Governor proclaims Pride of Dakota Day, Month

BISMARCK – Declaring that “North Dakota is a leader in the production of quality agriculture and home-crafted products for the United States and the world,” Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed April as Pride of Dakota Month.

The Pride of Dakota program serves as an important marketing tool for North Dakota companies that are competing in a global market,” Dalrymple said. “North Dakotans are encouraged to recognize the state's food industry and to show their pride in and appreciation for those who produce and process the food we eat.”

The governor noted that the Pride of Dakota program, now in its 28th year, has more than 500 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 on April 3, and Pride of Dakota Day at the Capitol on April 4, 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.