>Save the date for the 14th annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The conference will be held Nov. 5-7 in Anchorage at the BP Energy Center. This conference brings together farmers, ranchers, researchers, Extension agents and members of the agriculture support industry to learn from one another and to find ways to improve the agriculture industry in Alaska.
>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop via videoconference Feb. 22 in Fairbanks, Palmer, Sitka, Delta Junction and Juneau. If you are in another location but would like to attend, that can be arranged. The deadline to register is Feb. 8 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.
>Extension will offer pesticide certification for pesticide applicators Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The training is available via videoconference in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Delta Junction, Soldotna, Kodiak, Sitka, Juneau and other communities as requested. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with an exam scheduled after the training. The cost of the two-day sessions is $75 and covers all materials and testing. For more information call Phil Kaspari at 907-895-4215, see the flier or register online.
>The Juneau District Office is offering the Master Gardener course starting Feb. 7. Juneau agriculture and horticulture agent Darren Snyder will teach the course with local experts and other Extension agents and staff. The classes provide in-depth training for experienced gardeners on a wide range of topics, including how to design, plant and maintain successful gardens in Southeast. In addition to participating in the course, Master Gardener trainees will be provided opportunities to share their skills with the community through various service projects and other venues. For more information, view the flier or contact Darren Snyder at 907-523-3280. Registration is available online.
>The Tanana District Office in Fairbanks has moved. The new location is at the UAF University Park Building, 1000 University Ave., Room 109. For more information, please call 474-1530.