Virtual Field Trip videos help examine Teton Canyon issues

Teton Canyon Virtual Field Trip videos are available to the public to learn more about human impact, forest fuel buildup and wildlife habitat issues to help determine best options for keeping the canyon healthy.

The videos, presented by the U.S. Forest Service and University of Wyoming Extension, are offered to help inform citizens in advance of a public forum 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Teton High School cafeteria in Driggs, Idaho, to determine if there is consensus on solutions. The videos are linked to specific canyon locations and describe issues associated with wildlife habitat, forest diversity, prescribed burns, dispersed camping and roads and trails.

“With one road in, one road out, up to a thousand people recreating, years of forest fuel buildup and deteriorating wildlife habitat, Teton Canyon provides fodder for many different opinions about what should or should not be done,” said Basil Barna of the Teton Area Advisory Forum (TAAF), a non-profit group asked by the Teton Basin District ranger and the Teton counties of Idaho and Wyoming to stimulate discussion.  “Burn it, cut it or leave it alone?”

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Albany County extension educator receives national achievement award

Kellie Chichester
Kellie Chichester

Albany County extension educator Kellie Chichester has received the Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).

She was recognized during the association’s conference Sept. 16-20 in Pittsburgh.

Chichester is one of several honorees representing the top 1 percent of the NACAA membership selected by peers and state directors of extension for the award.

Chichester was also involved with a first for NACAA: her sister, Lindsay, with University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension and based in Saunders County, Neb., also received an Achievement Award. This is the first time siblings have received the award the same year.

Chichester has served as the University of Wyoming Extension livestock systems educator based in Albany County for six years.  She also serves Carbon, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties. Her responsibilities include livestock, horticulture and small-acreage education, and she also helps with the youth Quality Assurance program in two counties. She is a past president of the Wyoming Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Natrona County extension horticulturist receives national distinguished service award

Donna Cuin
Donna Cuin

Donna Cuin, horticultural program associate in the Natrona County office of University of Wyoming Extension, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).

Cuin was presented the award Sept. 18 in Philadelphia during the association’s annual conference. These honorees represent the top 2 percent of the membership of NACAA and are chosen by their peers and the directors of extension of their home states, according to the NACAA.

Cuin was also recently elected vice president of the Wyoming Association of County Agricultural Agents, and in 2012 was named UW Extension’s Outstanding Ag Educator of the Year.

Waterlogged Tailgate Park forces postponing UW Ag Day Barbecue to Oct. 19


The annual barbecue raises money for student clubs, organizations, and scholarships.
The annual barbecue raises money for student clubs, organizations, and scholarships.

Soggy turf in the University of Wyoming’s Tailgate Park Sept. 14 prompted moving the annual Ag Day Barbecue to Saturday, Oct. 19, before the UW-Colorado State University football game.


Food will be served from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The barbecue, which raises money for student clubs and organizations, was to be prior to the UW-Northern Colorado University football game that followed a week of rain. Tailgate Park was too wet to host the barbecue, according to University of Wyoming Sports Properties. Other Saturday activities were moved to the Arena Auditorium, but the decision was made to postpone the barbecue so the event would be in Tailgate Park prior to the UW-Colorado State University football game.

“With the weather along the Front Range, and hoping for a better turnout, the college chose to work with athletics to re-schedule the barbecue,” said Anne Leonard, director of College Relations in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Because this annual event helps fund student clubs and organizations, our students will benefit from rescheduling the event until the Oct. 19 CSU game.”

Extension bulletin simplifies nitrogen affordability

A new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension provides a worksheet to help producers balance nitrogen applications and their budgets.

“Application costs, fertilizer costs and nitrogen goals per-acre are important considerations when making nitrogen application decisions,” said bulletin author Brian Lee, research scientist in theDepartment of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  “This worksheet helps producers evaluate the application decisions for their operations given both costs and production goals.”

Lee is based at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

“Can I Afford to Apply Nitrogen to My Crop This Year?,” B-1252, is available for free download by going to and clicking on Publications on the left-hand side of the page. Type the bulletin title or number in the search field.