Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Teleconference Today in RE to Mt McKinley Meat and Sausage Plant



Department of Natural Resources

 DIVISION OF AGRICULTURE
Central Office

1800 Glenn Highway, Suite 12
Palmer, Alaska 99645-6736
Main: 907.745.7200
Director’s fax: 907.745.7112
Marketing & ARLF fax: 907.745.7242
Inspection fax: 907.745.7254

June 12, 2014



RE: Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage Plant Survey Results

The Division of Agriculture, at the request of the Board of Agriculture & Conservation (BAC),
developed a survey to assess the interest in transitioning the Mt. McKinley Meat & Sausage plant
from state ownership to the private sector. The three surveys conducted (below) were open to the
public for a 15 day period and closed on May 30, 2014. Thank you to those that took the time to
participate in the surveys. The survey results are listed below:

• Red Meat Industry http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/MMMS/INDUSTSURVEY.pdf
• Red Meat Processing Plants http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/MMMS/PROCSURVEY.pdf
• Chef & Restaurant http://dnr.alaska.gov/ag/MMMS/CHEFSURVEY.pdf

The public is invited to provide oral comments on options for the plant’s future during the public
comment session of the BAC meeting, which will be held from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2
in the conference room of the Division of Agriculture’s Palmer office. Comments during the
meeting will be limited to three minutes per person. Written comments may be submitted in
place of oral comments but must be received no later than July 2 at 12:00 pm and should be
addressed to the Board of Agriculture and Conservation, C/O Director Franci Havemeister, at
1800 Glenn Highway Suite 12 Palmer, Alaska 99645-6736, via fax at 907-745-7112 or by e-mail
to me Franci.Havemeister@alaska.gov.

To participate remotely in the July 2 board meeting, call the toll free number 1-800-315-6338
and enter the pass code 12211# at the prompt. Comments during the meeting will be limited to
three minutes per person. For special accommodations due to audio or visual impairment,
contact the Division of Agriculture at 761-3851. A TDD line for this meeting is available at 907-
269-8411.

Sincerely,



Franci Havemeister
Director

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

May 1 Spring Teleconference

May 1, 20147 PM Spring Teleconference.
800-893-8850 with pin 5711553

Meeting called to order: 7:03 PM Milan, Delbert, Jackie, Ruby, George. Amy emailed explaining that this time conflicted with the AFB meeting scheduled in her area. Secretary Lee emailed and would not be available as she had prior commitments.

• Ruby suggested breakout sessions that coordinate with other conferences such as the Sustainable Ag Conference, Delta Farm Forum instead of creating a separate conference. Discussion followed. Ruby mentioned the Alaska Fiber and Arts Festival held in Nelchina this last month.

• Milan talked about the Alaska Farm Bureau meeting will be in Homer this next year. This will be in November. ADLA could do a teleconference meeting there also. 11-14th. Milan suggested Ruby talk to Jane about doing and ADLA meeting there. Thursday night could be set aside for this or would it be better to have it on another night was discussed.

• Change of officers and bank account info. Treasurer Officer: Jackie Simineo? Kathy Burton wrote a check to open a new account for ADLA with AKUSA Inc. $2,921.43 plus $35 added from Milan. Kathy’s address is on that bank account. Ruby suggested nominating Jackie to treasurer, put Jackie as register and contact person for bank account. Jackie declined office. Discussion followed in or to open new account for ADLA, Inc. Signers will be members Jackie and Ruby as co-signers. Address will be 8850 North Simineo Circle, Palmer, Alaska 99645. Biennial Report is due July 2014 Biennial Report will be mailed to Delbert also. This will allow the coordination of bank account, register for biennial report and ADLA address to all be the same. Delbert nominated George Aguilar as treasurer, seconded; all approved.

• Updates.
Legislative Info. HB 40, HCR 1, HB 121, HB 207, HB 231
Other.

• MMMS Issue: Discussion followed in regards to MMMS and the Delta Cooperative.
• On the issue of a bed and breakfast. A member emailed this response: “It is not an allowable use at this time. It was discussed in a lands meeting with Div. Of Ag. On future sales and if the parcel is 50% of producible lands, determine at the time of sale by the Div. of Ag., then 5 acres would be allowed for non-farm use. No policing as of yet for the most part. Not sure when or if that will change.”

• Discussion followed. Paint Law to be brought up to the AFB. Painted trees or posts to depict No Trespassing instead of signs. Milan suggested bringing this issue up with AFB. Delbert mentioned he had called and discussed this issue with two legislatures with no results.
• Memberships: 14 Members now.

• Nominations for support of ADLA. Milan spoke about a new producer at Montana Creek. Delta Meat and Sausage, other processors, etc. were discussed.

• Ruby mentioned that the Division of Ag did not have an active Associate Listing in their Sourcebook, they had contacted her and Delbert will call them tomorrow in this regards to update if it is not too late.

• George asked about moving forward with membership. How to encourage more producers in the state. Discussion followed.

• Next meeting, September 18th…7 PM. Teleconference. 800-893-8850 with pin 5711553

• Discussion on the Reindeer Association was requested for the next meeting by Ruby.

• Motion to adjourn, seconded. Meeting adjourned 8:09 p.m.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

2nd Annual Fiber & Arts Festival


Kenai Peninsula Fair
P O Box 39210
Ninilchik,AK 99639
Contact Person: 
Deb Henderson – fairoffice@alaska.net
(907) 252-3544
2nd Annual Fiber & Arts Festival
April 26 & 27, 2014
Ninilchik, Alaska
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Welcomes you to...
A Celebration of Natural Fibers Fiber Producers Fiber Artists Community Members Fiber Craftsperson
Join Us!

4000 Pounds of Raw Wool for Barn Insulation Needed

I have been asked to find 4000 lbs of raw wool for a barn insulation project on the Peninsula.

I know many have fleeces from years back..........email me and I can try and coordinate the effort. They are a small non-profit, got their first wool free and paid only for shipping. They said they can pay 50 cent a pound for raw, maybe a bit more. Something is better then nothing. And if we don't have 4000 lbs sitting about, they will take what ever we can gather, the more the better.

I can help coordinate transport maybe

Let me know how many pounds and approximate condition. and of course where you are so we can coordinate efforts!

NO moldy fleeces accepted or considered

Spring cleaning in a good way..... 
Lee
​ANFBA Member​
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1395799050656457/

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Sheep for Sale

 

 
Selling the entire herd for $350 each:

2 Icelandic Ewes: 1 is 5 years old, 1 is a yearling
4 Dorper/Suffolk Ewes: 2 are 4 years old, 2 are yearlings
1 Dorper/Icelandic Ewe: yearling
1 Suffolk/Dorper Ram: 5 years old
 
Multiple animal discount available.
 
All ewes are bred and are due to start lambing in March. Ewes that have already lambed are $300 and lambs are $200 each. (So far 3 ewes lave lambed and 6 lambs are available).

These will produce nice hardy lambs, good for meat or wool. Icelandic wool is very high quality and can be shorn twice/year.

Friday, March 21, 2014

December Annual Meeting

Alaska Diversified Livestock Association, Inc. December 6, 2013 Audio Meeting Minutes

I. Call to order by President Delbert Simineo

II. Roll call: online were President Delbert Simineo, VP Ruby Hollembaek, member Lee Hecimovich

III. Approval of Agenda-agenda: approved

IV. Approval of 2012 minutes: approved

V. Election of Officers: Delbert and Ruby were reelected to their positions. As Jane Hamilton declined the position, Lee was nominated/elected as secretary. Treasurer is unfilled at this time. Kathy Burton declined the position. Discussion involved the need to get more members/potential members involved. 

VI. Old Business
A. ADLA Corp Status/biannual Report: business paperwork/taxes need to be filed.
B. Bylaws: Need to check on update to include sheep, goats, etc.-animals that produce food and fiber.
C. Meeting frequency: A quarterly meeting schedule was discussed, possibly in conjunction with livestock or ag related events to encourage membership. i.e. SARE Conference, Delta Farm Forum. Possible audio/webinar after SARE.  Delbert or Ruby will contact Steve Siefert (SARE)
D. Email: Ruby stated she can only post to 10 people on the blog, suggestions needed.

VII. New Business
A. President's Report: Delbert presented a letter from Dr. Gerlach about meeting to discuss state/federal regulations, animal care standards, impact of lower 48 animal rights groups. Delbert also discussed a "Red Paint Law" to assist with no trespassing issues. He will contact the State/Borough for clarification.
B. Legislative issues: The Farm Bureau is not continuing their lobbying for the reinstating of the Department of Agriculture. Question on whether a Bed & Breakfast on a ranch is eligible on ag parcels was discussed. 
Wood bison at Portage subject: Ruby has a letter/email on this and the Alaska  Farm Bureau November newsletter also had information. 

VIII. Treasurer's Report: Ruby will send in, also income tax was discussed.
 She will also send out a member roster.

X. Next Meeting-not set, after SARE, possibly check in January.


XI. Adjourn: 7:10 pm

ADLA Inc.

The Alaska Diversified Livestock Association, Inc. holds a certificate from the State of Alaska, Department of Community and Economic Development, Division of Banking, Securities and Corporations formed on November 19, 2002.

The members must be of the age of 19 years or more, acting as incorporators of a corporation under the Alaska Nonprofit Corporation Act (AS 10.20), adopted articles of incorporation as follows:
Article 1. The name of this corporation is the Alaska Diversified Livestock Association, Inc.
Article 2. The duration of this corporation shall be perpetual.
Article 3. To promote the responsible development, management, marketing and research for the diversified livestock industry of Alaska. This is to include the production of animals who provide food or fiber. To exercise all rights and powers conferred by the laws of the State of Alaska upon nonprofit corporations, including without limiting the generality of the foregoing, to acquire by devise, gift, purchase, lease, or otherwise any property of any sort or nature without limitation as to its amount of value, and to hold, invest, reinvest, manage, use apply, employ, sell, expend, disburse, lease, mortgage, convey, option, donate, or otherwise dispose of such property, for any of the purposes set forth herein. To do such other things as are incidental to purposes of the Corporation or necessary in order to accomplish them. The corporation is not organized for profit. It shall have no capital stock and shall not be authorized to issue capital stock. Upon dissolution of the corporation, the officers shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the corporation, distribute all of the assets of the corporation in such a manner and to such non-profit agricultural organizations qualified under Section 501 © (5) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as such Sections may be amended, or their successor provisions as the Officers may determine.
Articles 4 – 8 pertain to the membership, the board of directors, the bylaws, liability & incorporators.

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