University of Wyoming Extension News

Hardtack, pemmican likely menu items for Moorcroft elementary students

Hard tack

Hardtack

Pemmican, hardtack, sourdough biscuits and rattlesnake stew (in name only) will be on the menu for at least a few days this fall for Moorcroft Elementary students.

Crook County 4-H educator Janet Lake will use recipes from “Eating Your Way Through Wyoming History,” a University of Wyoming Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) publication, in cooperation with the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, that dovetails with Wyoming history taught in fourth-grade classrooms.

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2011 Frances Freese Secretary of Year Award

Julie Miner

Julie Miner, left, of the Park County – Powell office

Julie Miner, left, of the Park County – Powell office, receives the 2011 Frances Freese Secretary of Year Award from last year’s recipient, Jennifer Barker of Converse County. The award was presented during the ESCAPE banquet Wednesday evening at the Historic Sheridan Inn in Sheridan.

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Powell brown bag topics range from winterizing gardens to alfalfa seed production

Alfalfa herbal remediesTopics including how to winterize lawns to making herb and spice packets for cooking are part of brown bag seminars in Powell beginning this month.

The free sessions are during the noon hour Wednesdays at the Park County Library and are sponsored by the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service.

Session topics are:

Sept. 28 – How to winterize lawns and gardens
Oct. 5 – Gifts from gardens ideas
Oct. 12 – Leafcutter bees and alfalfa seed production
Oct. 19 – How to make herb and spice packets used for cooking
Oct. 26 – Learn about the U.S. corn crop
Nov. 9 – How to create alpine and xeric rock gardens
Nov. 16 – Prepare for winter driving

For more information, contact extension educator Sandra Frost in Powell at (307) 754-8836 or sfrost1@uwyo.edu.

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Contact: Steven L. Miller
Senior editor
Phone: (307) 766-6342
Email: slmiller@uwyo.edu

Note: This event has been cancelled — Sheep shearing school set near Emblem

Goat sheep

Goat sheep

Sharpening shearing skills and harvesting wool to provide the most value to producers is the focus of a three-day sheep shearing school near Emblem.

The school is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Oct. 12- 14, at the 7K Ranch northeast of Emblem. Registration deadline is Monday, Oct 3. The $125 fee pays for instructor costs, maintenance of shearing machines and course materials.

The school is for beginners looking to get into the business as well as experienced shearers who want more instruction, said Dallen Smith, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) educator based in Big Horn County.

“If the students have an interest in shearing just a few head or if they want to start up their own businesses and shear 500 head a day, the instructors will give them the resources to do so,” he said.

The class is designed to teach how to shear sheep while maintaining wool quality. Instructors will also show how to care and maintain the hand piece and how to sharpen combs and cutters.

The school is sponsored by UW CES. For more information, contact Smith at (307) 765-2868.

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Phone: (307) 766-6342
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Applications taken for reduced-cost energy audits, renewable energy assistance

Power Generating Windmills

Power Generating Windmills

Wyoming agricultural producers, small businesses and rural electric cooperatives all outside of Cheyenne are eligible for low-cost energy audits and renewable energy development assistance (REDA).

The program is through the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service, State Energy Office (SEO) and Manufacturing-Works, said Milt Geiger, energy coordinator for the extension service.

If selected, a $1,000 energy audit can be purchased for $250 or the $250 would pay for a $1,000 REDA program. The program is funded by a USDA Rural Development grant.

“Renewable energy systems have the potential to be cost-effective in Wyoming but understanding the specifics of your potential installation is critical to success,” said Geiger. “Through the low-cost opportunity offered through a partnership of university and state government entities, small businesses and ag producers can obtain the information about renewable energy and energy efficiency that allows informed decisions.”

Non-profits and residential homeowners are not eligible.

Manufacturing-Works is a UW-affiliated nonprofit providing general business, technical and marketing assistance and engineering solutions.

“The cheapest unit of energy is the one never used,” said Larry Stewart, director of Manufacturing-Works, “and our engineers will help make sure businesses are using energy as cost-effectively as possible.”

Applications are evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available through the SEO at (307) 777-2824 or at wyomingbusiness.org/energy. REDA applications are being accepted by the UW CES at (307) 766-3002 or at wyomingrenewables.org and click on the Incentives link.
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Contact: Steven L. Miller
Senior editor
Phone: (307) 766-6342
Email: slmiller@uwyo.edu