North Dakota's commodity groups are meeting today in Bismarck to discuss collaborative efforts to promote and market agricultural products. They will meet later in the day with representatives of other farm groups to hear from government officials and university extension staff.
"The 2009 Legislature mandated the annual joint meeting of commodity councils," says Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, who will chair the meetings. "The first one that year was so successful, that we added the afternoon meeting in 2010 to bring in other farm groups."
The morning meeting begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Kelly Inn, 1800 N. 12th St.; the afternoon meeting begins at 12:30 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public.
"These meetings provide the North Dakota Department of Agriculture, North Dakota State University and other agencies an opportunity to bring these groups up to date on available programs and services," Goehring says. "They are also an opportunity for me to hear directly from producers on the issues affecting our industry. These groups have common concerns, interests and goals and they often share members."
Authorized by the Legislature to receive check-off dollars from producers, the commodity councils include the North Dakota Barley Council, the North Dakota Beef Commission, the North Dakota Beekeepers Association, the North Dakota Corn Utilization Council, the North Dakota Dairy Promotion Commission, the North Dakota Dry Bean Council, the North Dakota Dry Pea and Lentil Council, the North Dakota Oilseed Council, the North Dakota Potato Council, the North Dakota Soybean Council, the North Dakota Turkey Federation and the North Dakota Wheat Commission.
Source: ND Department of Agriculture