Promote and encourage development of an agriculture industry in Alaska.
- State Branded Agricultural Market Program (Alaska Grown).
- Inspection and regulatory programs.
- Land management and sales.
- Provide low interest rate loans for agricultural development.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - A growing, thriving, and diversified agriculture industry in Alaska.|
|A1: Core Service - State Branded Agricultural Market Program (Alaska Grown).|
Target #1: Manage a quality and revenue generating state branded agricultural market program.
International Export Through WUSATA
Analysis of results and challenges: In FY2019, authority was received for the Alaska Grown program and the department slowly began a process to sell merchandise and transition non-profit farm organization out of inventory stock of merchandise to begin drafting regulations for the program. By December 2018 the market services team completed an extensive clean-up of the Alaska Grown membership and renewed all active members for a total of 516 active members in FY2020 selling $5,638 in marketing materials. In the process membership was simplified, streamlined, and divided into three categories: producers, associates, and supporters. Moving forward the program will be easier to manage, set up for a fee-based system to be cost neutral to the state, and performance based. The department also began participating in international agricultural trade activities via the department's role in the Western US Agricultural Trade Association. FY2020 data is still being collected and will be available the first quarter of calendar year 2021.
Target #2: Administer federal grant awards to enhance the agriculture industry.
Analysis of results and challenges: Division of Agriculture is the recipient of many federal grant awards some of which are competitively applied for, some are state block grants, and some are grants in which we are partners with other entities. This funding represents funds that were awarded in FY2020 but may cross over multiple years and will not be reported in future fiscal years, just the year of initial award. Included in this funding amount is the USDA funded Technical Assistance for Specialty Crop grant (market access to international markets for peonies), Country of Origin Labeling program, Specialty Crop Block Grants and Food Security Micro Grants. Some of the grants are awarded as part of a funding partnership and some as a memorandum of understanding with USDA for the department to do work on their behalf.
|A2: Core Service - Inspection and regulatory programs.|
Target #1: Provide inspections to meet statutory, federal, and international contract requirements for access to domestic and international markets.
Federal Inspections Completed
Analysis of results and challenges: The data provided comes from surveys conducted throughout the year by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Services. These inspections are the cornerstone to allowing instate agricultural products to be sold in to both foreign and domestic markets. Such a core service continues to demonstrate growth in monetary value of Alaska agricultural products sold.
|A3: Core Service - Land management and sales.|
Target #1: Move state agriculture land into private ownership. Ensure future generation's access to agriculture land.
Acres of State Agriculture Land Sold
Analysis of results and challenges: State land sales are scheduled for surveys and appraisals for future land sales.
|B: Result - Provide financing for agriculture development and expansion.|
Target #1: Managing a revolving loan fund.
Outstanding Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund Loans versus Fund Balance
Analysis of results and challenges: The challenge is to revolve and have sufficient loan funds available in the long term for Alaskan Agriculture development. The Board of Agriculture and Conservation recently voted to lower interest rates to encourage new loans.
|B1: Core Service - Provide low interest rate loans for agricultural development.|
Target #1: Support the financial need of the agriculture industry.
Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund Activity Posted in the Millions
Analysis of results and challenges: With the exception of the Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund (ARLF) borrowers who use the fund annually for operating expenses, no new loans were financed due to the ARLF Loan Officer position being vacant.
There are six loan types:
-Short term (operating)
Historically half of the annual loan demand is for short-term operating loans.
Current as of November 18, 2020