Sugar beet diseases, drought risk management, wolves do’s and don’ts for landowners and pesticide application certification sessions are among 34 concurrent sessions at Wyoming Extension’s Strategically and Technologically Informative (WESTI) Ag Days in Worland Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 5-6.
Registration begins both mornings at 8:30 at the Worland Community Center Complex at 1200 Culbertson Ave. Sessions are 9:15-noon and1:15 -3:45 p.m. Tuesday and 9:15 a.m. to noon Wednesday. A rangeland healthassessment panel discussion is 1:15-3 p.m.
Lunch is provided both days. Sponsored by the Big Horn Basin Ag Ambassadors, the schedule is at bit.ly/2013WESTI.
Other sessions include trends in local food marketing, estate planning, quick dinners from the garden, range nutrition, raised bedgardening, weed control in sainfoin, high tunnels and members of the Wyoming Highway Patrol will present “Commercial vehicles and agricultural operations.”
A first-ever Sheridan County 4-H Project Expo showing what 4-H is and opportunities for youths is 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall.
“So often, 4-H carries a stigma it is a youth organization just for farm and ranch kids to learn about cows and cookies, but this couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Jerrica Lind, Sheridan County 4-H educator. “Any community member who attends the 4-H project expo will learn all the various opportunities 4-H offers for all youths regardless if they live in town or out on the ranch.”
Activity booths will show the projects available through 4-H, and 4-H leaders, members and extension staff members will be available to answer questions.
A bake sale will raise funds to support the county 4-H program.
The Wyoming Master Cattleman team is offering ranch management institutes at Bear River Lodge near Evanston and at The Ranch at Ucross in February.
These institutes are three-day sessions with an intensive focus on ranch management.
“Agriculture has been and will continue to be a business with significant risks,” said Bridger Feuz, UW Extension educator organizing the institutes. “Drought, highly variable input costs and fluctuating prices are just a few of the risks producers face.”
The institutes will teach strategies and tools to help producers make decisions that lead to sustainable operations.
“Participants will roll up their sleeves and not only learn to use the tools, they will also be guidedthrough the process of completing analyses on their own ranches,” said Feuz. “Just like many other jobs on a ranch, management is hard work. We expect participants to work hard and complete the tasks during these institutes.”
University of Wyoming Extension is offering a free commercial driver license (CDL) study group in Riverton Monday-Friday, Feb. 11-15.
The study group will meet 9 a.m.-2 p.m. each day at the Armory Building.
“For anyone needing employees with a CDL, or anyone who needs a CDL for her or his work, this should be a great program to train drivers and help them prepare for a CDL test,” said Ron Cunningham, extension educator based in Fremont County. “Participants will prepare for written tests for Class A and Class B CDL and learn pre-trip inspections.”
Commercial pesticide applicator recertification, rangeland weed research and structural pest and mosquito control are among topics for weed management professionals at the 2013 Wyoming Recertification Rendezvous and Convention Jan. 15-17 in Casper.
“This recertification session is the primary opportunity available for commercial applicators seeking continuing education credits to retain their pesticide applicator licenses,” said Jeff Edwards, University of Wyoming Extension pesticide coordinator.
Registration deadline is Jan. 10. Registration fees are $85 on or before Jan. 10 and $110 after Jan. 10 or at the door. To register and for program information, go to www.wyweedmgmt.org/.
The conference at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel is in conjunction with the UW Pesticide Applicator Recertification program.
“Protect yourself,” said Sandra Frost, UW Extension educator. “Protect your employees. Protect the earth. These are three good reasons to attend the Wyoming Recertification Rendezvous for commercial pesticide applicators.”