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Alaska Review 34
Reporter Mark Weller explores the problems, controversies, and benefits surrounding the development of an agricultural industry in Alaska. Those interviewed include: unidentified fair-goers; Bob Palmer of Juneau, the Governor's special projects coordinator; Don Dinkel of Fairbanks, professor of plant physiology; Arnold Carson of Palmer, former Matanuska Valley colonist; Steve Hamilton of Palmer, dairy farmer; Nick Carney of Palmer, director of the Division of Agriculture; Gene Jenn of Palmer, farmer; Barrie Wilcox of Yelm, Washington; Frank H. McKinney of Delta Junction, grain consultant; Frank Flavin of Anchorage, state ombudsman; Mike Wegener of Seattle, Washington, grain inspector; Don Sundberg, grain specialist; and Masahiro Sasaki, Japanese consulate in Anchorage. The program contains views of the Tanana Valley State Fair and the Palmer State Fair, Matanuska Valley farms, the University of Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station in Fairbanks, Manley Hot Springs, historical photos and films of early farming and the Matanuska Valley Colony, dairy farm scenes, chicken egg facilities, Delta area farming, and a grain inspection lab.
The program also contains Public Service Announcements (PSAs) about physical fitness and economics.