New issue of Ag Mag focuses on pulse crops, dry beans

BISMARCK – The new issue of the North Dakota Ag Mag features some increasingly important North Dakota farm commodities – dry edible beans and pulse crops, including dry peas, lentils and chickpeas.

“North Dakota leads the nation in the production of pulse crops and dry edible beans,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “This new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag will help our young people and others learn how these crops are grown, processed, and why they are an important part of a healthy diet.”

In addition to games, puzzles and activities, the new magazine contains such articles as “From the Field to the Fork,” “Food from Way Back,” and “Protein Food or Vegetable.” Jennifer Tesch, marketing and sales director for SK Food International of Fargo, is featured in the “Career Corner.”

The 8-page magazine is published by the North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom Council and is distributed 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 additional activities to conduct in the classroom.

Goehring said that teachers and school administrators interested in joining the North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program should contact Katie Pinke at kpinke@nd.gov or (701) 328-2307.

“Agriculture is North Dakota's largest industry,” Goehring said. “It is important to have outreach and educational materials like this magazine to help students better understand the role it plays in their lives.”

North Dakota Ag Mag is edited by Becky Koch, written by Emily Spickler and designed by Dave Haasser, all 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 Farm Bureau, 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 make agriculture part of the school day.