UW assistant professor of horticulture receives young scientist award

Sadanand Dhekney
Sadanand Dhekney

The current research of Sadanand Dhekney focuses on expanding grape production in Wyoming. He will receive the award during the 2013 In Vitro Biology meeting in Providence, R.I., June 15-19.

“I’m honored by the recognition and feel very proud to represent UW at the SIVB awards presentation,” said Dhekney, who is stationed at the UW Sheridan Research and Extension Center. He also holds the E.A. Whitney Professorship in Agriculture position. The position, which implements the enhanced degree program with UW’s agroecology curriculum, is endowed by Whitney Benefits in Sheridan.

“I am very happy for Sadanand,” said Bret Hess, associate dean of research at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, which overseas four research and extension centers in Wyoming. “He is a very kind and genuine person whose research has potential to revolutionize plant breeding. It is a true honor to have such an award bestowed for his contributions to an emerging field of science. It is exciting to have a scientist of Sadanand’s caliber on our college’s research team.”

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Cody, Worland radon classes offer continuing education credits for realtors, appraisers

Phyllis Lewis
Phyllis Lewis

Washakie County Extension and the Wyoming Department of Health are offering two radon classes this April for real estate agents and appraisers to earn continuingeducation credits.

The Cody class is 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Grizzly Room at the Cody Library; the Worland class is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Suite G of the Washakie Extension Office.

Both classes include two sessions: “A Real Estate Agent’s and Appraiser’s Guide to Radon,” in the morning, and “A Buyers and Sellers Guide to Radon,” in the afternoon. Realtors will need their real estate license numbers.

The morning sessions offer four CEUs for realtors and appraisers. Topics are: why radon is a concern; how radon enters homes; lung cancer, statistics, and studies; radon and real estate; testing for radon; radon mitigation; correctly installed mitigation systems; and incorrectly installed mitigation systems

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Lingle, Cheyenne workshops explain Community Supported Agriculture ventures

UW Extension and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture are sponsoring two free workshops for those interested in starting Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) ventures.

The Lingle workshop is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center, 2753 State Highway 157, near Lingle.

The Cheyenne workshop is 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Laramie County extension office, 310 W. 19th St., in Cheyenne.

Lunch is provided for both workshops. Space is limited and RSVP is requested by Tuesday, April 2, for the Lingle workshop, and Tuesday, April 9, for the Cheyenne workshop.

“Community Supported Agriculture gets locally grown, seasonal food directly from an independent farmer into the hands of a group of supporters from the community,” said Cole Ehmke, extension specialist in personal finance and ag entrepreneurship. “The idea is that people purchase a share of the farm production, then, during the production season, they get a box of vegetables or other farm products every week.”

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4-H Rabbit Camp and Judging Meet hops into Albany County

Youths who attend a rabbit and cavy confab April 20 in Laramie will learn how to prepare for entering their rabbits and guinea pigs in judging competitions and meets, can attend hands-on workshops and meet other enthusiasts.

Albany County 4-H and the Wyoming Rabbit Judging Team are sponsoring a Rabbit Camp and Judging Meet at the Albany County Fairgrounds.

“We are quite excited,” said Mary Louise Wood, extension educator in Albany County. “To make the trip worthwhile for the Colorado youths, we decided to offer the rabbit camp along with the judging meet.”

Registration starts 9:30a.m. Saturday, April 20; workshops resume 8:30 a.m. Sunday, April 21. Cost is $10 for the judging meet only on Saturday and $45 for the full rabbit camp.

Advance registration is required. Lunch for Saturday is available as a preorder on the registration form; rabbit camp fees include dinner and breakfast.

Entry forms and meal orders are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 1.

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University of Wyoming 4-H Program seeks youth applicants for cultural exchange trip to Samoa

    Applications from youths in 13 western states are being accepted for a cultural exchange trip to Samoa in December as part of the American Youth Leadership Program exchange led by specialists in the Wyoming State 4-H Office.

 

Eighteen youths and two adults will be selected for the three week-long trip designed to enhance global scholarship. A similar group visited Mongolia last year led by youth development specialist Warren Crawford and volunteer development specialist Kim Reaman, who are again heading the group.

Information about the exchange and an application form are at the American Youth Leadership Program with Samoa link at http://www.uwyo.edu/4-h/. The application deadline is Monday, April 1.

“The American Youth Leadership Program with Samoa is a great opportunity for youths to experience international travel and learn about other cultures with minimal cost to the participants,” said Crawford.  “Not only will participants have an opportunity to experience and learn about global issues, they will make connections and build friendships that will last a lifetime.”

Youths must be 15 years old but not older than 17 when the trip begins.

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