Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Delta Farm Forum to highlight area agriculture

Farmers and others interested in the latest agricultural developments are invited to the annual Delta Farm Forum Saturday, Feb. 28 at Delta High School. Area producers and representatives from the UAF Cooperative Extension Service and other state and federal agencies will provide information about a variety of agricultural topics. These include the 2008 farm bill and loan program opportunities, berm row removal, Alaska Division of Agriculture grants and activities, and an update on fertilizer availability and price. Franci Havemeister, director of the Division of Agriculture, will talk about building a sustainable agriculture industry in the state.

The forum is co-sponsored by the Delta District Extension and the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District. Ruby Hollembaek of the Alaska Interior Game Ranch will welcome participants at 9 a.m. and the forum will run until 3 p.m., with a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. Local 4-H group DJ Saddletramps and the local Future Farmers of America chapter will serve as masters of ceremony. Several agriculture-related businesses and groups have information booths at the event. A complete schedule is available on the Extension website.

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