Goehring re-appoints Ag in the Classroom Council members

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has re-appointed six members of the newly reorganized North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Council.

“I am pleased that these six members have agreed to serve another term, and I want to thank all of the members for their service,” Goehring said. “They have provided sound guidance and direction to the Agriculture in the Classroom program, ensuring that North Dakota teachers and their students have access to meaningful and relevant information about agriculture.”

Reappointed to the council are Kim Alberty, West Fargo, Agassiz Seed; Aaron Anderson, North Dakota Department of Career and Technical Education, Bismarck; Nancy Jo Bateman, North Dakota  Beef Commission, Bismarck; Sheri Coleman, Northern Canola Growers Association, Bismarck; Kirk Olson, McKenzie County Farm Bureau, Arnegard, and Wendi Stachler, North Dakota State University graduate student, Kindred.         

The 2011 Legislature reduced the size of the council to six appointed members and one statutory member, the state superintendent of public instruction. Previously, the council was comprised of 14 appointed members, two statutory members and a representative of each of the entities contracted by the council to provide educational materials and services.    

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