Wyoming 4-H specialists receive diversity enhancement honor


Kim Reaman, Warren Crawford
Kim Reaman                         Warren Crawford

Two specialists in the Wyoming State 4-H Office have received recognition for their efforts to expose youths to different cultures.

Volunteer development specialist Kim Reaman and youth development specialist Warren Crawford received University of Wyoming Extension’s Diversity Enhancement Recognition Award. The pair received the honor Wednesday, Nov. 6, during the organization’s training conference in Casper.

4-H is the youth arm of UW Extension, and its state offices are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Reaman and Crawford developed 4-H youth exchanges with Mongolia through the American Youth Leadership Program funded by the UnitedStates Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participants from several states traveled twice to Mongolia, and Mongolian 4-H’ers spent about three weeks in Wyoming this summer. The exchanges were so well received that additional funding was obtained for a cultural exchange to Samoa this year.

The visits helped participants “get comfortable with being uncomfortable,” according to the nomination information. The 4-H’ers were taken beyond the customs, language and food and immersed into first-hand experiences of the challenges and opportunities Mongolian citizens face today as the country’s natural, human and technological resources are beingdeveloped.

Reaman joined UW Extension in 2008, and Crawford joined in 1998

UW Extension offers ‘Building Farmers in the West’ in Powell

A farm financial management course for new and young farmers will be offered by UW Extension 5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays this January and February.

“Wyoming Building Farmers in the West” will be at the University of Wyoming’s Powell Research and Extension Center.

The program builds farm community and farmer capacity through classroom work, networking and mentoring for beginning farmers and ranchers, said Sandra Frost, Park County UW Extension educator.

The USDA defines beginning producers as those with less than 10 years of experience, she said.

Eight evening classes explore farming as a business and provide tools and ideas to refine and enhance producer business planning and management skills, said Frost.  The program also offers a mentor program during which beginning farmers and ranchers are paired with experienced producers to provide support after the course. A local advisory committee of producers is supporting the extension effort.

Participants will be able to:

•           Develop business goals and objectives that align with their values and resources

•           Develop business plans

•           Describe their personal management strengths and weaknesses and build plans to address their weaknesses and leverage their strengths

•           Project input requirements and costs

•           Understand how successful producers assess and manage risk

•           Access a network of community resources

Information and application forms are available at http://www.uwyo.edu/ces/bighorncrops/. A $100 registration fee will be refunded after the business plan is presented. For more information, contact Frost in Powell at 307-754-8836 or sfrost1@uwyo.edu.

The program is made possible through the Western Center for Risk Management Education and the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service.

UW bred heifer sale raises money for animal science students

Proceeds from the second annual University of Wyoming Bred Heifer Sale will benefit beef leadership and heifer marketing students.

The sale is Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena and offers live bidding in-person and online at whbvideoaurctions.com. Approximately 150 head of consignment and university-bred animals will be auctioned, both commercial and seedstock. Students organize and promote the sale, and proceeds will help pay for course activities.

Heifer viewing begins at 9 a.m. followed by a tour of the newly installed GrowSafe monitoring system at the Laramie Research and Extension Center and a presentation of beef-related research and new technologies from the industry.

The sale begins at 1 p.m. The Hansen arena is west on Highway 230 on the south side of the road directly after mile marker 3.

For more information, contact Rachel Torres at rtorres3@uwyo.edu, or associate professor Scott Lake at 307-766-3892 or scotlake@uwyo.edu.

UW Extension releases guide to Community Supported Agriculture

A team of co-authors and advisers wrote the Rural Guide to Community Supported Agriculture.
A team of co-authors and advisers wrote the Rural Guide to Community Supported Agriculture.

Do you operate a Community Supported Agriculture venture or have an interest in starting one? Are you looking to diversify your farm or ranch? What if you want to run a farm but don’t have the means to buy hundreds of acres?

A new University of Wyoming Extension bulletin introduces potential CSA operators, ag producers, students, teachers and others how to launch and operate a successful CSA business.

“The concept of CSA is simple: individuals or families purchase ‘shares’ of a harvest, then receive food throughout the growing season,” said the publication’s chief editor, Cole Ehmke, agricultural entrepreneurshipspecialist with UW Extension. “The share is usually a basket, box or bag of produce – and maybe other farm and ranch goods – picked up on a regular basis.”

“CSA ventures help connect people to where their food is produced. They are increasingly a part of the food system in Wyoming and surrounding states,” said Ehmke, who, with a team of co-authors and advisers, wrote the Rural Guide to Community Supported Agriculture.

“One of our goals was to create a comprehensive guide for those curious about what a CSA is and how it is run,” Ehmke said.

The 113-page guide opens with an introduction to CSA and delves into the question: Is CSA right for you? It then goes into production (including high-altitude and organic); basket preparation and distribution; general management practices, including setting up shares, pricing and payment; and attracting, communicating with and keeping customers.

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Videographer receives UW Extension creative excellence honor

David Keto
David Keto

Providing a vision and encouraging University of Wyoming Extension educators to think beyond the status quo has earned extension’s videographer the Creative Excellence Recognition Award.

David Keto, who joined extension in 2011, received the award Wednesday, Nov. 6, during the organization’s training conference in Casper. UW Extension has offices in every county and the Wind River Reservation.

Keto shares his enthusiasm for videography as a science, an art and as a teaching tool, according to his nomination. He has encouraged and trained educators to produce their own videos through workshops and by working with educators during filming.

Keto produces extension’s “From the Ground Up” video series, which includes subjects ranging from horticulture to range management. The educational videos air on KCWY-
TV Casper and are posted on YouTube at http://youtube.com/uwyoextension. He also produces videos for various departments in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the University of Wyoming.

Keto received his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and his master’s degree in science and natural history film from Montana State University.