Some teachers from around the state are spending part of their summer vacation learning about farming.
The "Ag in the Classroom" program provided a day of tours of several farm operations in north-central North Dakota.
This morning, the group stopped at the Fegley farm where certified seed is produced for several crops.
Nathan Fegley told the teachers about the status of the crop, some of the workings of the farm, and the outlook for bringing young people into the farming business.
He says it's interesting to hear the questions from men and women who may not have a lot of experience with farming.
(Nathan Fegley, Berthold Area Farmer)"It's fun to listen to their questions and get their perception of what we do out here. Most of them are fairly local and they know, they're not too far removed. We've hosted some groups out here from farther east and they're a few more generations removed from the field and it's fun getting their perception on what they think we do out here."
One teacher who does have farm experience says she loves coming on these tours to develop ideas she can share with her students.
Sarah Beckedahl grew up on a farm, but still learns a lot about the business on these trips.
(Sarah Beckedahl, Minot Teacher)"I find it useful, just with the discussions and connecting with my students...there are still many students whose families are rooted deeply in agriculture...so even in my classrooms it's great conversation. And even with my own children it's wonderful conversation so they understand where what we eat and everything comes from."
The tour group of teachers also visited the Berthold Farmers Elevator to learn about its role in the farming business.