Goehring approves funding for Ag in the Classroom programs

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has approved grants totaling more than $54,000 to develop and conduct Agriculture in the Classroom Council programs in the 2012-13 school year.

“Agriculture in the Classroom recognizes the need to promote and foster an understanding of the importance of the agricultural economy and the values of rural lifestyles in the state of North Dakota,” Goehring said. “These programs provide teachers with lesson materials and other tools to help them make agriculture part of everyday learning for their students.” 

The grants include:

  • North Dakota Farm Bureau, $31,440 to conduct teacher training seminars.
  • North Dakota FFA Foundation, $14,000 to conduct a mini-grant program.
  • North Dakota State University, $4,900 to edit and publish North Dakota Ag Mag.
  • North Dakota Geographic Alliance, $3,500 to conduct a teacher tour.
  • CropLife America, $320 to conduct an agricultural ambassador program.

The 2011 North Dakota Legislature approved funding for Agriculture in the Classroom programs.

More information on Agriculture in the Classroom is available at http://www.ndaginclassroom.org/  or by contacting Dana Pritschet 701-328-4763 or pritschet@nd.gov.