Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Registration opens for Sustainable Ag Conference

Hay is harvested at Hollembaek Farms near Delta Junction  in 2014.
Edwin Remsberg photo
Registration is open for the 14th annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference, which will take place in Anchorage Nov. 5-7.

More than 75 presentations will cover a wide range of agricultural topics, including livestock and rhodiola production, climate, vegetable variety trials, cut-flower production, honey bees, soil health, seaweed farming, integrated pest management, product distribution and marketing. Several agricultural agencies will also provide program updates.

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service hosts the annual conference in different locations in Alaska. The goal is to bring producers, researchers, agencies and others together to share information and to improve the agricultural industry. The conference will take place at the BP Energy Center at 1014 Energy Court, but some sessions will meet at the SpringHill Suites University Lake Hotel at 4050 University Lake Drive.

An all-day pre-conference workshop on Nov. 4 will focus on Alaska produce safety training to comply with new federal rules. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation will offer the training.

Mel Sikes, coordinator of the Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, will lead an all-day post-conference workshop Nov. 8 on the Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom program and resources.

The conference is sponsored by the Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. Participants may register by the day or for the entire conference. If individuals register by Oct. 28, the conference and workshop fee is $125 or the daily fee is $50. Fees increase after that date.

More information is available at http://bit.ly/AKsareconf or from conference coordinator Casey Matney, an agriculture and horticulture Extension agent in Soldotna. He can be reached at camatney@alaska.edu or 907-262-5824.

Presentations will come from many agricultural agencies,  organizations and producers. More than 20 SNRE faculty and staff will present at the conference.

SNRE presenters and their presentations are:
Fred Schlutt: Cooperative Extension Service Status and Update
Jodie Anderson, Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center Update
Darren Snyder, Insights from the National SARE Our Farms Our Future Conference
Meriam Karlsson, Growing Under Lights
Julie Riley, Season Extension with Dormant and Late Seedlings: Spinach and Cilantro; Cilantro Variety Trials Using Wide-Row Techniques
Heidi Rader, Variety Trials: Grow and Tell App
Pat Holloway, Taking a Closer Look at Alaska Cut Flower Production
Sarah Lewis, Wild Kitchen Walks in Juneau; Getting Acquainted with Cottage Foods and the Possibilities
Milan Shipka, Feed Needs for Alaska Livestock
Lisa Lunn, Parasite Levels in Alaska Livestock
Art Nash and Mingchu Zhang, Get the Heat Out: Using Wood for Biochar
George Aguiar, Reindeer Husbandry
Art Nash: Growing Well, Off Grid: Considerations for Water Transfer, Heat and Light When You Can't Plug Into a 120 Outlet
Gino Graziano, Invasive Plants in the Field: New Resources for Insect, Plant Disease Recognition Apps/Pest Portal
Phil Kaspari, Do You Need to Be a Certified Applicator?
Heidi Rader and Casey Matney, Agriculture in Remote and Rural Alaska Communities
Steve Brown, Alaska Rhodiola Growers and Research
Kevin Fochs, Update on FFA in Alaska
Lee Hecimovich, Darren Snyder and Cassandra Rankin, Youth Programming Updates from Mat-Su, Southeast and Soldotna

ON THE WEB: http://bit.ly/AKsareconf

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