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8th Circumpolar Agricultural Conference

University of the Arctic Inaugural Food Summit

Alyeska Resort Hotel

Girdwood, Alaska

September 29 – October 3, 2013


Sunday September 29

Settle into your accommodations and explore the Resort and spectacular surroundings.

6:00 – 8:00 pm                    REGISTRATION (Alyeska Resort Hotel Lobby)

Please bring your posters to the Registration and Information Desk in the Alyeska Hotel Lobby.              We will be hanging all posters. You may drop off your presentations if you are       using Power       Point at the Registration and Information Desk. Steve Peterson, one of your hosts and our IT               representative, will load them onto the Conference and Summit computers.


Monday September 30

8:00 am – 5:00 pm            REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK OPEN (Foyer)

Please bring your posters to the Registration and Information Desk in the Columbia Foyer. We will be hanging all posters. Please drop off your presentations if you are using Power Point to Steve Peterson in the Bering Room. He will load them onto the conference and summit computers.

7:00 – 8:30 am                   BREAKFAST (Columbia and Foyer)

Conference Moderator: Carol E. Lewis, University of Alaska Fairbanks

8:30 – 9:50                            WELCOME (Columbia)


8:50 – 9:10                            Chancellor Brian Rogers, University of Alaska Fairbanks,                                       Chair of the UArctic Board of Governors

9:10 – 9:30                            Franci Havemeister,  Director, Division of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, State of Alaska


9:30 – 9:50                            Bill Erasmus, National Chief of the Dené Nation


9:50 – 10:10                          John Sadler, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Theme Coordinator, The Natural Resources Challenge, Biological Resource Management for Sustainable Agricultural Systems, Cooperative Research Program


10:10 – 10:20                       BREAK  (Columbia Foyer)


David Bubenheim, NASA/Ames Research Center, Moffit Field, CA – Session Moderator

Invited Keynote Talks (Columbia)

10:20  – 10:50                      “Redefined Northern Security – a challenge to Arctic Geopolitics?”

Lassi Heininen, Univ. Arctic Thematic Network Lead, Geopolitics, Finland                                                                                             

10:50 – 11:20                      “Cross-Border Dimensions of Vuntut Gwich’in Food Security”

David Natcher, Director, Indigenous Land Management Institute, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

11:20 – 11:50                    “Indigenous Community Food Security in the Yukon Territory”

Norma Kassi, Director Indigenous Collaboration Arctic Institute of Community Based Research, Yukon, Canada

11:50 – 12:20 pm              “Food safety in the arctic and human health:  Contaminant exposure by dietary intake”

                                                Arja Rautio, Univ. Arctic Thematic Network Lead, Arctic Health, Finland


            12:20 – 12:40                      PANEL DISCUSSION: Global Food Policy and Food Safety Issues

Panel members: Lassi Heininen, David Natcher, Norma Kassi, Arja Rautio

Panel Moderator:  David Bubenheim


12:40 – 2:00                        LUNCH  (Kahiltna Court)

                                                “Alaska Flour Company: Farm to Fork”

                                                Bryce Wrigley, Owner, Alaska Flour Company, Delta, Alaska





Karen Tanino, University of the Arctic and University of Saskatchewan  – Session Moderator

Invited Keynote Talks (Columbia)


            2:00 – 2:30                           “Developing Sustainable Small Businesses in the North:  The Case of Northern Food Producers and Distributors”

                                                                Svein Johansen, Univ. Arctic Thematic Network Lead, Managing Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the North, Norway

2:30 – 3:00                           “The Bioeconomy of the Arctic”

Torfi Jóhannesson, V.P. Circumpolar Agriculture Association, Iceland representative

3:00 – 3:30                            “The Land Grant University System in the U.S.: It’s role in agricultural development in the arctic and subarctic”

                                                                Carol E. Lewis, University of Alaska Fairbanks


3:30 – 4:00                           BREAK  (Columbia Foyer)

Invited Abstracts (Columbia)

4:00 – 4:20                           “Yukon Agricultural Association – Initiatives and Projects”               Sylvia Gibson* and Kirsten Scott, Yukon Agricultural Association   Yellowknife Commons Co-operative Ltd.

4:20 – 4:40                            “Stimulating Yellowknife’s local food economy and

Success stories of local agri-food skills activities in the Northwest Territories Canada”

Amy Lizotte and Lone Sorensen*

Yellowknife Commons Cooperative, Yellowknife Garden Collective, Ecology North and Territorial Farmers Association

4:40 – 5:00                           PANEL DISCUSSION: Food Production And Economic Development

Panel members:  Svein Johansen, Torfi Jóhannesson, Carol Lewis, Sylvia Gibson, Lone Sorensen

                                                                Panel Moderator: Karen Tanino

5:00 – 6:30                           POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Columbia and Foyer)


6:30 – 8:30                           RECEPTION (Kahiltna Court)

Dress is business casual





Tuesday October 1

7:00 – 8:30 am                   BREAKFAST (Columbia and Foyer)

8:00 am – 5:00 pm            REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK (Columbia Foyer)

Conference Moderator, Carol E. Lewis, University of Alaska Fairbanks


Session I – Horticulture

Julie Riley, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Moderator

                                    Invited Keynote Talks (Columbia)


8:30 – 9:00                            Experimental horticultural projects in the Canadian Mid- and High Arctic in the early 1980’s: Lessons Learned”

                                                                Josef Svoboda, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto


9:00 – 9:30                           “Costs and Benefits of a Northern Greenhouse”

                                                                                            Tom Allen, Professor                                                                                                            Dept. Bioresources Policy, Business and Economics,                                 University of Saskatchewan


                                                Invited Abstracts (Columbia)

9:30 – 9:50                            “Alternative soil nutrient sources: meeting the needs of rural Alaskan growers”                                                                                                          Lydia Clayton*, Janice Chumley, Pam Compton, Meg Mueller                               University of Alaska Fairbanks-Cooperative Extension Service; USDA- Natural Resource Conservation Service

9:50 – 10:10                        “Agricultural Production of Biomass as Energy Crops in Alaska: Is It Feasible?”

Stephen D. Sparrow, Darleen Masiak, Amanda Byrd*

Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and Alaska Center for Energy and Power, University of Alaska Fairbanks


10:10 – 10:40                                     BREAK   (Columbia Foyer)                         Invited Keynote Talk (Columbia)

                10:40 – 11:10                    “Ten Years of Creating Partnerships towards Community Food Security and Northern Rural Development in Manitoba

                  Kreesta Doucette, Founding Director, Food Matters Manitoba


                  Invited Abstracts (Columbia)

11:10 – 11:30                    “The Kuujjuaq Greenhouse Project: Sustainable Community Development through Food Production”           

Ellen Avard (PhD Candidate)                                                                   Université Laval, Département de Géographie, Quebec

11:30 – 11:50                  “Bilberry – wild superberry from Europe”

Laura Jaakola*, Eivind Uleberg, Inger Martinussen

Climate laboratory, Department of Arctic and Marine Biology, University of Tromsø, Norway


11:50 – 12:10                  “Antioxidant Levels in Alaska Berry Products”

Julie Cascio*, Roxie Dinstel

University of Alaska Fairbanks, Cooperative Extension Service


12:10 – 12:30                PANEL DISCUSSION: Food Production and Sustainable Practices – Session I – Horticulture

                                                Panel members: Josef Svoboda, Tom Allen, Lydia Clayton, Amanda Byrd,  Kreesta Doucette, Ellen Avard, Laura Jaakola, Julie Cascio

                                                Panel Moderator: Julie Riley, University of Alaska Fairbanks

12:30 – 2:00                  LUNCH  (Kahiltna Court)

2:30 –  5:00                    Tour – Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center

                                Meet in the Hotel Alyeska Lobby

Dinner On Your Own


Wednesday October 2

7:00 – 8:30 am                   BREAKFAST (Columbia and Foyer)

REGISTRATION AND INFORMATION DESK OPEN                                               


– Session II Livestock Production

Milan Shipka, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Session Moderator


Invited Keynote Talks (Columbia)

8:30 – 9:00                           “Sustainable Livestock Production Systems in Alaska: production practices and marketing”

Milan Shipka* and Jan Rowell, University of Alaska Fairbanks

9:00 – 9:30                           “Animal Health Issues for Alaska Agriculture”

John Blake, University of Alaska Fairbanks

9:30 – 10:00                        “Veterinary Medicine Professional Program at the University of Alaska                                                                               Fairbanks”

                                                Todd O’Hara, Institute of Arctic Biology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

10:00 – 10:30                     BREAK   (Columbia Foyer)

                                                Invited Abstracts (Columbia)

10:30 – 10:50                      “Losses of sheep on summer range in Norway”

Inger Hansen* and Rolf Rødven. Bioforsk Nord, Norway

10:50 – 11:10                      “Small Scale Poultry Production Education in Alaska”

Stephen C. Brown. University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension              Service

11:10 – 11:30                      “Building Educational Programs to Promote Food Security for Indigenous Populations in the Americas”

Diane Holland Rickerl, South Dakota State University


11:30 – 11:50                      PANEL DISCUSSION: Food Production and Sustainable Practices – Session II Livestock Production.

Panel members: Jan Rowell, John Blake, Todd O’Hara, Inger Hansen, Stephen C. Brown, Diane Holland Rickerl

                                                Panel Moderator: Milan Shipka

11:50 – 1:00 pm                 LUNCH                 (Kahiltna Court)              

1:00 – 2:30                           POSTER PRESENTATIONS (Columbia and Foyer)

2:30 – 3:00                            BREAK  (Columbia Foyer)

3:00 – 4:30                           BREAKOUT SESSION: All attendees

                                                Session Moderator: Karen Tanino, University of Saskatchewan and University of the Arctic

4:30 – 6:00                            Meeting of interested persons to elect CAA president and to discuss combination of goals/interests of the Circumpolar Agricultural Association and the University of the Arctic Northern Food Security Thematic Network.

6:30 –                                     BANQUET (Kahlitna Court)

                                                Dress is business casual


Thursday October 3  

7:00 – 8:30 am                   BREAKFAST

8:30 – 10:30                        GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES IN ADVANCING FOOD SECURITY

                                    IN THE CIRCUMPOLAR WORLD—Conference Summary and Discussion

                                                Opening Remarks:

                                    Matsu Uemura, Dean, the United Graduate School of Agricultural                                                            Sciences, Iwate University, Morioka, Japan

                                                Berndt Skarstad, Leader, Northern Norwegian Council of Agriculture


                                                PANEL DISCUSSION

Representatives from Norway, Finland, United States, Canada, and Japan.


10:30 – 11:00                      BREAK  (Columbia Foyer)

11:00 – 11:30                      GO FORWARD PLAN

  • Results of Wednesday “Break Out Session”
  • Publication of proceedings detailing the Conference and Summit
  • University of the Arctic and Circumpolar Agriculture Association meeting outcomes

11:30 am –                           FINAL WORDS AND CLOSING (conference co-chairs)



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