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USDA announces farm bill funding program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture-Rural Development Alaska State announced Thursday the availability of USDA loans to build broadband in rural areas, along with...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-08-02/usda-announces-farm-bill-funding-pr
Neighbors
Forest Service agreement improves management practices

...as inventory and treatment of young growth stands on State of Alaska and private lands. This effort supports Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack's steps to conserve the 17-million-acre Tongass National Forest by transitioning to sustainable, second...

http://juneauempire.com/neighbors/2015-08-02/forest-service-agreement-improves-m
Neighbors
William Morris IV named CEO of Morris Communications

...Communications is a diverse, privately held company headquartered in Augusta, with divisions in media, hospitality and agriculture and holdings throughout the United States and abroad."I'm very pleased to be able to pass the daily hands-on leadership...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2015-08-02/william-morris-iv-named-ceo-morris-comm
Local
US expects to pay farmers $191 million for birds lost to flu

...chicken and turkey farmers for birds lost to avian flu, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Tuesday as he called for Congress...conference in Des Moines, where the poultry industry and agriculture officials are talking about how to make farms more secure...

http://juneauempire.com/regional/2015-07-29/us-expects-pay-farmers-191-million-b
Regional News
Tongass exemption to Roadless Rule overturned

...2003 exemption invalid because the U.S. Department of Agriculture "failed to provide a reasoned explanation for contradicting...booming tourism and fishing industries." The Department of Agriculture was named as a defendant of the suit, but it declined to...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-29/tongass-exemption-roadless-rule-overtur
State
Supporting sustainable fisheries, one bite at a time

...month. Half shares offer 20 pounds of summer seafood at 5 pounds delivered each month.Similar to the community supported agriculture business model that delivers fresh produce to customers directly from the farms during the growing season, CSF shareholders...

http://juneauempire.com/art/2015-06-24/supporting-sustainable-fisheries-one-bite
Art
House GOP: Use disaster fund for wildfires

...Committee.Bishop said the bill should garner broad support. But Robert Bonnie, who oversees natural resource issues at the Agriculture Department, which houses the Forest Service, indicated the GOP has more work to do to win over the administration.He...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-07-09/house-gop-use-disaster-fund-wildfires
State
JIRPers start 68th summer on the Juneau Icefield

...she said.Polly Bass is a former University of Alaska Anchorage professor now working with the United States Department of Agriculture; Tuesday afternoon, she was giving Van Dam, Rand-Lewis, and Keenan an introduction to alpine vegetation, like saxifrage...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-07-03/jirpers-start-68th-summer-juneau-ice
Outdoors
Celebrate AK Agriculture Day on May 5

...PALMER - Alaskans will celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day on Tuesday, May 5. On this day, Alaskans are encouraged to support local agriculture by seeking out and purchasing products...educating youth about the vital role that agriculture plays in our economy.Here are a few...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2015-05-01/celebrate-ak-agriculture-day-may-5
Outdoors
Residents rank 3 state services as low priority

FAIRBANKS - State services like the pioneers' homes, the aerospace corporation and the agriculture division are among Alaska's least important, according to participants in a budget conference held by Gov. Bill Walker.Those...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2015-06-08/residents-rank-3-state-services-low-pri
State

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