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.

  • Red fruit puree is spread across a pan with a silver spatula.

    Food preservation workshops scheduled for Yakutat

    April 17, 2024

    Three days of workshops with sessions covering water bath and pressure canning, pickling and fermenting vegetables, and making fruit leather are scheduled for April 25-27 in Yakutat.

  • A black-colored slug crosses the ground with a few green stems surrounding it.

    Citizen science project tracks slugs as they slither north

    April 15, 2024

    Cutworms, voles and moose are common garden invaders in Interior Alaska, but, in the past decade, a pest that frequently eats its way through salad greens and other plants in Southcentral and Southeast Alaska has also made its appearance in gardens north of the Alaska Range: slugs.

  • A woman coaches a man with weights in his hands in an exercise.

    StrongPeople training class offered in Fairbanks

    April 03, 2024

    A workshop in Fairbanks will teach people how to lead a popular exercise program for midlife and older adults in Alaska communities.

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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.