Alaska Agriculture Day April 30, 2018 WHEREAS, agriculture has played an essential role in establishing, sustaining, and growing communities throughout the State of Alaska for decades; and WHEREAS, every Alaskan needs nutritious, healthy, affordable food, and our local agricultural producers work year-round to satisfy this need; and WHEREAS, Alaska’s agricultural industry is an important part of the state’s economy. Alaska’s farmers, fishermen and women, ranchers, and gardeners support our in-state economy and produce exceptional products, offering Alaskans an abundant array of local food choices and commercial agricultural products. In addition, those who supply the specialized equipment and seeds, transport, process, and market these products play a vital role. Each of these links must be strong for our agricultural system to be successful in contributing to economic development in Alaska; and WHEREAS, with increased consumer interest in purchasing local foods, demand for Alaskan-grown products has increased. Higher demand can spur production expansion, adding to Alaska’s economy and food security; and buying local agricultural products keeps money circulating within our state; and WHEREAS, Alaska agriculture is essential in supporting communities after a natural disaster or event; and WHEREAS, demonstrating to future generations the skill, hard work, and satisfaction of farming will help them grow into successful young adults and contributing members of our communities; and WHEREAS, Alaskans have worked countless hours, some even committing their entire lifetime, to feeding and sustaining our families, friends and neighbors with local agriculture. NOW THEREFORE, I, Bill Walker, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 1, 2018 as: Alaska Agriculture Day in Alaska, and ask that all citizens recognize the contributions of Alaska’s farmers, producers, and growers. I encourage all Alaskans to support our agricultural industry by seeking out and buying products produced and grown in Alaska.