News from Alaska Farm Bureau
September 2017
Alaska Farm Bureau News
You can now register for the Friday Forum, Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting! Registration information has been mailed out, or you can register on line here.

We will be meeting at Land's End in Homer on November 3rd and 4th. To receive the group discount on rooms, book directly with the hotel by calling 907-235-0400 Ext 1 and reference the Alaska Farm Bureau.
AFBF President Zippy Duvall
We are excited with our line-up of speakers and topics! We are especially excited at the opportunity to hear from Zippy Duvall, President of the American Farm Bureau Federation during our Friday Forum and Annual Meeting! Join us in giving him a big Alaska Farm Bureau welcome to our great state!


General members who want to participate in voting at the Annual Meeting need to make sure their dues are current. If you're not sure, contact Amy at 907-252-5064 or


Amy Seitz, Executive Director

37075 Nicholas View Lane
Soldotna, AK 99669 

PS. Do you still need to renew your Farm Bureau membership this year? Or, have you been meaning to join and just haven't gotten around to it? Join/renew on our website -

Thursday Night Workshop - FREE!
Managing Farm Risk - Agrilogic Consulting, LLC
November 2, 2017 @ 7:00pm - Lands' End Harbor Room

Learn about protecting your investment and maximize your farming potential with crop insurance and NAP!

  AgriLogic Consulting, LLC based in College Station, Texas in partnership with the USDA Risk Management Agency, will be presenting on the topics of crop insurance programs and other risk management tools that are available to assist Alaska agricultural producers remain in business in the event of damage or loss.
AgriLogic will also be offering FREE consultations and will provide FREE PREMIUM QUOTES for all those who are interested in learning about solutions to mitigate farm risk. To schedule a one-on-one appointment, please email . For more information on AgriLogic, visit .
 Be sure and take advantage of the opportunity to hear from Agrilogic and sign up for the Thursday night workshop when you register for the Annual Meeting events!
"Building Alaska's Agriculture"
November 3, 2017 - Lands' End Resort - Homer, AK
8:00   Friday Forum Registration
8:30   Welcome - Bryce Wrigley, President, Alaska Farm Bureau, Inc.
8:45   Division of Agriculture: Arthur Keyes, Director, Division of Agriculture
9:10   Why Accurate Ag Stats are Important to Farmers ; Sue Benz
9:30   Bogard Food Hub: Growing Ideas & Your Wealth! Road Stories of Mobile Poultry Processing and Business Incubators; Terry Smith, President/CEO, Unified Operations, LLC
10:00   Break - Silent Auction
10:20   KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
10:40   Moving Forward with FSMA Produce Safety Rule: Dr. Gerlach, State Veterinarian
11:20   Keeping Bees and What to do with All Their Goodies:   Sarah Souders, Sarah's Alaska Honey
11:45   Lunch and Scholarship Silent Auction
12:45   Using an Online Food Hub to Reach Markets; Kyra Wagner, District Manager, Homer Soil and Water Conservation District
1:15   Starting a Business: basic issues faced when starting a small business; Bryan Zak, Small Business Development Center
2:15  Update on the Mycoplasma Ovipneumonae Study in Sheep and Goats: Dr. Gerlach, State Veterinarian            
3:00   Break. Silent Auction Ends - Payments Accepted - take your items with you
3:20   Future Land Sales: New Idea - Phased Ag; Erik Johnson. Division of Agriculture
4:00   Marketing with Social Media, Website and Print Material - Wendy Kenney, 23Kazoos
4:45   Closing
5:30   Cash Bar opens in our same meeting room
6:00   Awards Banquet and Scholarship Auction
November 4, 2017 - Lands' End Resort - Homer, AK
8:00 - 8:30   Registration
8:30        Call to Order
               Determination of Quorum
               Introduction of Guests
               Agenda: Additions/Changes/Adoption
               2016 Annual Meeting Minutes
               Hail and Farewell
               President's Report, Bryce Wrigley
               Treasurer's Report, Eileen Herman, Accountant
9:00        Ratification of Election for Directors
               Presentation to Chapter Presidents that met membership quota
               List of candidates developed for President and Vice President
9:30        Value of Being a Farm Bureau Member; Zippy Duvall, President,           American Farm Bureau Federation
10:00       Break and opportunity to check out of hotel
10:30       Chapter Reports - What has been going on in each of the chapters?
                (Approximately 10-minute report from each)
11:30       Legislation and Regulation Related to Agriculture:
12:00       Lunch - Compliments of COUNTRYFinancial
1:00        Develop 2017/2018 Priorities
1:30        Alaska Farm Bureau's Resolution Platform - Proposed Changes
2:30        Items from the Floor - Open Forum: What's on your mind? Your opportunity to discuss ideas and suggestions for the Alaska Farm Bureau
FDA Animal Drug Safety Communication:  
Micotil 300 User Safety Alert 
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or the Agency) is alerting cattle and sheep owners, farmworkers, veterinarians, physicians, emergency medical technicians, and other health care providers about the potential hazards to people exposed to the animal drug Micotil 300 (tilmicosin). Micotil 300 is a prescription injectable antibiotic used to treat respiratory disease in cattle and sheep.
Since its approval in 1992, there have been more than 2,200 adverse event reports involving people exposed to Micotil 300. These include multiple reports of injury, including death, in people following injection of Micotil 300. Other routes of exposure, including by mouth or skin, have also led to injury. Most of the reported human exposures were accidental and many cases required medical attention. While the circumstances remain unclear in some cases, there have been 25 reports involving human death. Although a majority of the deaths were due to intentional self-administration of the drug, some deaths were reported following accidental injection.
People exposed to Micotil 300 should immediately seek medical care. There is no antidote for Micotil 300. This drug has been shown to have toxic effects on the human heart. In some cases of exposure, people required hospitalization and prolonged medical care; some people have died despite receiving medical care. Injections in people of less than 0.5 ml (1/10 teaspoon) have been associated with pain and bleeding at the injection site, while larger volumes have been associated with nausea, dizziness, rapid heart rate, and death.
Elanco Animal Health, a subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, distributes Micotil 300 and has made efforts to warn and educate people about the human health risks associated with this product and to provide training to users and veterinarians on safe handling and use of Micotil 300. Elanco is currently working in consultation with FDA to further address this issue.
It is crucial that every person who handles Micotil 300 be appropriately trained to use the drug safely, and understands the risks to people handling this drug. Livestock environments can be unpredictable and potentially hazardous. This can increase the risk of accidental exposure to Micotil 300. The prescribing information for Micotil 300 includes important information for users in a section called SAFE HANDLING PRACTICES WHEN USING MICOTIL 300 TILMICOSIN INJECTION.
FDA encourages individuals to report any adverse events in people associated with the use of Micotil 300. Human adverse experiences should be reported to Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center (RMPDC) at 1-800-722-0987 or Elanco Animal Health at 1-800-428-4441. For information about adverse drug experience reporting for animals, contact FDA at 1-888-FDA-VETS or online at .
To view the full FDA Animal Drug Safety Alert, which includes additional information on prescribing information and safe handling practices for Micotil 300, please go to:

Bruce Willard Scholarship Auction
Auction Items Needed
Each year we have an auction during the Friday Forum and Awards Banquet to benefit students seeking an education in agriculture or natural resources. Depending on how much is raised at this auction, the Alaska Farm Bureau awards one or two, $2000.00 scholarships. This is a great benefit that assists our students going into an agriculture or natural resource field.
The Scholarship Auction will be held on Friday, November 4th following the Awards Banquet.

The auction is the only source of funds for the scholarship program. 100% of all money raised during the auction is devoted to the program. Please bring your donations to the Friday Forum registration table on Friday morning.

Your donations can also be certificates for items too large to be brought to the auction or mailed to the Alaska Farm Bureau office at 37075 Nicholas View Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669 - make sure it's mailed in plenty of time to make it before the first of November!   
Exhibitor and vendor table space reservations are now being accepted for the Alaska Farm Bureau's Friday Forum and Annual Meeting at Lands End in Homer, Alaska on November 3 and 4, 2017.
There will be 10 tables available inside the meeting room.  It is expected that you would be able to set up on Thursday evening, November 2nd. 
Tables are offered to Farm Bureau members at the rate of $75.00 for both days or $100.00 for non-members.
To reserve your table, please complete and mail or email this form to the Alaska Farm Bureau office.  Reservations will be accepted on a first-come basis. 
_____ $75.00/table for Farm Bureau Members
_____ $100.00/table for non-members.

Click here to print out form and reserve your table by mail.
Click here to reserve your table online.

September 15, 2017
Stakeholder Listening Opportunity for Priorities in Research, Education and Extension  
A Federal Register Notice entitled "Stakeholder Listening Opportunity for Priorities in Research, Education and Extension" was published in the Federal Register on September 15, 2017.
USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture announces its stakeholder listening initiative "NIFA Listens: Investing in Science to Transform Lives." This stakeholder listening opportunity informs the research, extension and education priorities of NIFA, which has the mission of investing in and advancing agricultural research, education and extension to solve societal challenges. These investments in transformative science directly support the long-term prosperity and global pre-eminence of U.S. agriculture. This listening opportunity allows stakeholders to provide feedback on the following questions: "What is your top priority in food and agricultural research, extension or education that NIFA should address?" and "What are the most promising science opportunities for advancement of food and agricultural sciences?"
This effort to obtain input on NIFA's science priorities will be carried out through online and in-person submission mechanisms. Stakeholder input received from the two mechanisms is treated equally. The priorities and opportunities obtained from this effort will be evaluated in conjunction with input from NIFA staff. This information will be critical for NIFA's evaluation of existing science emphasis areas to identify investment opportunities and gaps in the current portfolio of programs. The information obtained through this iterative analysis and synthesis will help to ensure the strategic positioning and relevancy of NIFA's investments in advancing agricultural research, education and extension.
Written comments are due by December 1, 2017.

Written comments must be submitted electronically through the NIFA Listens website  or email directly to .
For details on locations and dates of the in-person listening sessions, please visit the NIFA Listens website.
Individuals wishing to attend in-person listens sessions must RSVP no later than Thursday, October 12, 2017.

Alaska Farm Bureau, John Deere Announce New Discount Partnership
Alaska Farm Bureau and John Deere are excited to announce a new partnership that will give Farm Bureau members special access to John Deere's   GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program , providing members with a free two-year Platinum 2 membership. This new member discount program will strengthen the existing partnership between John Deere and Farm Bureau, and continue to grow John Deere's dedication to strengthening their support of America's farmers and ranchers.
"John Deere is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land. Together with Farm Bureau, we are strengthening our agricultural communities and building for the future." said Steve Geick, John Deere Director Ag Industry Relations US/Canada. "The GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards program for Farm Bureau members is John Deere's way of rewarding those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land."
Along with valuable equipment discounts, GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards Platinum members are eligible for special parts savings, Home & Workshop Products discounts, and other members-only promotions. Normally, a customer must initially purchase two pieces of qualifying equipment within 12 months to reach Platinum status. Farm Bureau members will automatically qualify by signing up through for these benefits:
  • Equipment Discounts - Savings on everything from mowers to tractors to Gator™ Utility Vehicles purchased at your authorized John Deere dealer
  • Special Parts Savings - Money-saving parts coupons and offers to help keep your equipment at its best
  • Home & Workshop Product Discounts - A 10 percent discount off MSRP on eligible John Deere tools and workshop equipment - air compressors, generators, pressure washers and more
  • Exclusive Member Promotions - new exclusive offers and promotions delivered to your inbox - along with insider tips and great ideas for enhancing your equipment experience
Farm Bureau members in participating states are eligible. To participate, Farm Bureau members can visit their state Farm Bureau website or Once the registration is complete, the member will receive their GreenFleet member number and can instantly access program benefits. Members can simply purchase online at or by visiting a local John Deere dealer .
To find out more about GreenFleet Loyalty Rewards, visit
About John Deere
Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land - those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world's dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit John Deere at its worldwide website at .

Alaska Interior Game Ranch, Inc.
Private Land-Private Herd
Bison and Elk Harvest Hunts, Plus Farm Gate Sales Offered
First come, first serve basis.  Refundable deposit required, cabin included in harvest/hunt. No hunting license required.
We also offer farm gate sales which means we can sell an animal on the hoof to you.

One animal = one individual. We harvest the animal for you, you pay per pound for whole animal quartered. Farm gate sales serves our customers in Alaska very well.  We are lifelong Alaskans and understand your desire for quality red meat.
These animals are grass fed.  Bison and elk meat are considered gourmet meats.Special care is given to animals, no antibiotics, no hormones are added and no steroids. Animals are checked on weekly.  We take special pride in what we raise.

Visit us at or call Scott at 907-895-5715
October 1: Deadline to submit photo's for Alaska Farm Bureau's photo contest. Photos submitted to 
November 3-4: Alaska Farm Bureau Friday Forum, Awards Banquet & Annual Meeting. Lands' End in Homer, AK.
November 3-4: Alaska Food Policy Council Festival & Conference. Pike's Waterfront Lodge in Fairbanks, AK.

November 18, 2017:   6th Annual Women in Agriculture Conference.  For more information visit
Member Benefits
View All Benefits Here  
Alaska Farm
Bureau members get deep discounts on all equipment and supplies and enjoy free standard ground shipping when they order catalog items
  online, over the phone, or at their Grainger branch*.
Farm Bureau members receive even deeper discounts on the following categories:
To get the Farm Bureau discounts, always reference the Alaska Farm Bureau organization account number when submitting an order. Call 907-252-5064 to get access to the Alaska Farm Bureau Grainger account number. Get started with your price savings using one of 3 easy methods:
  1. Present the Alaska Farm Bureau organization account number at time of purchase;
  2. Go to to establish a new® account using that account number; or
  3. Call Grainger customer service at 877-620-2852 to update your existing Grainger account with the Farm Bureau organization account number.
To be sure you get your Farm Bureau discount, always reference Alaska Farm Bureau's organization account number when visiting your local branch, ordering over the phone, or setting up your online account. If you have questions or need assistance, please call 907-252-5064.

*FREE standard shipping* on all orders shipped ground transportation. Other freight charges will be incurred for services such as expedited delivery, special handling by the carrier, sourcing orders and shipments outside the continental United States. 
Join the Alaska Farm Bureau for only $40 per year and your dollars will go to support our mission of improving the economic well-being and expansion of agriculture and to enrich the quality of life for all Alaskans.

Classified Ads 

Pig Farrowers Wanted : Help grow the Alaska grown livestock industry! Looking for someone to farrow pigs on a commercial scale. If you're interested in this, contact Greg Giannulis at 907-696-1888.   

  80 Acre Farm: 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
Green Bison Hides:
Scraped, salted, dried and folded green bison hides for sale. Ready for tanning. $150.00 each. Contact Scott Hollembaek @ 907-895-4715

Hay For Sale: Brome Hay in 500# round bales available near Delta Junction. Have nutrient contents available on request. Call 907-378-6334 to arrange a time for loading onto your trailer. Housing is also available if traveling long distance.  Call the above number for housing. Any questions and price, call 907-518-4244 or 907-723-1132.

Straw Bales Wanted: Truck load of square straw bales wanted. Please give a quote including delivery. Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Discounts and donations are 100% tax deductible. Contact Mike Miller at 907-301-7942

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

Goats Supply, Excellent Breeds Available: We have excellent breeds of many goat species, we have breeding pairs available. We currently have goats which are in milk, kids are ready to breed. Our goats have excellent milk and show lines. Various species we have: Nubian, Nigerian Dwarf, Pygmy, Alpine, Pygora, Kinder, Angora, LaMancha, Toggenburg, Boer, Kiko, Brush goats, Tennessee Fainting Goat. Contact Jackson at 802-729-0326
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 - Sun from 2:00 to 7:00pm. Come visit our tasting room and sample our wines before you buy. At this time we are not shipping wine. Contact Brian Olson, 907-252-8511
Goats for Sale: We are proud breeders of excellent quality, standard size breeds; Alpine, Lamancha, Nubian, Oberhasle, Saanen, Sable, Toggenburg, Boer and the Nigerian Dwarf goats. These are healthy goats with good feet and are easy to handle. They respect goat netting fences and do not jump. Each animal has its own file with full treatment record. Ongoing support can be provided for people who are new to goats. These are very good quality goats. Call or PM Jerry @ (503) 506-7826
Looking for Land to Lease for Cattle Grazing: Top dollars paid for land to lease suitable to graze cattle. Minimum acreage 40 acres. On the Kenai Peninsula. Please contact Robert Gibson at 907-598-2000 
We Buy Berries: Bear Creek Winery is family owned and operated and we are a farm to table operation. 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: Raspberries, Black Currants, Gooseberries, Strawberries, Apples, and Blueberries.
Contact Louis at 907-235-8484
Locally Grown Food Wanted: The center for Alaskan Coastal Studies hosts a number of camps and overnight programs at our Peterson Bay Field Station throughout the course of the summer. We provide meals for participants during the programs and would like to source more of our food locally and sustainably. The Center is a 501 © (3) environmental education organization in Homer. It was established in 1982. E-mail for more information. Telephone: 907-235-6667.
Alaska Farm Bureau
37075 Nicholas View Lane 
Soldotna, AK 99669

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