, and appreciation of agriculture and the total food and fiber system.

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