Dunleavy budget would ax agriculture development funding

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Agriculture development is on the chopping block in Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s latest budget proposal.

In it, the governor proposed to completely cut the Division of Agriculture’s $1.2 million funding, which would eliminate more than a dozen full-time positions and end programs like the farm loan and Alaska Grown marketing as well as the state's veterinarian program.

Richelle Plummer founded the Mat-Su Farm Co-op a few years ago with the goal of getting local eggs into stores. In the past five years, she’s seen the demand increase exponentially.

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