Goehring, 4th-graders launch Ag in the Classroom website

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring joined a group of Bismarck fourth-graders Thursday, to launch the new, redesigned North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom website.

“This website is now an even more powerful new tool to help you learn more about agriculture, your state's most important industry,” Goehring told the students at Will-Moore Elementary School. “It will also help you learn where your food comes from and how you can make healthy food choices.”

The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom website can be found at www.ndaginclassroom.org.

Goehring and the students explored the website, using the “ND Ag Facts” button to find information on corn and soybeans. They also linked onto “North Dakota Ag Mag,” another Agriculture in the Classroom program.  

“You have been working on the latest issue of the Ag Mag entitled “We're #1,” so you know that North Dakota is the number one  producer of some very important crops, such as spring wheat, durum,  dry beans, canola, flax and honey,” Goehring said. “With the new website, you can go back to any previous issue of Ag Mag to learn more about farming and ranching.”

In addition to learning materials for students, the website also features special sections for teachers and administrators, links to other agricultural education resources, games and an events calendar.

The website is administered by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture Marketing and Information Division. Goehring said NDDA staff will continually monitor the site, adding and revising information as needed.

Funded by the North Dakota Legislature, Agriculture in the Classroom programs provide teachers with curricula and class lesson development materials, training seminars, a magazine, website and other tools to make agriculture part of the school day.

The agriculture commissioner appoints an advisory council to oversee the program and to ensure that projects or programs funded as part of Agriculture in the Classroom fit the overall mission.