• Barley Production in the Delta-Clearwater Area of Interior Alaska

      Lewis, Carol E.; Wooding, Frank J. (School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, 1978-04)
      When oil from Prudhoe Bay on the northern coast of Alaska began to flow in the fall of 1977, it marked the beginning of another flow of perhaps equal significance. Eighty per cent of the revenue received by the State of Alaska in the foreseeable future will come from the oil industry. This prompts concern that long-term growth of the Alaskan economy is based on revenue from a single nonrenewable resource. Historically, nonrenewable resources have exhibited a boom-bust development pattern. Diversifying the economy of the state could contribute to economic stability. Of particular interest, when the development of renewable resources is considered, is the potential for agriculture. A half century ago, the Tanana Valley in interior Alaska produced a higher per-capita quantity of agricultural products for Fairbanks consumers than it does today. Now, more than 95 per cent of the food consumed in the area is imported from areas outside the state. Additionally, there is a growing worldwide concern abut increasing populations and the need for increased food production. This has created a new awareness of agriculture in Alaska as well as across the nation.
    • The Economics of Barley Production in the Delta Junction Area of Interior Alaska

      Lewis, Carol E.; Arobio, Edward L.; Birklid, Cathy A. (School of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, 1987-10)
      The discovery of oil at Prudhoe Bay on the north slope of Alaska and the subsequent initial lease sale for rights to drill for oil on state land marked the beginning of a new era in the economy of the state. Construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline to carry oil 860 miles from the northern coast to the port of Valdez brought jobs to the state and increased personal income for many residents. When oil began to flow, the state began to receive revenues from royalty oil sales. Wealth from oil revenues made it possible for the state to support the development of Alaska's renewable resources. One of the resources considered was land which had been classified as having potential for production of agricultural products . There had been attempts in the past by the Federal and state governments to increase substantially agricultural production in Alaska, but none were completely successful (Stone 1950, Burton 1971, Snodgrass et a!. 1982, Lewis et al. 1987) .