WHEREAS, agriculture plays an integral role in the success of every civilization, and was instrumental to the settlement of Alaska. From early Russian trading posts to the settlers of the Tanana Valley, Alaskan frontiersman have always seen the potential for agriculture and development in Alaskan communities; and
WHEREAS, agriculture provides what we eat, use, and wear on a daily basis, and we recognize the importance of teaching our youth how foods and fibers are produced and distributed. The Alaska Agricultural Industry supports thousands of statewide jobs and produces food and fiber worth $40 million each year; and
WHEREAS, as a result of successful agriculture endeavors, Alaskan’s have the opportunity to enjoy farm fresh local produce, high quality meats, flowers, local fibers, and everything from raw honey to qiviut; and
WHEREAS, Alaska agriculture producers are modern day pioneers who provide the food, fiber, and energy resources into our economy. Alaska is rich in natural resources; and with continued dedication, generations of Alaskans will reap the benefits of their harvest; and
WHEREAS, modern agricultural education programs offer Alaska youth across the state the benefits of a curriculum that helps foster future leaders, farmers, and consumers in their communities; and
WHEREAS, just in the past few years, Alaskans have been made increasingly aware of the need to enhance the security of our in-state food supply due to floods, wildland fires, and the COVID-19 pandemic; and
WHEREAS, the development of new terrestrial crops, the expansion of traditional and alternative food distribution systems, and the continued cooperation between pioneer farmers and innovative partners demonstrate Alaska’s creative capacity to expand its agricultural sector.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 4, 2021 as:
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to support local agriculture by seeking out and purchasing products produced and grown in Alaska and to appreciate the agricultural industry’s significant contributions to the well-being of the state.