State Reports

State Summary 2018 — North Dakota

State Contact

Ms. Melanie Gaebe
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
600 East Boulevard Ave. Dept. 602
Bismarck, ND 58505-0020
P: 701.328.4764

Classroom Resources

AgMag -
Facebook Page -

Major Program Impacts or Outcomes

90% of teachers attending our summer workshops indicated they will use the curriculum at least 5 times reaching approximately 3500 students.

11,000 students received the ND Ag Mag publication 3 times this school year. Agriculture literacy increased for approximately 6500 students and community members due to the programs funded by the Mini-Grants made possible.

5,855 students have improved agriculture literacy due to the annual field trip programs Living Ag Classroom.

Outreach to 2,500 schools for the AgMag through cooperation on a Specialty Crop Block Grant sending honey kits out to fourth grade classes.


Melanie has been the state contact for AITC for a year but also has numerous duties as a policy and research analyst that limit the number of hours that can be dedicated to the program. As such, she is looking for new ways to increase agricultural literacy through social media platforms and collaborations with over members of the department and agricultural community in North Dakota. Melanie grew up with agriculture as her father worked in grain elevators and numerous family members have dairy farms. She helped prepare for the home town Threshing Show and still remembers how to shock wheat! Prior to working for the NDDA, Melanie worked in food service for 20 years. She recently completed a master’s degree in Political Science focused on Public Policy. Her primary research focus was domestic agricultural policy impacts on trade.