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The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service is reminding the public that seismic activity and shifting ground may affect radon levels in your home. Homeowners should retest for radon after major earthquakes or floods, even if their homes have been tested before. The radioactive gas is the second leading cause of cancer, after smoking. Contact the Alaska Radon Hotline at 1-800-478-8324 for more information on how to get a test kit. Read more

The Alaska Invasive Species Workshop, Nov. 13-15 in Homer, will highlight invasive species management and research statewide and will emphasize marine species. The theme is “Surf and Turf: Invasive Species Above and Below the Tideline.” The annual event kicks off with a free workshop on invasive species at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12, followed by a 6:30 p.m. public lecture at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center. Matthew Barnes, an assistant professor from Texas Tech University, will talk about the forensic use of environmental DNA to survey for and manage invasive species. Environmental DNA is the DNA of organisms contained in soil or water samples. Read more 

The Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference will take place in Anchorage Nov. 5-7. More than 80 presentations will cover diverse topics, including seaweed farming, rhodiola production, soil health, marketing, honeybees and pollinators, reindeer husbandry, livestock feeding, farm energy, the cut flower industry, and farming and gardening in rural Alaska. One session will even cover how to use pigs to improve land for farming. Pigs forage on vegetation, loosen soil, clear land and enhance soil fertility. Read more

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