State Reports

State Summary 2017 — 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

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Major Program Accomplishments or Outputs

The North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program had four major components again this year:
Project Food, Land & People (FLP) Teacher Workshops were held to educate 60 K-12 teachers on integrating agricultural information into their curriculum. Each participating teacher received a copy of the Resources for Learning CD, as prepared by the national FLP organization. In addition, teachers took tours and listened to guest speakers to learn more about agriculture (North Dakota s #1 industry) and how to make it relevant to their students. We had 4 summer workshops and one online course during spring semester. We have 4 versions of the program due to overwhelming requests from educators who want more. FLP training was offered via correspondence and/or online. We use Facebook as our tool along with two sessions via Interactive Video Network at NDSU. Educators receive credit from North Dakota State University for our courses. The educators affect Ag literacy of approximately 3500 students, an average of 5 times each year with a FLP lesson.

Three editions of the North Dakota Ag Mag (with Teacher Guides) were distributed to students in grades 3 through 5. The total distribution was 11000 issues for the year.

The North Dakota Geographic Alliance coordinated an agriculture tour for a total of 30 elementary and high school teachers to give them a firsthand glimpse into the agriculture industry.

A Mini-Grant Program funded 30 projects that promoted agricultural literacy over 6100 students and adults by using hands-on activities to develop and enrich understanding of agriculture as the source of food and fiber in our society.

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" and Special Assignment Pizza".


Dustin currently oversees the day-to-day operations of North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom, but his duties as Division Director may not allow him to keep it. We are seeking to hire a person who would perform more public outreach, and part of that position would include leading the North Dakota Agriculture in the Classroom program.

This will help us meet the ever-changing needs of North Dakota educators and promote North Dakota agriculture!

Dustin grew up on a 6,000-acre farm in southwest North Dakota, where his family raised durum, spring wheat, sunflowers, canola and occasionally corn. The family, in the 80s, had registered Black Angus and cow-calf pairs, but now operate a 125-head Black Angus and Black Angus Baldy bred heifer operation with Hereford and Black Angus bulls, though farming has taken priority over livestock production.

He competed in FFA throughout high school and won several team and individual awards for land judging, crops judging, range judging and parliamentary procedure. He was on a state runner-up crops judging team and placed in the top 10 individually that year.

Prior to joining the Department of Agriculture, he was the managing editor of The Dickinson Press, a daily newspaper in southwest North Dakota where he won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editing.