Washakie County extension educator recognized for excellence

UW Extension educator Caitlin Youngquist

A Washakie County University of Wyoming Extension educator has received an Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Caitlin Youngquist was recognized during the group’s national conference July 29-Aug. 2 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Educators with less than 10 years’ experience in extension are eligible for the award, which recognizes excellence. Youngquist joined UW Extension in 2014.

Youngquist, an agriculture and horticulture educator, is based in Washakie County but also serves Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs and Park counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The NACAA is focused toward extension educators and other professionals who work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community development, administration, aquaculture and Sea Grant and related disciplines.

UW research center near Lingle hosts field day Aug. 22

 

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Tours of research plots during last year’s field day.

Dry bean research and water and energy use in irrigation are among topics during the field day Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. RSVPs are requested to Kelly Greenwald at 307-837-2000.

The afternoon includes an overview of SAREC activities followed by a dryland demonstration area overview by Carrie Eberle, University of Wyoming Extension agronomy and cropping systems specialist, beginning at 3:45 p.m. Field tours, research poster presentations and exhibitor booths are highlighted from 4:10-6 p.m.

Information about dry bean research, water and energy use in irrigation and the First Grains project will be offered. The First Grains project is growing the ancient grains spelt and emmer wheat for eventual sale of malted grains and flour to brew pubs, bakeries and eating establishments. More information is at www.neolithicbrand.com.

Trademarked Neolithic, the project is through the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Natrona County extension educator recognized with distinguished service honor

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Scott Cotton

A Natrona County University of Wyoming Extension educator has received a Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Scott Cotton received the recognition during the group’s conference July 29-Aug. 2 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Cotton, an agriculture and horticulture educator, joined UW Extension in 2014. Based in Natrona County, he also serves Converse and Niobrara counties. The DSA recognizes excellence in the field of professional extension for members with more than 10 years of service. Cotton had begun his career at UW and went on to positions with Colorado State University Extension and the University of Nebraska.

NACAA is focused toward extension educators and other professionals who work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community development, administration, aquaculture and Sea Grant and related disciplines.

Extension bulletin recommends best forage mixes for Wyoming

            Four years of research at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center have resulted in recommended forage mixes for growing in Wyoming.

University of Wyoming Extension forage specialist Anowar Islam found the best forage is a 50-50 percent mixture of meadow bromegrass with alfalfa, a 50-25-25 percent mixture of meadow bromegrass, alfalfa, and birdsfoot trefoil, and a 70-30 percent mixture of meadow bromegrass with alfalfa.

The details are in Meadow Bromegrass – Legume Mixtures for Diversified and Profitable Hay Production in Wyoming, B-1327.

The bulletin is available for free viewing and download by going to uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the “Find a Publication” link. Type the title or number in the search field. The publication is available in pdf, HTML or ePub formats.

UW Extension communications office wins national honors

David Keto

Video and podcasting products from the University of Wyoming Extension earned first-place national awards, and print publications received silver and bronze honors in the 2018 Association for Communication Excellence critique and awards program.

Members of the Office of Communications and Technology were recognized during the organization’s annual conference Aug. 3-8 in Scottsdale, Ariz. ACE members include communication teams and faculty members in colleges of agriculture and extension offices across the nation’s land-grant universities and agricultural-related organizations and associations.

“It’s exciting to see the diverse work we do – video, podcasts, writing, and design – be recognized for excellence among entries from land-grant institutions across the nation,” said Tana Stith, office manager and graphic designer. “I’m proud to be part of such a hardworking, talented, amazing team.”

Video producer David Keto received two gold awards. The first was in the technology education category for the iDevice Mobile Video Production Guide, available at bit.ly/MobilVidProduction. The second was in the videoproduction informational or non-credit educational category for “Pollinator Paradise:  Southeast Wyoming Pollinator Habitat Tour,” available at bit.ly/pollinatortour.

Lindsay Hadfield

Extension and Cent$ible Nutrition Program video producer Lindsay Hadfield received the overall Outstanding Professional Skill Award and gold in electronic media, audio for the podcast episode “Voices on the Range: Tom Wright” at bit.ly/RPsound

Stith and writer-editors Steve Miller and Chavawn Kelley and graphic designer Tanya Engel were recognized for printed publications.

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