Danny Consenstein, SED
Alaska State Farm Service Agency
800 West Evergreen Ave., Suite 216
Palmer, AK 99645
Areas in Alaska Eligible for Emergency Loans Following Presidential Disaster Declaration
Primary area North Slope Borough and contiguous areas Northwest Arctic Borough and Yukon-Koyukuk Census Area were declared disasters due to a severe storm that occurred on August 27, 2015. Under this designation, producers with operations in any primary or contiguous county are eligible to apply for low interest emergency loans.
Emergency loans help producers recover from production and physical losses due to drought, flooding and other natural disasters or quarantine.
Producers have eight months from the date of the declaration to apply for emergency loan assistance. FSA will consider each loan application on its own merits, taking into account the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability. Producers can borrow up to 100 percent of actual production or physical losses, to a maximum amount of $500,000.
For more information about emergency loans, please contact your local FSA office or visit www.fsa.usda.gov
Launching the Celebration – 30 Years of Conservation
2015 marks the 30th Anniversary of the Conservation Reserve program (CRP) and in recognition of this milestone; FSA has launched a commemorative website. The web address is www.fsa.usda.gov/CRPis30
We hope you’ll visit the site often to take an interactive, cross-country tour and see the
nationwide impact of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) unfold virtually over the next several months.
FSA County Committee Elections to Begin; Producers to Receive Ballots Week of Nov. 9
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the 2015 FSA County Committee elections on Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Farmers and ranchers will begin receiving their ballots the week of Nov. 9th. Producers must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 7, 2015, to ensure that their vote is counted. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 7, 2015.
Ballots include the names of candidates running for the local committee election. FSA has modified the ballot this year, making it more easily identifiable and less likely to be overlooked. Voters who do not receive ballots in the coming week can pick one up at their local FSA office. Newly elected committee members and their alternates will take office Jan. 1, 2016.
The following are this year’s candidates who have been nominated in their LAA’s to serve as a committee member. All candidates have agreed to serve if elected.
Southern County LAA-1 Includes all of the following boroughs and census areas: Wade Hampton, Bethel, Dillingham, Bristol Bay, Lake & Peninsula, Aleutians East and West, Kodiak Island and the Kenai Peninsula Borough south of the Kasilof river (includes Homer and surrounding area).
Christine Ford moved to Kodiak 20+ years ago when her husband was stationed there with the Coast Guard. She has been poultry farming for 8 years, and owns and operates Bells Flats Poultry. Christine operates a chick hatchery and orders poultry that she does not have on hand. Christine also sells eggs, chicks and adult birds, feed and other poultry supplies in the Kodiak area.
Paulette Selkirk is a farmer originally from New Mexico. Her dad and uncle taught her about farming and running the business at a young age. Her passion was to grow up and have her own farming business one day. Her and her husband moved to Kodiak in 2009. She has been in the poultry business for over 15 years. She is the owner of Beaks n Feathers. Her husband, children and grandchildren help with the operations, building the next generation of farmers. She sells fresh eggs and adult meat chickens. Along with poultry she raises and sells mealworms for poultry, wild birds, reptiles and amphibians on the Island. Great source of protein and treat as well.
Election Ballots will be Counted in Public at the Southern County FSA Office at 10:00 a.m. on December 11, 2015.
Northern County LAA-3 Includes the area beginning at the SE corner of the Matsu Borough proceeding north to NW corner of SE Fairbanks Census area, east to line following Clearwater road intersecting AK Hwy, proceeding SE to AKGREAA line, south then SE following line to Canadian border, south following Canadian border to Chugach Mtn. Range, turning west following Chugach Mtn. west to SW corner of Matsu Borough. (Includes Delta Junction, Glennallen, and Kenny Lake.)
Robert Green moved to the Delta area in 1965. The family was highly involved with all stages of bringing land into production in the Delta area. In 1971 the first crops were planted, and since then they have raised hay, grain, and have had up to 450 head of livestock at a time. Currently the farm is actively producing hay and grain with all crops processed and marketed throughout the state. Bob is involved with many aspects of farming and wants to see agriculture remain strong throughout the state.
Julia Mugrage moved to Delta Junction 2 years ago from Nebraska after farming and operating several feedlots to buy a livestock and elk Farm. We thought we could slow down but we love spending the time growing Barley, Oats, Brome hay and raising livestock and elk with our 4 grandkids in tow. My husband and I are active in the Local Farm Bureau Chapter.
Election Ballots will be Counted in Public at the Northern County FSA Office at 10:00 a.m. on December 10, 2015.
For more information, visit the FSA website at www.fsa.usda.gov/elections
. You may also contact your local USDA Service Center or FSA office. Visit http://offices.usda.gov
to find an FSA office near you.
The three-member Northern and Southern County Farm Service Agency committees will meet as announced. We will post a notice on the county office bulletin board and in the newsletter announcing the next scheduled meeting.
McLaren "Mac" Carter, LAA-1
Roger C. Hendry, LAA-2
Robert Green, Chair LAA-3
Rebecca Hammond, SDA
Randy Mayo, Advisor
Christine Ford, LAA-1
William Hightower, LAA-2
Pam Lewis, Chair LAA-3
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Are you a farmer or rancher who has substantially participated in a farming operation for at least three but no more than 10 years? Or are you a woman or minority-owned agricultural business? If so, you may qualify for beginning farmer or socially disadvantaged targeted loan funds with the Farm Service Agency. The USDA/Farm Service Agency makes both direct and guaranteed farm ownership and operating loans to family-size farmers and ranchers who cannot obtain financing from commercial credit sources. FSA loans can be used to purchase land, livestock, equipment, feed, seed and supplies. The loans can also be used to construct buildings or make farm improvements.
If you believe this program could be of benefit to you, please contact the Farm Service Agency Northern County Office at (907) 895-4242 or call (907) 761-7754 to reach the Southern County Office for more information. FSA loan officials will be happy to arrange an appointment to meet with you and discuss your options.
USDA is an equal opportunity lender and provider.
Changes Increase Eligibility and Financing Options for Hard Working Families
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It is the responsibility of the producer to notify FSA throughout the year of any changes in farming operation or entity status. Please remember to update FSA records if you move or change your mailing address.