Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Alaska businesses compete for shopping network spots

June 14, 2016

Alaska entrepreneurs can compete for an opportunity to sell their products on a Home  Shopping Network television show.

The deadline to apply is July 11. Kathryn Dodge, the economic development specialist for  the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, said business panels in  Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau will review applications and invite businesses to make five-minute  presentations July 27-29 in those communities. Businesses will receive feedback and  advice from the panel on how to improve their products.

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Teaching rural Alaska to farm is Rader's passion

June 2, 2016

Heidi Rader planned to become a farmer when she graduated from college.

During high school and college, she worked a succession of jobs at Ann’s Greenhouses,  Basically Basil and Calypso Farm that seemed to be leading to an agricultural career. For her  master’s degree in natural resources management, she grew snap beans and lettuce, and  studied high-tunnel production at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm.

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Farming and ranching training offered

May 11, 2016

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer its Alaska  Growers School this summer from June 8 to Aug. 10.

This year’s training is intended for Alaska Natives or others affiliated with Alaska Native  entities who are farming or ranching or hope to start. Nine sessions will be offered by webinar  and teleconference Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Community classes offered during Extension week

April 29, 2016

The district Cooperative Extension Service office in Fairbanks will host 13 free classes for  the community May 9-13 as part of its Spring Extension Week.

Topics include raised-bed gardening, the nutrition in wild foods and weeds, heart-healthy  snacks, Zumba fitness, forage-buying considerations, making cheese and How to Pick up  Chicks, an introduction to raising poultry for egg laying or for the freezer. Other workshops will  cover using the Internet for finding useful livestock information, Mac computer basics and using  smartphones.

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Workshop addresses turning ideas into business

April 29, 2016

A small business workshop May 4 in Fairbanks will cover how to take an idea and turn it into a new business venture.

Adam Krynicki, the director of technology and energy for the Small Business Development  Center, will discuss how to develop business ideas and examine their practicality. The Ideas to  Business workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the small business center, at 3750 Bonita St.

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