Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Master gardener class offered in Big Lake

August 8, 2016

Gardeners who wish to develop their green thumbs may sign up now for master gardener  training that begins Sept. 6 in Big Lake.

Classes will meet from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, through Dec. 6, at the Big Lake Library.  Stephen Brown, the agriculture and horticulture agent for the University of Alaska Fairbanks  Cooperative Extension Service in Palmer, will lead the classes.

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Mushroom expert teaches workshop in Palmer

August 5, 2016

Mycologist Gary Laursen will lecture and lead a workshop on wild mushrooms Aug. 19-21  at the Cooperative Extension Service district office in Palmer.

Laursen, who holds a doctorate in botany and ecology, has studied Arctic, sub-Arctic and  sub-Antarctic fungi around the world for more than 40 years. Introduction to Mushrooms of the  Mat-Su Region will include field and laboratory identification and information on collecting,  preparing and preserving edible mushrooms. The workshop will also cover current issues  involving mushrooms and resources for continuing studies.

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Ag Appreciation Day at the Farm set for Aug. 4

July 27, 2016

The Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer will host Alaska Agriculture Appreciation Day  at the farm from noon to 5 p.m. Aug. 4.

The free annual event has the atmosphere of a country fair with educational presentations,  hayrides and a number of kids’ and family activities. The event will also include presentations  on eliminating hornet and wasp nests, improving soils, beekeeping and trail etiquette. The  Cooperative Extension Service will offer cooking demonstrations that feature local Alaska  produce.

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Extension offers money management video series

July 8, 2016

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service has launched a series  of short videos to help Alaskans manage their finances.

Topics in the Mastering Money Management series include improving your credit score,  reading your credit report, children’s allowances, living on a seasonal income, automating your  bill payments and what to do before choosing bankruptcy.

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Food safety training offered July 28

June 29, 2016

The deadline is July 14 to register for a certified food protection manager workshop that will  be offered July 28 by web conference.

The food safety workshop, which will be hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks  Cooperative Extension Service, will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The training will be  followed by a proctored test in Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Palmer and Sitka within a week.

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