farming

Elizabeth Earl

Within the farming world, Alaska is famous for crops as outsize as the state itself. The peonies grown in the state are no exception.

"We have a variety of white peonies  that are the size of dinner plates," said LaDawn Druce of Sterling. "They're just gorgeous."

Druce and her husband Mike own Alaska Summer Peonies on Robinson Loop Road. Right around now, they and other peony farmers around the state are busy trimming, watering, and fighting off fungus in their farms in anticipation of the first blooms. Being cooler, Alaska’s peony season doesn’t typically start until late June, stretching out through August and even into September.

ECON 919: Alaska Agriculture Day

May 10, 2019

 

It was Alaska Agriculture Day on Tuesday. Since 2007, the first Tuesday in May has been set aside to shine a light on the slowly, but steadily growing ag industry in the state.

 

 


Just when you thought it might be time to risk moving plants outdoors, freezing temperatures and even some snow flurries returned to prove that you can’t rush spring in Alaska.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t play in the dirt this time of year. This is prime seed-starting season. In this month's Kenai Garden Talk, we’ve got wisdom from veteran gardeners about how to start seeds efficiently and cost-effectively. After that, we’ll visit an asparagus farm down in Homer, proving that even persnickety crops can be successful on the peninsula with the right knowledge and care.

ECON 919 - Agriculture and the state budget

Mar 29, 2019

 

Alaska has a long history of agriculture, but it’s always lingered in the background behind fishing and more recently, oil and gas as a mainstay in the economy. The governor’s proposed budget includes numerous cuts that would affect agriculture across the state and could even make some parts of the ag economy go away altogether.

 

 


The roughly 5.7 million acres that make up the Kenai Peninsula get used for a lot of different activities including, increasingly, agriculture. The Kenai Peninsula Borough is rolling out an initiative this spring in an effort to get a few more of those acres dedicated to a sustainable ag system that will, among other things, help further diversify the local economy. This week, we're speaking with Marcus Mueller, KPB Land Manager and Heidi Chay, District Manager for the Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District, about the ag initiative and broader policy goals and considerations that go with it.


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