A letter from Extension Director Fred Schlutt
UAF Chancellor Mike Powers has approved the closure of Cooperative Extension district offices in Anchorage and Sitka, effective Oct. 28. It appears that the university will receive more funding than expected from the state, but it will take time before Extension knows what its funding will be and what its options are. Extension Director Fred Schlutt shares some thoughts here about how and why that decision was made, based on the earlier expected reduction. Many details remain to be worked out about how we will serve clients in both communities. Please read these FAQs for a few more answers about the Extension closures.
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>Extension will host a certified food protection manager workshop July 28. The workshop will be held via Zoom web conference. Participants will need a computer with internet a well as audio, camera and microphone capabilities. Test proctors are currently scheduled in Fairbanks, Ketchikan, Palmer and Sitka but can be scheduled in other areas before class. The deadline to register is July 14 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.

>Are you thinking about summer gardening? Extension has publications to help you with  raised bed gardeninggreenhouses and selecting what to grow in InteriorSouthcentral and  Southeast Alaska. For more information on gardening in Alaska, check out the Extension publications catalog or visit your local district office.

>Extension has just launched a series of videos called “Mastering Money Management.” These videos include a wide variety of subjects related to financial issues. The first three videos include: “What’s in a Credit Score,” “How to Read your Credit Report” and the all-important “Improving Your Credit Score.” Four additional videos are also now available on bankruptcy options, creating a spending plan, children’s allowances and automating bill payment. Check our website at www.uaf.edu/ces/money to watch these 5- to 8-minute videos and watch for more to be added in the coming month.

>If you’re an Alaska entrepreneur, you are invited to enter your product or idea into the Alaska Dream Machine contest. Your product will be screened and may be submitted to the Home Shopping Network show, "American Dreams." Submit your application by July 11. For more information, contact Kathryn Dodge at 474-6497 or view the flier.

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

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