News Release: Read books

Farmers read books to hundreds of children during the 17-day run of the Indiana State Fair in August 2010 as part of a Purdue Extension reading, nutrition and agriculture program for pre-school children.

The Read, Taste & Touch program, created by foods and nutrition Extension educator Beth Switzer of Hendricks County, promotes reading and learning. It was offered at the state fair because of its success in Hendricks County.

Gov. Mitch Daniels observed the importance of the program by proclaiming each day of the state fair Farmers Read to Kids Days.

"Farmers strive to produce healthy food to help children grow and learn the value of a nutritional diet," Daniels said in the proclamation. He also said they recognize that childhood literacy "is fundamental to academic success".

Writer: Keith Robinson, 765-494-2722,