The Alaska Farm Bureau has established an education mini-grant program open to individuals and organizations with the purpose of increasing agriculture awareness, knowledge and appreciation statewide. Funds will be awarded in a manner to maximize communities reached around the state. See more information on the application here. Applications are due May 15, 2015.
Funding for Researchers, Ag Professionals, Producers The 2016 Calls for Proposals for four Western SARE grant programs have been released. Descriptions of each program and links to the full Call can be found at here. The four grants programs include: Research & Education Pre-proposal Professional Development Farmer/Rancher Professional + Producer
The Alaska Division of Agriculture announces the availability of grant funds for the sole purpose of enhancing the competitiveness of Alaska Grown specialty crops. Every year USDA Agricultural Marketing Service distributes block grant funds which are administered by state departments to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. A letter of intent is due in a […]
Our executive director Amy Seitz and Bethal Farmer Tim Meyers were recently interviewed by NPR. Click here for the story.
Congratulations to our very own Rita Jo Shoultz, owner of @AlaskaPerfectPeony for her recent award from the Alaska Peony Growers’ Association, “In Recognition of Your Outstanding Contribution to the Alaska Peony Cut Flower Industry.” Rita Jo says, “It’s pretty overwhelming for me to look out over the room and remember when Dr. Pat Holloway and […]
Note: This newsletter from the American Farm Bureau has items of interest to Alaska producers. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 Industrial Hemp Legislation Introduced Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) and 46 bipartisan co-sponsors recently introduced H.R. 525, The Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The bill would make the crop legal to plant by removing it from the federal […]
Will hemp become classified as an agricultural crop? Senator Ellis of Anchorage has filed legislation proposing this. Read more about his proposal in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner here.
Congratulations to the Dorman family on the recent decision by the Alaska Supreme Court regarding their bison herd at Saltery Cove on Kodiak Island. Read more about this landmark decision in the Alaska Dispatch News.
The UAF Cooperative Extension Service received a grant that would fund four part-time “pest scouts” in the Kenai, Palmer, Fairbanks and Delta Junction areas. They will be tasked with the goal of visiting farms/ranches in Alaska over the next three summers scouting fields, pastures and animals for pests. They will be teaching owners how to […]
The House is expected to vote this week on short-term legislation to retroactively renew a package of expired tax breaks for one year (2014). The vote could occur as early as Wednesday. This follows the collapse last week of an agreement reached between House and Senate leaders that would have made some expiring provisions permanent […]