The Alaska Grown trademark is coming up for re-registration. This is an opportunity for changes to be made to the program rules, if supported by the industry. To prepare for this, the Division of Agriculture requested time at the Alaska Farm Bureau’s annual meeting to get feedback from producers on potential changes to the program, ie; logo change, livestock qualifications, including mariculture.
While there was not an official vote taken, the general consensus of members attending the 2017 Annual Meeting is that the Division of Agriculture should look into including mariculture, ways to improve enforcement and options for removal if a member is publicly degrading the program.
The 51% rule for livestock is a topic that has come up on occasion and was discussed at the annual meeting. For poultry production, requiring 100% of an animal’s life to be in Alaska would disqualify many of our poultry operations. Until we have more hatcheries with larger quantities of chicks changing this requirement is premature.
If you’re not familiar with the requirements, below is a quick list of what “Alaska Grown” is. If you’re interested in more detailed information, contact the Division of Agriculture.
(1) a vegetable or fruit grown for a minimum of 90 percent of its lifecycle in the state;
(2) a seed harvested from a product meeting at least one of the requirements of this section;
(3) a processed feed product with at least 75 percent of its ingredients being Alaska Grown;
(4) livestock grown in the state for a minimum of 51 percent of its life;
(5) an egg produced from poultry, while the poultry is in the state;
(6) an apiculture product, such as honey, wax, comb or pollen, produced while the bees are in the state;
(7) an animal fiber produced from Alaska Grown livestock;
(8) an imported live woody plant grown outdoors in the state for a minimum of two years and bearing a hang-tag stating the location where the plant was acclimated and pointing out that it was not started in Alaska;
(9) a nursery or greenhouse plant, imported into the state as a rooted cutting or propagule and grown to a saleable product with at least 50 percent of its production time being within the state;
(10) a plant, tree, grain, or grass grown to a finished product in the state; or
(11) a byproduct or processed product with the principal ingredient meeting at least one of the requirements of this section. Water is not considered an ingredient under this section.