Click to read information about the 2015 Alaska Farm Bureau Friday Forum and Annual Meeting
Alaska Farm Bureau News
October 2015
Greetings!

Be sure and read through the whole newsletter, it includes important information on the upcoming Friday Forum and Annual Meeting.  There are deadlines approaching - if you're planning on booking a room at the Crowne Plaza be sure and read the details below and book soon!

Looking forward to seeing everyone next month at the Friday Forum and Annual meeting!

Amy Seitz, Executive Director

37075 Nicholas View Lane
Soldotna, AK 99669 
907-252-5064 



Book Your Rooms
October 16th Deadline
 
Be sure and reserve your room for the Friday Forum and Annual Meeting.  

The deadline with the Crowne Plaza is October 16th for holding the Farm Bureau block.  After the 16th, rooms will be based on availability.
 
To reserve a room go to http://bit.ly/alaskafarmbureauancpa.  You can also call the hotel directly at 907-433-4100 or 1-800-593-5447.  

Be sure and mention you're with the Alaska Farm Bureau block if you book by phone.
2015 Friday Forum and Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the Alaska Farm Bureau's Friday Forum, Banquet and Annual meeting.  

Have you considered using artificial insemination (AI) to bring in new genetics to your livestock operations?  Interested in American Farm Bureau's rural development programs?  Come to the Friday Forum to learn more!  

You'll also hear from the folks at Vertical Harvest Hydroponics, get information on small-scale poultry exemptions, learn about Alaska's Product Preference Program and more! 

You won't want to miss the Annual meeting on Saturday either.  The Board of Directors have been working hard drafting a strategic plan for the Alaska Farm Bureau to present to the membership at the Annual meeting on November 14th.  

You'll want to be there for discussions on that plan as well as setting Alaska Farm Bureau priorities for the coming year. 

Print the registration form here or register online at this link: http://www.alaskafb.org/friday-forum-2015-online-registration-form/


LIVE ENTERTAINMENT AT THE FRIDAY NIGHT BANQUET:
AGRICULTURE COMEDIAN JAY HENDREN

Join us at the Friday night banquet, November 13th for great food and good clean fun from "America's funniest farmer," Jay Hendren 
 
Drawing on his experiences on the family farm, Jay will tickle your funny bone while discussing everyday topics - with a bizarre twist.
 
Be sure and reserve your seat on the registration form and prepare for a night of great food and hilarious stories about growing up in a family of farmers!
EXHIBITOR/VENDOR SPACE REGISTRATION

We are accepting exhibitor/vendor reservations for the Alaska Farm Bureau's Friday Forum and Annual Meeting at the Crowne Plaza in Anchorage November 13th and 14th, 2015.
 
There are 10 tables available for your display on both days.  It is expected that you will be able to set up on Thursday evening, November 12th.
 
Tables are $75/for Farm Bureau members and $100 for non-members.  Click here for registration form. You can pay for your table by mail or online using this link: Vender Booth Reservation Form

Alaska Rural Rehabilitation Corp.
 
Lending to Farmers Is Our Business
 
Line of Credit loans for all farm-operating costs.  (3 years)

Chattel loans for equipment new or used (5 years on used 7 years on new)

Real Estate loans for purchase or improvements to land.   (Up to 20 years)

All loans are 5 to 9 percent interest depending on credit and collateral. 

Call Katie at 907-745-3390 or email katie@arrc.us.



Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage
Livestock Committee Report - Saturday November 14th

With the Alaska Legislature placing a "one time increment" funding clause on Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage, the Alaska Farm Bureau's Livestock Committee has been holding discussions centered on stabilizing the USDA certified slaughter facility operations in southcentral. 

Working with the Division of Agriculture and the  Niche Meat Processors Assistance Network (NMPAN) the committee brought in NMPAN sub-contractors Mike Callicrate and Mike Nolan to assess the facility. 

Callicrate and Nolan have reviewed MMM&S records, toured the facility and held discussions with some industry members.  NMPAN will be preparing a final report with findings and recommendations which will be presented to Alaska Farm Bureau members at the Annual Meeting Saturday, November 14th, 2015. 

Callicrate and Nolan both say MMM&S is a great facility.  One key factor in moving forward with any plan will be feedback from producers.  Please take the time to get involved in any meetings or surveys regarding MMM&S.  Also start thinking about would you expand your herd population or consider having animals available year round?


Seeking Donations for Bruce Willard Scholarship Auction

The Alaska Farm Bureau awards $2,000 scholarships to those improving their skill level to work in an agricultural or natural resource field through college, university, trade school, or vocational training.  

The Scholarship Auction will be held on Friday, November 13th following the Banquet at the Crowne Plaza in Anchorage.   
  
100% of all money raised during the auction is devoted to the program.  Please bring your donations to the Friday Forum registration table in the morning, or you can mail them to the Alaska Farm Bureau at 37075 Nicholas View Lane, Soldotna, Alaska 99669.  Make sure you mail items in plenty of time to arrive before November 11th.  Your donations can also be certificates for items too large to be brought to the auction.  


Events

October 15:  Kenai Peninsula Farm Bureau Chapter Meeting.  Ninilchik Fairgrounds.  6:30pm potluck, 7:00pm meeting.
 
October 16: World Food Day
 
October 17: Ox-Toberfest!  The Musk Ox Farm and Alaska Farmland Trust are hosting the first ever Ox-Toberfest; a farm-to-table event.  For more information and tickets go to http://www.muskoxfarm.org/

 
November 13 - 14:  Alaska Farm Bureau Friday Forum & Annual Meeting


Is It Time To Get a New Website or Logo?

"I really can't even express how happy I am with what you've done. Having a full time job and trying to farm sustainably makes time the most precious resource to me...and you saved me a ton of time by being so competent and so accessible. It really took a lot of pressure off from me by being able to hand the task over to you! It was well worth every penny!" -
Holly Stewart, Northern Roots Farm (about her new logo)

"Wendy is so stinkin' helpful!"

-Al Poindexter, Anchor Point Greenhouse LLC (Website and logo design)

Other Logos We Have Done:











Special Offer for Alaska Farm Bureau Members:

Logo Design $175 (regularly $300)

Call Wendy 480-242-5219 for your custom logo!


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Classifieds

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.

Heavy Duty Truck Financing: Our company specializes in heavy duty truck financing and can work with blemished credit and startups.  

We do not sell any equipment, we only arrange financing.  You can select the truck and/or trailer vendor of your choice.  There is no cost or obligation to determine if you qualify.  To learn more contact us by phone, 708-646-6510 or email truck.capitalinvestment@outlook.com. If you contact us by email include your contact number and any equipment that you own (free and clear), if applicable.

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. Visit Website
 
Computer Repair, Networking & IT Consulting:  The goal of AK Bits and Bytes, LLC is to provide exceptional customer service, and professional results at a reasonable price. You can place your technology needs in our hands and no longer worry about them. We offer expert confidential solutions you can trust.
Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to be your technology solutions provider. If you are happy with us, send your friends, if you are not call us to make it right for you.

We repair all brands of personal computers desktop or Laptops. Hardware or software, we'll fix your computer and get it running properly. Certified Tech and fast friendly service. Call for an appointment. Available 7 days a week.  Discounts to Alaska Farm Bureau members. 
Visit website.  Contact Lisa McDonald: 907-398-3994

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

Fairbanks Farm For Sale:  Arctic Roots Farm, Bed and Breakfast at 1293 Esro Road, off Chena Hot Springs Road.  The parcel includes 25 acres of brome grass, 30 acres of birch forest, a 1-acre moose-proof orchard/garden, a 20'x 48' high tunnel and a 20' x 48 greenhouse with drip irrigation.  There are 3 homes - a farmhouse and two modern homes which are used as an agra-tourism bed and breakfast, a large shop with a heated utility room, a large barn with sheep handling corrals, a chicken coop, root cellar, and 30 acres with a 5' stock fence.  Contact owner Chris DuBois at 907-750-1514 for more information.  It is listed with Joe Russo at Russo Reality.  Joe can be reached at 907-460-8555.

Rams for Sale:  Black Welch Mountain rams.  Very gentle.  $300 each.  Nancy Davidian and Chris DuBois, Arctic Roots Farm.  Contact them at 907-750-1514.
Land For Sale:  70 acres in Salcha.  It has Richardson Highway frontage and is near Milepost 315.  There is a small stream on the property.  $42,000.  Contact Ann Geise at 907-895-4466.

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 Melanie@akcoastalstudies.org for more information. Telephone: 907-235-6667. 
 
Farm for Sale in North Pole:  A 9 acre farm/tourism lodge at 2100 Nelson Road in North Pole.  See photos at Stars and Stripes or Madden real estate sites.  A 20'x40' attached, insulated greenhouse, fully landscaped grounds, tree nursery, large vegetable garden (only natural fertilizers used), pasture, woods in blueberries and cranberries.  There is a 2-story log lodge, Greatland triple-pane windows, stainless commercial kitchen, 2-bed, three bath, covered porches, and gazebo.  Good well water.  $299,000.  Two additional acres with airstrip access available.  Website:  chenalakesfarm.com.  Contact Tracy Pulido at info@chenalakesfarm.com.

40 Acres for Sale in North Pole:  Gorgeous parcel that is a mix of large spruce, birch, willow and grassland.  East borders Chena Lake Recreation Area at the end of Repp Road in North Pole.  Great spot for farm, rural estate or hunting/fishing aurora-viewing lodge.  Can be subdivided into 5-acre lots.  Short walk to river or lake.  Road access, power about mile away.  Very private, but easy access to town.  Owner financing is available.  $99.000 OBO.  Contact Tracey Pulido at info@chenalakesfarm.com.  See photos on Fairbanks Craigslist.
 
Classified Ads are free.  Submit your ad to the newsletter editor at amy.seitz@gmail.com or by calling 907-252-5064.

Alaska Farm Bureau
37075 Nicholas View Lane 
Soldotna, AK 99669

Call  907-252-5064 or send an  e-mail to:  amy.seitz@gmail.com
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