Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Alaska FFA convention set in Palmer

April 14, 2017

Some 150 FFA members will gather in Palmer April 18-21 for the Alaska FFA State Convention.

The 41st annual event will take place at the Matanuska Experiment Farm and at Mat-Su College. Middle and high school students will compete in a series of activities aimed at improving their career and leadership skills. Topics will include public speaking, job interviews, marine technology, agricultural mechanics, parliamentary procedure, floriculture, environmental and natural resources, veterinary medicine and agricultural issues.

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Botanical garden fundraiser scheduled April 15

April 12, 2017

The Georgeson Botanical Garden Society will host a Spring Green Up fundraiser from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at The Hub.

The community is invited to meet members of the society and fellow gardeners and to discover what’s new at the Georgeson Botanical Garden in 2017, including summer events and a design competition. Attendees may also sign up to volunteer or make a donation. There will be a silent auction and door prizes.

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Gardening class offered in Southeast Alaska

April 6, 2017

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service in Juneau will offer a series of six gardening classes that begins April 11.

Half of the Gardening in Southeast Alaska 101 series will be offered online and other hands-on classes for Juneau participants will take place at the Extension office and around the community. Juneau agent Darren Snyder and several master gardeners will lead the classes.

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Wood Energy Conference to focus on biomass technologies

April 4, 2017

The Alaska Wood Energy Conference, April 11-12 in Ketchikan, will highlight biomass technologies and issues related to heating with firewood.

Organizer Karen Petersen said the conference is for anyone who is interested in wood energy, including tribal entities and elected officials considering the use of biomass to heat community facilities. The conference will take place at the Ted Ferry Civic Center.

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Pesticide training presented in seven communities

April 3, 2017

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer pesticide applicator certification training April 18-20 by videoconference.

The session will take place at sites in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Delta Junction, Soldotna, Sitka, Juneau and other communities as requested. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an exam scheduled after the training.

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