14th Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference
Nov. 4-8, 2018 at BP Energy Center and SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake Hotel Anchorage
BP Energy Center: 1014 Energy Court, Anchorage
SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake Hotel: 4050 University Lake Drive
The Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference brings farmers, ranchers, researchers, Extension agents and others together to learn from one another and to find ways to continue to develop and improve the agriculture industry in Alaska. As with all events sponsored by Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (WSARE), there is a particular emphasis on innovation and education about sustainable agricultural practices appropriate for Alaska.
This year’s conference will feature statewide updates and technical sessions the first day of the conference (Monday, Nov. 5) and special topics and technical sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday, Nov. 6 and 7. Topics covered during the conference range from climate updates and seaweed farming to livestock production and growing rhodiola. On Sunday, Nov. 4, there will be a pre-conference workshop on Produce Safety Training, hosted in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Conservation. On Thursday, Nov. 8, there will be a post-conference workshop on Ag in the Classroom. Participants can select how many days of the conference they would like to attend and whether or not they would like to attend a pre- or post-conference workshop.
To register, go to http://bit.ly/AKAGConference14.
Early-bird registration fee for all three days of the conference is $125. Early-bird registration fee for one day is $50.
The last day for early-bird registration fees will end on Oct. 28. Conference fees can be refunded in full through Oct. 28. Beginning on Monday, Oct. 29, the registration fee will increase by $25 per person.

Pre-Conference Workshop, Sunday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Produce Safety Training
Location: SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake Hotel Meeting Room
Hosted by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Office of the State Veterinarian and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service
This FDA-approved course satisfies the Grower Training curriculum requirements under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule. Funding provided by an FDA-State of Alaska cooperative grant.
Who Should Attend?
Commercial fruit and vegetable growers, farmers market vendors and others interested in learning about produce safety, the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs).
What to Expect:
We will spend approximately seven hours of instruction time covering content contained in these seven modules:
  • Introduction to Produce Safety
  • Worker Health, Hygiene and Training
  • Soil Amendments
  • Wildlife, Domesticated Animals and Land Use
  • Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water)
  • Postharvest Handling and Sanitation
  • How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan
The course will provide a foundation of GAPs, information on the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan. Individuals who participate in this course will gain a basic understanding of:
  • Microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm
  • How to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks and how to begin implementing food safety practices on your farm
  • Requirements of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them
Want to know more about Alaska’s Produce Safety Program?
Post-Conference Workshop, Thursday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Agriculture in the Classroom
Location: SpringHill Suites Anchorage University Lake Hotel Meeting Room
Hosted by Mel Sikes, coordinator, Fairbanks Soil and Water Conservation District, Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom program
This workshop is an introduction to the many education resources available through the Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom program. A variety of interdisciplinary, agriculture-based curricula, including STEM, will be presented.
Want to know more about the Alaska Agriculture in the Classroom program?

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