Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Extension Service moves to Matanuska Experiment Farm

The Mat-Su Copper River District Office of the UAF Cooperative Extension Service will move to the Matanuska Experiment Farm in Palmer.

The office will close May 6 at 809 S. Chugach and reopen May 12 on the second floor of Kerttula Hall, 1509 S. Georgeson Drive. The new space has a larger classroom and access to the videoconference network for teaching opportunities. It is also the first major move toward physically merging the School of Natural Resources and CES.

The new CES kitchen in the distance delivery classroom is almost ready. As of May 12, CES personnel in Palmer will be based at the Matanuska Experiment Farm. (Photo by Norm Harris)
CES personnel moving to the farm are:

Julie Cascio - Health, Home and Family Development Agent
Steve Brown - Agricultural and Horticulture Agent
Lee Hecimovich - 4-H and Youth Development Agent
Winona Benson - Nutrition Educator/Family Nutrition Program
Pam Compton - IPM Technician (seasonal)
Becky Hall - 4-H Administrative Aide

Theresa Isaac, Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station administrative assistant, will take on some CES administrative aide duties as well as maintain her AFES administrative aide duties.

"This is a great thing for CES, AFES and the new School of Natural Resources and Extension," said Norm Harris, administrator of the Matanuska Experiment Farm. "It is a move that I think should have happened long ago. It will help us to better tie our missions together and make sure that the people of Alaska are getting the latest scientific research-based information to help them lead a sustainable lifestyle.This move should greatly benefit the people of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and the state of Alaska as well."

For more information, call the Palmer CES office at 907-745-3360 or AFES/SNRE at 907-746-9450.

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