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Wheat Commission Participates in Living Ag Events

Posted: Apr 06 2020

Much of the general population has become far removed from agriculture.  It used to be that almost everyone either lived on a farm, or had close relatives that still had connections to agriculture.  That has changed substantially in the past few decades, even in rural states like North Dakota.  It’s more important than ever to provide factual information on the role agriculture plays in everyone’s lives.

Through the Living Ag Classroom event, the ND Wheat Commission, and other agricultural organizations have the opportunity to provide agriculture based education to elementary aged children. 
The Living Ag Classroom events are held in January-March of each year with the goal of educating fourth graders on the importance of agriculture and the food and products made from different commodities.  ND Wheat Commission staff and volunteers participated in events in Minot, Bismarck and Fargo and reached over 4,000 children in 2020.  Students rotate between 12-15 booths and learn fun facts about agriculture in North Dakota.  At the wheat booth, students learn about the different types of wheat grown in the region and the food products made from each class.  They also learn the difference in whole wheat and white flour, follow the process of how the wheat gets from the farm to the grocery store and discover which countries buy North Dakota wheat.  Feedback from the events has been extremely positive over the years, with both teachers and students learning something new.

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