Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Host families sought for 4-H Japan exchange

April 16, 2014

Alaska families with a child aged 10-15 may host a Japanese student for four weeks this summer through the 4-H Global Citizenship program.

Host families are sought for the July 26 to Aug. 22 exchange. Exchange coordinator Jason Floyd said hosts don’t need to speak Japanese — they just need to be willing to share their lives and friendship with a young person from another country. The students arrive prepared to share Japanese culture and cook a Japanese meal. They are eager to experience daily life in Alaska and to do whatever the family normally does, he said.

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Extension to offer forestry workshops in Tok

April 15, 2014

Glen Holt will offer three free forestry workshops at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Tok Center during April and May.

Holt, the eastern Alaska forester for the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, will teach Interior Alaska Tree Identification, from 6 to 8 p.m., April 22; Firewood Cutting, Limbing, Bucking and Chainsaw Safety, from 6 to 8 p.m., April 24; and Forestry Management and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement from 6 to 8 p.m., May 6.

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Extension Week mini classes offered in Fairbanks

April 15, 2014

The district Cooperative Extension Service office in Fairbanks will host more than a dozen free mini community classes on everything from Zumba to estate planning as part of its Spring Extension Week, April 21–25.

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Alaskans asked to 'purple up'

April 11, 2014

April is Month of the Military Child and the Alaska 4-H Program is asking Alaskans to “purple up” on April 15 to honor military youth.

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Wood energy conference hosted in Fairbanks

April 4, 2014

The fifth Alaska Wood Energy Conference will take place April 15-17 in Fairbanks.

The conference will highlight rural energy and Interior heating concerns, including the sustainable harvesting of wood and air quality issues. Other presentations will focus on woody biomass research, community evaluation of biomass options and new technologies.

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