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>It’s fair season. Come celebrate garden bounty, handiwork, talent and foods you may not have tried the rest of the year.

Visit with Extension at these fairs:

If you would like to exhibit preserved foods at a fair or need help judging a fair, see our Attractive and Safe Food Preservation Exhibits publication.

>Extension is hosting a workshop for small food business owners. The five-part workshop, Starting and Operating a Specialty Food Business in Alaska, will begin Sept 16 and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sept. 30. It will be offered by videoconference in Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau and Kodiak. The instructors are Kate Idzorek of Extension and Quentin Fong, the seafood marketing specialist with the Marine Advisory Program. See details here and sign up online.

>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop October 1 in Fairbanks and Palmer and at videoconference sites in Sitka and Petersburg. The deadline to register is September 17 so participants may receive class materials and locations for the food safety class beforehand. State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager on staff. See details here and register online.

>Want to keep up with our news and activities? We've started a new electronic newsletter, the SNRE Outlook, with news from Extension and our combined unit, now that we’ve joined forces with the former UAF School of Natural Resources and Agricultural Sciences. The monthly newsletter is named after our new unit, the School of Natural Resources and Extension. It will have news about major conferences and activities, student internships and scholarships, grants, publications, and new hires, retirements and departures. We’ll also include short spotlights about our programs and share impacts from our work. Subscribe here and stay informed.

>Enrollment is now open for the fall 2014 Alaska Growers School, which has a focus on risk management.  This training will emphasize farm planning and risk management but will include the basics of whole farm planning, growing vegetables, berries and fruit, raising poultry and livestock, and using season extension techniques. Resources for financial and technical expertise and loan programs also will be covered. Instructors will include Extension agents and staff, agriculture professionals and farmers. The training will be offered by webinar and teleconference. The fee is $95 and tuition waivers are available. For more information and to register or apply for a waiver, go to  www.uaf.edu/ces/ags.

> For past announcements please visit our home page news archive.

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