More than 37 sessions at this year’s Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days

Patty Slack of Kinnear during the private pesticide class last year at farm and ranch days.
Patty Slack of Kinnear during the private pesticide class last year at farm and ranch days.

Riverton’s Armory Building is hosting Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 12-13.

In addition to pesticide applicator certification classes, more than 30 sessions cover topics from iPad technology on farms and ranches to fertilizer rates and agricultural marketing.

Free, concurrent sessions each day are 9 a.m.- 3:45 p.m. with lunch provided at noon. A complete schedule is at http://bit.ly/2014farmandranch. Jason Fearneyhough, Wyoming Department of Agriculture director, is the lunch speaker Wednesday. Cindy Garretson-Weibel, director of the Agribusiness Division of the Wyoming Business Council, is the Thursday lunch speaker.

University of Wyoming, USDA, BLM, Wyoming State Forestry, Rocky Mountain Agronomy and a variety of other subject-matter experts will present on familiar and new topics for farmers, ranchers and small-acreage owners.

Session subjects include risk management, fermentation, keeping vs. selling cull cows, post-fire rehabilitation, sage grouse predators, weather forecast tools, soil health, wild horse population control, nitrogen stability and grazing afterdrought-induced crop failure.

For more information, contact UW Extension educator Ron Cunningham at 307-332-2363 or ronc@uwyo.edu.

Ceremony celebrates combined UW agricultural, Outreach School resources at Sheridan College

Ag CenterA facility that combines agricultural information and research and outreach courses from the University of Wyoming under one roof will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 4, on the Sheridan College campus.

UW President Dick McGinity is among speakers at the rededication of the Joe and Arlene Watt Agriculture Center. The program starts at 11 a.m. and is followed by a reception and tours.

UW in 2012 received a $5.3 million appropriation from the Wyoming State Legislature to purchase, renovate and expand the center. A new research greenhouse was part of the construction.

The facility brings together programs offered in Sheridan by the Outreach School, Agricultural Experiment Station, UW Extension, Student Services and Manufacturing Works. The center was purchased from Sheridan College in 2012.

“UW Outreach School will take advantage of better facilities and more powerful academic and professional collaborations,” said Reed Scull, the school’s associate dean. He said the partnership will result in better educational programming for residents in Sheridan and northern Wyoming. The Outreach School offers 40 degree and certificate programs.

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UW Extension hosts Casper master hay grower program

Hay varieties, establishment and insect pest management are among topics at the Master Hay Grower workshop Thursday, Feb. 6, in Casper.

The free sessions are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Research and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd. Registration is not required, and lunch is on your own.

Topics include:

* Master Stockman tools for hay producers, Bridger Feuz, UW Extension marketing specialist

* Irrigating alfalfa: Making the most of your water, Caleb Carter, extension educator

* Alfalfa insect pest management, Scott Schell extension assistant entomologist

* Hay establishment and fertilization, Hudson Hill, extension educator

* Variety selection, Anowar Islam, extension forage specialist

* Hay marketing, Donn Randall, Agribusiness Division program manager, Wyoming Business Council

* Risk management for hay growers, John Hewlett, extension farm/ranch management specialist.

For more information, contact Feuz at 307-783-0570 or at bmfeuz@uwyo.edu, or Hewlett at 307-766-2166 or Hewlett@uwyo.edu.

Family business, soil health, organic production topics at WESTI Ag Days in Worland

WESTI Family business dynamics, soil health, organic production and ornamental landscaping are just a sample of more than 30 sessions at Wyoming Extension’s Strategically and Technologically Informative (WESTI) Ag Days in Worland Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 4-5.

The Worland Community Center Complex at 1200 Culbertson Ave will host the event with registration beginning both mornings at 8:30. Admittance is free of charge, and concurrent sessions run from 9:15 a.m.-3 p.m. with lunch provided both days.

Cindy Garretson-Weibel, director of the Agribusiness Division of the Wyoming Business Council, is the lunch speaker Tuesday.

The schedule is available here http://bit.ly/2014WESTI.

WESTI Ag Days will also provide an opportunity for private pesticide application certification along with other topics such as small-acreage properties, ag marketing, grain storage, alternative energy for homes, trichomoniasis and brucellosis, beekeeping and livestock feeding.

For more information, contact UW Extension educator Ron Cunningham at 307-332-2363 at ronc@uwyo.edu.

UW Extension, college of agriculture publications earn awards

barnyardsReflectionsUniversity of Wyoming Extension and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources publications received top awards in the associate’s track competition of the Wyoming Press Association (WPA).

The awards were announced during the WPA annual conference Jan. 16-18 in Laramie. The publications are produced through theOffice of Communications and Technology in UW Extension.

Barnyards & Backyards magazine, produced by the Small Acreage Issue Team, received first place in the Publications category. Produced quarterly, the magazine features information from natural resource experts for small-acreage owners in Wyoming.

            Reflections magazine, the annual publication that highlights research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, received second place. The magazine is published by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.