BISMARCK – A new exhibit – “Showcasing North Dakota Agriculture” is making the rounds of county fairs and other farm-related events across the state this summer.

"Showcasing North Dakota Agriculture is both a tribute to our state's most important industry and a platform for helping everyone understand the importance of farming and ranching,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring.

The 20x20-foot exhibit tent houses 78 feet of displays featuring 14 major crop and six livestock topics. Each commodity is described by pictures, a factsheet and product samples. The exhibit has samples of 24 crop seeds, 32 feeds and 21 different crops growing in small containers.

Children's activities include a “commodity sand box” with toys, picture boards, a model cow that can be “milked” and veggie races.

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) coordinated the project with funding from 28 commodity councils and associations.

NDDA's 24-foot, mobile, food processing unit will accompany the exhibit. The unit is a commercial kitchen that is available to Pride of Dakota companies and vegetable producers that wish to manufacture or process food products.

The exhibit will be set up at the following events:

June 16 Foster County Fair, Carrington
June 17 Bottineau County Fair, Bottineau
June 18 Divide County Fair, Crosby
June 19 Burke County Fair, Flaxton
June 22 Six-state regional meeting of Vocational Agriculture Instructors, Minot
June 24 Mercer County Fair, Beulah
June 25 Wells County Fair, Fessenden
July 1 Pembina County Fair, Hamilton
July 2 Pierce County Fair, Rugby