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State seeks nominations for 2017 Farm Family of the Year

The Alaska Division of Agriculture invites the public to submit nominations for the 18t?Annual Farm Family of the Year award.

The award will be presente?at th?Alaska State Fair?The Alaska State Fair established the award in 2000 to honor an Alaska farm family that epitomizes the spirit of the industry and to show appreciation for hardworking Alaskans committed to agriculture and aquaculture.

The Farm Family of the Year selection committee is comprised of representatives from th?USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Natural Resources and Extension, Alaska State Fair, and the Division of Agriculture?

Nominations should include details about the family and how they fulfill the following criteria:

• Production of quality Alaska Grown products (not based on quantity)

• Community involvement (civic organizations, school, sports, church)

• Involvement in agricultural industry organizations (local, state, and federal)

Overall farm family image, farming history, and unique or special production

Nominations are due by June 30 and can be submitted by mailing Johanna Herron, Alaska Division of Agriculture, 1800 Glenn Hwy, Suite 12, Palmer, AK 99645; e-mailing; or sending a fax t?(907) 745-7112.

KPBSD can hire 12 of 30-plus frozen positions

The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly passed the Fiscal Year 2018 budget on June 6, which included funding for the KPBSD school year which begins Aug. 22. The state of Alaska has not yet determined funding for public education.

Mayor Mike Navarre increased the FY18 borough funding appropriation to KPBSD by $1.5 million over FY17 i?Ordinance 2017-19, and the Borough Assembly voted to pass this funding.

The Borough will provide KPBSD $38.88 million in Local Effort support available for use by KPBSD, and $10.85 million for operations and in-kind support, for a total appropriation of $49,738.432.

The increase provided KPBSD the fiscal certainty to offer contracts to a handful of local teachers on June 7, some of who had not yet been offered positions because of the hiring freeze and fiscal uncertainty. In addition, a handful of principals are interviewing for positions now open at their school site, with the ability for KPBSD to offer a qualified candidate a position immediately. The remaining positions are still on hold until the state legislature determines education funding, which could range from status quo to a five percent reduction.

"I am grateful that the Borough Assembly and Mayor Navarre took action that provided some fiscal certainty to the school district," said Sean Dusek, Superintendent of Schools. "They demonstrated leadership and made some difficult decisions that supported the schools in our district. We will continue to work closely with the Assembly and Mayor in our planning for next year to ensure efficiencies and provide the best opportunities for all of our students in the coming years. We will work together to make our communities positive, vibrant places that our graduates will want to live and work in as they have their own families in the future."


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