Despite its relatively small size, the agriculture industry in Alaska remains an important one. From small, locally-owned farms to innovative, rural projects that use sustainable energy, Alaska Business covers the economics of agriculture and how entrepreneurs and established business owners continue to grow this field in Alaska.
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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.”
The funds will allow the Alaska Tilth program to purchase Mat-Su farmers’ produce at fair market prices and in turn offer that produce to communities of need via the UAF Cooperative Extension’s SNAP-Ed Nutrition Education services.
Shoppers can stop by the daily farm stand Monday through Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to purchase fresh-picked produce and cottage goods.
A robust licensing and permitting process offers protection from federal prosecution for the Alaska cannabis industry, but the time and expense of participating in that process has created a market in which licensed businesses are vulnerable to being undercut by black-market prices.
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Diving into Alaska Aquaculture
Aquaculture is an industry Alaskans are probably familiar with, even if they’re unfamiliar with the term itself. Broadly, aquaculture refers to the cultivation of numerous species of fish and aquatic plants, such as shellfish, algae, and finfish, as well as enhancement and restoration projects designed to increase wild populations of specific species, says Heather McCarty, vice-chair of the Alaska Mariculture Task Force.