Spotlight: Approaching energy needs with inventive solutions
Extension specialist Art Nash tackles Alaska energy issues.
Grassroots Peninsula Change Club makes exercising just a little easier
A Soldotna club works to increase exercise opportunities in their area.
Helping to preserve Alaska foods
Extension gets social with its food safety message.
A 4-H club from Tanana addresses the issue of suicide by speaking out
A group of seven 4-H’ers from Tanana showed courage at the Elders and Youth Conference in Fairbanks by speaking in personal terms about suicide, substance abuse and domestic violence.
From the Director's Office
Another year has gone by so quickly. I am always amazed by our employees’ ability to deliver quality Extension programs to Alaska communities. The agriculture and horticulture faculty’s work on Rhodiola rosea, helping to develop a viable new crop in Alaska, is impressive. A brave Tanana 4-H club focused public attention on the issue of suicide prevention and abuse. Programming in other areas reflected the interests of our clients, including raising chickens, food preservation and energy options.
We received word this past year that Extension and the UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences would merge in 2014. Extension programming should be strengthened by the merger, which will allow us to more easily draw on the expertise of the school and the experiment station.
Extension will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act on May 8, 2014. The act created the Cooperative Extension Service. It will be time to celebrate our past and current Alaska clients. Our history files are full of letters from homesteaders and others new to Alaska, trying to make a go of it in the last frontier. They tell of how the information Extension provided helped them. This is a time to honor the service of all Extension employees who have made a difference in Alaska. It is also time to reflect and plan for the next 100 years of Extension programming that addresses vital community issues.
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In search of the best tasting potato
Potato Bash introduces consumers to specialty potatoes.
Signing up for Chicken University
Extension responds to Alaskans’ interest in raising chickens for meat and eggs.
Rhodiola rosea: helping to develop a new high-value specialty crop
Alaska farmers show interest in a medicinal root that is native to Siberia.
Volunteers provide the heart and hands for Alaska Extension work
Committed Extension volunteers help with 4-H activities, share their gardening knowledge and much more.
State Advisory Council
The Cooperative Extension Service is in good hands. I am always impressed by the caliber of our Extension faculty and staff. Productive in the tradition Lydia Fohn-Hansen, one of the first Extension faculty in Alaska, they continue to do superb work implementing the strategic plan in the face of uncertain budgets, new priorities and program changes designed to keep the university and Extension relevant to Alaskans. They make me proud to be associated with Extension.
The same goes for the State Advisory Council. Members are talented leaders with diverse backgrounds from across Alaska who are passionate about improving the lives of Alaskans. They provide stakeholder feedback to help keep Extension focused on the needs of Alaskans, and they advocate for Extension programs wherever and whenever they can. It is my distinct pleasure to serve on the same board with these dedicated Extension volunteers.
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