Cooperative Extension Service News Releases
Alaska businesses compete for shopping network spots
June 14, 2016
Alaska entrepreneurs can compete for an opportunity to sell their products on a Home Shopping Network television show.
The deadline to apply is July 11. Kathryn Dodge, the economic development specialist for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, said business panels in Fairbanks, Anchorage and Juneau will review applications and invite businesses to make five-minute presentations July 27-29 in those communities. Businesses will receive feedback and advice from the panel on how to improve their products.
Teaching rural Alaska to farm is Rader's passion
June 2, 2016
Heidi Rader planned to become a farmer when she graduated from college.
During high school and college, she worked a succession of jobs at Ann’s Greenhouses, Basically Basil and Calypso Farm that seemed to be leading to an agricultural career. For her master’s degree in natural resources management, she grew snap beans and lettuce, and studied high-tunnel production at the Fairbanks Experiment Farm.
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.
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.
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.