Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Produce Growers Conference hosted Feb. 21

February 11, 2015

The annual Alaska Produce Growers Conference, Feb. 21 at the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer, will highlight production tips for small-scale growers.

Palmer Cooperative Extension agent Steve Brown said the conference is geared to individuals who sell vegetables, fruit and other produce at farmers markets.

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Delta Farm Forum hosted Feb. 21

February 11, 2015

The annual Delta Farm Forum, Feb. 21 in Delta Junction, will draw area growers and the community together to hear about agricultural research, recommendations and farm agency news.

Steve Sparrow, interim director of the Alaska Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, will welcome participants at 9 a.m. Presentations will run until 4:30 p.m. in the Delta High School small gymnasium. Lloyd Wilhelm will talk about the Farm Service Agency programs and orchard enthusiast Travis Czechowski will talk about production techniques for orchard crops suitable for the Delta area. Extension veterinarian Dr. Lisa Lunn will address livestock issues, and UAF assistant professor Anna Liljedahl will talk about glacier studies as they pertain to local watersheds.

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Firewood workshop offered Feb. 21 at UAF

February 10, 2015

A free workshop on cutting firewood and using a wood stove safely will be offered Feb. 21 at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

The UAF Cooperative Extension Service and the Yukon River Chapter of the Society of American Foresters will host the workshop from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Murie Building auditorium on West Ridge.

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Diabetes prevention program offered in Anchorage

February 6, 2015

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service in Anchorage will offer two sessions of a 16-week diabetes prevention program that begins Feb. 16.

One-hour sessions will meet weekly at 11 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. Mondays at the Extension district office at 1675 C St. Anchorage agent Leslie Shallcross, a registered dietitian, will lead the program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Sustainable Ag Conference registration opens

February 4, 2015

Registration is open for the Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference, March 4-5, in Fairbanks.

More than 40 presentations will focus on farm decision making, sustainable practices, livestock and vegetables. Preconference workshops March 3 will highlight holistic farm management and hydroponic vegetable production.

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