ND celebrates Ag Day at state capitol
Friday was North Dakota Agriculture Day at the State Capitol.
“As thoughts turn to spring it’s a great time to celebrate North Dakota’s number one industry,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “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.”
An awards ceremony at 10:00 a.m. recognized winners of the 2016 North Dakota Agriculture Day student poster and essay contests. The theme of this year’s contest was “North Dakota Agriculture: Agriculture is for Everyone.”
This year’s winners are:
Sierra Schlenker, a Jamestown eighth-grader, won the essay contest.
Reece Steenson, a Hillsboro fourth-grader, won the poster contest.
Annie Schmidt, Bismarck and Ben Zuther, Buchanan, were the second and third-place winners in the essay contest.
Kaidence Hase, Anamoose, and Tyanna Weeks, Minot, 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 Week 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.
–ND Dept. of Ag
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