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AG RIGHT: Soybeans are cool! Just ask Coolbean

April is Soy Foods Month, which isn't particularly meaningful to me. I cover agriculture in the Upper Midwest, where soybeans are an increasingly popular crop. I've lived and worked in North Dakota's Cass County, already the nation's leading prod...

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Jonathan Knutson

April is Soy Foods Month, which isn’t particularly meaningful to me. I cover agriculture in the Upper Midwest, where soybeans are an increasingly popular crop. I’ve lived and worked in North Dakota’s Cass County, already the nation’s leading producer of soybeans. And soybeans are grown on my family farm. Hey, to me, it’s  always Soy Foods Month.

But most Americans, including school kids, need a little encouragement to think about soybeans. And so Coolbean was born.

Coolbean is the star/hero/focal point of “Coolbean the Soybean,” which is available as both a traditional and an interactive e-book for grades 3-5. It’s written by Shawn Conley, an agronomy professor and the soybean and wheat extension specialist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The book follows Coolbean’s life to help kids learn more agronomic, crop and soil sciences. Among other things, it tells how soil, sunshine and water affect plant growth.

The book is published jointly by the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America, in partnership with the Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board.

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There’s a fee for the book, available  here.  Once you get to the site, type Coolbean the Soybean into the small “title contains” screen.

I have no idea if Coolbean will be popular with school kids (and their teachers aned parents) or whether he/she/it will be an effective promotional tool for the crop. But I do know soybeans are amazing - and that Americans of all ages should realize it.

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Opinion by Jonathan Knutson
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