Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Food safety training offered Oct. 3 by videoconference

September 13, 2017

Food safety management training will be offered Oct. 3 by videoconference in seven Alaska communities.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host the certified food protection managers training from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Fairbanks, Delta Junction, Tok, Palmer, Valdez, Juneau and Sitka. State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager to ensure compliance with food safety regulations.

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Workshop offered on butchering chickens safely

August 31, 2017

A free workshop on butchering and handling chickens safely will be offered at 7 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center.

Fairbanks poultry expert Steve Davila will talk about the butchering, and public health nurse Dennette Marks will discuss safe handling through the butchering process. She will cover handling birds, eggs, equipment and chicken manure. She'll also discuss preventing common infections like salmonella and campylobacter, which are associated with chickens.

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Albertson does it all as Bethel's one Extension agent

August 24, 2017

On any given week, Leif Albertson might present programs on canning fish, improving indoor air quality or eradicating bed bugs.

It’s all part of his job as the sole Cooperative Extension Service agent in Bethel. He is a health, home and family development agent, but he responds to diverse community requests and needs for educational programming in Southwest Alaska.

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Master gardener session offered in Anchorage

August 15, 2017

Gardeners seeking to improve their skills may sign up for a master gardener training session in Anchorage that begins Sept. 11.

Stephen Brown, the agriculture and horticulture agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Palmer, will teach the session from 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at Extension’s Anchorage Outreach Center, 1840 Bragaw St., Suite 100.

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Master gardener training offered in Palmer

August 14, 2017

Registration is open for a master gardener training session in Palmer that begins Sept. 12. Stephen Brown, the agriculture and horticulture agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Palmer, will teach the session from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at the Extension district office at the Matanuska Experiment Farm.

The training provides a broad horticultural background to gardeners interested in improving their skils. Topics include botany, soils, vegetable production using organic and conventional techniques, integrated pest management, greenhouses, lawns, houseplants, trees, shrubs,, flowers and invasive plants.

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