Sustainable AG Day: Sustainable Agriculture Promotion and Education Day for Middle School Students in Mid-Central North Dakota

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2019: $4,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/28/2021
Grant Recipient: Dakota College at Bottineau
Region: North Central
State: North Dakota
Project Manager:
Dr. Indrani Sasmal
Dakota College at Bottineau
Project Co-Managers:
Dr. Jerry Migler
Dakota College at Bottineau


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: youth education

    Proposal abstract:

    American farmer’s average age reported by United States Department of Agriculture is 57 years. Moreover, farming population all over the world is diminishing.  Thus, it is a crucial moment for youth to realize the importance of agriculture and become involved in all aspects of the food system in a sustainable manner. Our proposed project of Sustainable AG Day will increase awareness among middle school students about sustainable agricultural practices through hands-on project activities. Future pioneers in the sustainable agricultural industry can be inspired through events like Sustainable AG Day, which in turn will help in increasing awareness in the communities. 

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Educate middle school students about sustainable agricultural practices through hands-on project activity at an educational campus facility.
    2. Increase awareness among middle school students about sustainable farming practices, soil health, beneficial insects, benefits of native pollinators, specialty crop production, aquaponics, high tunnels, green house, precision agriculture, and marketing of produce.
    3. Promote and excite middle school students about careers in sustainable agricultural industry in a sustainable manner.
    4. Disseminate materials in the form of pamphlets/brochures/power points/educational materials, and web links, to project participants to share with their families, thereby increasing awareness about sustainable agriculture practices in the communities.
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.