Promote and encourage development of an agriculture industry in Alaska.
- Marketing Alaska Products
- Inspection and Regulatory Programs
- Land Management and Sales.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - Promote a healthy agriculture industry in Alaska.|
|A1: Core Service - Marketing Alaska Products|
Target #1: Increase Alaska agricultural producer's awareness of market options through conferences, public speaking and monthly newsletter.
Alaska Agricultural Producer Marketing Assistance
Analysis of results and challenges: in 2018, spoke at 59 events, administered 14 grants and added 73 new agriculture businesses to the Alaska Grown certification program. Budget reductions have impacted our ability to provide marketing assistance.
Target #2: Increase public awareness of Alaska Grown products and Alaskan agriculture visibility. Outreach to 10% of school districts statewide to increase youth awareness.
Public Outreach to Increase Alaska Grown Awareness
Analysis of results and challenges: Division staff provides outreach and education to the general public and local wholesalers. This has been achieved through public events such as fairs, food shows, written e-newsletters, major marketing campaigns and increased the public's awareness of available Alaska Grown products. In 2018, division staff participated in 158 public marketing outreach activities and launched the $5.00 Alaska Grown Challenge partnering with over 40 retailers. Budget reductions have impacted our ability to promote Alaska Grown Products.
|A2: Core Service - Inspection and Regulatory Programs|
Target #1: Provide inspections requested by industry to meet statutory, federal and international contract requirements.
Federal Produce Inspections Completed
Analysis of results and challenges: The federal inspection program activities are required by government or private purchase contracts for commercial sales activity to occur.
• Federal Phytosanitary Certifications (FPC) may be required as a condition to export Alaska plant products by importing countries. Staff conducted FPCs for Alaskan logs, non forest timber products, and peony cut flowers. Alaska timber exports resulted in more than 120 million board feet to Asian markets. Other timber products and peony cut flowers export markets are in development.
• FV300 federal inspections are requested by Alaska produce businesses as an official evaluation of produce for which a commerce claim has been made. The recent decline in this inspection function is due to an Alaska produce company no longer needing this service because of a corporate buy-out in late 2015. At this time, this service is no longer needed by industry.
• Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) is a labeling law that requires retailers such as grocery stores to notify their customers with information regarding the source of certain foods. Audits are conducted to confirm that accurate claims are being made by retail stores and that records are available to support the claims.
• USDA Egg Inspections are conducted for grade, quality and labeling. Staff was trained and licensed by the USDA in 2017 to perform these inspections.
• Harmonized GAP Audits are conducted at request of the AK grown producer/suppliers, to meet the food safety requirements of their buyers. Staff completed training and audit credential in 2018.
Target #2: Conduct agriculture inspections for compliance in meeting Alaska regulations and USDA requirements.
Agriculture Inspections Completed
Analysis of results and challenges: These inspections monitor compliance with state programs. There were 207 inspections/registrations completed in FY2018, compared to 178 in FY2017.
• Elk Farm Fencing inspections are required every two years, six in FY2018.
• Bee Registrations are issued annually, 103 in FY2018. Outreach to industry on regulations requirements resulted in 75% increase in registrations.
• Livestock Brands are renewed every five years, three new in FY2018.
• Farm-Retail inspections are conducted to ensure compliance with quarantines and state regulations, state certification program; and through survey programs for invasive pests 95 new in FY2018.
|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 prior to sale. For FY2018 360 acres were sold.
Current as of April 25, 2019