FAIRBANKS — Chena Hot Springs Resort is one of three Alaska proposals selected for a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program for innovative farming techniques.
The $20,000 grant, which must be matched with $28,220 from the resort, will go toward a system to manage day length using retractable curtains in a high tunnel. The system will test whether the approach can keep crops from going dormant from too much light and excess daytime warmth. The test “is anticipated to improve the production of high-value crops in Alaska,” according to a USDA press release.
The other projects involve the use of electric bear fences on the Kenai Peninsula and energy conservation at a farm near Palmer. Eight proposals were submitted for the grant program.