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Young farmers help keep land in production on," said Kathleen Merrigan, who traveled extensively when she was deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. "They tend to be college graduates, and from a whole lot of different disciplines."Mulvihill, for instance...
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Haines Brewery wins solar grant

Haines Brewing Co. has been awarded a $4,600 energy efficiency grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The award was part of $730,021 in grants and a loan guarantee issued Friday to 10 Alaska businesses through the Rural Energy...
Klukwan center gets big loan

...north of Haines, has been awarded a $350,000 loan by the federal government.The loan, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Facility Direct Loan program, will pay for the completion of the center's interior.Loan money...
Dirt Girl: Pushing back fall

...of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension, the Sustainable Southeast Partnership in Action, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service all are working to increase local food production.Farming as a career...
Sage grouse plan aims for industry, wildlife balance

...gas wells in core habitat must be clustered together. Other states have adopted similar plans.The U.S. Department of Agriculture also has worked with ranchers to improve habitat by removing fences, uprooting invasive trees and buying conservation...
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Fireweed yields tasty treats from Kenai bees

...of commercial beekeeping and pollination operations in the United States," according to the United States Department of Agriculture website.CCD is "a dead bee colony with no adult bees or dead bee bodies but with a live queen and honey and...
Officials probing deadly circus tent collapse

...Press seeking comment.Walker's president, John Caudill Jr., has a history of violations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, primarily while operating another company, Walker Brothers Circus Inc.A decade ago, Caudill and his associates...
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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...
Susitna-Watana studies resume after spending freeze is lifted

...the ratio improves to more than 3-to-1, he said.Roughly half of the project qualifies for a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service loan, which is conservatively projected with 4 percent interest, Dyok said. The rest...
Tongass exemption to Roadless Rule overturned

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


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