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>Extension will be hosting management classes in February and March in Anchorage as part of the Professional and Workforce Development Program. The one- and two-day classes apply toward the Certified Public Manager Program but are open to anyone interested in professional development. The program is a nationally accredited management development program designed to develop management, supervision and leadership skills. One-day classes are $125 and two-day classes are $250. Registration and a full schedule are available online. Contact Anna-Mariah Kelly for more information at 907-474-5042.

>Extension will offer a training for pesticide applicators Feb. 8-10. The training is available via videoconference in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Soldotna, Delta Junction and other areas as needed. The cost of the three-day session is $55 and covers all materials and testing. For more information call Janice Chumley at 907-262-5824 or register online.

>Extension is hosting a series of small business workshops in Fairbanks on Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 19. The workshops will also be available by distance delivery at the Anchorage District Extension Office and via personal computers, by arrangement. The first workshop is Choosing a Bookkeeping Program/Best Practices. Other topics include business insurance, marketing, customer service and many more.Registration and full schedule are available online. Contact Kathryn Dodge with questions at 474-6497.

>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop March 3 in Fairbanks and Palmer and at videoconference sites in Juneau, Petersburg, Sitka, Angoon, Klukwan and Tenakee. The deadline to register is Feb. 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.

>Extension is hosting a series of small business workshops Thursdays and Saturdays in Fairbanks, by videoconference in Anchorage and Delta Junction and via webinar on your personal computer, beginning Jan. 28.  The first workshop is Record Keeping & Taxes for Agricultural Businesses. Other topics include taxation, business plans, social media and more. Registration and the full schedule are available online. Contact Kathryn Dodge with questions at 907-474-6497.

Sustainable Agriculture Conference Feb 23-25 2016

>The 12th Annual Alaska Sustainable Agriculture Conference will be held Feb. 23-25 in Anchorage. 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 continue to develop and improve the agriculture industry in Alaska. The theme is "Getting Down to Business with Fibers and Foods." The conference will feature keynote speakers Carrie Hull, fiber producer and certified sorter of Idaho, and Gina Greenway, assistant professor of business and accounting at the College of Idaho. There will be a special Feb. 25 session on qiviut. Learn more about the conference, keynote speakers, agenda, lodging and exhibitor space at bit.ly/sareconf. Register online at bit.ly/ces-workshops.

WRLF 2016

>Registration is open for the 4-H Western Region Leaders Forum — Northern Delights, which is March 2-4, 2016, in Fairbanks. The Alaska 4-H Volunteer Leaders Organization will host the event, which is expected to reach more than 400 teens and adult volunteers from 13 Western states, Canada and American Samoa. This is the first time the annual event has been hosted in Fairbanks. Registration and workshop information are available online.

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

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