Agriculture: 

The Western Susitna Valley lies awaiting our farmers, and new farmers from outside our state to move in and begin cultivating.  Much of that will be done in hydroponic greenhouses, but we MUST become self sufficient.  At the same time we will seek to have the Jones act repealed or at least altered.

  • If there has ever been a time in which Alaska’s need to be self-sufficient is blatantly obvious, that time is right now.  I, as a retired soldier, do my grocery shopping at the commissary on Elmendorf AFB.  I go there and see empty shelves.  We are told by the man living in the White House that it is because Americans are doing so well that they are buying everything in the store.  I don’t think anyone I know is gullible enough to believe that. Our shelves are empty because this man has fumbled the ball, has the wrong people in charge of pretty much everything, and Alaska has ceased to make even a feeble attempt at self-sufficiency.  Those days end the moment my hand comes off of The Bible. 

 

  • First thing we will do is open the Western Susitna Valley by means of the Envirogrid roads and Bailey Bridges spoken of elsewhere on this site.  We will parcel the land out there to those with a clear plan for farming and raising food, not marijuana, but actual food.  If you smoke that stuff, that’s your business, but Alaska requires nourishment.  Our families require food.  But at the same time, industrial hemp is a thing we should and must push forward here.  Hempcrete is a budding new thing for industry.  It cannot carry a load like concrete but is great for non-load-bearing walls and is its own insulation.

 

  • We will encourage our own people to take up parcels of land from 40 to 160 acres in the Western Su and in other places, and they will get the land in over-the-counter sales, but at bare minimum prices, and on easy payments, but with the contracted promise that the land will be developed for agriculture.  Subdividing the land will be prohibited.  We are gambling on our very existence and must raise our own food.  And we will be innovative.

 

  • The old Matanuska Maid facility in Anchorage was turned into an industrial greenhousing facility.  We can do that here on an industrial scale.  We can heat those greenhouses with innovative, new technologies and we can also take advantage of hydroponic farming- a relatively new idea.  One man in Fairbanks had an avocado tree bearing fruit.  If we can do that, we can do anything.

 

  •  Alaskan Russet potatoes (to my thinking) are the tastiest potatoes on earth.  By revamping the Jones act, we will make it economically feasible to export these tasty tubers to the other states.  But more importantly, to get them quickly to market right here.

 

  • Alaska is one of the best places on earth for growing rutabagas.  Rutabagas sliced thin, fried in vegetable oil and lightly salted or otherwise flavored, to my way of thinking are far tastier than potato chips.  At the same time they are extremely low in fat.  Indeed, one can eat them all day and consume almost no fat at all.  This is a waiting market of which Alaska can and must take advantage.

 

  • We need to make it easy for Reindeer ranchers to raise their herds and to get fresh reindeer steaks on the table in our restaurants.

 

  • Alaskans with good ideas for farming will be given their chance, and if we cannot find enough local farmers, you can be certain there are many in the Lower 48 who want to come here and farm.  But we will become self-sufficient.  Not on paper, but in reality.

 

  • We will see to it that our food is safe.  I have personally witnessed food handlers on post wiping their nose on their hand and handling people’s groceries.  If it happening there, it’s happening off post.  In fact, I know someone who worked in three local restaurants and witnessed similar disgusting behavior.  We’re going to clean it up, folks.  We’ve been sick long enough.