ACRES OF INGENUITY
When people think of North Dakota agriculture, they likely picture a field of golden wheat stretching in the sunshine or a dusty cowhand tending cattle and mending fences. We understand. North Dakota is part of the American West and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Yes, we lead the nation in spring wheat and sunflower production, but we also hold a sweet spot as the No. 1 honey-producing state in the country for 19 years running. North Dakota is a hotbed for emerging crops like industrial hemp, hops, fava beans and carinata, too.
Crops, cattle and our ability to diversify and add value to what we’re producing here is fueling new economic activity and jobs. The most obvious example is ethanol. The ethanol industry contributes a whopping $623 million to the economy. In addition, state and local tax revenues contribute more than $11 million annually. North Dakota ethanol plants employ more than 230 workers directly in positions such as chemists, engineers, accountants, managers and support staff. The industry supports more than 1,000 jobs across all sectors of the economy. And let’s not forget those entrepreneurs opening new doors into food manufacturing; IPA, wine and cider production; and Agritourism.
Horses and plows have been replaced with drones, apps and other technology, improving product quality and enabling our producers to protect our resources with the efficient use of fuel, pesticides and fertilizers.
Yes, the Old West is taking on a new modern look and feel, but one thing remains: our commitment to be good stewards of the land we love.
LINKS & RESOURCES
Going with the Grain
Dakota Specialty Milling is one of the largest suppliers of custom-milled ingredients and whole-grain blends in North America. This family-owned miller has been delivering specialty grain-based mixes and ingredients for nearly 50 years and is still a business on the grow.