>If you are going to get started raising chickens or other livestock this summer, let Extension help you out. Publications are available on raising sheep, goats, rabbits, pigs and other animals. Most publications are available online or by visiting an Extension district office.
>The Tanana District Office in Fairbanks is hosting Spring Extension Week April 20 – 26. Classes include birch tapping, growing garlic in Alaska, homemade bread, Zumba and many more. Most of the classes are free, but space is limited. View the schedule or call 474-1530 for registration and more information.
>Alaska FFA members from across the state will gather in Anchorage April 21-25 for the 39th annual state FFA convention. FFA members involved in agricultural and natural resource education will compete in leadership and career development events, participate in community service projects and attend workshops. The Alaska FFA Association is part of the National FFA Organization (formerly the Future Farmers of America) and provides education in a variety of agricultural and natural resource careers. For more information on FFA in Alaska, contact Kevin Fochs at 907-746-9499 or email@example.com.
>Geneva Wright, a 4-H member from Tanana, met with President Obama in the Oval Office April 13 as part of an eight-member 4-H contingent from rural communities around the country. A blog post by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who also met with the students, noted “each one of them had an inspiring story about how they are opening new doors for kids in their hometowns, and how this work is building stronger communities where they can learn, play and grow.” Read the full story about the visit or learn more about Alaska 4-H.
>Steve Brown, Mat-Su/Copper River District agriculture/horticulture agent, is giving a series of free farm and garden classes in May. Topics including chickens, vegetable gardening, lawn care and fertilizers. View the full schedule and call 745-3360 to register.
>Save the date for April Fowls and Foods Weekend, hosted by the Juneau District Office April 25–26. Classes will include chickens, coop building, animal health, canning, emergency food, wild edibles and more. View the flier, register online or call 523-3280 for more information.
>Extension is hosting workshops in April and May that will cover placer mining and basic prospecting. Placer mining workshops will be held in Fairbanks, Delta Junction and Nome. Basic prospecting workshops are will held in Kenai, Palmer and Tok. The fee for each workshop is $50. The complete schedule and registration are available online. For more information, contact Meg Burgett at 907-746-9472.