BISMARCK, ND - More than 44,000 students from 185 North Dakota schools will dine on food products from their own state on Thursday during the 17th Annual Agriculture in the Classroom and Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day.
Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Tom Bodine will dine with students at Nedrose Elementary School in Minot and discuss with them the importance of agriculture to North Dakota in their own lives.
"Highlighting North Dakota food products grown by our farmers and ranchers and processed by local businesses helps students learn how their food is raised and produced," Bodine said. "School lunch programs can also help local economies and the state's economy by buying these locally produced and processed foods. A wide range of North Dakota food products are now available for school lunch programs in addition to the high quality raw commodities produced in the state."
Kirsten Baesler, North Dakota's state school superintendent, said Agriculture in the Classroom and Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day "promotes good nutrition, and it also informs our students about North Dakota's importance as the breadbasket of the world, and about the endless variety of foods produced by our farmers and ranchers."
Baesler said she was looking forward to celebrating Agriculture in the Classroom and Pride of Dakota School Lunch Day on Thursday by having lunch with students at Bismarck's Will-Moore Elementary School. Baesler was an assistant principal and library media specialist at Will-Moore from 2007 to 2012.
"The nutritious and healthy meals that our schools provide every day give our students the nourishment they need to learn," Baesler said. "It is difficult for any student -- or any adult -- to pay attention to something when they are hungry."
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has provided posters and other promotional materials to participating schools, as well as sample menus prepared by the Department of Public Instruction.
BISMARCK, ND - Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring was elected Vice President of the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) at their recent annual meeting held in Hartford, Connecticut.
"It's a privilege to serve and represent my colleagues at NASDA," Goehring said. "I am looking forward to working alongside NASDA President, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte and the team to set priorities and move important policies forward for agriculture."
NASDA is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association which represents the elected and appointed commissioners, secretaries, and directors of the departments of agriculture in all fifty states and four U.S. territories. NASDA grows and enhances agriculture by forging partnerships and creating consensus to achieve sound policy outcomes between state departments of agriculture, the federal government, and stakeholders.
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