Alpharma Animal Health is sponsoring Agriculture in the Classroom 2008 Book of the Year program. The educational activity is coordinated by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture.

The Book of the Year program selects a book suitable for classroom use. Students in participating classrooms read the book, participate in a lesson and then write an essay that applies the basic principles. The selected books focus on the importance of conventional agriculture practices.

"It is critical that we educate consumers early on about today’s farming practices and food production so that they can make well-informed decisions about the food products they purchase," said Jeff Mellinger, global leader of sales and marketing at Alpharma Inc. "We are excited about this opportunity to work with Agriculture in the Classroom and the ability to educate students on the importance of technology in farming."

The book of the year for 2008 is ‘The Man Who Fed the World’ by Leon Hesser. Hesser depicts Norman Borlaug and his revolutionary ideas that changed the way the world looks at food production. Borlaug introduced new technologies, such as corn hybrids, to farmers in developing countries, who in turn increased their harvest. In 1970 Borlaug was given the Nobel Peace Prize for his work advocating steps to prevent hunger and famine.

Alpharma funding will go toward purchasing books for students and teachers and for curriculum research. The student essays that result will be judged on overall understanding of the material, structure and creativity. A winning essay will be announced during Ag Week in the spring of 2009 and will be awarded a prize.

The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is an affiliate of the American Farm Bureau.

Agriculture in the Classroom is an educational program established by the United States Department of Agriculture in 1981. The program provides teachers with the materials necessary to educate students about food production.

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