University of Wyoming Extension News

Wyoming Bee College offers sessions to the experienced, those new to bees

Bees_LWOLLearn the craft of caring for bees at the 2015 Wyoming Bee College Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne.

Workshops are in the Conferences and Institutes Building. Registration is $65 for the two-day event, including snacks, two lunches and one dinner, said Catherine Wissner, horticulturist in the Laramie County office of University of Wyoming Extension. More than 120 people from six states attended the first bee college last year.

Registration, the schedule and more information is at Search Wyoming Bee College.

Workshops address those new to bees and the experienced beekeeper.

“We have reached out to find new and inspirational speakers to take everyone to the next level of beekeeping, bring more people into the craft and help others make a business of beekeeping or just be better at keeping bees and helping pollinating insects,” said Wissner.

Registration is at 7:45 a.m. followed by keynote speaker William Meikle of the USDA Agricultural Research Service Carl Hayden Bee Research Center in Tucson, Ariz. Also speaking is Randa Jabbour, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming, who is developing research projects in relevant field crop and forage systems.

Other speakers include:

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Parents of daughter honored in scholarship seek applications

Erin Reed with her dog, Callie.

Erin Reed with her dog, Callie.

Parents who established a scholarship to honor their daughter after her sudden death from bacterial meningitis want students to be aware they can apply for the Wyoming Homemakers Association award established in her name.

Erin Reed was a freshman interested in art at Casper College when she became ill with flu-like symptoms on a Sunday in March 2004. She died that Tuesday.

“We miss her and always will,” said her mother, Beverly.

She and husband, Tom, wished to let other students know of the dangers of bacterial meningitis. Erin loved drawing, art and animals, especially golden retrievers. The parents made a limited number of prints from her artwork to sell to help offset costs of informing parents and students about the disease.

“As the knowledge of bacterial meningitis increased and the need for funding decreased, we wanted another avenue for her prints, and we wanted to be able to help students with college expenses,” said Beverly.

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UW weed specialist invites teams to compete in very public cheatgrass challenge

Brian Mealor, right, and Jim Heitholt, head of the Department of Plant Sciences, last summer near the site of the cheatgrass challenge at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

Brian Mealor, right, and Jim Heitholt, head of the Department of Plant Sciences, last summer near the site of the cheatgrass challenge at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

University of Wyoming scientists hope marrying “Top Chef” with “The Amazing Race” and “The Biggest Loser” will be a win in the struggle against cheatgrass in Wyoming.

UW Extension weed specialist Brian Mealor is putting out a casting call for teams to enter his Wyoming Restoration Challenge. Teams will create their menus for success during a three-year contest to rid land near Lingle of the most cheatgrass and restore the pasture into a more productive and diverse plant community.

Mealor, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences, has spent years traveling the state and seeing sites invaded by weeds. Traditional research calls for a certain protocol – demonstration plots and research plots. During those trips across the state, he’s seen many people doing their own kinds of cheatgrass management.

“My thought was, let’s open it up to see if we can put different approaches head-to-head in a fun, competitive environment and see how they do instead of just researchers doing stuff,” said Mealor, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Let’s have other people involved and make it a fun, educational program at the same time. It’s a different model for doing extension.”

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New UW Extension bulletin describes integrated pest management for mouse control

Using integrated pest management in and around schools and other facilities can lead to more effective mouse control and provide a safer environment for occupants, said an author of a new University of Wyoming Extension publication.

“The steps to IPM are easy to follow and repeatable for all pests,” noted John Connett, one of the authors of “Wyoming Integrated Pest Management Standard Operating Procedure for Mice in Schools and Other Facilities.”

“In general, IPM is an ongoing activity,” he said. “In time, the efficiencies in an IPM program can also save schools and other facilities money.”

Connett is the school IPM specialist with UW Extension.

The bulletin describes deer mice that may carry hantavirus and explains the primary elements of mouse control in facilities. Templates are also included for data sheets, notices and handouts for occupants.

The bulletin is available for free download. Go to and click on Publications on the left-hand side. Type B-1259 in the search field and follow the prompts.

Range educator joins Carbon County extension office

Abby Perry

Abby Perry

A range specialist is joining the University of Wyoming Extension office in Carbon County.

Abby Perry starts Monday, Feb. 16. Based in Rawlins, the area educator will also serve Albany, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties providing educational programs on the sustainable management of rangeland resources, said Susan James, federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Perry received her bachelor’s degree in rangeland ecology/watershed management and her master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wyoming.

While attending college, Perry completed a summer internship with the Albany County extension office working with agricultural and horticultural issues. As a graduate student, she held an assistantship in which she explored the economics of reclamation after energy extraction.

Perry also completed a rangeland health assessment program cooperative internship working collaboratively with U.S. Forest Service Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, Thunder Basin National Grassland and the Laramie County Conservation District on various management projects on Pole Mountain near Laramie.

She is a graduate of Cody High School.