Hands-on Kaycee workshop to focus on reclaiming disturbed lands

Calvin Strom
Calvin Strom

Fully restoring disturbed lands is the focus of a reclamation workshop 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Harold Jarrard Park in Kaycee.

Classroom presentations cover topics such as planning, soils and reseeding before participants head out to the field to identify soil stripping depth and suitability and conduct a pre-disturbance inventory.

Department of Ecosystem Science and Management research scientist Calvin Strom at the University of Wyoming believes the inventory is the key to reclamation success.

“Performing this pre-disturbance inventory provides baseline information used to ensure successful reclamation of the site,” Strom said. “The workshop provides classroom and hands-on activities for identifying limiting factors in the soil profile, identification of invasive or noxious weeds, inventory of the plant species present and the design of a reclamation seed mix, which is done prior to surface disturbance.”

Strom and a number of other UW and private sector professionals will present at the workshop, which is sponsored by the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center in the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in conjunction with the Powder River Conservation District.

Lunch is provided, and there is no cost to attend the workshop; however, please RSVP by Oct. 6. For more information and to RSVP, contact the Powder River Conservation District at 307-738-2321.

Food and Nutrition Service head keynotes UW Consumer Issues Conference

Audrey Rowe
Audrey Rowe

The University of Wyoming announced Audrey Rowe, USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) administrator, is a keynote speaker at the “Food: Perceptions, Practices, and Policies” Consumer Issues Conference Oct. 8-10 in Laramie.

Rowe directs the arm of the USDA responsible for delivering federal nutrition assistance programs including WIC, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and school meals. FNS programs are aimed at reducing hunger and obesity in the United States. NFS has budget authority for 75 percent of USDA’s $199 billion budget.

“We’re thrilled that Audrey Rowe will be attending this year’s conference. This will be the first visit to Wyoming in 10 years from a USDA official in Rowe’s position,” said Virginia Vincenti, a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences and one of the conference organizers.

A graduate of Federal City College and a former fellow at the John F. KennedySchool of Government Institute of Politics at Harvard University, Rowe has served as senior vice president and managing director for the Children and Family Services Division and senior vice president for Public Affairs for Affiliated Computer Service, formerly Lockheed Martin IMS. Rowe will give an overview of FNS’s nutrition programs and will also take part in a panel discussion on school nutrition issues.

The conference will highlight food issues citizens, researchers, and governments at all levels are concerned about and have been working on, says Vincenti. “We hope to bring a diverse audience together to network and engage with each other.”

Details of the conference are at www.uwyo.edu/cic. Professional credits are available. Registration costs vary, but all students are free.

Extension newsletter tackles southeast Wyoming production topics

crop update newsletter Southeast Wyoming crop and livestock production topics are included in a new University of Wyoming Extension electronic newsletter.

Extension educator Caleb Carter is author of “Wyoming High Plains Crop Update.”

 “I began the newsletter to cover topics pertinent to crop production and to help producers stay up-to-date in the fast-changing world of production agriculture and to spread the word about upcoming events and programs,” said Carter, who is based in Goshen County and serves southeast Wyoming.

 Topics covered so far have included lessons from the recent cheatgrass workshop in Goshen County, coverage of the 2014 farm bill, risk management tools, crop and livestock insurance updates, pasture and cropland leases, weed control and soil moisture monitoring

The newsletter has links to resources for weeds, forages and crops, crop variety trials, publications and research reports, an event calendar and an “Ask the Crops Guy” feature.

For more information or to receive the newsletter, contact Carter at ccarte13@uwyo.edu or 307-532-2436. Archived editions are at http://bit.ly/wyohpnewsletter.

UW Extension diagnostics team seeing spots

Leaf spot on ivy.

A growing number of tree and ornamental samples submitted to the University of Wyoming Extension diagnostic team have leaf spot issues.

A generic term used to describe a number of leaf spotting disease organisms that can affect all manner of plants, most leaf spot diseases develop as small, scattered circular-to-oval dead areas in leaves under proper conditions (usually damp weather), said William Stump, extension plant pathologist.

 Spots can enlarge and grow together to form large angular to irregular dead areas and can range in color from tan, brown, yellow, grey or black and with or without margins.

Stump said late-season leaf spots are typically more unsightly than harmful, while those beginning early in the season can severely weaken a tree or shrub, especially if it occurs in two or more successive years.

Stump suggests to minimize leaf spot disease:

            –           Remove infected leaves and dead twigs before winter sets in

–           Avoid wetting foliage while watering

–           Maintain good plant health and avoid over-fertilization

–           Use fungicides only in cases of severe disease causing defoliation for several consecutive years

Fungi overwintering in fallen leaves, buds, fruits and twigs can spread leaf spotting disease. Some fungi have specific hosts or may attack several species and, under proper conditions – usually extended periods of cool, wet weather – numerous spores are produced that infect leaves, said Stump.

These conditions are typically found in spring and/or fall for the intermountain regions of Wyoming.

Contact Stump at 307-766-2062 or wstump@uwyo.edu for more information.

Manage, overcome chronic illness free educational forum in Cody

Randy Weigel
Randy Weigel

Maintaining independence and leading a full and active life is the topic during a free educational forum Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Park County Library in Cody.

“Living with chronic illness: More life less limits” is presented by the Arthritis Foundation in conjunction with the National and Wyoming AgrAbility Program. The forum is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided, and, although there is no fee, registration is required.

For more information and to register, contact Danielle Vancanti at 888-391-9389, ext. 2, or dvacanti@arthritis.org. To register online, visit http://edforum.kintera.org/CodyWY2014.

Keynote speaker Miss Wheelchair USA Ashlee Lundvall will discuss overcoming obstacles and maintaining a positive outlook on life.

Wyoming AgrAbility program director Randy Weigel at the University of Wyoming said participants will receive an arthritis overview and information on managing arthritis in cold weather from rheumatologist Dr. Rebecca Danforth of Cody.

A demonstration on assistive technology devices that help maintain independence will also be available as well as recreational and outdoor resources to help maintain an active lifestyle while managing a chronic disease or disability.