Wyoming wilderness history, politics and perceptions UW presentation topics

Fourth-generation cattle rancher Joel Bousman of Boulder is on a five-member panel discussing a half-century of wilderness in Wyoming.

Bousman developed a permittee monitoring system for public lands grazing. The discussion and reception is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture auditorium.

The program, “The Wyoming Wilderness Act 1984–2014: History, Politics, and Perceptions” commemorates both the 50th anniversary of the federal Wilderness Act signed into law Sept. 3, 1964, and the 30th anniversary of the Wyoming Wilderness Act that became law in 1984.

Steve Smutko, Spicer Chair for Collaborative Practice at the UW Haub School and Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, will moderate the discussion.

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Annual ag day barbecue Sept. 20 at UW

Ag organization students serve during last year's barbecue.
Ag organization students serve during last year’s barbecue.

The 32nd annual Ag Appreciation Day Barbecue at the University of Wyoming is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, prior to thestart of the University of Wyoming-Florida Atlantic University football game at 2 p.m.

The barbecue will be in the southwest corner of Fan Fest inside the Wyoming Indoor Practice Facility. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for children ages 6-12 and children ages 5 and under eat free.

The event, part of Ag Appreciation Weekend, raises money for College of Agriculture and Natural Resources student scholarships and organizations.

Event sponsors include the college, local businesses, agricultural groups and individual donors. Wyoming beef, pork and lamb sandwiches are prepared and served by members of the college’s student organizations.

Discounted football tickets are also available for Ag Appreciation Weekend. Tickets are $35 for adults and $15 for youths ages 3-18. Public prices are $40 and $20. Use the promo code AGWEEKEND and go to http://bit.ly/goagday and follow the prompts.

Extension educator serving northwestern Wyoming begins Aug. 29

Caitlin Youngquist
Caitlin Youngquist

Caitlin Youngquist joins the Washakie County office of University of Wyoming Extension Aug. 29 as an educator serving northwestern Wyoming.

Youngquist, a member of the Agricultural and Horticultural Systems Initiative Team, will be based in Washakie County and also serve Big Horn, Hot Springs, Fremont and Park counties and the Wind River Reservation.

Youngquist was a farm planner-compost and manure specialist for the Snohomish Conservation District in Washington. She has worked as a research assistant with Washington State University Extension and a ranch manager.

She is a certified livestock adviser with WSU Extension, a trained compost facility operator, and co-owner/operator of a grass-fed beef and fresh market berry enterprise.

Her research includes agricultural uses and public perceptions of biosolids compost from rural wastewater treatment plants, large animal mortality composting, soil nutrient management, and several soil fertility, management and quality assessment projects.

Youngquist has a bachelor’s degree in animal science, a master’s degree in soil science, and completed a Ph.D. in soil science in May from Washington State University.

Laramie Research and Extension Center hosts field day Aug. 28

Greenhouse operations manager Casey Seals conducts a tour during last year's field day.
Greenhouse operations manager Casey Seals conducts a tour during last year’s field day.

Vegetable and herb production, weed control and forage research are topics at the University of Wyoming’s Laramie Research and Extension Center field day Thursday, Aug. 28.

Activities are 4-7 p.m. at the Greenhouse Complex at the southwest corner of 30th Avenue and East Harney Street in Laramie. Dinner is provided.

Registration begins at 4 p.m., with Agricultural Experiment Station director Bret Hess and Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, offering remarks at 4:30 p.m.

Research presentations begin at 5 p.m. and dinner starts at 6:30. Tours of the greenhouse and the Agricultural Community Resources for Everyday Sustainability (ACRES) facilities follow. The student-run, 1.8-acre vegetable farm is community oriented and volunteer based.

For more information, call 307-766-3665 or email ldarnall@uwyo.edu.

The AES is in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In addition to other responsibilities, the AES also oversees research and extension centers near Lingle, Powell and Sheridan.

Bulletin details weed control in turf, ornamentals using integrated pest management

IPMA new bulletin offering integrated pest management weed control in turf and ornamentals in Wyoming is available for free download from the University of Wyoming Extension.
B-1257 explains the elements of landscape preparation then covers integrated pest management in landscapes around facilities. The bulletin is intended for commercial, residential and school locations.
“Elements of good site preparation enhance future weed control, and a basic understanding of site preparation provides the foundation for most effectively controlling weeds,” said John Connett, UW Extension integrated pest management specialist in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
Other authors are Alexandre Latchininsky, extension entomologist, and Scott Schell, associate research scientist and assistant extension entomologist.
To download, go to http://www.uwyo.edu/ces and click Publications on the left-hand side of the page. Type B-1257 in the Search Publications field and follow the prompts. Hard copies are available for $15. Click on the bulletin title then on Request Copy.