Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Alaska Food Festival and Conference scheduled Nov. 7-9

October 24, 2014

The Alaska Food Festival and Conference will take place Nov. 7-9 at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The Alaska Food Policy Council, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and UAA will host activities at Lucy Cuddy Hall, including a conference Nov. 7 and the Alaska Food Festival Nov. 8, with local foods to sample, a farmers market and a dozen food workshops.

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Invasive species workshop slated Oct. 28-30 in Anchorage

October 21, 2014

The Alaska Invasive Species Workshop Oct. 28-30 in Anchorage will highlight invasive species management around the state, with an emphasis on elodea and other aquatic plants.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the workshop at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown hotel. Workshop coordinator Gino Graziano said elodea is a concern because the aquatic freshwater plant grows so fast it can reduce fish habitats and create difficulties for recreational boaters and for pilots landing on lakes.

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Invasive species workshop registration opens

October 9, 2014

Registration is open for the Alaska Invasive Species Workshop on Oct. 28-30 in Anchorage.

The annual workshop will highlight invasive species management, research findings and community monitoring efforts.

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Alaska Food Festival and Conference registration open

October 3, 2014

Registration is open for the Alaska Food Festival and Conference Nov. 7-8 at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The Alaska Food Policy Council, the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and UAA will host activities at Lucy Cuddy Hall, including a conference Nov. 7 and the Alaska Food Festival Nov. 8 with local foods for sale and a dozen food workshops.

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Small business workshops offered

September 30, 2014

Six small business workshops will be offered weekly in Fairbanks and by videoconference in Delta Junction, Juneau, Soldotna and Kodiak, beginning Oct. 9.

The series is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and the UAF Community and Technical College.

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Extension Week community classes offered in Fairbanks

September 29, 2014

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host 14 free community classes in Fairbanks on everything from backpack cookery to managing your woodlot.

The one- to two-hour classes will be offered Oct. 13-17 as part of Fall Extension Week at the Tanana District office. Other topics include cleaning with green products, finding housing for your college teen, medicating livestock, gardening with children, using a GPS, companion planting, using a sourdough starter, raising livestock, preparing mushrooms, making bread, Zumba fitness and an overview of Alaska-grown herbs.

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National 4-H Week marked in Alaska

September 26, 2014

Alaska 4-H will celebrate National 4-H Week Oct. 5–11 with activities, including a national science experiment.

Oct. 8 is 4-H National Youth Science Day, and Alaska youths and 4-H members in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Soldotna, Kodiak, Sitka and on all Army and Air Force installations may participate in the “Rockets to the Rescue” experiment. The Anchorage activity will be on Oct. 3. Participants will design and build an aerodynamic food transportation device that can deliver a payload of nutritious food to disaster victims. They will learn engineering concepts and about nutrition, develop math skills and help address a global issue.

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Participants sought for 4-H youth exchanges

September 23, 2014

4-H exchange programs to Japan, Finland and Costa Rica are now accepting applications for summer 2015 exchanges.

The deadline to apply for the States’ 4-H International Exchange Program is Dec. 15. Participants are placed with a host sibling of the same gender and a similar age, and they experience everyday life during a three- or four-week homestay with their host families.

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Food preservation series offered in Anchorage

September 19, 2014

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host a food preservation series Wednesdays in Anchorage, beginning Sept. 24.

Classes will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will meet for three or four hours, depending on the topic.

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