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Alaska Farm FactsSchool of Agriculture and Land Resources Management, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, 1961-02This publication brings together agricultural statistics for the five years of 1953 through 1957, and compares them with the 1950 Census of Agriculture. Information on population, retail food prices, transportation charges, military purchases, and farm p-rices is included. This compilation provides a fairly complete picture of the size, and certain changes and trends in Alaska's food producing industry. It may suggest adjustments needed to meet changing times, and will serve as a basis of comparison for future years.
Financing Alaska's FarmsAnalysis of financial records made available by 93 Alaska farmers and homesteaders and information provided by financing agencies shows that farm credit in 1960 had improved considerably since mid-decade. Although ample credit seemed available for existing production levels, little risk money was at hand for setting up new farms. If Alaska continues to grow at the 1960 rate an annual expansion of farm credit resources of $500,000 to $750,000 appears needed. A major problem facing lenders is to coordinate credit extension between agencies, observing limitations imposed by market demands for local products. Major complaints voiced by borrowers are that terms are still too short and that interest rates are excessive.