Alaska agriculture

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A Fairbanks entrepreneur wants to make fresh, local food more accessible with a year-round farmers market – on wheels. Erica Moeller is converting an old school bus to a mobile food store. 

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Alaska Farm Bureau President Scott Mugrage says the Interior has everything needed to provide meat for the state’s consumers, including farmers who grow feed and ranchers who buy it for their cattle. He says all that’s needed now is a meat-packing plant that can produce and deliver the product to customers all around the state. That’s why he and his backers are buying a slaughterhouse in North Pole.

Alaska Flour Co.

Alaskan farmers say the state gets a big bang for the small buck the state provides to agriculture. That’s why they say big cuts like those proposed by Governor Mike Dunleavy would inflict serious, long-term harm to the industry.

Alaska Farm Bureau

The Northern Lights Dairy in Delta Junction will stay open – at least, for now. The owners say they’ve reconsidered a decision earlier this month to close. The dairy’s future hinges on finding people to work hard for low pay, a nationwide agricultural problem, experts say is even more challenging in Alaska.

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.

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A Delta Junction-area farmer is cleaning up the mess from a fire that destroyed her barn last week and killed hundreds of chickens and other livestock that provided most of her livelihood. Brandy McLean says she’s determined to stay in business – but she could use some help. 

Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market

Alaska’s first member-owned food co-op opened its doors over the weekend in downtown Fairbanks, providing local consumers with an alternative to the big-box stores. The Fairbanks Community Cooperative Market offers fresh, local- and Alaskan-grown foods in season and year-round.

Hunter Elementary School

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is buying more locally grown produce from area farmers, with the help of a new statewide program that helps Alaskan farmers develop new markets for their products.