Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Spring green-up lecture scheduled at UAF

April, 6, 2018

National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Thoman will lecture April 10 on the timing of green-up in Fairbanks and will announce his forecast of this year’s spring leaf-out.

His lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Murie Building's auditorium. Thoman, the climate science and services manager for the National Weather Service in Alaska, will review past efforts at understanding the timing of green-up in the Fairbanks area, which were based on simple climate records, and will discuss progress in forecasting green-up. Thoman said modern tools hold the potential for longer-range forecasts of environmentally sensitive events, such as green-up, sap flow and even river ice breakup and freeze-up.

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Practical energy workshops set April 9 in Fairbanks

April 5, 2018

Extension energy specialist Art Nash will lead workshops Monday, April 9, in Fairbanks on options for camp energy and heating greenhouses.

Both workshops are free and will meet in the Westmark Hotel’s Tanana Trade Center. Remote Camp Energy will be offered from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and Greenhouse Heat from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

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Food safety management training offered April 26

April 4, 2018

Certified food protection manager training will take place April 26 in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Palmer, Sitka and Juneau.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the food safety management workshop by videoconference from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The state requires that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager to ensure compliance with food safety regulations.

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Diabetes prevention program offered on the Kenai

March 28, 2018

A free yearlong diabetes prevention program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will begin in May on the Kenai Peninsula.

Trained lifestyle coaches will offer the PreventT2 program as part of a CDC pilot project aimed at preventing diabetes in rural areas. Participants will meet weekly with a coach by phone for the first six months and once or twice a month the following six months. To be eligible for the program, individuals must be considered prediabetic.

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Extension to host classes in Ketchikan March 28-30

March 22, 2018

The Cooperative Extension Service will offer food preservation and home skills classes in Ketchikan March 28-30.

Family and community development agent Sarah Lewis will lead the classes. Three free classes will take place at the Ketchikan Public Library. Lewis will test pressure canner gauges and answer canning questions from 11:30 to 1 p.m. March 28. Canning 101, an introduction to pressure canning and water bath canning methods, will meet from noon to 1 p.m. March 29, and The Naturally Clean Home from noon to 1 p.m. March 30.

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