>Ever wondered why vegetables get freakish in the land of the midnight sun? Palmer Extension agent Steve Brown helps answer the question in this article from the National Public Radio food blog The Salt.

>Extension has expanded and updated its berry book, Using Alaska’s Wild Berries and Other Wild Edibles, to include more recipes and information on 18 kinds of wild berries and other wild edibles. From blueberries to spruce tips, this guide includes recommendations for picking and preparing berries for storage, and methods of preserving berries by freezing, drying or canning. Copies are available at Extension district offices or by calling 877-520-5211. The price is $15.

>Extension is hosting a workshop for small food business owners. The five-part workshop, Starting and Operating a Specialty Food Business in Alaska, will begin Sept 16 and meet Tuesdays and Thursdays through Sept. 30. It will be offered by videoconference in Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Homer, Juneau and Kodiak. The instructors are Kate Idzorek of Extension and Quentin Fong, the seafood marketing specialist with the Marine Advisory Program. See details here and sign up online.

>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop October 1 in Fairbanks and Palmer and at videoconference sites in Sitka and Petersburg. The deadline to register is September 17 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.

>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.

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

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