>Happy holidays from the Cooperative Extension Service. Extension offices across the state will be closed Thursday, Dec. 25 – Friday, Jan. 2 in observance of the winter holidays. Business hours resume as usual on Monday, Jan. 5.
>If you are going to have a live Christmas tree this holiday season, let Extension help. We have great information on Selecting and Caring for a Christmas Tree. The publication includes information on tree safety as well as which species to select for the least amount of needle loss.
>Looking for a Christmas gift for your favorite Alaskan? Using Alaska’s Wild Berries and Other Wild Edibles makes a great gift, with a cost of only $15. Another consideration is a pattern for a trapper cap or a pair of mittens. Stop by your local district office to get a copy of these publications, or call 877-520-5211 to order by mail.
>Over the next three years, Extension agents around the state will be visiting farms to collect information on animal and plant pests and diseases. A survey is being conducted to let agents know your main pest concerns and help tailor the first year of outreach. The information collected will help prioritize our pest management efforts. For more information on this program, call Steven Seefeldt at 474-2423 or read the news column about the program.
>Save the date for the 2015 Sustainable Agriculture Conference. The conference is to be held March 3 – 5 in Fairbanks. Information will be added as it becomes available on the conference website.