Cooperative Extension Service News Releases

Tours of biomass facilities offered

September 15, 2015

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service will host two three-day  tours of community biomass facilities in eastern Alaska during October.

Extension Community Development agent Karen Petersen said the tours are designed for  representatives of communities considering biomass heating options.

“This gives them a chance to see a whole bunch of systems and to see them in operation,”  she said.

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University to offer specialty food series

September 11, 2015

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service and Alaska Sea Grant  will host a workshop series Oct. 5-19 for individuals interested in starting and operating a  specialty food business in Alaska.

The five-session webinar will be offered across Alaska via Zoom, an Internet-based  videoconferencing program. Sessions will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.  The instructors are Kate Idzorek, Extension small food business training and development  coordinator, and Quentin Fong, seafood marketing specialist with Alaska Sea Grant.

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Small business workshop series offered

September 10, 2015

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will offer a small business workshop series in  Fairbanks, by videoconference in Anchorage and by webinar around the state, beginning Oct.  3.

The series is hosted by the UAF Cooperative Extension Service and the UAF Community  and Technical College. Nine workshops will be taught in Fairbanks on Wednesdays or  Saturdays, through Dec. 9. The five afternoon workshops will be offered by videoconference at  the Anchorage District Extension office at 1675 C St.

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Food safety training offered Sept. 30

September 4, 2015

A certified food protection manager training will be offered Sept. 30 in  Fairbanks and Palmer and by videoconference in Juneau, Kodiak and Bethel.

The food safety workshop, which is hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks  Cooperative Extension Service, will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. State regulations require  that all food establishments have at least one certified food protection manager to ensure  compliance with food safety regulations.

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Invasive weeds app developed

August 21, 2015

Alaskans may identify invasive weeds using a free new app.

Gino Graziano of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service worked  with the University of Georgia to develop the Alaska Weeds Identification app. 

Graziano, an invasive plants instructor, said the app will make it easier for people to identify  invasive weeds and to report them if they are unsure about the identification or are concerned  about the presence of invasive weeds on their property or public lands. The app provides  photographs, descriptions of the plants by type or region and management practices.

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