It convention time in “The Last Frontier!” The 36th Alaska FFA Convention started on Wednesday (April 25) and will wrap up on Sunday (April 29). We hope everyone is having an unforgettable experience!
In honor of their convention, here are some fun facts about agriculture in Alaska:
• Summer days of nearly constant daylight allow some crops to be nurtured to enormous size. Jumbo crops include a world-record 19 lb. carrot, a 76 lb. rutabaga, and a 127 lb. cabbage!
• Barley was planted on 4,100 acres in 2008, with production for grain at about 99,000 bushels.
• Hay is planted on the most Alaska acreage: 18,000 acres.
• Greenhouse and nursery crops are the fastest-growing segment of Alaska’s agricultural industry.
• In 2007, Alaska accounted for over 62 percent of the volume of the commercial seafood harvested in the United States.
• Alaskans rely on the sale of cattle, pigs, sheep, reindeer, milk, wool, antlers and velvet, bison, yak and elk.
• Alaska is the largest state (365 million acres), but fewer than 1 million acres are farmed.
• Alaska’s oil production is 14% of the total U.S. production.
• Alaska is one-fifth the size of the contiguous U.S.; 488 times larger than the state of Rhode Island.
• 90% of Alaska is owned by the U.S. Government.
• The Tongass National Forest, at 16.9 million acres, is the largest national forest.
• The state fish of Alaska is the King Salmon. The state animal of Alaska is the moose.
• Alaska is divided into boroughs, instead of counties or parishes. There are 16 organized boroughs and 246 recognized tribal governments.
• Total cash receipts from farm marketing in 2008: nearly $31.2 million.
• Alaska boasts the northernmost (Point Barrow), the easternmost (Pochnoi Point on Semisopochnoi Island in the Aleutians), and the westernmost (Amatignak Island in the Aleutians) points in the United States.
• Alaska has an estimated 100,000 glaciers.
• Of the 20 highest peaks in the United States, 17 are in Alaska. Mount McKinley, the highest peak in North America, is 20,320 ft. above sea level. Denali, the Indian name for the peak, means “The Great One.”