Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Diabetes educational training offered in Fairbanks

March 3, 2017

Participants in four-day training offered in Fairbanks during March will learn how to teach others about managing their diabetes.

The Diabetes Self-Management Program Leaders Course on March 16-17 and March 23-24 will train individuals how to teach a six-week diabetes self-management workshop through clinics, senior centers and other community sites. The training is aimed at medical professionals and community volunteers who will offer the series to individuals with diabetes, their families and their caregivers.

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Pesticide applicator training scheduled in Anchorage

March 2, 2017

Continuing training will be offered to certified pesticide applicators during one-day workshop March 15 at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The annual Certified Pesticide Applicator Workshop will run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Gorsuch Commons. Participants receive eight continuing education units toward their recertification. The state requires certification for anyone who acts as a pesticide consultant or engages in the commercial or contract use of a pesticide.

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FFA leaders to visit Fairbanks, present food bank check

February 21, 2017

The public is invited to an informal meet-and-greet Feb. 23 with national FFA leaders at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The meet-and-greet will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Murie Building atrium and auditorium. National FFA President David Townsend; Josh Bledsoe, the chief operation officer; and Ben Meyer, the regional specialist for national FFA, will be in Fairbanks to discuss the role of agriculture and natural resources management education and opportunities in Alaska. They will give a short presentation at the campus event.

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Ketchikan workshop will cover hydronic systems

February 17, 2017

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host an eight-hour workshop on designing and maintaining hydronic systems for wood-burning boilers April 12 in Ketchikan.

Mechanical engineer and author John Siegenthaler will teach the workshop from 1-9 p.m. at the Ted Ferry Civic Center in Ketchikan. The workshop will begin shortly before the two-day Alaska Wood Energy Conference ends on April 12, also in the civic center.

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Delta Farm forum to take place Feb. 25

February 17, 2017

A variety of speakers will address agricultural topics at the annual Delta Farm Forum, which will take place Feb. 25 in Delta Junction.

The forum brings growers, producers and the community together to hear about agricultural research, recommendations and farm agency news. State Conservationist Bob Jones, with the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, will welcome participants at 9 a.m., and presentations will run until 4:30 p.m. in the Delta High School small gymnasium.

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Agriculture conference scheduled for Fairbanks

February 15, 2017

The Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference will take place Feb. 21-23 in Fairbanks with an eclectic mix of sessions that cover reindeer husbandry, farm management and processing of birch sap.

“If you want to grow food or raise animals, this is perfect conference,” said organizer Steven Seefeldt of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service. The conference usually draws more than 200 people, including farmers, ranchers, gardeners and others in the agricultural support industry.

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