Tanana District Office


HELLO! The Tanana District is one of the largest Cooperative Extension districts geographically in the United States, covering an area of more than 120,000 square miles with a current population of approximately 100,000 distributed in 64 Native villages and the Fairbanks North Star Borough. Much of the district is inaccessible by road. The Tanana District clientele is very diverse including 4-H leaders, youth groups, homeowners, homemaker clubs, private and commercial agriculture, local government, military personnel, subsistence families, cooperating agencies and the general public. We have agents here to assist you in areas of agriculture and horticulture; health, home and family development; and 4-H and youth development.

LOCATION: UAF University Park Building,1000 University Ave., Room 109, Fairbanks, AK 99709. Map it!

MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 758155, Fairbanks, AK 99775-8155.

HOURS: We are available to assist you Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. We close daily for lunch from 1 to 2 p.m.

PHONE: Still have questions? Please call us at 907-474-1530 — we are happy to help!

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  • Ronda Boswell, administrative assistant, 907-474-2450, rlboswell@alaska.edu
  • Marla Lowder, 4-H and youth development agent, 907-474-2427, mklowder@alaska.edu
  • Julie Riley, horticulture agent, 907-474-2423, jariley@alaska.edu
  • Leslie Shallcross, health, home and family development agent, 907-474-2426, lashallcross@alaska.edu


FAIRBANKS MASTER GARDENER COURSE is usually scheduled in late fall with Julie Riley, Tanana District horticulture agent, so that graduates are ready to get growing come spring! For general information on the Master Gardener program, visit the MG website. In formation about the Master Gardener Online Course can be found here. Questions? Contact Julie Riley at 907-474-2423 or»jariley@alaska.edu.

PESTICIDE SAFETY APPLICATOR TRAINING » is available as a self study option if a face-to-face class is not currently scheduled or if class dates are not convenient. (Face-to-face classes are typically scheduled during the spring months.) For general» information about the Pesticide Safety Education Program, visit thePSEP» website. Online registration for the self study option is found here:http://bit.ly/PestInvasive.» Program contact: Phil Kaspari, 907-895-4215, pnkaspari@alaska.edu

CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER TRAINING is available online through ServSafe and as a self study option. Please visit the CFPM website to learn more about these training options. Program contact: Julie Cascio, 907-745-3677, jmcascio@alaska.edu

FREE TESTING OF PRESSURE CANNER DIAL GAUGES! » Gauges can be tested on or OFF the lid of the canner (no need to haul in the whole canner). If we have someone available to test, it only takes a few minutes while you wait. If not, you may leave your gauge and we will call you when it is ready for pick up (usually within 24 hours). It is important to have your pressure canner dial gauges checked annually to help assure home canned food is safely processed. (Pressure canners that use weighted gauges do not need to be checked.) While visiting our office, be sure to pick up some free food preservation publications! Information contact: Leslie Shallcross, 907-474-2426, lashallcross@alaska.edu

DIABETES PREVENTION PROGRAM, which began April 1, meets Mondays, 5:30-6:45 p.m., throughout the year. This lifestyle change class focuses on making small gradual changes in exercise, food, stress management, etc., that have been shown to delay or prevent the onset of diabetes. Class fee is $240 or $200 for seniors ($80 refunded for program completion). Registration is now closed for this year's program; however, be sure to contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alask.edu for future class offerings and to see if this program is right for you. View the class flier for more information.

FREE PEST IDENTIFICATION! Got an insect or diseased plant? Bring a specimen into the office for identification and suggestions for management. Specimens also can be identified through our Citizens Monitoring Portal. To learn more about the Integrated Pest Management program and the Citizens Monitoring Portal, please visit theIPM website. (NOTE: Cooperative Extension Service does not identify pests found on the human body. For such cases, please contact your physician or visit the emergency room.) Information contact: Julie Riley, 907-474-2423, jariley@alaska.edu

STRONG WOMEN is a nationally recognized nutrition and moderate intensive physical activity program developed and tested by scientists and exercise physiologists at Tufts University. Staying physically active and being properly nourished is one of the most important things you can do to stay healthy for life. Scientific research has demonstrated that exercise with weights (strength training) will increase strength, muscle mass, and bone density in middle aged and older women. Strengthening exercises also reduce the risk of numerous chronic diseases such as diabetes, hearth disease, osteoporosis and arthritis. Strength training has been shown to reduce depression and improve sleep, and it contributes to a sense of well-being among older individuals. To find out about trainings and classes in Fairbanks, contact Leslie Shallcross at 907-474-2426 or lashallcross@alaska.edu.

ALASKA 4-H PROGRAM is open to all youth in grades K-12 and their families. See what exciting things the program has in store for your youth by visiting the Alaska 4-H website.» Program contact: Marla Lowder, 907-474-2427, mklowder@alaska.edu


University Park Building



JAN. 25 — WOMEN IN AGRICULTURE CONFERENCE will take place simultaneously in Fairbanks, Palmer, Anchorage, Soldotna and Homer.  Altogether, the event will include 32 videoconference sites in Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Hawaii. This year’s theme is Healthy Farms.

The program will begin at 7 a.m. in Palmer, Anchorage and Soldotna and at 7:30 a.m. in Fairbanks and Homer. The featured speakers will talk about cultivating personal resiliency and positive psychology to handle farm stress. Each site will also host a panel of local women farmers, who will talk about the ways they balance their lives. A keynote speaker will talk about mindfulness and positivity.

Organizers from Washington State University Extension say, “You will leave this conference with new friends, new ways to farm and new strengths to do what we love to do every day.”

Registration and more information are available at http://womeninag.wsu.edu. Men are welcome. The early registration fee is $30 until Jan. 17 and $35 after that date. Agriculture students, farm interns and members of FFA or 4-H pay $20. The fee includes the workshop, a light breakfast, lunch and conference materials.

Conference locations will include the Murie Building at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Matanuska Experiment Farm and Extension Center in Palmer, the Loussac Library in Anchorage, the Kenai River Center in Soldotna and the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer. Additional location information and local contacts are available on the registration site.

This is the fifth year for the conference in Alaska. Sponsors include the UAF Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alaska Farmland Trust, the UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Homer Soil and Water Conservation District and the Alaska Farm Bureau in Soldotna.

For questions, contact Meriam Karlsson, UAF, 907-474-7005, mgkarlsson@alaska.edu, or Ronda Schlumbohm, Slimtree farm, 907-460-4088, slimtree@mosquitonet.com

 Feel free to share the attached flier to help us spread the word! Thank you!

JAN. 28-30 — CERTIFIED PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TRAINING will take place by videoconference in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Delta Junction, Soldotna and other communities as requested.  The three-day class will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The state of Alaska requires certification for anyone who purchases, uses or sells restricted pesticides. Certification is also required for anyone who acts as a pesticide consultant, engages in the commercial or contract use of pesticides or supervises their use at a public location.

A $75 fee for the training includes study materials. The workshop will be repeated April 7-9 in the same communities and other requested locations. Registration for both trainings is available at http://bit.ly/PestInvasive.

Participants are encouraged to become familiar with the materials and required math beforehand. For more information and to request another training location, contact Phil Kaspari at 907-895-4215 or pnkaspari@alaska.edu.

Please help us spread the word about our training by sharing the attached flier. Thank you!

FEB. 18  —CERTIFIED FOOD PROTECTION MANAGER TRAINING (SERVSAFE) will be offered via videoconference in Fairbanks, Palmer, Juneau, Sitka, Unalaska/Dutch Harbor and other communities as requested. The class runs from 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
State regulations require that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager to ensure compliance with food safety regulations.

Feb. 4 is the deadline to sign up and receive a study guide before the class. Registration, locations and more information are available at http://bit.ly/cesCFPM. The $200 fee includes class, study guide and one proctored exam. The workshop will be repeated April 7 and May 20 in the same communities and other requested locations.

For additional information or to request another location, contact the instructor, Julie Cascio, at 907-745-3677 or jmcascio@alaska.edu.

(See flier attached for more information and to share with others who may be interested in the workshop. Thank you!)