Agriculture

Assistance to Local Farmers
FSWCD provides technical assistance to farmers including: answering questions, visiting fields to identify and address problems, preparing soil maps, and much more.

Farm Plans
Our Board of Supervisors reviews all Alaska Division of Agriculture Farm Plans within our district. Additionally, our staff can help farmers by reviewing their draft plans and providing advice.

Equipment Lending
We have several herbicide sprayers and an aerator that are available to borrow for cooperators within our district.

Weed Free Forage Certification and Weed Cost Share
For more information about these programs, click here.

Soil Testing Program
The soil testing program provides timely soil data and recommendations to local farmers and gardeners. Click here for more info.

Agricultural Trials and Demonstration Projects
From 2010-2011, FSWCD conducted a Forage Renovation Demonstration investigating the benefits of aeration and urease inhibitor use on hay fields in interior Alaska. To view the brochure, click here. We plan to conduct more agricultural demonstrations in the future as funding allows.

2010 Bucks for Bales winning balesPublic Education

Outreach at the Tanana Valley State Fair:
FSWCD sponsors the Giant Cabbage Contest, the Farm and Garden Display, and Bucks for Bales (a hay bale competition). We also have informational booths in both the Agricultural Hall and the Largen Barn. Some years, we sponsor a ?Taste of Alaska Grown? event at the fair, where we hand out free samples of Alaska Grown produce and inform the public about where to buy locally grown products. In 2013, FSWCD held a Berry Tasting event at the fair with lots of delicious samples and information on how to grow berry plants.

Alaska Agriculture Day:
To celebrate Alaska Agriculture Day, FSWCD staff and volunteers support local Ag Day events throughout interior Alaska. In 2015, information tables will be set up at the Fairbanks Co-op Market on Tuesday May 5th, and a AK Ag event will take place at the Tanana Valley Farmer's Market on Saturday, May 9th. We also organize a Chamber of Commerce lunch with speakers from the local agriculture industry, displays, free handouts, and educational materials (and sometimes local 4H kids with their petting zoo animals!).

Fairbanks Visitor's Industry Charity Walk:
Alaska Grown food has been served by FSWCD staff at the charity walk for the past several years, connecting hundreds of participants with local farmers and products.

Berry Samples at 2013 taste of Alaska berries event Serving AK grown food at the 2011 Charity Walk

4H kids with their animals at a Chamber of Commerce Ag Day Lunch sponsored by FSWCD

2013 Berry Tasting Event TVSF

2013 Berry Tasting Event TVSF