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Sustainable agriculture, food security topics of Saturday forum

Staff report

To address priority actions for food security and sustainable agriculture, the Kenai Peninsula Resource Conservation and Development Council is presenting an agriculture forum at the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds in Ninilchik from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Doors open at 8 a.m. Presenters include:

• Michael Paschall, editor, Alaska Farm and Ranch News;

• Margaret Adsit, executive director, Alaska Farmland Trust;

• Johanna Herron, Farm-To-School Program coordinator, Div. of Agriculture;

• Tim Meyers, Meyers Farm, Bethel;

• Angela Caporelli, Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

Leading up to the forum, a short survey of ag producers and consumers will be done to identify and prioritize issues. Copies of the survey are available at the Homer office, 110 Trading Bay Suite 140. Completed surveys are due by today.

Seating at the forum is limited. Tickets are $25 per person and available from partnering agencies: Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District, Soldotna Cooperative Extension 4H Program and the Kenai Peninsula State Fairgrounds. A local foods luncheon will be provided by the Ninilchik Wolverine Boosters.

The forum's sponsors include the Kenai Peninsula Borough, Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, Kenai Peninsula Chapter-Farm Bureau, Echo Lake Peony Farm, Alaska Division of Agriculture, University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District, Central Peninsula Garden Club, Sustainable Homer and Kenai Resilience.

For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula RC&D office, (907) 283-8732, ext. 114.