The Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (AFES) is administered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The station includes the Fairbanks Experiment Farm, the Matanuska Experiment Farm & Extension Center and the Delta Junction field research site. The Georgeson Botanical Garden and the Reindeer Research Program are at the Fairbanks farm.
Researchers associated with the experiment station focus on creating knowledge and solving problems in agriculture, natural resources and the forest sciences. State and federal agencies, private industry, and the university sponsor and fund AFES research.
Feb. 14, 2020The Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference will take place Feb. 20-22 at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage. The 15th annual conference will feature about 60 speakers on a wide range of agricultural topics, including recent research, food businesses, Rhodiola rosea production, rural farming, business planning and livestock management.Read article
Feb. 5, 2020The Alaska Peony Growers Association awarded its Growers Cup to longtime University of Alaska Fairbanks researcher Bob Van Veldhuizen. Members of the statewide association honored Van Veldhuizen during its winter conference, which ended Saturday in Fairbanks. The award recognizes individuals who provide key support to the peony industry.Read article
Jan. 31, 2020In the last decade, peony farms in Alaska have increased tenfold. According to the latest Census of Agriculture, there were 100 peony farms in the state. The growth has been propelled by headlines like these: “Alaska’s peonies are the state’s new cash crop,” “‘The industry’s about to explode’: Peony market flourishes in Alaska,” “Alaskan peony farmers aim to grow industry,” “How Alaska became a center of peony cultivation,” and “For late-summer weddings, the peonies can only come from one place.”Read article
Agroborealis Research Highlights
Fall 2019While studying how trees take up snowmelt and rainwater, Jessie Young-Robertson noticed dramatic seasonal variations in the water content of trees, particularly in deciduous trees like birch and aspen.Read highlight
Spring 2019Finding vegetable varieties that grow well in Alaska has been a goal of experiment stations from their earliest days. Agronomist C.C. Georgeson published his first circular that recommended vegetable varieties in 1906, a year before the Fairbanks Experiment Station and farm opened.Read highlight
Fall 2018The village of Savoonga owns a herd of more than 3,000 reindeer, and a decreasing supply of walrus and other marine mammals has the St. Lawrence Island community thinking more about its reindeer as a source of food and employment.Read highlight
Fairbanks Experiment Farm staff have been collecting weather data since 1911.