AG MAG FOCUSES ON LAND & LIVESTOCK STEWARDSHIP

BISMARCK – Livestock and land stewardship are the focus of latest issue of North Dakota Ag Mag.

“The careful and responsible management of land, water, air and animals is essential to the immediate and long-term future of agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “This new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag shows young people how farmers and ranchers employ cultivation and management practices to efficiently produce crops and livestock, while maintaining the quality of our natural resources for generations to come.”

The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Council distributes the 8-page, full color magazine, free-of-charge, to third, fourth and fifth-grade classes participating in this Ag in the Classroom program. Each issue comes with a special teacher's guide providing background information and more ideas for learning.

The magazine contains facts, games and activities. Articles in the new issue include “A Slice of Soil,” “The 1930s: Farm Depression,” “Are You a Steward?” and “North Dakota's Beef Cattle.” The regular “Career Corner” article features Stetson Ellingson, a 13-year-old rancher from St. Anthony.

North Dakota Ag Mag is edited by Becky Koch and designed by Dave Haasser, both with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication. Fargo elementary school teacher Cheryl Bombenger provided the text.

Sponsors of the new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag include Agassiz Seed & Supply, AmeriFlax, The Bismarck Tribune, Farm and Ranch Guide, Farm Credit Services, the North Dakota Beef Commission, the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, the North Dakota Farm Bureau, the North Dakota State University Extension Service, the Northern Canola Growers Association and the Northern Pulse Growers Association.

The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program helps teachers integrate information about agriculture into the science, math, social studies, language arts and other classes. The program offers a variety of curricula and class lesson development materials, training opportunities, North Dakota Ag Mag and other tools for teachers to make agriculture part of the school day.