Oilseeds the focus of new issue of Ag Mag

BISMARCK – Oilseeds, a major sector of North Dakota's agricultural economy, is the focus of the new issue of the North Dakota Ag Mag.

“North Dakota leads the nation in the production of three important oilseeds: canola, flax and sunflowers, and we are a major producer of soybeans” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “Our young people can learn about the importance of these crops in their own lives and in the world through this new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag.”

The magazine contains articles on the production, processing, distribution and consumption of oilseeds, as well as games, puzzles and other activities. Sheri Coleman, executive director of Ameriflax and associate director of the Northern Canola Growers Association, 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 Sonia Mullally at (701) 328-4759 or smullally@nd.gov.

North Dakota Ag Mag is edited by Becky Koch and designed by Dave Haasser, both with North Dakota State University Agriculture Communication. Steph Deitz is the teacher/reviewer.

Sponsors of the new issue of North Dakota Ag Mag include Agassiz Seed & Supply, Ameriflax, Farm and Ranch Guide, Farm Credit Services, the North Dakota Farm Bureau, the North Dakota Farmers Union, the North Dakota Oilseed Council, the North Dakota State University Extension Service, the North Dakota Wheat Commission, the Northern Canola Growers Association 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.