Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Farming and ranching training offered

May 11, 2016

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer its Alaska  Growers School this summer from June 8 to Aug. 10.

This year’s training is intended for Alaska Natives or others affiliated with Alaska Native  entities who are farming or ranching or hope to start. Nine sessions will be offered by webinar  and teleconference Wednesdays from noon to 1:30 p.m.

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Community classes offered during Extension week

April 29, 2016

The district Cooperative Extension Service office in Fairbanks will host 13 free classes for  the community May 9-13 as part of its Spring Extension Week.

Topics include raised-bed gardening, the nutrition in wild foods and weeds, heart-healthy  snacks, Zumba fitness, forage-buying considerations, making cheese and How to Pick up  Chicks, an introduction to raising poultry for egg laying or for the freezer. Other workshops will  cover using the Internet for finding useful livestock information, Mac computer basics and using  smartphones.

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Workshop addresses turning ideas into business

April 29, 2016

A small business workshop May 4 in Fairbanks will cover how to take an idea and turn it into a new business venture.

Adam Krynicki, the director of technology and energy for the Small Business Development  Center, will discuss how to develop business ideas and examine their practicality. The Ideas to  Business workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the small business center, at 3750 Bonita St.

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Birch trees tapped for sap, research at UAF

April 25, 2016

Anyone walking in the University of Alaska Fairbanks woods this spring might notice white  plastic buckets hanging from trees.

The buckets, which collect birch sap, are emptied daily, and in some cases, more  frequently. “If it’s a real gusher, it’s twice a day,” said Jan Dawe, director of the university’s  OneTree Alaska program.

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Arsenic presentations offered in Fairbanks

April 25, 2016

Arsenic, a naturally occurring toxic element commonly found in groundwater, has been  detected in the drinking water of a number of Fairbanks homes at levels the Environmental  Protection Agency considers unsafe.

Representatives from state agencies and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative  Extension Service will offer two presentations about arsenic on April 28. The first will be at 5:30  p.m. in Schaible Auditorium on the UAF campus. The second will be at 7 p.m. in the Ken  Kunkel Community Center in Goldstream Valley. The presentations will address where arsenic  comes from, how to detect it and resources to mitigate it. Information handouts will be  available.

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