January 2007
Alaska Almanac;2007, Issue 31, p9
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An encyclopedia entry for agriculture in Alaska is presented. Extremes of weather and a short growing season challenge cultivation in the state, but certain crops thrive in the cool soil temperatures. Traditional farming is concentrated in the Matanuska Valley and the Tanana Valley. Total market value of agricultural products in 2005 was $49 million. Aquaculture now accounts for the largest portion of the Alaska market basket, at $17.0 million. Shellfish farming and private nonprofit hatcheries make up these market receipts.


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