Alaska Growers School Course Schedule (Tentative)

June 8 to August 10, 2016

Opportunities in Agriculture for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers
Date: June 8, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Presenter: Heidi Rader, Tribes Extension Educator, Assistant Professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
Description: In this presentation, you’ll learn about numerous opportunities available to socially disadvantaged farmers and ranchers (Alaska Natives are considered socially disadvantaged. These opportunities include loans, programs, technical assistance, grants, and reimbursement programs.
 
Whole Farm Business Planning or Mapping
Date: June 15, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Presenter: Dr. Ruby Ward, Specialist and Director of Arizona Tribes Extension Program, University of Arizona
Description: In this presentation, business planning or mapping will be introduced and revisited throughout the course. “A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world” (old proverb). In this lesson, you will learn how to identify and articulate a vision for the farm or ranch that you own or support. Additionally, you’ll learn to prioritize your goals and objectives.
 
Tyonek Grown: A farm in the Native Village of Tyonek
Date: June 22, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Description: Tyonek Tribal Conservation District and the Native Village of Tyonek collaboratively started a 1.5 acre agriculture operation designed to improve the food security and access to fresh food in Tyonek. Hear about some of the challenges and successes that they faced in doing so.
 
From Peonies to Vegetables to Reindeer--Golden Agriculture Opportunities in Alaska
Date: June 29, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Presenter: Heidi Rader, Tribes Extension Educator, Assistant Professor at University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
Description: In this presentation, you’ll learn about some of the unique agriculture opportunities in Alaska. We’ll discuss reasons why you may want to select various opportunities including profit, lifestyle, food security, and health.
 
Rhodiola: A Profitable Medicinal Herb that Grows well in Arctic Environments
Date: July 13, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Presenter: Dr. Steve Brown, Agriculture/Horticulture Agent for the Mat-Su/Copper River District
Description: This presentation will cover starting Rhodiola seeds, establishing plants, row spacing, weeding strategies, harvesting and processing the harvest for sale, plant's history and why Rhodiola may be an important new crop for certain growers.
High Tunnels: Learn about the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s Program that Helps Farmers Purchase these Season Extenders
Date: July 20, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Presenter: Jon Oestrich, Natural Resource Conservation Specialist
Description: This lesson will cover the importance of season extension techniques for managing risks associated with unpredictable weather. A variety of season extension techniques including frost cloth, low and high tunnels, plastic mulch and greenhouses will be discussed. We will discuss how season extension technology can improve yields, allow you to diversify crops, and improve reliability. Greenhouses or season extension technologies can increase crop production through improved reliability and a longer production season.
 
Financial Management: Developing a Good Record Keeping System and Understanding Financial Statements
Date: July 27, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Presenter: Trent Teegerstrom, Specialist and Director of Arizona Tribes Extension Program, University of Arizona
Description: This presentation will highlight the importance of record keeping for managing financial risk. Balance sheets, statement of owner’s equity, income statements, and cash flow statements will be covered in this presentation. Available financial management tools will be discussed to help you find a record keeping system that works for you.
 
Risk Management for Alaska Native Producers
Date: August 3, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Presenter: Trent Teegerstrom, Specialist and Director of Arizona Tribes Extension Program, University of Arizona
Description: The focus of this lesson will include an overview of risk management and how understanding, assessing, and managing risk before you start or expand a farm or ranch is an important tool that can lead to a sustainable, profitable business.
 
Selecting a Business Structure: Lessons Learned from Native American Producers in Southwest Indian Country
Date: August 10, 2016
Time: 12-1:30 pm
Presenter: Dr. Ruby Ward, Applied Economics, Utah State University & Trent Teegerstrom, Specialist and Director of Arizona Tribes Extension Program, University of Arizona
Description: This presentation will describe various business and ownership structures used by Native American producers in Southwest Indian Country.
 
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