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2012 Alaska State Fair Farm Family of the Year Announced

PALMER - The Martin family, originally from Southeast, has been selected as the 2012 Farm Family of the Year by the Alaska agricultural community.
Palmer-based Matanuska Creamery to close today

...Creamery has failed to make payments on about $880,000 in state loans, according to the state. The Board of Agriculture and Conservation voted this month to deny a request that would have allowed the business to avoid a $50,000 payment...
Northwest Digest

Juneau man arrested after Ketchikan crash; Group to offer free hearing screenings; Alaska dairy farmers propose cooperative; Woman dies after fall in Yellowstone; Group criticizes wolf control plan; Wash. wheat farmers rolling in the dough
Alaska editorial: Mat Maid living on state's borrowed time

Alaska's dairy industry has a long history of people working hard in the face of major obstacles. Such effort is what's needed now to see if the state-owned Matanuska Maid dairy can be kept operating in a viable manner.
Alaska Digest

Fairbanks post office tries realignment, Alaska corruption trial sent to jury, Ag Board seeks disaster declaration, Ex-trooper describes scene in old murder
Palin fires all 7 members of state agriculture board

All seven members of the Alaska Board of Agriculture and Conservation were dismissed as Gov. Sarah Palin took steps to keep the troubled Matanuska Maid dairy in business.
Palin fund illegal; donors will get money back

ANCHORAGE - Thousands of donors who contributed to a $390,000 legal defense fund for former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will get their money back after an investigator said Thursday the fund was illegal because it was misleadingly described on a website.
State meat-processing plant draws a single bidder

A former cattle farmer who runs a meat-processing facility near Fairbanks wants to buy the state-owned slaughterhouse in Palmer.
State-owned dairy records loss

Valley farmers are on notice: Matanuska Maid will stop buying milk in early December.
Board takes action to keep dairy open

Alaska's state-owned dairy dodged closure when Gov. Sarah Palin's new Board of Agriculture and Conservation voted to keep it open.


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