Alaska Farm Bureau News                                                        September 2020

A Note from Your Executive Director


It's starting to feel a bit fall-ish outside! Along with delicious winter squash, it's the time of year to start thinking about Alaska Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting! 

We are scheduled to be holding this year's events November 13-14, 2020 at Land's End Resort in Homer, Alaska. Given the COVID-19 situation, our Board of Directors would like to hear from members on moving forward with an in-person meeting. 

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey.

All the best,

Amy Seitz
Executive Director

Alaska Farm Bureau

37075 Nicholas View Lane
Soldotna, AK 99669 


It's that time of year! Time to nominate someone to represent your chapter on the Alaska Farm Bureau's Board of Directors. Nomination Petition should have arrived in the mail. Complete the petition with the name and address of the person you wish to nominate to represent your chapter on the Board of Directors.  
Two General Members who have their 2020 dues paid must sign the nomination petition.  The petition must also be signed by the person nominated indicating that they agree to serve if elected.  The person nominated must be a General Member and have their 2020 dues paid.  A General Member is actively engaged in agriculture or mariculture.
Nominating petitions must be received or postmarked by September 15th.  They are sent to the Alaska Farm Bureau Office at 37075 Nicholas View Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669.  Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by October 1st. 
The following Director's seats are up for election this year: Scott Mugrage - Delta, Fritz Wozniak - Fairbanks, vacant - Kenai Peninsula north, Lorne White - Kodiak, Carol Kenley - Mat-Su and Beth Van Sandt - South Kenai Peninsula.
Members of the Copper River Valley Chapter will not be participating in the election process this year as their Director's term of office does not expire until 2021.

The Ag Appreciation Award will honor your neighbor who is exceptional in their service to agriculture and the farmers and ranchers in Alaska.  
The Legislator of the Year Award is to honor a Representative or Senator who has made a significant contribution to the advancement, promotion, or protection of agricultural producers in the state.
The deadline to nominate is September 15th. The nomination process is not a formal one as there are no applications or forms to complete.  Just send an e-mail or a note with the person's name and a brief description of why you think they should be honored.  Send your nominations to the Alaska Farm Bureau's office at 37075 Nicholas View Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669 or e-mail it to


I hope you had your camera with you this summer! Now it's time to submit those photos for the Alaska Farm Bureau Photo Contest.
The contest is open to every Alaska Farm Bureau member and their children.  
There are three categories:  
  1. Farm Animals, 
  2. Farm Scenery, and 
  3. Country Children.
A $100 first prize will be awarded in each category.  Those attending the Friday Forum and Annual Meeting will select the "People's Choice" from among all the photographs entered.  That winner will also be awarded $100.00.
Photographs will be judged on the following criteria:  creativity, originality and human interest.  
The photographs should be digital and e-mailed to AKFB executive director at  
Photos can also be mailed to 37075 Nicholas View Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669.  The deadline is October 1st.  
Copies of the photographs may be used by the Alaska Farm Bureau to promote agriculture in our membership brochures, website and Facebook.  Credit will be given to the photographer if their photo is used.

October 1-31, 2020: 6th Annual Oxtoberfest - join the Musk Ox Farm and Alaska Farmland Trust as they take their annual Oxtoberfest fundraising event virtual! Find out more and purchase tickets at

November 6-7, 2020: The Alaska Food Policy Council, Alaska Village Initiatives, FRESH, and Alaska Pacific University are partnering for the 5th semi-annual Food Festival & Conference. Join from anywhere, this conference is going virtual! More information at

November 13-14, 2020: Alaska Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting events: Friday forum, awards banquet and annual business meeting. Currently scheduled to take place at Land's End in Homer, Alaska. Please take the survey to provide feedback to our Board of Directors


(Palmer, AK) - The 2020 "Alaska Farm Family of the Year" nomination process will be conducted online, making it easier for the public to nominate families and for all Alaskans to learn more about those who make the state's agriculture industry work.

The "Farm Family of the Year" award was established in 2000 by the Alaska Division of Agriculture and the Alaska State Fair, with support from Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union, with the intent to honor an Alaska farm family that best epitomizes the spirit of the industry that year, and to show appreciation for hard-working Alaskans committed to agriculture and aquaculture.

The 2019 winning family was the St. Pierres of Ester, Alaska. Previous winners include the Olsons of Soldotna, and the McCollums and Pinklemans of Delta Junction.

With the COVID-19 pandemic driving many normal activities online, the division decided to use on-line resources to increase the accessibility of the award and the visibility of the industry it supports.

Throughout the nomination period, the "Alaska Grown" Facebook page at
will include posts featuring nominated farm families from across the state, with information on their history and influence on Alaska agriculture. Nominations will be accepted at through September 25 at

CONTACT: Devynn Maclure, 907-355-2296,


The Alaska Food Policy Council invites the public to submit nominations for the 4th Alaska Food Hero award. This award is intended to honor an individual who has made a substantial impact on Alaska's food system. The award will be presented at the Alaska Food Policy Council Conference and Food Festival on November 6, 2020. 


Nominations are due by October 5, 2020 - more information and submission form can be found here.



BROME & TIMOTHY HAY: We have Brome & Timothy Hay for sale in squares and round bales. We also have straw in squares and rounds. Call Scott @ 308-362-9060 for prices for pickup or delivery.

100% ALASKA GROWN WINE: Alaska Berries, located near Soldotna, is the first and only Estate winery in Alaska. An estate winery is one that grows ALL of its fruit used in its wine.

Our business hours are Wed thru Sun from noon to 6:00pm. We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Come visit our tasting room and sample our wines before you buy.

ALL NATURAL BEEF: Locally grown, all natural, grass fed, Delta Barley finished Black Angus beef for sale. $3.85/lb dressed. Available in whole or halves from Mugrage Hay & Cattle. Call 907-895-2072 or 308-362-9060

BUYING BERRIES: Bear Creek Winery is family owned and operated and has a limited farm to table element. Our award-winning wines are so popular that we cannot grow enough berries to keep up with demand, so we also buy berries from local farmers.

Please keep us in mind if you are thinking of growing or need a buyer for any of the following crops:

Both Red and Golden Raspberries, Black Currants, Gooseberries, Strawberries, Apples, and Blueberries.

Call us at 907-235-8484


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