University of Wyoming Extension News

New head of animal science says University of Wyoming right fit

Mike Day

Mike Day

Didn’t take long for a department of people armed with ample expertise and opportunities for growth to change a 30-year Buckeye into a Cowboy.

Mike Day became head of the Department of Animal Science the end of July, ending his career with The Ohio State University and beginning a new one at the University of Wyoming.

“My list was pretty short of where I wanted to go,” said Day, a professor and now former graduate program studies chair in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in Columbus. “Wyoming fit well with me.”

UW seemed just the right fit. He’s taught, he has domestic and international research projects and he extended OSU resources to producers.

Associate professor Warrie Means, who served as interim department head during the two-year journey to fill the position, said department personnel were excited to have Day join.

“He’s an excellent researcher, has a very good track record in publications and has received national recognition,” said Means. “His interests are aligned with Wyoming. It’s excellent we were able to attract a high-quality candidate like Mike.”

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The Peterson Farm Brothers show farming cool, help raise money for state 4-H

They rock, rap and bale. They produce corn, cattle and videos.

The Peterson Farm Brothers – Greg, Nathan and Kendall – have gone viral on YouTube.

Now the Kansas brothers are coming to Laramie.

The Albany County 4-H Foundation is presenting the Peterson Farm Brothers at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena, 460 Highway 230, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, to raise money for scholarships and support 4-H teams traveling to state and national competition. Tickets can be purchased at the Albany County office of the University of Wyoming Extension, at the door or online at

The Peterson brothers’ music videos, shot primarily on their family’s thousand-acre farm near Assaria, Kan., are parodies of popular songs that provide first-hand perspectives on modern agricultural production.

According to their website,, their video “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” a parody of the song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, received more than 5 million views in more than 200 countries in two weeks in 2012. Continue reading

Powell Research and Extension Center session presents benefits of growing soybeans

How soybeans may help control weeds and provide a cash crop for Big Horn Basin growers is the focus of a free, one-hour “mini-field day” in Powell.

The session starts at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the Powell Research and Extension Center at 747 Road 9.

“Soybeans can clean up a field that has significant weed pressure, such as Venice mallow, without disrupting crop rotations,” said UW Extension educator Jeremiah Vardiman.

Researchers at the center will present observations on the six soybean maturity groups planted in their field trials. Questions and discussion will follow.

For more information, contact Vardiman at 307-754-8836 or

High tunnel, weed control information part of UW research center field day

Research will include high tunnel production results by extension horticulturist Karen Panter.

Research will include high tunnel production results by extension horticulturist Karen Panter.

High tunnel vegetable production and weed control and gardening in Laramie are research highlights during the University of Wyoming Laramie Research and Extension Center field day Thursday, Aug. 27.

The field day is at the Greenhouse Complex at the southwest corner of 30th and Harney streets in Laramie.

Registration begins at 4 p.m. with opening remarks at 4:30. UW Extension horticulture specialist Karen Panter will provide high tunnel production information, former extension weed specialist Brian Mealor and UW weed scientist Andrew Kniss will discuss weed control, and state Master Gardener coordinator Chris Hilgert will talk about gardening in Laramie.

A meal prepared and served by the UW Food Science Club begins at 7 p.m.

UW agriculture college publications receive national honors

CONNECTThree publications from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming and published in 2014 received honors in the Association for Communication Excellence (ACE) Critique and Awards program.
The awards were presented during the association’s international conference in Charleston, S.C., in June.
* CONNECT, which features UW Extension educators and their engagement with Wyoming residents, received the Gold Award in One- to Full-color Popular Publications.
* Reflections, which showcases research in the college, received two silver awards: one in Technical Publications and the online, interactive version in the Electronic Publications category.
* Ag News, the newsletter for the college, tied for a Bronze Award in Newsletters.
The publications are produced through extension’s Office of Communications and Technology.
ACE is an international association of communicators, educators and information technologists. The organization offers professional development and networking for individuals who extend knowledge about agriculture, natural resources and life and human sciences.