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Please contact your legislator to voice support for the
UAF Cooperative Extension Service!

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We need your help
by 4:00 p.m. tomorrow, Feb. 24, 2016

The current House University of Alaska Budget Subcommittee has moved to eliminate all university research and outreach funds from the State operating budget. UA outreach funds are 49% ($4,273,300) of the Extension budget and, if eliminated, would result in the loss of an additional 22% ($1,954,436) in Federal funds to Extension. This funding cut of 71% would shut down Extension programming throughout Alaska

Because 75% of the current Extension budget pays for Agents (like Sarah and Darren in Juneau) and Assistants (like Susie in Juneau and Jasmine in Sitka), the Juneau and Sitka District offices would not survive this cut.
 
Please:
  • Voice your support of Extension to the Legislature! Follow the links below to find out how.
  • If you support revenue increases to support university funding, through use of the Permanent Fund or State taxes, please let them know.  
  • Please support the Governor's proposed budget as a reasonable alternative to the current House budget.

Why Does Alaska Need Extension?

Extension's Reach: Extension worked with 68,227 Alaskans in 2014, in every region of the state. For a copy of the current Extension quick info report, including much of the information below, please click here.

Food Security: Alaska imports an estimated 90% of the food residents need and our food supply lines are tenuous. Extension helps meet this challenge in the following ways:
  • Providing support to farmers and gardeners throughout the cycle of planting, harvesting, and processing, including pest problems, agricultural economics, season extension and sustainability.
  • Research into new varieties of barley and wheat that are winter-hardy.
  • Research into the use of LEDs in greenhouses to extend/increase harvests.
  • Teaching greenhouse and soils management, horticulture, sustainable agriculture and animal science.
  • Agents provide gardening training for the public. Volunteer Master Gardeners fulfill a 40-hour commitment to extend that knowledge to others.
Food Safety and Local Foods Resources: Many Alaskans rely on the preservation of their wild harvests to make ends meet. If this is not done safely, families and communities are at risk. Extension Agents offer research-based training for the public in the following areas:
  • Hands-on food preservation classes reach more than 800 Alaskans each year, in about 30 communities (10-15 in Southeast Alaska alone!).
  • Classes in food safety and food entrepreneurship and food testing for sales meeting the DEC Cottage Foods requirements.
  • Classes in best wild harvest practices for hunting and foraging.
  • Free testing of pressure canner gauges, required annually to ensure safe home preservation of fish, meat, and vegetables.
Alaska's Youth: 4-H and Future Farmers of America provide classes, camps, and club activities that promote leadership, education, and life skills.
  • Agents worked with 8,420 4-H members in 2014 and activities involved more than 11,000 Alaska youth.
  • The 4-H program is led by agents and volunteers who develop hands-on activities and promote the national goal of inspiring youth interest in science. Youth learn everything from nutrition and social skills to robotics and GPS use.
Extending the State's Capacity: Outreach programs provided by Extension supports Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation programs.
  • Agents offer Certified Food Protection Manager training and exams throughout the state, by distance delivery. The State DEC requires staff at all food establishments to have the certification.
  • The State requires certification for anyone who uses or sells pesticides or is a consultant. The 3-day pesticide applicator training and exams are offered by Extension throughout the state.
  • The Extension foods research technician developed food safety guidelines with DEC for Cottage Foods businesses and is training Alaska food entrpreneurs.
Contact the House and Senate UA Budget Subcommittees before 4 pm 2/24
Please email or call the following Representatives:
Representative.Tammie.Wilson@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-4797 Toll-Free: 800-860-4797
Representative.Neal.Foster@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3789 Fax: 907-465-3242 Toll-Free: 800-478-3789
Representative.Paul.Seaton@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-2689 Fax: 907-465-3472 Toll-Free: 800-665-2689
Representative.Liz.Vazquez@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3892 Fax: 907-465-6595 Toll-Free: 866-465-3892
Representative.Jim.Colver@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-4859 Fax: 907-465-3799 Toll-Free: 888-465-4859
Representative.Andy.Josephson@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-4939 Fax: 907-465-2418 Toll-Free: 800-465-4939
Representative.Adam.Wool@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-4976 Fax: 907-465-3883 Toll-Free: 866-465-4976


Please email or call the following Senators:
Senator.Pete.Kelly@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3709 Toll-Free: 877-665-3709 Fax: 907-465-4714
Senator.Anna.MacKinnon@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3777 Toll-Free: 800-861-5688 Fax: 907-465-2819
Senator.Gary.Stevens@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-4925 Toll-Free: 800-821-4925 Fax: 907-465-3517
Senator.Johnny.Ellis@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3704 Toll-Free: 888-330-3704 Fax: 907-465-2529
 

Contact Your Own Southeast Alaska
Representatives and Senators


Representative.Sam.Kito.III@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-4766 Fax: 907-465-4748 Toll-Free: 877-465-4766
Representative.Cathy.Munoz@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3744 Fax: 907-465-2273 Toll-Free: 800-968-6744
Senator.Bert.Stedman@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3873 Fax: 907-465-3922 Toll-Free: 877-463-3873
Representative.Jonathan.Kreiss-Tomkins@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3732 Fax: 907-465-2652 Toll-Free: 888-461-3732
Representative.Dan.Ortiz@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-3824 Fax: 907-465-3175 Toll-Free: 800-686-3824 
Senator.Dennis.Egan@akleg.gov
Phone: 907-465-4947 Fax: 907-465-2108 Toll-Free: 855-465-4947

For a full list of Alaska's Representatives and Senators, please go to the Alaska State Legislature webpage.

Contact or Visit Us!

Our office is at 450 Whittier, across from the State Museum in Juneau.  Come visit us between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. any weekday. We're in Suite 128 and would love to see you. Or call us at one of the numbers below:

 

Susie Wilkie

Administrative Assistant

907-523-3280, ext.0

 

Sarah Lewis

Family and Community Development Agent

907-523-3280, ext.1

 

Darren Snyder

Agriculture, Horticulture and 4-H Agent

907-523-3280, ext.2
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