Governor proclaims Pride of Dakota Month, Day

BISMARCK – Gov. Jack Dalrymple has proclaimed March as Pride of Dakota Month and Thursday, March 20, 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 29th year, has more than 500 active and associate members. He encouraged North Dakotans “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.”

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, March 20-21, and Pride of Dakota Day at the Capitol, March 20, are scheduled during the month.

Administered by North Dakota Department of Agriculture Marketing and Information Division, Pride of Dakota 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.