BISMARCK – Governor Doug Burgum has proclaimed March 20-26, 2022, as North Dakota Agriculture Week, and March 22, 2022, as North Dakota Agriculture Day.
The proclamation mirrors National Ag Week and National Ag Day.
“Our farmers and ranchers produce a wide array of products, used here and around the world,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “We want them to know that North Dakota appreciates all they do.”
This year marks the 49th anniversary of National Ag Day. It is a good reminder of the impact agriculture has in North Dakota.
- Agriculture generates between $8-12 billion in cash receipts in North Dakota annually, which translates into $30-40 billion of economic activity in the state each year.
- Over 39 million acres of land in North Dakota are owned, operated or managed by farmers and ranchers.
- North Dakota is home to 26,000 farms with an average size of 1,512 acres.
- Production agriculture and agriculture-related industries support almost 25 percent of the workforce in North Dakota.
- North Dakota is No. 1 in the production of 10 different commodities and produces over 50 different commodities.
The National Ag Day program encourages every American to:
- Understand how food and fiber products are produced.
- Appreciate the role agriculture plays in providing safe, abundant and affordable products.
- Value the essential role of agriculture in maintaining a strong economy.
- Acknowledge and consider career opportunities in the agriculture, food and fiber industry.