Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Alaska 4-H'er meets President Obama

April 16, 2015

Geneva Wright, a 4-H member from Tanana, met with President Obama in the Oval Office  Monday as part of an eight-member 4-H contingent from rural communities around the country.

The students were asked to make a short presentation to the president. A blog post by  Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, who also met with the students, noted “each one 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.”

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Alaska FFA conference hosted in Anchorage

April 15, 2015

Alaska FFA members from across the state will gather in Anchorage April 21-25 for the  39th annual convention of the state FFA.

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.

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Alaskans asked to 'purple up'

April 10, 2015

April is the Month of the Military Child, and the Alaska 4-H Program is asking Alaskans to  “purple up” on April 15 to honor military youth.

4-H military liaison Candi Dierenfield said wearing purple during the fourth annual “Purple  Up for Military Kids” event is a visible way to show support for military children. Purple  symbolizes all branches of the military.

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Extension community classes offered

April 9, 2015

The district Cooperative Extension Service office in Fairbanks will host 19 mini community  classes April 20-26 as part of its Spring Extension Week.

Topics will include collecting birch sap with taps, managing parasites in small ruminants,  operating your smart phone, making homemade bread, using social media and running a  cottage food business. A variety of gardening classes will cover raising Interior vegetable  varieties, growing garlic, gardening in raised beds, testing soil, growing small grains and  beginning- and intermediate-level grafting of apple trees.

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Pesticide training offered April 13-15

April 3, 2015

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will offer a training  session for pesticide applicators April 13-15.

The training will be offered by videoconference in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Soldotna, Palmer,  Delta Junction and other communities as requested. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  with an exam scheduled after the training. Extension and Alaska Department of Environmental  Conservation personnel will teach the class.

The state requires certification for anyone who acts as a pesticide consultant or engages in  the commercial or contract use of a pesticide. Certification is also required for individuals who  use or sell restricted-use pesticides.

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