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>Extension has released a new edition of “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska. The focus of this edition is an expanded section on solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, which has experienced a dramatic drop in pricing over the past decade. Download the manual for free as a PDF on the Extension website or call 877-520-5211 to order a copy for $15.

>A free workshop on livestock feeding, nutrition and artificial insemination will be offered on June 28 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center. The workshop can also be attended remotely by phone or computer via Zoom videoconference. For more information, view the flier. To register call 907-262-5824 or email camatney@alaska.edu.

>Michael Fisher and Travis Taylor from Colorado State University Extension will teach workshops on livestock judging on June 29 in Palmer and June 30 in Soldotna. These workshops are free but registration is required. Call 907-262-5824 or email camatney@alaska.edu to register.

>Energy specialist Art Nash will lead a series of presentations on energy topics from 5:30-7:30 p.m. June 20-21 and June 26-27. The presentations will focus on research publications developed by the Alaska Center for Energy and Power that address solar and geothermal energy, biomass, microgrids, small-scale nuclear plants, biogas, ground-source heat pumps and more. All will be offered in the BP Design Theater on the fourth floor of the Engineering Learning and Innovation Facility on the UAF campus.

  • June 20: Nome energy storage and geothermal exploration, small-scale nuclear power, and biomass
  • June 21: river surface debris and its impact on river energy conservation devices; direct use options for hot springs in Adak, Akutan and Atka; and microgrids
  • June 26: wood pellets in rural Alaska, solar thermal energy and “A Solar Design Manual for Alaska”
  • June 27: biogas, diesel fuel additives for diesel generators and ground-source heat pumps for cold climates

Several publications include case studies about the energy technologies. For more information, contact Art at 907-474-6366 or alnashjr@alaska.edu.

>The next class in the Mat-Su/Copper River District Office Farm Day Fun series is May the Forest be With You on June 27. The series continues through August 8. Each class costs $10 per family and will include instruction, a craft/game, an activity and a snack relating to the topic. View the full schedule here. Registration is available online. For more information, call the Mat-Su/Copper River District Office at 907-745-3360.

>The Mat-Su/Copper River District office continues its Third Thursday series in June with Pests in Your Garden. This class will provide information on common garden pests, how to identify them and what to do about them to keep your plants healthy. This class is free, but registration is recommended. Call 745-3360 for more information or to register.

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

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