Part 3: North Dakota Agriculture Today

Part 3: In a Nutshell

  • Agribusiness includes producing, preparing, selling, and delivering agricultural products.
  • Food processing is one of the most important agribusinesses in North Dakota.
  • Nearly one-fourth of all North Dakota workers are employed in jobs related to agriculture.
  • North Dakota is the second-largest petroleum-producing state.
  • North Dakota produces ethanol fuel from corn and biodiesel from soybeans and canola.
  • Satellites send information to GPS units used by farmers.
  • Alternative agriculture refers to farming methods that are different from usual farming practices.
  • Some farmers earn extra cash by market gardening and selling their produce at farmers’ markets.
  • The three main purposes of North Dakota State University are education, research, and extension.
  • North Dakota 4-H is the largest youth organization in the state.
  • FFA is a hands-on organization for high school students who are studying agriculture or agribusiness.
  • Each year, over 25,000 people attend Pride of Dakota “Holiday Showcases.”
  • Farm Rescue helps ill or injured farmers plant or harvest crops.
  • Agriculture is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States.
  • Some of the major agricultural events in the state are county fairs, the North Dakota State Fair, the North Dakota Winter Show, Big Iron Farm Show, KMOT Ag Expo, KFYR Agri International, and Northern Ag Expo.
  • Living Ag in the Classroom is a program of hands-on activity booths designed to help fourth graders learn where food comes from.