>Extension offices statewide will be closed on Friday, March 16 in observance of the University’s Spring Break holiday. Normal office hours resume Monday, March 19. 

>The Mat-Su/Copper River District Office is hosting free classes on the third Thursday of every month, starting on March 15 from 6-7 p.m. with Birch Tapping Basics. The class is free but registration is recommended. Call 745-3360 for more information or to register. The series continues on April 19 with Garden Soil Essentials.

>The Delta Junction District Office is hosting Extension Month in March. Different classes will be offered each week. Please contact the office at 907-895-4215 or email cmroden@alaska.edu to reserve your spot. Classes are free, but space is limited. For more information and the full month’s schedule, visit the Delta Junction District Office website.

>Extension will host the annual Alaska Certified Pesticide Applicators  Workshop on March 15 at the UAA Gorsuch Commons in Anchorage. The workshop will host presentations on topics including pest management, new products and research development for industry professionals. This annual workshop will offer Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation CEUs. Lunch is included in the registration fee. Registration is available online. For more information, contact Janice Chumley at jichumley@alaska.edu or 907-262-5824.

>Canning and food preservation classes begin in the Mat-Su/Copper River District office on March 6. Topics include canning fruits, canning fish in jars, pickles and sauerkraut, canning meat and vegetables in jars and preserving fish in cans. Each class costs $25. For more information, view the flier or call 907-745-3360. Registration is available online.

>Extension will offer pesticide certification for pesticide applicators April 3-5. The training is available via videoconference in Anchorage, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau, Kodiak, Soldotna 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 $75 and covers all materials and testing. For more information, call Phil Kaspari at 907-895-4215, see the flier or register online.

>The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is offering online courses on controlling the spread of invasive plants and exotic forest insect pests. The courses are available for continuing education units (CEUs) for professional licensure, but anyone can view the content for free. Courses on bird vetch, orange hawkweed, white sweet clover, spruce beetles and spruce aphids are coming soon. The full course list can be found on the IPM website. For more information please contact Gino Graziano at gagraziano@alaska.edu or 907-786-6315.

>Registration is open for the Statewide Master Gardener Conference, March 24, in Fairbanks. The conference is open to all gardeners or prospective gardeners who are looking forward to spring planting. Master Gardeners of the Tanana Valley will host the all-day event at Pike’s Waterfront Lodge. Registration and conference details are available at http://bit.ly/1F3RKFj. Lunch is included in the registration fee. For more information, contact Virginia Damron at vid@gci.net.

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

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