At the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension, we work to make Alaskans' lives better. It's that simple. Through programs that bring UAF research and expertise to Alaska citizens, we help families grow food, farmers produce more crops and everyday citizens live healthier lives. Learn more about the work we do.

  • A jar of corn relish is lowered into a boiling waterbath canner filled with more jars.

    Learn to pickle vegetables in hands-on workshop

    July 25, 2024

    Discover the ancient and delicious art of pickling in a two-hour, hands-on workshop in Anchorage.

  • A person puts a salmon fillet into a canning jar.

    Learn to can your fish catch in this hands-on workshop

    July 22, 2024

    Leif Albertson, University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service health, home and family development agent, will teach an in-person workshop on how to can your catch and fill your pantry with safe, shelf-stable and delicious fish.

  • A person's hand gently touches the edge of a showy white mushroom on  ground covered with fallen brown leaves.

    Lectures, field days offer plethora of mushroom information

    July 19, 2024

    Mushroom enthusiasts will have several opportunities to learn more about Alaska’s fungi — and get their hands dirty — via lectures and field trips in August. Mycologist Gary Laursen will lead a three-day workshop in Delta Junction on Aug. 16-18 and another in Palmer on Aug. 30-Sept. 1.

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The Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension is home to UAF's land grant mission including the UAF Agriculture and Forestry Station as well as Cooperative Extension. The Morrill Act of 1862 established land-grant colleges and the federal Hatch Act of 1887 authorized agricultural experiment stations in the U.S. and its territories to provide science-based research information to farmers. There are agricultural experiment stations in each of the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Guam, and all but one are part of the land-grant college system. UAF's Extension is part of the largest informal education system in the world, connecting Extension programs at land-grant colleges and universities in every U.S. territory and state. Today, the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) is the USDA division that manages federal funding of the nation’s experiment stations and the extension service.