Alaska Cooperative Extension Service

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Alaska Cooperative Extension Service


As the state's gateway to its university system, Extension serves some 80,000 Alaskans annually, providing a link between Alaska's diverse people and communities by interpreting and extending relevant university, research-based knowledge in an understandable and usable form to the public. Created in 1930 as a department within the Alaska Agricultural College and School of Mines, our relationship with the university continues today within the Office of the Provost. UAF's public service and community engagement role is filled in part by Extension educators, faculty and staff located in Anchorage, Bethel, Delta Junction, Fairbanks, Glennallen, Juneau, Kodiak, Nome, Palmer, Sitka, Soldotna and affiliate offices with the Tanana Chiefs Conference, Eielson Air Force Base, Thorne Bay, and the Delta Mine Training Center. 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. Extension offers hundreds of publications, written and produced by university specialists, which contain practical information of interest to Alaska residents. Many publications are free and available online. Major program areas include: agriculture and horticulture; health, home and family development; natural resources and community development; 4-H and youth development. While we may not have an Extension office located in every Alaska community, Extension educators are as close as your computer or phone. To find out how we can help you, browse our site or contact the local Extension office nearest you. We know you will find the people friendly and the information useful.

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Recent Submissions

  • Rader, Heidi B. (University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2006-12)
    Fairbanks, Alaska (lat. 64°49’N) has a short, variable growing season which necessitates alternative growing techniques for reliable vegetable production. Air and soil temperatures, relative humidity, light penetration, ...
  • Mitchell, George; Purser, Jerry (University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service, 1984)
    Research history on the soils in the Point MacKenzie project area is limited when compared to many other agricultural areas in Alaska. However, four years of soil fertility and forage production data has been compiled. ...
  • Logsdon, Charles E. (Alaska Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service, 1956-06)
    Inspection and control of imported plant materials will assist in preventing diseases from entering Alaska.
  • Unknown author (Soil Testing Service, University of Alaska, 1956)
  • Jahns, Thomas R. (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2011-05)
    This factsheet provides guidelines for selecting which tests one should use and finding soil testing laboratories that perform those tests. It is a fantastic tool for Alaskans as it highlights available options for tests, ...
  • Smeenk, Jeff (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2011-05)
    This publication gives step-by-step instructions for sampling soil on your property. It gives the why, where and how of sampling, along with information necessary for having a sample analyzed.
  • Jahns, Thomas R. (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2010-08)
    This publication is for the gardener who wants to gain a more thorough understanding of soil basics, including soil components, texture, structure, water permeability and chemistry. There is also information on soil fertility ...
  • Smeenk, Jeff; Nakazawa, Anthony (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2011-04)
    This publication addresses the most common questions people have when considering whether to build a hoop house. There is information on the sizes and shapes of hoop houses, the cost of building and/or shipping a hoop ...
  • Smeenk, Jeff (University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service, 2010-09)
    Potatoes are a great crop for Alaska gardens because they are easy to grow and have a high yield per square foot. This publication includes tips on planting, growing, harvesting and storing potatoes as well as suggestions ...
  • Smeenk, Jeff; Ianson, David (Cooperative Extension Service, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2010-09)
    This publication explains how mycorrhiza, an important relationship between plant roots and certain types of fungi, can improve the plant's growth and provide protection from certain root diseases.

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