New issue of Ag Mag focuses horticulture and forestry

BISMARCK – School children across the state will learn some new vocabulary by reading the latest issue of North Dakota Ag Mag, an issue devoted to horticulture and forestry.

“Most people probably don't know what viticulture, olericulture and pomology are, but they all relate to horticulture, the growing of fruits, vegetables, flowers and ornamental plants,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “This new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag will help young people better understand why horticulture and forestry are important to them and to our state.”

The magazine contains facts, games and activities.  Articles in the new issue include “Trees, Flowers and States,” “Flower Power,” “Horticulture Haiku,” and “Plant Life Cycles.” The “Career Corner” features Jonathon Sundby, owner of Sun Bee Landscaping, serving the Grand Forks area.

The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Council distributes the 8-page magazine, free-of-charge, to third, fourth and fifth-grade classes participating in the Ag in the Classroom program. Each issue comes with a special teacher's guide providing background information and more ideas for learning.

North Dakota Ag Mag is edited by Becky Koch and designed by Dave Haasser, both with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication.

Sponsors of the new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag include Agassiz Seed & Supply, The Bismarck Tribune, Farm and Ranch Guide, Farm Credit Services,  the North Dakota Corn Growers Association, the North Dakota Farm Bureau Foundation, the North Dakota Farmers Union, the North Dakota State University Extension Service and the Northern Pulse Growers Association.

The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program helps teachers integrate agricultural information into the science, math, social studies, language arts and other classes they teach. The program offers a variety of curricula and class lesson development materials, training seminars, a magazine and other tools for teachers to use to make agriculture part of the school day.