At the Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Extension, we work to make Alaskan's 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.
IANRE researchers support food security in Alaska through research-based knowledge in areas like livestock production, home horticulture best practices, pest management and more.
Faculty and staff work to expand capacity for public involvement in natural resource, ecosystem and sustainable energy issues through public workshops, presentations and consultations.
Cooperative Extension faculty and staff offer educational opportunities regarding nutrition and physical activity, chronic disease prevention and management, home modifications, air quality and energy efficiencies, food safety practices and food preservation techniques.
Research shows that to increase resilience and reduce risky behaviors, youth need connections to caring adults. Faculty and staff provide mentorship and life skills programming to youth that increase participation in STEAM activities as well as provide local and statewide opportunities for civic engagement.
September 13, 2023
The Local Food Leader Training and Certification program is intended for local food practitioners, such as food policy council members, public health professionals and master gardeners.
September 06, 2023
Alaskans across the state who are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes are eligible to join a yearlong program to help them lose weight and improve their health.
August 26, 2023
Some vinegar sold in Alaska stores may not be acidic enough for use in home canning, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service.
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.