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Free matinee, activities mark North Dakota Farm Bureau Week

By Sue Sitter - | Mar 6, 2021

Submitted Photo A photo montage from the North Dakota Farm Bureau’s Pierce County office shows the many faces of agriculture.

The Pierce County Farm Bureau will celebrate “working together to make agriculture flourish” during North Dakota Farm Bureau Week, March 7-13.

Tricia Jundt of the Pierce County Farm Bureau said her office has activities planned to help Rugby area residents celebrate agriculture.

“Daily we’ll be featuring a trivia question on the radio and just talk about the different things the farm bureau does at both the county and the state level throughout the week, “ Jundt said.

“The fourth and fifth graders from Ely Elementary and Little Flower schools were invited to participate in a coloring contest,” Jundt added.

Jundt said the entries were sent to the North Dakota Farm Bureau head office, where they would be judged along with other pictures colored by children from throughout the state.

“There will be four winners decided on and all four of those winners will receive $50,” Jundt said.

“Then, on Saturday, March 13th, we’re screening the movie “Silo,” Jundt noted. “It’s based on a story of an 18-year-old who gets caught in a grain bin and how the community comes together to rescue him.” The film will be shown at the Lyric Theater at 2 p.m.

“We’ll be doing a matinee,” Jundt said. “It will be open to the public, free admission.”

Jundt said the film, based on a real-life story, teaches important lessons in farm safety.

Pierce County Farm Bureau President Tyler Burgard agreed. “It’s a real-life deal and it could happen to anyone,” he said of grain entrapment. “This keeps people aware and knowing about the dangers of it. It’s a dangerous occupation”

Burgard said he and the Pierce County Farm Bureau looked forward to sharing the week’s activities with the Rugby community. “No one can live without farming. If there are no farmers and ranchers, there will be no food. That’s the biggest thing. We want to promote and show people what it’s all about so people aren’t scared or leery about where their food comes from,” he noted.

“We do everything the best we can and we do what we’re supposed to. For example, with vaccines we’re not overdoing it or the wrong way,” Burgard said. “We’re doing it the way it’s supposed to be done. On the crop side, we’re not just going out there and spraying chemicals just because. We’re doing it to make the crops grow better and keep the land clean and productive.”

Jundt said the Pierce County Farm Bureau plans to bring more activities to the community in March and April.

“In March, we’ll be doing a Route One Thousand class,” Jundt said. “That’s a teen defensive driver class. Any kiddo who has a parent who’s a farm bureau member can attend this,” she added.

Jundt said students completing the one-hour class sign agreements promising to be safe drivers. “Then, when they go 1,000 days with no violations, no claims or accidents, they get a check from the North Dakota Farm Bureau for $500,” Jundt noted.

“Normally during Farm Bureau Week is when we do ‘Special Assignment: Pizza,'” Jundt said. “That’s when the kids get to learn about all the different ingredients that go into making their pizza and where those ingredients come from.” Jundt said the activity has been scheduled for April this year.

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