Cooperative Extension Service News Releases
Workshop addresses spruce beetles and firewood
August 15, 2018
A free workshop on woodlot management, forest stewardship and the spruce beetle will be offered in Talkeetna Aug. 21.
Laura Hoffman, district manager of the Upper Susitna Soil and Water Conservation District, and forestry consultant Glen Holt will lead the workshop from 7-9 p.m. at the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in downtown Talkeetna.
Farming and firewood workshops set in Tanacross, Tok
August 14, 2018
University of Alaska Fairbanks specialists will lead free workshops on small-scale farming and ranching Aug. 21 in Tanacross and on firewood Aug. 22 in Tok.
Art Nash, energy specialist for the UAF Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, is coordinating the workshops, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 21 and 8:30 a.m. to noon on Aug. 22.
Cattle workshop scheduled Aug. 16-17 in Palmer
August 13, 2018
The Palmer Cooperative Extension office will offer a free two-part workshop Aug. 16-17 on the artificial insemination of cattle.
Milan Shipka, the Extension livestock specialist, will talk about artificial insemination from 6 to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 in Room 208 of Kerttula Hall at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. The workshop will continue with a demonstration at the farm from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 17.
Variety trials, vegetable workshops set at Georgeson
August 1, 2018
Heidi Rader will lead three workshops in August to review her vegetable variety trials at the Georgeson Botanical Garden and to offer tips for growing the vegetables being tested.
The free workshops will take place in the garden’s Beistline Outdoor Classroom from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Rader, with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, will talk about growing carrots, beets and beans on Aug. 7; corn and celery, Aug. 14; and Brussels sprouts and watermelon, Aug. 28. Participants may taste test the varieties and learn about the best practices for growing these crops.
Alaska's longest running weather station to be honored
July 31, 2018
A small, fenced-in area at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm contains the longest continuously running weather observation station in Alaska.
The experiment farm began recording the weather on July 1, 1911, and has been doing it ever since.
Rick Thoman, the climate science and services manager for the National Weather Service in Alaska, said other places in the state have recorded the weather longer, but their locations have moved around a great deal. The farm’s weather station has remained in virtually the same spot since 1911.