BISMARCK – Monday, March 21 is North Dakota Agriculture Day at the State Capitol.

"The first, full day of spring is a great time to celebrate North Dakota's number one industry,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “With our producers ready and anxious to get out into their fields and pastures, we want them to know North Dakota appreciates all they do.”

Goehring said 23 agriculture-related organizations, associations and agencies are participating in the event.

"Most of these groups will have display booths and tables in the Memorial Hall,” he said. “We hope legislators, Capitol employees and visitors will take the opportunity to visit these displays to learn more about the vital role of agriculture in our state.”

The displays will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Participating organizations include Ameriflax, North Dakota Association of Telephone Cooperatives, North Dakota Beef Commission, North Dakota Crop Improvement & Seed Association, North Dakota Dairy Coalition, North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota Dry Bean Council/Northarvest Bean, North Dakota Ethanol Council, North Dakota Farm Bureau, North Dakota Farm Credit Council, North Dakota Farmers Union, North Dakota Irrigation Association, North Dakota Oilseed Council, North Dakota Pork Council, North Dakota Soybean Council, North Dakota Stockmen's Association, North Dakota Wheat Commission, North Dakota Weed Control Association, Northern Canola Growers, Northern Plains Potato Growers, Northern Pulse Growers Association, USDA/National Agricultural Statistics Service and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Goehring said legislators will be served a noon lunch of North Dakota products, including roast beef with gravy, pork tenderloin, roasted red potatoes, lemon pecan and flax pilaf, corn salad, rolls and milk.