UW Extension hosts beef management, artificial insemination school in Laramie

A three-day beef management and artificial insemination school sponsored by the University of Wyoming Extension is in Laramie in March.

Sessions are 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, at the multipurpose building at the Laramie Research and Extension Center Livestock Farm, said Kellie Chichester, UW Extension educator in Albany County.

Cost is $75 for adults and $60 for high school students and covers the cost of the school, resource notebooks and supplies. Participants are responsible for their own lunches.

Instructors include Chichester, extension beef specialist Scott Lake in theDepartment of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and other UW Extension personnel.

For more information or to register, contact Chichester at (307) 721-2571.

Park County extension offers Master Gardener training

Master Gardener training with hands-on instruction from University of Wyoming Extension horticultural experts starts March 5 in Cody.

“This is an excellent opportunity for people who love gardening to learn more about horticulture, network with local gardeners and serve their communities,” said Sandra Frost, extension educator.

Training sessions are 9 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, March 5-April 30, in the basement of the Park County Courthouse in Cody.

The fee is $125 for those intending to become Master Gardeners and $225 for those not intending to become Master Gardeners. Trainees will receive a “UW Sustainable Horticulture Handbook,” one soil test and classroom materials.

 

“The course will be 48 hours of gardening classes on a variety of topics, including soils, insects, plant diseases, integrated pest management, vegetable and flower gardening, lawns, pruning and more,” said Frost. “The class is open to the general public as well as to those wishing to become Master Gardeners.”

Applications are available at the Powell extension office or at the Cody office in the basement of the Park County Courthouse.

For more information and to register, call Frost at 307-754-8836 or 307-527-8836 or email her at sfrost1@uwyo.edu.

Hot Springs County extension provides Master Gardener training

Barton Stam
Barton Stam

Training to become a Master Gardener or to learn more about gardening begins Monday,March 4, offered by the Hot Springs County office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Training sessions are 9 a.m.-noon Mondays and Wednesdays March 4-April 29 in Thermopolis.

“Attendees will get 48 hours of training on multiple topics including soils, insect control, plant diseases, integrated pest management, vegetable and flower gardening, lawns, pruning and more,” said Barton Stam, extension educator. “Anyone is welcome to join, especially those striving to become Master Gardeners.”

The course fee is $125 for those intending to become Master Gardeners and $225 for those not intending to become Master Gardeners. The fee includes the “UW Sustainable Horticulture Handbook,” one soil test and classroom materials.

“The training enables people who love gardening to learn more about horticulture from extension experts, connect with like-minded individuals and engage in activities that will benefit their local communities,” said Stam.

Applications are available at the Hot Springs extension office in Thermopolis. For more information, contact Stam at 307-864-3421 or at brstam@uwyo.edu.

UW Ranch Horse Team members lasso awards

Lacey Teigen
Lacey Teigen

UW Ranch Horse Team member Lacey Teigen received multiple honors at the Colorado-Wyoming-Nebraska Stock Horse Association’s (CoWN-SH) 2012 Year End Annual Awards Banquet Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Eaton Country Club in Eaton,Colo.

Teigen, a student in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, was honored as the 2012 collegiate limited non-pro champion, reserve champion in trial and reining, champion in ranch pleasure, and she placed in the top five for cow-working.

“It was so nice to be recognized,” said Teigen, a Laramie native. “I had worked so hard and finally achieved a huge goal in my life.”

Teigen also won reserve limited non-pro overall at the Region 5 Championship in Denver last November.

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UW Extension engages Ask an Expert Web tool

Stan Skrabut
Stan Skrabut

Stan Skrabut with University of Wyoming Extension recently received this query from a Wyoming citizen.

“How do I check the pH of garden soil in Natrona County?” she wrote. “Do I take a sample to the office or send it somewhere? Last year, horse manure was added to the soil, which was too hot, and the crops did not do well. I want to make sure the soil is suitable for the 2013 season.”

Previously, Skrabut, an instructional technology educational specialist, forwarded questions like these to appropriate specialists and educators with UW Extension to respond. Then, Skrabut would return the answers to senders.

He still can, but now UW Extension has initiated a way for Wyomingites – or anyone – to get answers much more quickly and easily from extension experts and be linked to a national database of experts and information.

UW Extension’s Ask an Expert tool is now integrated into the organization’s webpage, and the number of available experts to address questions in Wyoming continues to expand.

Ask an Expert is available at http://bit.ly/UWaskanexpert.

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