agriculture

Don Quarberg

The only commercial dairy in the Interior will soon shut down. The owners of Northern Lights Dairy in Delta Junction, one of Alaska’s two operating dairies, say they’ve decided to close the dairy they’ve operated since 1984 due to a lack of workers and other challenges. Food-security advocates worry that the dairy closure shows Alaska has a long way to go toward the goal of being able to feed ourselves.


Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Alaska Division of Forestry personnel will burn off dry vegetation in two areas around the Delta Junction State Bison Range over the next few weeks. The prescribed burns are intended to improve habitat for bison and other species that live on the range.


Tim Ellis/KUAC

An ambitious plan to develop agricultural land west of Nenana is on hold until the town can find another $5 million to complete work build a bridge across the Nenana River.


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Gardeners and farmers around the Interior have pretty much shut down for the winter after a cool, rainy, and for many, disappointing growing season. Some growers salvaged a decent yield by diversifying their crops – and taking advantage of a late-season warm spell to do some last-minute harvesting.


A bridge being built across the Nenana River will open up access to long sought after state agricultural lands.

The bridge from the city of Nenena will stretch across the river in two concrete spans totaling over 450 feet, providing a road link to tens of thousands of acres of prime growing land.

Triple McLean Farms

A Delta Junction-area farmer is rebuilding a barn fire that killed 500 chickens and other livestock last spring.  Despite that and other adversity, Brandy McLain is determined to restore her poultry operation.


State Auctioning Ag Land

Oct 2, 2012

The state is auctioning off a large parcel of agricultural land near Anderson. The month long sealed bid auction is for 637 acres. Its’ the 3rd sale in the state’s Kobe designated agricultural use area. KUAC’s Dan Bross reports.

UAF Experiemntal Farm

Fairbanks, AK - Vandals broke into the reindeer pens and destroyed the greenhouses on the southwestern corner of campus at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks late last Wednesday night.  The incident may have contributed to the death of on reindeer calf.  Another calf was injured and an entire growing season’s worth of data is a loss for one researcher.