The grant program seeks to enhance Alaska’s specialty crops’ competitiveness, sustain farmers’ livelihoods, and strengthen local communities.
While Alaska enjoys the benefits of a global supply system, it is simply responsible to support home-grown systems we can rely on, just in case,” says David W. Schade, director of the Division of Agriculture.
Greg and Weatherly Bates operate Alaska Shellfish Farm, which produces and sells oysters and mussels and recently expanded into the kelp market.
The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation and partners have released the registration for a Seaweed Farm Start-up Training Program to be held for Alaska residents interested in starting their own seaweed farm in Alaska.
UAF graduate student Eva Burk is helping rural communities develop a plan to utilize local resources to improve food security.
Governor Mike Dunleavy welcomed the news, stating, “After conducting a thorough, multi-year public process, the Forest Service has once again acknowledged that this onerous rule has imposed an unfair burden on our state.”