TUESDAY, MARCH 3 — Preconference Workshops
7:30 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 – 5:00
Holistic Management and Improved Decision Making — Yukon Room, Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International.
(Lunch will be served from noon to 1 p.m.for attendees of this workshop.)
What are the questions you need answers to when making farming decisions, and who should be involved in the discussion? Learn to manage toward profitability, land health and social well-being.
1:00 – 5:00
Hydroponics for Vegetable Production —Gold Room, Jeff Werner, Watanuska LLC, Arth Brown III, North Slope Borough School District, Eric Cook, UAF, and Jason Hoke, Copper River Economic Development Corp.
Learn about hydroponic systems for growing fresh produce year-round.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 4 — Conference Day 1
7:30 – 8:00 Registration
8:00 – 8:30
Welcome, Steve Seefeldt, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Franci Havemeister, director, Alaska Division of Agriculture, and Jim Freeburn,
Western SARE PLENARY SESSION — Gold Room
8:30 – 9:30 I’m in It for the Money! And Other Reasons We Farm, Phil Metzger, Holistic Management International
9:30 – 10:00 Developing and Utilizing Enterprise Budgets for Profitable Farm Management, Gina Greenway, College of Idaho Department of
Business and Accounting
10:00 – 10:30 Break and networking (Visit exhibits!) BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Concurrent sessions in Yukon and Gold Rooms.) Livestock — Yukon Room
10:30 – 11:00 Animal Care and Husbandry Practices: The Future Outlook in Alaska, Dr. Robert Gerlach, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
11:00 – 11:30 Livestock Fencing, Dan Rees, Moose Creek Farm
11:30 – 12:00 Winterizing Cattle, Russ Pinkelman, Delta Meat/Northwest Land and Livestock Fruit — Gold Room
10:30 – 11:00 Apple Rootstock Trial, Rusty Foreaker, Alaska Plant Materials Center
11:00 – 11:30 Rhubarb Production and the Alaska Rhubarb Juicing Project, Jeff Smeenk, Palmer Soil and Water Conservation District
11:30 – 12:00 Fruit Trees, Steve Masterman
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on site — Gold Room BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Concurrent sessions in Yukon and Gold Rooms.) Livestock — Yukon Room
1:00 – 1:30 Reindeer are Livestock, George Aguiar, UAF Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station
1:30 – 2:00 Sheep in Alaska, Catherine Hadley, Last Frontier Agricultural and Environmental Services
2:00 – 2:30 Meat Goats in Alaska, Paul Finch, North Country Farm
2:30 – 3:00 The Raw Truth about Raw Milk, Dr. Lisa Lunn, UAF Department of Veterinary Medicine Vegetables — Gold Room
1:00 – 1:30 Cilantro Bolting Trial, Julie Riley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
1:30– 2:00 Cutworms to Know and Control, an IPM Approach, Janice Chumley, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
2:00 – 2:30 Growing Garlic in Alaska, Heidi Rader, UAF Cooperative Extension Service and Tanana Chiefs Conference, and Julianne McGuinness, Aisling Mhor Consulting
2:30 – 3:00 Breeding Turnips, Kurt Wold, Pingo Farms
3:00 – 3:30 Break and networking (Visit exhibits!) BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Concurrent sessions in Yukon and Gold Rooms.) Livestock — Yukon Room
3:30 – 4:00 Antibiotic Use On-farm, Dr. Rosemarie Lombardi, USDA APHIS Veterinary Services
4:00 – 4:30 Overwintering: The Beekeeper’s Biggest Challenge in Interior Alaska, Stephen Petersen, Toklat Apiaries
4:30 – 5:00 The Economic Viability of Farming Muskoxen, Laura Starr, UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension Sustainable Practices — Gold Room
3:30 – 4:00 On-farm IPM Plan Development, Darcy Etcheverry, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
4:00 — 4:30 Monitoring Impacts of High Tunnels on Growing Conditions and Season Extension in Southcentral Alaska, Rachel Lord, Alaska Stems
4:30 – 5:00 Plants for Pollinators, Pat Holloway, UAF Georgeson Botanical Garden
THURSDAY, MARCH 5 — Conference Day 2
7:30 – 8:30 Registration BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Concurrent sessions in Yukon and Gold Rooms.) Sustainable Practices — Yukon Room
8:30 – 9:00 Earthworms: Friend or Foe? Matt Bowser, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
9:00 – 9:30 Managing Your Soil Test Parameters, Mingchu Zhang, UAF School of Natural Resources and Extension
9:30 – 10:00 Efficacy Comparison of Marketed Organic and Natural Herbicides, Heather Stewart and Robert Carter, Alaska Plant Materials Center Marketing — Gold Room
8:30 – 9:00 Farm to School: Five-Year Vision, Johanna Herron, Alaska Division of Agriculture
9:00 – 9:30 Agritourism and Alaska, Jacquelyn Schade, Alaska Division of Agriculture, and Mike Williams, EagleSong Family Peony Farm
9:30 – 10:00 Alaska’s Food Policy: What works, what needs changing? Darren Snyder, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
10:00 – 10:30 Break and networking (Visit exhibits!) BREAKOUT SESSIONS (Concurrent sessions in Yukon and Gold Rooms Sustainable Practices — Yukon Room
10:30 – 11:00 Division of Agriculture Pathology Program, Todd Steinlage, Alaska Plant Materials Center
11:00 – 11:30 Community Weed Control, Phil Kaspari, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
11:30 – 12:00 Cover Crop and Tillage System Impacts on Weed Seed Banks, Erin Carr, UAF Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station Managing Your Farm — Gold Room
10:30 – 11:00 Farm Liability Insurance, Laura Brugger, Country Insurance and Financial Services
11:00 – 11:30 Introduction to US Army Corps of Engineers, Wetland Permits, Ben Soiseth, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
11:30 – 12:00 Energy Audits, and Current Opportunities for Financial Assistance Under the 2014 Farm Bill, Jon Oestreich, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch on site — Gold Room PLENARY SESSION — Gold Room
1:00 – 1:30 Hydroponics for Vegetable Production, Jeff Werner, Watanuska LLC
1:30 – 2:00 Building Food Security in Alaska, an Overview of Ken Meter’s Report, Amy Pettit, Alaska Food Policy Council
2:00 – 2:30 Developing Niche Markets in Alaska Agriculture, Gina Greenway, College of Idaho Department of Business and Accounting
2:30 – 3:00 A Self-Governing First Nation and Post- Secondary Institution Partnership — Leading to a Sustainable Yukon Klondike Region Farm, presenters to be announced.
3:00 – 3:30 Break and networking (Visit exhibits!) PLENARY SESSION — Gold Room
3:30 – 4:15 Industry Updates and Changes to the Farm Bill — How Will It Affect Farmers? Amy Seitz, Alaska Farm Bureau, and Lloyd Wilhelm, USDA Farm Service Agency
4:14 – 5:00 Managing Your Farm Holistically — Getting Started, Phil Metzger, Holistic Managemen
Meet our Keynote Speakers
Phil Metzger Holistic Management International
Gina Greenway College of Idaho Department of Business and Accounting
Phil Metzger is a farm and natural resources development consultant, having retired from a 31-year career as a conservationist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. He has extensive experience working with an array of farms, businesses and organizations of all types and sizes. Phil instructs and consults on farm, personal and organizational goal setting, improved decision making, financial, land/infrastructure and grazing planning, biological monitoring and land health. He has been a certified educator in holistic management for more than 12 years. Currently, Phil is an instructor for Holistic Management International’s Western SARE Whole Farm Planning Distance Learning program, Northeast Beginning Women Farmer program, Cornell University Beginning Farmer Holistic Financial Planning online course and he consults with private clients.
Gina Greenway College of Idaho Department of Business and Accounting
Gina Greenway is an assistant professor of business and accounting at the College of Idaho. Gina received her bachelor of science, master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Idaho where she also taught agricultural economics courses and worked as a research associate. Her focus is on applied research and extension in the areas of potato industry economics and marketing, price forecasting and farm management.
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