>Registration is open for the 10th annual Sustainable Agriculture Conference March 12-13 at the Wedgewood Resort in Fairbanks. The theme is “Growing Alaska Farmers.” Sessions will focus on sustainable practices, raising animals and emerging markets. Preconference workshops March 11 will highlight participatory plant breeding and agricultural record keeping and taxes. The keynote speaker this year will be James R. Myers, a professor of vegetable breeding and genetics with Oregon State University. See the conference site for the agenda, registration and lodging information.
>Extension in Palmer will host 33 workshops and demonstrations March 10-13 as part of its Extension Days celebration. Agents and community volunteers will offer activities at the Palmer Extension office and 11 other community locations. See the brochure with the schedule, participating locations and registration information. It is also available at participating businesses and at the Extension office at 809 S. Chugach St., Suite 2.
>Extension and the UAF Community and Technical College will host a workshop March 6 on how to get a business loan. The class will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Fairbanks and by videoconference in Delta Junction, Soldotna, Bethel and Thorne Bay. The workshop is designed to take the fear of the unknown out of the loan process and will explore nontraditional and traditional funding options for businesses. The instructors are Russell Talvi, the Fairbanks Small Business Development Center director, and Paul Bauer, a vice president of business lending at Spirit of Alaska Federal Credit Union. The cost is $25. Videoconference participants may register online and, in Fairbanks, by calling 455-2858. For more details and videoconference locations see the flier here.
>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop April 2 in Fairbanks and Palmer and at videoconference sites in Kodiak, Sitka and Valdez. The deadline to register is March 19 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.