Delta Farm Forum to take place Feb. 25

Time: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Location: Delta Junction High School

A variety of speakers will address agricultural topics at the annual Delta Farm Forum, which will take place Feb. 25 in Delta Junction.

The forum brings growers, producers and the community together to hear about agricultural research, recommendations and farm agency news. State Conservationist Bob Jones, with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, will welcome participants at 9 a.m., and presentations will run until 4:30 p.m. in the Delta High School small gymnasium.

Dr. Lisa Lunn, the large animal veterinarian for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, will provide sessions on handling difficult livestock births and feeding newborn livestock in a cold climate. Mike Stephens of the NRCS will talk about an upcoming workshop on managing acreage with soil and water conservation in mind. Cliff Parks of AgriLogic Consulting will discuss crop insurance; Extension horticulture agent Julie Riley will talk about cultivating cilantro; and Joe Nistler, who homesteaded in the Clearwater area, will reminisce about Delta’s early days. There will also be reports by the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District and local FFA and 4-H youth.

A noon potluck lunch is planned. The forum is co-sponsored by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the Salcha-Delta Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information, go to www.uaf.edu/ces, contact Delta Extension at 907-895-4215 or cmroden@alaska.edu, or call the conservation district at 907-895-6279.