Goehring approves funding for Ag in the Classroom programs

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has awarded five grants, totaling almost $59,000, to develop and conduct Agriculture in the Classroom programs for the upcoming school year.

“Agriculture in the Classroom programs help young people understand where their food comes from and how to make healthy food choices.” 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 Foundation, $34,640 to continue its Food Land and People workshops and institute for the upcoming year. The funds will also be used to buy technology for use in workshops with students.
  • North Dakota FFA Foundation, $12,000 to promote agriculture-related functions both inside and outside of the classroom. Special consideration will be made this year to activities in urban areas.
  • North Dakota State University, $5,500 to edit and publish North Dakota Ag Mag.
  • North Dakota Geographic Alliance, $3,500 to conduct a teacher tour of farms in western North Dakota.
  • North Dakota Farmers Market Growers Association – $3,300 to develop presentations and coordinate activities for living ag classroom events in Fargo, Minot and Bismarck.

The 2013 North Dakota Legislature appropriated funds for Agriculture in the Classroom programs.