Give Thanks

Here is how you can thank a Nebraska farmer or rancher!

  1. Have students write, draw, or create thank you letters or thank you cards to farmers. Students may sign the cards, but please do not include last names.
  2. Send your thank you letters to your Ag Pen Pal or in a pack to:
          Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation
          Attn: Thank a Farmer or Rancher
          5225 S. 16th Street
          Lincoln, NE 68512

We will make sure REAL farmers and ranchers read your thank you letters!

Classroom ideas:

  • Complete this FREE sample lesson. Then have a discussion about farming in America.
  • During Thanksgiving, it is easy to bring up food in the classroom. Pull up a picture of a Thanksgiving day plate or ask students to name common foods on a Thanksgiving day plate. Then discuss the agricultural origins of each item on the plate! (Example: Turkey, cranberries, green beans, potatoes, stuffing.)
  • Have students in groups use a computer and the internet to discover where the ingredients such as pumpkins, butter, sugar and wheat come from. Give each group one ingredient; don’t tell them what the final product is going to be. Have students present where their ingredient is from, and then have the class as a whole guess what the recipe is for!
  • Invite a real farmer into your classroom to discuss their operation.

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