>The Sustainable Agriculture Conference is scheduled for Feb. 21-23 in Fairbanks. Topics will include growing fruits and vegetables, reindeer and livestock ranching, birch syrup, farming and gardening in rural Alaska and marketing and sales. Registration will be available soon. For more information, visit the conference website or contact Darcy Etcheverry at 907-474-5107.
>January is National Radon Action Month. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas that can be a serious home health issue, especially in areas where there is uranium in the soil. With proper testing and management, you can have a radon-free environment. Extension has a publication on radon, a DVD and radon test kits to help you detect radon in your home as well as mitigate it. Visit your local district office or call 877-520-5211 to order any of the radon publications.
>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop Jan. 28 via videoconference in 10 Alaska communities. The workshop is scheduled in Barrow, Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, Point Hope, Point Lay, Sitka, Wainwright and Palmer. The deadline to register is Jan. 6 so participants may receive class materials 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. 31-Feb. 2. The training is available via videoconference in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Palmer, Delta Junction, Soldotna, 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 $65 and covers all materials and testing. For more information call Janice Chumley at 907-262-5824 or register online.