Story last updated at 9/12/2012 - 2:20 pm
The Alaska Farm Bureau is gauging interest in whether there should be a Southeast Alaska chapter. At 7 p.m. on Sept. 27, there will be a teleconference to hold a discussion on the topic. Gardeners, greenhouse operators, farmers and mariculture growers and others are welcome and encouraged to share their interest in forming a new Southeast Chapter of the Alaska Farm Bureau.
The Alaska Farm Bureau is the largest agricultural organization in the state and currently has six chapters: Fairbanks, Delta, Mat-Su, Kodiak, Kenai Peninsula and the Copper River Valley. Those who live in the Southeast are currently members of the Mat-Su Chapter.
To participate, call 1-800-528-2793. Enter the conference ID of 7807353 and press # at 7 p.m. on Sept. 27.
If you are not able to participate that evening, please send an e-mail to Jane Hamilton, Alaska Farm Bureau Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail a note expressing your interest to the Alaska Farm Bureau at PO Box 760, Delta Junction, AK 99737. Please include your name and contact information - mail and e-mail addresses and telephone number.
People who are not actively growing agricultural or mariculture products may join the Farm Bureau as Associate Members. Associate Members pay the same $40 annual membership fee and receive all of the same membership benefits.
While they may join in discussions during Chapter Meetings, they do not have voting privileges. Their membership supports their local chapter as well as the state association. Any individual person or business is welcome to become an Associate Member.
If there is an interest, potential Southeast members will select a one person to represent them at the Alaska Farm Bureau Board of Director's meeting that will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Anchorage on Nov. 8. The Friday Forum (conference day of agricultural speakers), Awards Banquet and Scholarship Auction will be held on Nov. 9 and the Annual Meeting will be held on Nov. 10.
The Board of Directors will pay travel expenses for your representative to attend the three-day event. The Board of Directors will decide whether there is enough interest to form a Southeast Chapter at their Nov. 8 business meeting.