University of Wyoming Extension News

‘Dealing with disaster’ part of Powell Ag Mini-college

Are you a producer affected by the USDA disaster declaration for Park County?

Dealing with disaster is one of five topics covered at the Ag Mini-college Jan. 25-29 organized by the Park County office of the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) in Powell.

Ag Mini-college sessions are noon to 3 p.m. each day at the University of Wyoming Powell Research and Extension Center (PREC), 747 Road 9, according to Sandra Frost, UW CES educator in Powell. Lunch will be available for $5. Programs follow noon lunch.

Sessions are:

Monday, Jan. 25 – Brian Mealor, UW CES weed specialist, will discuss cheatgrass on rangeland. Cheatgrass is an annual grass that displaces native vegetation across the West. Cheatgrass is palatable for livestock in the spring but becomes unpalatable as it matures. Cheatgrass occurs on Wyoming rangeland as well as crop field borders, ditch banks and roadsides.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 – Does it take a little longer to get up on that tractor? Randy Weigel, UW CES human development specialist, will give pointers on farming and ranching with disability. Weigel has strategies and equipment that can ease daily workloads.

Wednesday, Jan. 27 – Grasshoppers were a problem east of Powell last summer, and grasshopper populations are likely to be higher in the Big Horn Basin this summer, said Frost. Scott Schell, UW CES assistant entomologist, will talk about grasshopper biology, identification and distribution. He will present strategies for controlling grasshoppers and minimizing impact on rangeland and crops. A Park County Weed and Pest Control District representative will discuss possible coordinated county-wide efforts to control grasshoppers this spring.

Thursday, Jan. 28 – Park County was declared a disaster area due to the widespread sugar beet damage last fall. Lucy Pauley, mediation coordinator for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, will present “Mediation and Disaster Relief.” Lee Craig of the Farm Service Agency – Park County will discuss eligibility for federal disaster assistance programs under the 2008 Farm Bill.

Friday Jan. 29 – Axel Garcia y Garcia, UW irrigation specialist at PREC, will discuss research and sustainable irrigated agriculture. He will also evaluate center pivots and lateral move systems.

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