After the storm: Buffalo 4-H’ers raise funds for South Dakota counterparts

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club are, back, from – Leader Lisa Peterson, Stephanie Camino, Lauren Rives, Hanna Peterson, Hayden Peterson, Taylor Rives, Leader Tiffany Rives. Front – Zander Hulet, Isabelle Camino, Paden Hulet, Hunter Peterson, and Hazen Camino. Not pictured: Morgan Nicholsen.
Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club are, back, from left – Leader Lisa Peterson, Stephanie Camino, Lauren Rives, Hanna Peterson, Hayden Peterson, Taylor Rives, leader Tiffany Rives. Front – Zander Hulet, Isabelle Camino, Paden Hulet, Hunter Peterson, and Hazen Camino. Not pictured: Morgan Nicholsen.

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club in Buffalo raised more than $2,100 and reached across state lines to help South Dakota 4-H’ers regain losses from last October’s devastating blizzard.

Nearly 46,000 head of cattle died from the record-setting storm affecting South Dakota producers statewide, including many 4-H project animals. Krazy Kritters helped raise money by using a youth fundraising program provided by the livestock supplement company Crystalyx.

“We felt so bad with everything that happened with the storm in South Dakota,” explained club leader Tiffany Rives. “We have a great group of kids who are interested in helping others and with the Crystalyx Earn to Learn campaign, we found an opportunity to raise money and help these agriculturalists get back on their feet.”

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4-H educator begins in Sweetwater County

Sharon Reiter
Sharon Reiter

Sharon Reiter will join the Sweetwater County office of University of Wyoming Extension as 4-H/youth development educator Feb. 28.

Reiter received her undergraduate degree in environmental policy and analysis fromBowling Green State University and comes from Colorado, where she contributed to curriculum development, teacher enrichment and youth science programs for the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Involvement in 4-H as a youth began her lifelong passion for creating experiences that are inquiry-based, learner driven and personally relevant to youth audiences, she said. She also has extensive professional experience as a classroom science teacher, environmental educator and 4-H camp director.

Beekeeping, bee health, products at Cheyenne conference

Native bee hiveLaramie County Community College will buzz with activity during the Wyoming Bee College Conference Saturday and Sunday, March 22-23, in Cheyenne.

University of Wyoming Extension is hosting the college, which offers eight speakers and presentations. The conference is open to anyone wanting to learn more about bee health, beekeeping, native bees and value-added bee products.

A schedule is at http://bit.ly/beecollege. LCCC is at 1400 E. College Dr.

Saturday’s first session caters to those looking to begin or improve skills during an all-day, hands-on hive workshop. The second session covers advanced beekeeping topics and issues.

Other classes focus on topics such as the importance of native bees, pesticides and beekeeping, dealing with drought and marketing bee products.

Register at eventbrite.com, Wyoming Bee College. Cost is $50 for both days or $35 for one.

For more information, contact Laramie County UW Extension horticulturist Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

UW biomechanics research draws scientist early career award

Jay Gatlin during his nomination at the annual Agricultural Experiment Station awards banquet.
Jay Gatlin, left, during his nomination at the annual Agricultural Experiment Station awards banquet.

Work in the biomechanics of cell division and the cell biology of cancer has earned a Department of Molecular Biology scientist the Early Career Achievement Award from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) at the University of Wyoming.

Assistant professor Jay Gatlin in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources received the honor Feb. 12 during the AEShonors banquet in Laramie.

“Jay Gatlin’s research accomplishments are absolutely amazing for a scientist at this stage of his career,” said Bret Hess, associate dean of research in the college and AES director. “Having received a perfect score on a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant and publishing results of his research from UW in Science are testaments to the quality of hiswork. The college is blessed to have a scientist of Jay’s caliber.”

University of Wyoming president Dick McGinity spoke to the audience and acknowledged the importance of the land-grant university’s mission of boosting the state’s economy and the general well-being of its citizens.

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Newest tools, strategies at Wyoming Ranch Management Institute

Bridger Feuz
Bridger Feuz

University of Wyoming’s Master Cattlemen team will host this year’s Ranch Management Institute for Wyoming producers at the Vee Bar Ranch west of Laramie Tuesday-Thursday, March 4-6.

The business of agriculture inherently holds significant risks such as drought, highly variable input costs and fluctuating prices, said Bridger Feuz, extension livestock specialist and institute organizer. With an intensive focus on ranch management, this institute will teach strategies and tools to help producers make good decisions that will lead to sustainable operations, he said.

Participants will not only learn to use the tools, but they will be guided through completing analyses on their own ranches.

Topics include assessing ranch marketing and financial analysis, partial budgeting and investment analysis tools, range management, genetics and

livestock risk protection.

The institute begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday and will finish by 2 p.m. Thursday. The institute is limited to 12, with a fee of $200 per person including two nights lodging, meals and software tools if participants bring their own laptop. If participants would like a new laptop with all of the software tools pre-loaded, fee for the program is $500.

Registration must be completed by Feb. 21 by contacting Feuz at bmfeuz@uwyo.edu or 307-783-0570.