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Business booming for berry growers

...making. We're the only winery in the state that is 100 percent Alaskan grown, and we are certified by the Division of Agriculture."Olson said having a berry farm in Alaska has been difficult, especially with unpredictable weather."Farming in Alaska...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-15/business-booming-berry-growers
State
Kids create school lunch menus

...salmon, brown rice, seaweed and a pineapple-strawberry fruit cup.The contest was inspired by new U.S. Department of Agriculture regulations for school lunches. With the passing of the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and the campaign against...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-12-08/kids-create-school-lunch-menus
State
My Turn: Southeast is paying for slow Tongass transition

...employees during transition years. This is not the change heralded in the transition announcement. The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Forest Service have replied that change takes time. No doubt there are existing commitments that must be honored and...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2014-12-04/my-turn-southeast-paying-slow-tongass
Opinion
USDA: 'We're serious about a transition'

...to young growth harvest, a visiting U.S. Department of Agriculture official said in a news conference Wednesday.Robert Bonnie...transition the forest to young growth, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced in a 2013 memo a strategy for the transition...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-11-20/usda-were-serious-about-transition
Local
Forest Service criticized over Tongass management

...the regional economy."Robert Bonnie, undersecretary for natural resources and environment at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said the Headwaters analysis missed a key point. The Forest Service is part of the USDA, and federal law dictates much...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-11-18/forest-service-criticized-over-tongass-
State
Feds to bring indoor plumbing to Alaska village

...water and wastewater systems with more than $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska's $12.6 million share of the funding on Thursday at a convention...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-23/feds-bring-indoor-plumbing-alaska-villa
State
October is Farm to School month

PALMER - The Division of Agriculture Farm to School program is partnering with child nutrition programs to promote Farm to School activities and Local Lunch Day at...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-10-03/october-farm-school-month
Outdoors
Federal government to bring indoor plumbing to remote village

...water and wastewater systems with more than $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Alaska's $12.6 million share of the funding on Thursday at a convention...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-24/federal-government-bring-indoor-plumbin
State
Division of Forestry harvests spruce cones for future reforestation

...and planting is one of the reforestation methods specified in the act.Harvested spruce cones are sent to the Division of Agriculture's Alaska Plant Materials Center for cleaning, conditioning and storage. The cones are dried and tumbled to extract the...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-09-19/division-forestry-harvests-spruce-co
Outdoors
A Republican Senate means changing the chairmen

...the so-called riders would deal with the health care law, financial services and the Environmental Protection Agency.AGRICULTURE: If he wins re-election, Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts would be in line to run the committee that oversees farm policy and...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-10-22/republican-senate-means-changing-chairm
State

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