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These agriculture books make great Christmas gifts

These agriculture books make great Christmas gifts

Buy two of each -- keep a set for yourself and give the rest to those on your list!

Do you know the favorite recipes of Ben Brancel, secretary of the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, Alison Wedig, past president of Wisconsin FFA; Jim Massey, editor of The Country Today; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jared Abbrederis; Jim Holte, president of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Pam Jahnke, radio farm broadcaster; Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker; Alice in Dairyland Teyanna Loether; or yours truly Fran O'Leary?

You can find out in a new cookbook, "Wisconsin Family Favorites: Recipes from People You Know."

GREAT RESOURCE: "Wisconsin Agriculture: A History," features nearly 200 photos on its 320 pages.

Wisconsin Family Favorites features recipes from individuals well-known to many people involved in agriculture, from the presidents and executive directors of many agricultural organizations and commodity groups to agricultural journalists and university officials.

When they asked me to submit a recipe, I chose a favorite of my four sons, Cheesy Rice Stuff Casserole. I came up with this recipe 35 years ago. It features not two, not three but four Wisconsin ingredients -- milk, smoked sausage, frozen peas and of course cheddar cheese -- plus celery soup and instant rice. It's a hearty and tasty main dish that is easy to make.

A portion of the cookbook sales are going to the Wisconsin FFA Foundation.

The recipes were collected by the Wisconsin FFA state officer team and were compiled and published by The Country Today.

WE NEED A SHOW: This hardcover book includes more than 200 pictures and chronicles

Slightly more than 100 pages in length, the cookbook contains sections for appetizers, soups and salads, breads and rolls, main dishes and desserts. It includes photos of most recipe contributors along with information about them or commentary on their recipes. The book costs $13.95 plus $5 for the first book and $1 for each additional book and can be purchased by calling The Country Today at 800-236-4004.

Which Moo Are You?
This is a beautifully illustrated children's book great for kids and grandchildren between the ages of 2 and 6 who love cows. Author Ruth McNair lives on a farm where she and her family have raised a variety of animals including cows, sheep, goats, donkeys, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats and even a llama. She and her daughter and artist Molly McNair share their love of animals in this book.

Join a group of cute and busy calves, or "moos" as they are playfully called, as they spend a day exploring the farm. Watercolor artwork evokes the gentleness of a sweet summer day. While the calves eat, play and sleep following the natural rhythms of the day, we learn that there is more to their story than meets the eye.

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The 32-page book is filled with fun rhymes and colorful and playful calves that offer important life lessons.

FUN FOR KIDS: "Which Moo Are You," is a beautifully illustrated 32-page children's book.

The book is available from No Bull Press at www.nobullpressonline.com for $14 plus $3.50 for shipping and handling for the first book and $2 for each additional book.

Wisconsin Agriculture: A History
After four years of researching, writing, editing and fact checking, Jerry Apps latest book, "Wisconsin Agriculture: A History," has been published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press.

Apps, who was born and raised on a central Wisconsin dairy farm near Wild Rose, is a former county Extension agent and professor emeritus for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, he works as a rural historian, writer, story teller and creative writing instructor. He and his wife Ruth have three children, seven grandchildren and one great-grandson. They divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm in Waushara County.

Apps has written more than 40 books. He says this book was the most difficult he has written and the most fun.

"Wisconsin Agriculture: A History," which costs $34.95, may be ordered by calling 888-999-1669 or by shopping online at www.wisconsinhistory.org/shop.

Don't forget to watch Apps third PBS show. "The Land with Jerry Apps," will air on Dec. 2 on PBS at 7 p.m. For more details on the show and his book, please read page 12 of the October issue of Wisconsin Agriculturist.

We Need A Show
World Dairy Expo will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year, and to celebrate this milestone, journalists have collaborated to create a historical book reminiscing on 50 years of Expo memories. The limited edition commemorative book gives insight into how the show began, the struggles and successes over the years and a look into what the future might hold.

The book's title hints at the origins of World Dairy Expo, when Fort Atkinson dairyman Allen Hetts had the idea that the dairy industry needed a grand show.  

"It provides the theme for the book as the rallying cry of 'we need a show' was the first step of the 50-year journey that led to World Dairy Expo as we know it today," said Corey Geiger, managing editor of Hoard's Dairyman magazine and 50th Anniversary Book Committee co-chair. 
  
The project spanned three years, and was a collaboration of dozens of volunteer writers who put in hundreds of hours of research, writing and editing. In all, 40 writers contributed to the book, bringing 50 years of insight and memories to life. With eight chapters and over 200 pictures, the hardcover book features interviews with Expo legends and iconic images that bring the story to life.

"We Need A Show," costs $25 plus shipping and handling and can be ordered at the Hoards Dairyman website at www.hoards.com.

If you can't choose which one of these fantastic Wisconsin agriculture books to buy, why not buy two of each? Keep a set for yourself and give the others to those on your gift list. Happy shopping!

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