University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension specialist receives career achievement award

Randy Weigel

A professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences at the University of Wyoming and director of Wyoming AgrAbility has received the Career Achievement Award from the National Family Life Specialists’ Awards Committee.

“I was extremely honored and humbled,” said Randy Weigel, UW Extension human development specialist in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “In my 37-year extension career, I’ve had the privilege of working with most of the past recipients.”

The Career Achievement Award honors an extension state specialist in family life and human development who has made significant contributions with impacts at the national level on extension program development, delivery and evaluation.

Weigel will be honored at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15,during the National Update and Family Life Specialists’ Awards Presentation webinar hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Login information for the webinar will be available at

“Throughout his two decades of service, he has made significant contributions in developing, teaching and evaluating extension programs,” said Brian Higginbotham, family life extension specialist at Utah State University. “His contributions, including presentations and publications, have had multiple impacts outside his home state.”

Weigel will speak for 15 minutes during the webinar on topics including the age-paced parenting newsletters he worked on during his time at Iowa State Extension; the Farm Crisis of the ’80s; Wyoming Extension homemakers; Western Integrated Resource Education –Agriculture Help Wanted; the animal care project at the Wyoming Girls School; and Wyoming AgrAbility.

“I am proud of the proactive, integrated and comprehensive response of extension human development and family life specialists to the emotional needs of farm families facing the farm crisis of the ’80s, and the inclusion of behavioral (mental) health into extension agricultural management education and the National AgrAbility project,” said Weigel.