Series of impacts and success stories highlight institute work

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Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station photo. Research technician Nicole Carter helps harvests over 800 pounds of spaghetti squash as part of the 2020 vegetable variety trials at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm.
Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station photo
Research technician Nicole Carter helps harvests over 800 pounds of spaghetti squash as part of the 2020 vegetable variety trials at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm.

The Institute of Natural Resources and Extension has been developing a series of one-page impact and success stories that highlights outreach from the UAF Cooperative Extension Service and research by the Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

It’s part of an effort to let others know about the institute’s work, why it’s important, and how staff adapted programs to reach Alaskans once the pandemic hit. The series of success stories and impacts has been posted online, promoted on social media and through its monthly newsletter to stakeholders. Fourteen have been posted so far.

Topics include research and outreach at the Fairbanks and Matanuska experiment farms, including grain and vegetables trials and a student gardening program; 4-H outreach throughout the state; and the various ways Extension continued to offer food preservation and even hands-on master gardening classes online. Also highlighted are the Mining and Petroleum Training Service’s successful mine training program, which helps rural residents get well-paid jobs, and radon outreach that has helped residents identify radon issues in their home. See the series here.