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Fairbanks among costliest cities to raise a child

...to NerdWallet, a San Francisco-based financial analysis company that took nationwide figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and adjusted them for the cost of living in 288 indexed cities. The USDA also factors in inflation in the...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-31/fairbanks-among-costliest-cities-raise-
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USDA to buy $13M in Alaska salmon

Millions of Americans in need will receive canned Alaska salmon through a deal with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The sale will also relieve Alaska's seafood industry of some market pressure.The USDA announced Wednesday...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-09-03/usda-buy-13m-alaska-salmon
Local
Court agrees to review Roadless Rule

...11-member panel will review a split decision rendered by a three-judge panel in March, which said the U.S. Department of Agriculture had legitimate grounds in 2003 to temporarily exempt the Tongass from the Roadless Rule.Earthjustice attorney...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-31/court-agrees-review-roadless-rule
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Environmental groups sue over Big Thorne sale

...organization Earthjustice against the USFS, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Regional Forester Beth Pendleton and Tongass...unsustainable logging of old growth forests.""The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced plans to transition out of old...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-08-26/environmental-groups-sue-over-big-thorn
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Former creamery exec convicted of fraud

...ANCHORAGE - A former executive of a defunct Alaska creamery has been convicted of making false statements to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to cover up a business partner's fraud.Karin Olson of Wasilla was found guilty by a federal jury Wednesday...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-08-03/former-creamery-exec-convicted-fraud
State
Forest Service will get public's help as it drafts logging plan for Tongass

...the mill in Wrangell has closed," he said. "The remaining industry has struggled to stay alive."U.S. Department of Agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack is "desiring us to get out of old growth and into young growth," Cole said. "Because...

http://juneauempire.com/local/2014-05-23/forest-service-will-get-publics-help-it
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USDA files complaint against UAF over musk oxen deaths

FAIRBANKS - The U.S. Department of Agriculture accused the University of Alaska Fairbanks of possible Animal Welfare Act violations in the starvation deaths of 12 musk oxen at...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-04-17/usda-files-complaint-against-uaf-over-m
State
Letter: Tongass plan 'doomed from the start'

...from the start - that's the fate of the Tongass Land Management Plan revision recently announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The revision faces controversy and legal challenges because, of the 15 revisers appointed to the Tongass...

http://juneauempire.com/letters/2014-06-18/letter-tongass-plan-doomed-start
Letters
UAF gets $127K penalty for musk oxen deaths

...Fairbanks has been penalized $127,100 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture after 12 musk oxen died from malnutrition...decade.An administrative law judge for the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued the civil penalty Thursday for violating...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-06-12/uaf-gets-127k-penalty-musk-oxen-deaths
State
High tunnels extend growing season

...them. It's proved popular: Alaska ranks No. 1 among states that take advantage of the program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service has spent about $4 million splitting the cost of high tunnels...

http://juneauempire.com/state/2014-06-01/high-tunnels-extend-growing-season
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