If you’re closely connected to agriculture on the Northern Plains, you’ve almost certainly come to this unpleasant conclusion: A growing number of area residents know little about ag and care even less.

My epiphany — a fancy word for a sudden insight or revelation — came eight or nine years ago during a conversation with an area businessman. He complained that North Dakota State University (NDSU) barns and livestock are adjacent to Hector International Airport, a well-run, growing airport in north Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city.

“It’s just terrible. People fly into town for the first time, and right away when they leave the airport they see a bunch of barns and animals,” he said in disgust.

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