Alaska 2018-20 PDP project

Progress report for WSP18-001

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2018: $30,000.00
Projected End Date: 03/31/2022
Host Institution Award ID: G178-19-W7506
Grant Recipient: University Of Alaska- Fairbanks Extension
Region: Western
State: Alaska
State Coordinator:
Dr. Casey Matney
University of Alaska Fairbanks
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Project Information

Abstract:

Conference training and educational topics are developed with the input of an active and interested advisory committee. This SARE PDP grant will enable the cosponsoring of additional conferences and workshops/trainings with partners and collaborators. Additionally, funds will be used to maintain an Alaska SARE listserv, printed materials, Zoom meeting platform, and Alaska webinar/newsletter which is integral for connecting hundreds of Alaskans with innovations and information regarding sustainable agriculture. The Alaska SARE webinar and newsletter platform is dedicated towards sustainable farming operations, research, and projects occurring around the state and abroad. Lastly, the PDP grant funds will also support the state WSARE state coordinator to travel to the annual WSARE PDP summer meeting.

The topics that will be highlighted at the Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conferences and Alaska PDP Trainings/Workshops include: 1) sustainable soil and crop management, 2) sustainable poultry and livestock management, 3) integrated pest management, plant disease, and crop nutritional deficiencies, 4) water quality, crop irrigation, natural resources, and fish/wildlife habitat, 5) composting and fertilizer management, and 6) agricultural business management. Farm health and safety, farm business diversification, integrated pest management, as well as agricultural business management and economics will be emphasized, since this information is crucial for beginning farmers and ranchers, as well as maintaining agriculture businesses across Alaska. Since interest in the production and management of reindeer has been increasing within the state, livestock management aspects of the conference will be aimed at further developing the reindeer industry within Alaska.

Project Objectives:

1) Increase the knowledge of agricultural professionals about sustainable agriculture practices and achievable goals that they can adapt and implement in Alaska,
2) Increase the emphasis on sustainable agriculture practices that agricultural
professionals incorporate into educational programs and publications,
3) Facilitate the transmission of knowledge of sustainable agriculture principles from agricultural professionals to agricultural producers, and
4) Promote the adoption of sustainable agricultural practices by agricultural producers and assist them in developing the skills necessary to make these practices successful.

Advisors

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Education

Educational approach:

The Alaska SARE PDP is part of the Agriculture and Horticulture Department of the School of Natural Resources and Extension at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Along with SARE, we include programs in commercial agriculture/horticulture, integrated pest management, pesticide safety, and plant diagnostics. Other partners include the USDA NRCS, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and Alaska Division of Agriculture.

 

Due to the long distances between communities and limited number of extension agents in Alaska, the SARE program is used to build partnerships, collaborations, and linkages with other agricultural groups as well as educate agriculture professionals.  We frequently do this by using SARE funds to cosponsor existing agricultural conferences and workshops.

Education & Outreach Initiatives

Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Objective:

Host the Annual Alaska Host the Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference.

Description:

Provide a 3-day Sustainable Agriculture Conference.

Outcomes and impacts:

Participants will gain or increase knowledge, skills, awareness about sustainable ag topics, systems, principles, technologies, practices and resources.

Participants will gain or increase motivations and skills to effectively educate farmers and ranchers about sustainable agriculture.

Participants use information learned to conduct educational programs about sustainable agriculture topics, systems, principles, practices, technologies, and resources.

Participants use information learned to incorporate information into products and educational tools.

Participants use information learned to share project materials and/or SARE and other sustainable ag resources with farmers and others.

Participants use information learned to develop and/or strengthen professional collaborations and involvement in teaching, research and demonstration of sustainable agriculture topics, systems, principles, and practices.

Participants adopt sustainable systems, approaches and practices.

Workshops
Objective:

Provide workshops focused on sustainable agriculture.

Description:

Will provide workshops focused on sustainable agriculture.

Outcomes and impacts:

Participants will gain or increase knowledge, skills, awareness about sustainable ag topics, systems, principles, technologies, practices and resources.

Participants will gain or increase motivations and skills to effectively educate farmers and ranchers about sustainable agriculture.

Participants use information learned to conduct educational programs about sustainable agriculture topics, systems, principles, practices, technologies, and resources.

Participants use information learned to incorporate information into products and educational tools.

Participants use information learned to share project materials and/or SARE and other sustainable ag resources with farmers and others.

Participants use information learned to develop and/or strengthen professional collaborations and involvement in teaching, research and demonstration of sustainable agriculture topics, systems, principles, and practices.

Participants adopt sustainable systems, approaches and practices.

Webinars/Newsletter
Objective:

Provide webinars/newsletter focused on sustainable agriculture.

Description:

Will provide webinars/newsletter focused on sustainable agriculture.

Outcomes and impacts:

Participants will gain or increase knowledge, skills, awareness about sustainable ag topics, systems, principles, technologies, practices and resources.

Participants will gain or increase motivations and skills to effectively educate farmers and ranchers about sustainable agriculture.

Participants use information learned to conduct educational programs about sustainable agriculture topics, systems, principles, practices, technologies, and resources.

Participants use information learned to incorporate information into products and educational tools.

Participants use information learned to share project materials and/or SARE and other sustainable ag resources with farmers and others.

Participants use information learned to develop and/or strengthen professional collaborations and involvement in teaching, research and demonstration of sustainable agriculture topics, systems, principles, and practices.

Participants adopt sustainable systems, approaches and practices.

Online Access to Materials
Objective:

Host and provide access online to conference/workshop presentations and recorded webinars.

Description:

Will host and provide access online to conference/workshop presentations and recorded webinars.

Outcomes and impacts:

Participants will gain or increase knowledge, skills, awareness about sustainable ag topics, systems, principles, technologies, practices and resources.

Participants will gain or increase motivations and skills to effectively educate farmers and ranchers about sustainable agriculture.

Participants use information learned to conduct educational programs about sustainable agriculture topics, systems, principles, practices, technologies, and resources.

Participants use information learned to incorporate information into products and educational tools.

Participants use information learned to share project materials and/or SARE and other sustainable ag resources with farmers and others.

Participants use information learned to develop and/or strengthen professional collaborations and involvement in teaching, research and demonstration of sustainable agriculture topics, systems, principles, and practices.

Participants adopt sustainable systems, approaches and practices.

Educational & Outreach Activities

1 Online trainings
3 Published press articles, newsletters
2 Webinars / talks / presentations
4 Workshop field days
1 Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference

Participation Summary

18 Extension
2 NRCS
11 Researchers
10 Nonprofit
14 Agency
1 Ag service providers (other or unspecified)
65 Farmers/ranchers
12 Others

Learning Outcomes

131 Participants gained or increased knowledge, skills and/or attitudes about sustainable agriculture topics, practices, strategies, approaches
54 Ag professionals intend to use knowledge, attitudes, skills and/or awareness learned

Project Outcomes

1 Grant received that built upon this project
3 New working collaborations
34 Agricultural service provider participants who used knowledge and skills learned through this project (or incorporated project materials) in their educational activities, services, information products and/or tools for farmers
65 Farmers reached through participant's programs

Face of SARE

Face of SARE:

Outreach is coordinated through our University Website as well as Cooperative Extension Service Offices and Statewide Agency Offices.  We also release information through our list serves, websites, and social media pages across state agency and University offices.

430 Farmers received information about SARE grant programs and information resources
75 Ag professionals received information about SARE grant programs and information resources
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.