Alfalfa establishment, weed management and marketing options are among topics addressed during a morning of sessions at the Wyoming Forage Field Day Thursday, July 10, at Farson.
Activities are at the Eden Valley Community Center, 4039 Highway 191.
Forage contributed $379 million to Wyoming’s agricultural economy in 2012, said Anowar Islam, UW Extension forage specialist.
“That far exceeds sugar beets ($67 million) and corn, dry beans, barley and wheat,” said Islam, drawing from the 2013 Wyoming Agriculture Statistics publication. “There are some issues that affect that contribution. They include low productivity, poor stand establishment and poor persistence.”
This long-time 4-H fabric and fashion leader may have had the Western Region Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award sewn up for several years.
Donna Hanson of Niobrara County has passed a love of sewing and quilting to innumerable 4-H members, said Denise Smith, University of Wyoming Extension 4-H and nutrition and food safety educator in the county.
The 2014 Regional 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Program annually selects an outstanding lifetime volunteer. The review team selected eight regional winners.
Hanson says the award was a surprise.
“My main goal is to help members learn how to sew and gain a lifelong skill,” she said, “Girls who I have worked with have gone on to receive their master’s degree in apparel and become 4-H sewing leaders themselves.”
Elizabeth “Liz” Shaffer will begin as the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H educator in Sheridan County Monday, June 30.
Shaffer received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology in May from the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. She is 10-year 4-H alumnus from Sublette County and served two summers as an intern in her home county and one summer working in the State 4-H Office in the college.
“Her experience and passion for the 4-H program will be a great addition to the Sheridan County extension team,” said Duane Williams, UW Extension associate director.
Farm and ranch managers and owners describe how they are bringing in a new generation to the land in a new free publication.
“‘Western Farm and Ranch Transition Strategies’ details methods 10 farms and ranches are using to build management capability, capital/equity or autonomy so a new generation can take over the family businesses,” said Cole Ehmke with the University of Wyoming Extension and an author of the publication.
“The risks of not having a transition plan can vary widely— ranging from having increased stress and family strife to developing a low-profit trajectory,” said Ehmke, an agriculture entrepreneurship and personal financial management specialist. “Not building a well-designed transition plan remains a blind spot for many farmers and ranchers.”
Field trial tours starting in the morning near Wyarno then onto the University of Wyoming Watt Agriculture Center at Sheridan College for additional tours and lunch are part of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center field day Saturday, June 14.
Landscape, grape and berry production presentations are in addition to field tours at the college.
The split location format is the same as last year.
“Members of the Sheridan R&E Center Advisory Board encouraged us to keep the mid-June field day similar to last year’s,” said Bret Hess, associate dean for research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.
“We are excited to follow last year’s format and host the field day at two separate locations of the Sheridan R&E Center. The first half of the day will be devoted to field tours while the second half of the day will be a series of presentations.”
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m. field trial tours at the research and extension center near Wyarno, and registration starts at 10:30 a.m. for presentations, field trials and vineyard tours that begin at 11 a.m. at the UW Watt Agriculture Center on the college campus.
Lunch is provided beginning at noon, and RSVPs for lunch are requested by Monday, June 9.
The schedule in addition to that above is:
12:45-1 p.m. – Sheridan College ag program and partnership with the University of Wyoming, Ami Erickson, dean of Ag and Tech at Sheridan College