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>It’s almost 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.

>Former 4-H'er Corey Cogdell of Eagle River was named the  2014 USA Shooting National Champion Aug. 5 in Colorado Springs. The two-time Olympian got her shooting start with the Daring Mustangs 4-H Shooting Club in Chugiak. A current member of the 4-H club, 15-year-old River Vincent won the Handicap Championship July 20 during the Alaska State Amateur Trapshooting Association State Shoot.

>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

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

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