The passage of the Agricultural Act of 2014 will give Alaska producers the certainty they need to invest confidently in the future. It will also give our rural communities additional tools to attract new economic opportunity and create jobs. During difficult times, children, working families, seniors and people with disabilities will have access to nutritious food. The potential of new products, treatments and discoveries will be strengthened through new agricultural research. This bill will accomplish those goals while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer.
Alaska FSA offices will have more detailed information soon to help farmers understand the new programs, but we already know that it will expand programs for beginning farmers, veterans, and organic producers, and invest in critical scientific research that will benefit our northern growers.
Local and regional food systems that also receive a critical boost under the new legislation, with additional support for food hubs, farmers markets and on-farm business with a local or regional focus.
The new Farm Bill also expands the potential for economic growth in Alaska by investing in renewable energy and the emerging biomass industry.
Conservation programs will be streamlined to better target limited resources to areas of highest need, while building on record conservation and stewardship efforts underway today.
Livestock producers impacted by tragic long-term drought, blizzards and other weather-related disasters will now receive much-needed disaster assistance relief.
Stay tuned for more details about how these new programs will directly benefit Alaskans.
Job Openings at Palmer FSA Office
Alaska Farm Service Agency is currently advertising to fill job vacancies for an Agricultural Program Specialist and a County Executive Director both located in Palmer, Alaska. For more information on how to apply please go to the Federal Government’s Official Job site USAjobs https://www.usajobs.gov/ They will both be open from Wednesday, February 12th to Tuesday, February 25th. We are looking for applicants with a passion for helping Alaska farmers succeed, and an interest in working with a great team of USDA professionals. For more information on the Alaska Farm Service Agency, please see our website www.fsa.usda.gov/ak
Please distribute to potential applicants. https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/360328500
County Executive Director ADZ1039825-AK
Agricultural Specialist UK1048389-AK-AD
Danny Consenstein Executive Director
USDA Alaska Farm Service Agency 800 West Evergreen, Suite 216
Palmer, AK 99645 907.761.7738