Icicle, Peter Pan land USDA contracts for canned salmon

Sep 23, 2015
Clark Fair

A USDA bailout will send thousands of cans of Bristol Bay sockeye to school lunches and other federal food programs around the country this winter.

US Department of Agriculture

At the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention last week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an agreement established between the US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development and the Association of Village Council Presidents. 

Both groups share similar missions.  The USDA-Rural Development aims to improve the economy and quality of life for all rural Alaskans and AVCP’s goals include helping those in rural communities get the aide they need.

US Department of Agriculture

US Department of Agriculture officials met in Anchorage with Alaskan businesses Tuesday to discuss exporting of products.

The USDA’s Foreign Agriculture Service runs programs designed to build new markets for US exporters.  FAS associate administrator Suzanne Palmieri and deputy administrator for trade programs Christian Foster were the representatives that met in Anchorage.  They spoke with representative of Alaskan business sectors interested in exporting products such as fish and nursery products to countries around the world.


After urging from Alaska’s senior senator, the USDA has agreed to purchase a large shipment of canned pink salmon for food aid.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

US Department of Agriculture

Over $1.5 million was awarded to Alaska organizations in the hopes of enhancing and improving life in rural Alaska communities. 

USDA Center for Nutritional Policy and Promotion

A new USDA report says costs have risen for raising a child in the United States, but that the cost can also depend on region.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.


A U.S. Department of Agriculture visit to the Bristol Bay region has drawn interest for the organization’s resource grants, but adequate time for submitting proposals might limit potential businesses from applying this year. KDLG’s Luke Brummer has the story.


A high-ranking official with the U.S. Department of Agriculture is in the Bristol Bay region this week to discuss a seldom used program focused specifically on helping small businesses overcome challenges. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.

USDA Makes Changes to Rural Housing Programs

Jun 25, 2014

June is officially National Homeownership Month.  The US Department of Agriculture- Rural Development in Alaska will be celebrating in Juneau on Monday.  However, June also brings some changes to the eligibility requirements for USDA housing programs. 

The announcement released today stated that the changes make it possible for the City and Borough of Juneau to qualify for housing loans.  Public Information officer for the USDA Rural Development Alaska Larry Yerich says there are certain loans that are now available to residents in rural areas of up to 35,000 in population. 

USDA Announces Support for New Farmers

Jun 24, 2014

The Alaskan economy relies greatly on mass transportation.  With food in particular, much is shipped in from somewhere in the lower 48.  However, there is a rising interest in Alaska agriculture and the USDA has announced more support for new farmers.  KDLG’s Chase Cavanaugh has more.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is giving out over $27-million dollars in grants to help several Alaska villages upgrade their water and sewer systems. The village of Hooper Bay will benefit from the over $5.7-million dollars being given to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to build a water and sewer system.