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June 16th, 2017 | Staff Report Print this article   Email this article  

State seeks nominations for 2017 Farm Family of the Year

The Alaska Division of Agriculture invites the public to submit nominations for the 18t?Annual Farm Family of the Year award. The award will be presente?at th?Alaska State Fair?The Alaska State Fair established the award in 2000 to honor an Alaska farm family that epitomizes the spirit of the industry and to show appreciation for hardworking Alaskans committed to agriculture and aquaculture.

The Farm Family of the Year selection committee is comprised of representatives from th?USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Natural Resources and Extension, Alaska State Fair, and the Division of Agriculture?Nominations should include details about the family and how they fulfill the following criteria:

• Production of quality Alaska Grown products (not based on quantity)

• Community involvement (civic organizations, school, sports, church)

• Involvement in agricultural industry organizations (local, state, and federal)

Overall farm family image, farming history, and unique or special production

Nominations are due by June 30 and can be submitted by mailing Johanna Herron, Alaska Division of Agriculture, 1800 Glenn Hwy, Suite 12, Palmer, AK 99645; e-mailing; or sending a fax t?(907) 745-7112.

Alaska Marine Highway seeks public feedback

The Alaska Marine Highway System is at a critical juncture. For more than 50 years, state ferries have connected residents and resources in coastal communities with Alaska's economic hubs. Operating weeks and reliability have declined steadily due to budget reductions and an aging fleet.

The AMHS Reform Initiative was launched in 2016 when Gov. Bill Walker signed a memorandum with Southeast Conference to identify structural changes to improve the long-term viability of AMHS. A 12-member steering committee was appointed.

Phase One of the Reform Initiative examined governance models used by other ferry systems to determine what was best suited to Alaska's unique situation. Phase Two examines the structure and benefits of a public corporation form of governance, potential opportunities for enhancing system revenue, how to better align management and labor, and control expenses. The Reform project is led by Elliot Bay Design Group.

Please visit to join the project mailing list and provide feedback about the value of AMHS. The site will be regularly updated with meeting notices and project documents.


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