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1 Farming in Alaska You Don’t Have To Be Crazy– But It Helps







8 Challenges Markets and Infrastructure Weather and Climate Culture

9 Markets and Infrastructure

10 Weather and Climate

11 Ag Culture Climatic challenges to food production are accepted Socio-economic benefits of agriculture are understood Planning for the next generation of farmers/ranchers Business climate conducive to agriculture is supported in regulation and statute

12 Clean Water Act Irrigation Runoff Rainfall Snow melt Livestock Lagoons Drainage ditches Septic Systems Buried Irrigation Lines Irrigation Ditches

13 Clean Air Act

14 Green House Gas OperationSizeTax/head Dairy25$120 Beef100$85 Hogs200$20

15 GHG Solution

16 Danger = Opportunity 95%


18 Developing a Local Food System Benefits Security Freshness and Quality Economics Challenges Outside Productivity Distribution Networks Volume

19 Food Security 1989 – Port of Anchorage froze 2001 – 9/11 2002 - West Coast Longshoremen strikes 2009 - Mt. Redoubt eruption 2002 – Earthquake 2012 - Alaska Highway washouts in Yukon Territory


21 Long-term restoration of Alaska’s supply lines from and export pathways to the Lower 48 may take many months, even years, while damaged or destroyed infrastructure in the PNW is repaired or replaced. Without Pacific Northwest ports available to load barges and container ships with these commodities, the state and its consumers would rely on trucking to bring these supplies north in smaller amounts and at higher cost. It is in the best interest of the State of Alaska to develop plans and mitigation strategies to minimize such impacts on Alaska before a damaging PNW earthquake compromises the state’s principal economic lifelines.

22 Alaska Food Pyramid Barley, wheat, oats, rye, spuds Berries, apples rhubarb Meat, cheese, eggs Vegetables Milk Canola oil, lard, honey, Ice cream

23 Economics $2.5 Billion 95% imported $2.5B x 25% = $625M $625M x 4 = $2.5B 2010 Oil Production Revenue = $4.6 Billion Current Farm Sales = ~$30M



26 Determination


28 Goals Increase food security for Alaska Provide opportunity for our children Open new markets for local farmers

29 Decisions Equipment Insurance Packaging Pricing Food Safety Market Access


31 Quality Control USDA inspected grain DEC approved mill Metal detection equipment Customer Protection Equipment


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