Alaska Farm Bureau News                                                        October 2019

A Note from Your Executive Director

Early Bird Registration ending soon!! Register for Alaska Farm Bureau's Annual Meeting events by end of day on November 1st and you'll get to take advantage of the reduced price for the Friday Forum.
Register online here or print and mail/email the   form in.
If you plan on attending the Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 16th and haven't paid you're 2019 dues be sure and get that done so you can vote! Pay online here, call 907-252-5064 with your information, or send in the membership form.
Below is information on the Annual Meeting events. Young Farmers & Ranchers are encouraged to attend and learn about American Farm Bureau Federations YF&R program!

Amy Seitz
Executive Director

Alaska Farm Bureau

37075 Nicholas View Lane
Soldotna, AK 99669 

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November 15th - 8:00am

Turbo Planning-Five Steps to Fabulous:
Margee Wolff, American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Leadership, Education & Engagement
Division of Agriculture-Look to the Future :  
David Schade, Director, Alaska Division of Agriculture
Growth in Alaska Agriculture-2017 Ag Census:
Sue Benz, State Statistician, USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service
Expanding Agriculture in Alaska-Importing & Exporting :  
Jodie Jones DVM MPH DACVPM, Veterinary Medical Officer, USDA APHIS
International Market Access-Peony Task Grant & Trade Missions:
Division of Agriculture
Farm Services Agency - Farm Bill Programs Helping Alaska's Farmers: 
Bryan Scoresby, Executive Director, Alaska FSA
Tour of Chena Hot Springs

November 15th - 6:00pm

Friday night Legislator of the Year and Agriculture Appreciation awards will be presented. We also hold the outcry auction raising funds for the Bruce Willard Scholarship fund. This scholarship benefits students seeking an education in agriculture or natural resource fields. Depending on funds, the Alaska Farm Bureau awards one or two $2000.00 scholarships. Donations for the auction are key in being able to provide this scholarship.  
Donations can be mailed to the Alaska Farm Bureau at 37075 Nicholas View Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669, dropped off at the Friday Forum registration table the morning of Friday, November 15th.  If donations are too large to bring in, we will make a certificate for those items.    

November 16, 2019 - 8:00am
Call to Order
Determination of Quorum
Introduction of Guests
Agenda: Additions/Changes/Adoption
2018 Annual Meeting Minutes
President's Report, Scott Mugrage
Treasurer's Report, Eileen Herman, Accountant
Ratification of Election for Directors
Presentation to Chapter Presidents that met membership quota
List of candidates developed for President and Vice President
American Farm Bureau Federation - Young Farmer & Rancher Program:  Marty Tatman, Director Member Engagement
Break and opportunity to check out of hotel
Chapter Reports - What has been going on in each of the chapters?
(Approximately 10-minute report from each)
Lunch - Compliments of COUNTRYFinancial
Proposed Bylaw Changes
2020 Priorities
Items from the Floor - Open Forum

November 16 - 6:00pm
Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm , you are invited to please join us at Chena Hot Springs and continue the achievements and success of the Alaska FFA at the inaugural  1st Annual Blue & Gold Banquet. 

The Banquet will be hosted through the generosity of Bernie Karl & Connie Parks Karl and Chena Hot Springs in conjunction with the Alaska Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. If you are planning on attending the Annual Meeting, please consider enjoying Chena for an additional night and attend this event.  It will highlight the impact donor support can make on FFA members and provide future opportunities for the agricultural industry to ensure FFA remains a vital component of Alaska's future.

Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP)
November 1st Deadline Approaching!
The deadline to submit your verifiable records is November 1, 2019.    This information must be received by the deadline for your application to be considered complete.  An incomplete application will not be approved.  Submission of these forms does not imply that the application will be approved. 
Verifiable Records (October 1, 2018 thru September 30, 2019)
     Eligible verifiable records supporting eligible actual and set transportation costs include, but are not limited to:
  • Account Statements      
  • Bill of lading
  • Contractual agreements
  • Financial Statements
  • Invoices
  • Retail Sales receipts
     Verifiable records must show:
  • Name of producer(s), except on retail sales receipts
  • Commodity, unit (quantity), and unit of measure, and unit of price
  • Type of inputs associated with transportation costs
  • Date of service/sale
  • Name of person or entity providing the service/sale, as applicable
     Additional supporting documents may be requested from the producer, as necessary, to help STC or COC determine whether the quantity of inputs claimed is reasonable.
Someone with Farm Service Agency (FSA) may be in contact with you if they need other information. If you have any questions please contact the FSA office: Northern County 907-895-4242, Southern County 907-761-7754.

USDA Establishes Domestic Hemp Production Program
WASHINGTON, October 29, 2019 
- U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States.
"At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, and we hope the ability to grow hemp will pave the way for new products and markets," said Secretary Perdue. "We have had teams operating with all hands-on-deck to develop a regulatory framework that meets Congressional intent while seeking to provide a fair, consistent, and science-based process for states, tribes, and individual producers who want to participate in this program."
Later this week, an interim final rule formalizing the program will be published in the Federal Register that will allow hemp to be grown under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. The rule includes provisions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve hemp production plans developed by states and Indian tribes including: requirements for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced; testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol; disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements; and licensing requirements. It also establishes a federal plan for hemp producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own approved hemp production plan.
The interim final rule becomes effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Following publication, USDA invites public comment on the interim rule and the information collection burden. A preview of the rule   is posted on USDA's website.
USDA also developed guidelines for  sampling and testing procedures  that are being issued concurrently with this rule. These documents provide additional information for sampling agents and hemp testing laboratories.
More information about the provisions of the interim final rule is available on the   U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program web page on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website.
Once state and tribal plans are in place, hemp producers will be eligible for a number of USDA programs, including insurance coverage through Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. For information on available programs, visit .


80 Acre Farm For Sale:   80 acre farm for sale in Two Rivers, Alaska. $480,000-$520,000 depending on financing- owner financing available. 30 acres brome hay, 2 acres peonies,2 acres vegetables, 3 high tunnels, small barn, unfinished shop, 30 year old unfinished log house, well, septic, electricity. Contact Joni at 907-488-9202
2019 Hay for Sale: Brome with a little mixed grass/Timothy for sale. 65 pound square bales 2019 cutting. In the Barn never rained on. $ 12.00 per bale. Call 907-723-1132 Jim or 907-518-4232 Gayle. Located south of Delta Junction. B'n'B Ranch.
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 12:00-6:00pm. We are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Come visit our tasting room and sample our wines before you buy. Sorry, but we are not shipping wine at this time.
Call Brian @ 907-252-8511
Brome/Timothy Hay: Brome & Timothy hay in square and round bales. We also have straw in square and round bales. Call for prices for pickup or delivery. Scott @ 308-362-9060
We Buy 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
Would you like to post a free classified ad and reach producers in Alaska? It's free for members. Email Amy your classified ad for possible inclusion on the website and email newsletter. 


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