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N.D. Ag Day celebrated at State Capitol

BISMARCK, N.D. – Poster contest winners were recognized at the North Dakota state capitol on North Dakota Agriculture Day.

"As thoughts turn to spring it's a great time to celebrate North Dakota's number one industry," said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring on April 1. "With our producers ready and anxious to get out into their fields and pastures, we want them to know that North Dakota appreciates all they do."

Goehring said 23 agriculture-related organizations, associations and agencies participated in today's event.

"Most of these groups had display booths and tables in the Memorial Hall," he said. "We were glad to see legislators, Capitol employees and visitors stopping by these displays to learn more about the vital role of agriculture in our state."

An awards ceremony at 11:15 a.m. recognized winners of the 2015 North Dakota Agriculture Day student poster and essay contests. The theme of this year's contest was "North Dakota Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations."

This year's winners are:

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Haylee Linstad, an Edmore eighth-grader, won the essay contest.

Emily Gorder, a Fargo fourth-grader, won the poster contest.

Kylee Boltz and Zane Pittsley, both Killdeer eighth-graders, were the second and third-place winners in the essay contest.

Sierra Schramm, a Park River fourth-grader, and Reece Theel, a Bismarck fourth-grader, took second and third in the poster contest.

The winners received certificates from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture and monetary awards from the North Dakota Bankers Association.

The contests are held yearly around National Agriculture Day to celebrate the contributions of farmers and ranchers and to increase awareness of the importance of agriculture in daily lives. The contests are administered by the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

–North Dakota Department of Agriculture

Winning Essay

“North Dakota Agriculture: Sustaining Future Generations”

By Haylee Linstad, Edmore, N.D.

Agriculture plays a huge role in American society. Almost everything that we use, wear, and eat is made from things that farmers grow in the fields in North Dakota. It’s not just the things we use that are influenced by agriculture; but many jobs are also created by it. In North Dakota, twenty-four percent of the people are employed in agriculture-related fields.

Agriculture is the number one industry in North Dakota and about ninety percent of all its land is used for farming. Each farm is about 1,260 acres on average. The farms in North Dakota produce more edible beans, pinto beans, canola, flaxseed, durum and spring wheat than any other state in the US. We also grow enough wheat to make twenty-one and a half billion servings of spaghetti. That is enough bread and spaghetti to send all over the U.S.

What the farmers grow here affects people everywhere, even people in cities and places outside of North Dakota. What farmers grow here can be transported to other states and even countries. North Dakota produces a lot of products because of agriculture and it affects many people all over the world.

Agriculture is used for our everyday needs. Agriculture is important because we use it for food, the fiberse in our clothes, the fuel for our cas and even for medicines. All of this plays a large role in our lives and should continue to in future generations because of advancements in technology.

Agriculture needs to be carried on by the future generations. It is a fun job that very many people enjoy doig. If you love animals and being on a ranch, then having a job in agriculture is the job for you. You can raise cattle, horses, pigs, goats, sheep and many other farm animals. If you become a farmer you can grow wheat, durum, corn, sunflowers, flax and all the other grains you can imagine. If it weren’t for farmers and ranchers you wouldn’t be having that juicy cheeseburger at McDonalds.

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