OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
June 28, 2013
I, Sean Parnell, Governor of the State of Alaska, under the authority of Article III, Sections 1 and 24 of the Alaska
Constitution, and in accordance with AS 44.19.145(c), establish the Alaska Food Resource Working Group (AFRWG) to recommend
policies and measures to increase the purchase and consumption of local wild seafood and farm products.
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 265
The objectives of this Order are to improve the health of state residents, increase food security, strengthen local economies,
and encourage community development.
Currently, State agencies responsible for the development, oversight, and marketing of
locally grown and harvested foods and agencies responsible for meals in schools and public facilities operate without the
benefit of an established shared mission statement or goal.
Eight State agencies administer various programs that affect food
production, wild harvest, and foods served to residents of the state. The AFRWG shall collaborate with the Alaska Food Policy
Council (AFPC), an independent organization that was established to provide recommendations for improving access to healthy,
affordable, and culturally appropriate foods for all residents of the state. The AFRWG shall invite a member of the AFPC
governing board to represent the AFPC at scheduled meetings.
The AFRWG shall increase collaboration among State and local
agencies, the AFPC, the University of Alaska, federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and regional corporations
established under 43 U.S.C. 1601 - 1629h (Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act) to promote a healthy food system within
the state. Specific benefits and results include the following:
- Develop a mission statement that promotes increased use of locally grown and harvested foods within State and local
agencies, institutions, and schools;
- Identify factors that might discourage or prevent locally harvested and produced food from being purchased by federal,
State and local agencies, institutions, and schools;
- Review existing or proposed programs, policies, statutes, and regulations that impact the stateís food system and recommend
to policymakers methods to improve coordination and implementation;
- Identify research needed to support and encourage increased consumption and production of local foods within the state; and
- Engage with the public to seek additional input on ways to promote the above-listed goals.
There is created an Alaska Food Resource Working Group (AFRWG) that is assigned to the Department of Natural
Resources for administrative purposes. The AFRWG is composed of the following members:
- The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources or the Commissionerís designee;
- The Commissioner of the Department of Fish and Game or the Commissionerís designee;
- The Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development or the Commissionerís designee;
- The Commissioner of the Department of Health and Social Services or the Commissionerís designee;
- The Commissioner of the Department of Education and Early Development or the Commissionerís designee;
- The Commissioner of the Department of Corrections or the Commissionerís designee;
- The Adjutant General of the Department of Military and Veteransí Affairs or the Adjutant Generalís designee; and
- The Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Conservation or the Commissionerís designee.
The Commissioner of the Department of Natural Resources, or the Commissionerís designee, shall serve as chair of the AFRWG and
shall report regularly to the Office of the Governor on activities conducted and issues that arise under this Order.
The AFRWG shall encourage increased use of locally grown and harvested foods. Specific areas to be addressed include the following:
- Provide recommendations for policy changes that would increase the use of locally grown and harvested foods within
State and local institutions, agencies, and schools;
- Provide recommendations on increasing consumer awareness of the health and economic benefits of purchasing
and consuming locally grown and harvested foods;
- provide recommendations on how to develop educational programs that highlight state food sources to foster
future generations of farmers in the state; and
- Provide recommendations to protect, preserve, and develop the stateís agricultural land for the benefit of all Alaskans.
Consistent with law and available appropriations, each designated State agency shall use existing personnel and monetary
resources to comply with this Order.
The AFRWG may use teleconferencing and other electronic means, to the extent practicable, in order to gain the widest
public participation at minimum cost.
At times and locations to be determined by the chair, the AFRWG may also convene public meetings to present information and
Meeting of the AFRWG shall be conducted in accordance with AS 44.62.310 - 44.62.319 (Open Meetings Act).
Records of the AFRWG are subject to inspection and copying as public records under AS 40.25.110 - 40.25.220.
The AFRWG expires on June 30, 2014.
This Order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska, this 28th day of June, 2013.