BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed March as Pride of Dakota Month and March 29 as Pride of Dakota Day.

"North Dakota is a leader in the production of quality agriculture and home-crafted products for the United States and the world,” Dalrymple said. “The Pride of Dakota program serves as an important marketing tool for North Dakota companies that are competing in a global market.”

The governor noted that the Pride of Dakota program, now in its 26th year, has more than 450 active and associate members.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who oversees the program, thanked the governor for the proclamation. He said special activities, including the Pride of Dakota annual meeting and Pride of Dakota Day at the Capitol, are scheduled during the month.

Administered by North Dakota Department of Agriculture Business Development Division, the Pride of Dakota program provides member companies with cooperative marketing and promotional events, such as in-store demonstrations, Pride of Dakota Day, the Holiday Showcases and Harvest Showcase. The program also provides educational opportunities and representation at regional, national and international marketing expositions.