In the scramble to make a buck in Alaska agriculture, many folks have tried various business models, inventive production techniques, attempted new crops and a wide range of assorted scams and dubious transactions have all had their place here. Sometimes, the only way to tell the difference is by the trail of victims left behind.
One such victim is a relatively unknown supporter of Alaska ag, who is, in his own right, an astute businessman with many years of successful history in the corporate world. Just how this otherwise perceptive individual fell prey to one of our shining champions of locally grown, is unknown.....but fall he did:
However, take a close look at this label:
The requirements for actual exempt labeling are:
So, there you have it. 2,600 improperly labeled, improperly weighed chickens, evidently produced *without* a ready market. If there had been a ready market, they would not exist.....proving that the ground work for local poultry was not adequately researched, and that either the price point is beyond the market, or the demand for this specific product does not meet production-or a combination of all three.
Plucked, indeed, and a mighty shiner on the face of our local champion.