News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009115
ContactSamantha Evenson(701) 530-2043
Bismarck, ND, Mar 21, 2011 --

@@The North Dakota Food and Agriculture Council (FAC) will meet today to identify and assess agricultural and rural issues throughout the state. The meeting will take place from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in lecture rooms A and B at the State Historical Society in Bismarck.

The council is made up of federal, state and local agriculture entities with a focus on coordinating interagency activities to promote the goals and objectives of agriculture related industries. Jasper Schneider, FAC Chairperson, encourages interested organizations and individuals to attend the meeting as it is a good venue to share information and work together to address the needs of North Dakota.

The FAC meeting will begin with a welcome from Governor Jack Dalrymple and Merlan Paaverud, Director of the State Historical Society. There will also be a presentation by Al Gustin, Farm Director at KFYR and KBMR Radio, and legislative updates from State Senator Joe Miller and State Representative Phillip Mueller.

In each state, the Food and Agriculture Council was established by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The state councils are utilized as a tool to gather feedback on procedural issues, receive recommendations on policies, and to keep informed on agriculture and rural development concerns.