Wyoming brucellosis picture, more than 36 sessions part of annual farm and ranch days

Extension educator Alex Malcolm during a 2014 session.
Extension educator Alex Malcolm during a 2014 session.

Brucellosis in Wyoming and more than 36 sessions ranging from heifer selection, cheatgrass and rangelands to the new farm bill are part of the 31st annual Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days in Riverton.

Sessions are Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11-12, in the Armory Building at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. Sessions both days start at 9 a.m., and the last sessions begin at 3 p.m. The Fremont County office of University of Wyoming Extension sponsors the annual event.

The schedule and more information is at http://bit.ly/2015farmandranch. Sponsors provide free lunches both days.

Private applicator pesticide training is Wednesday, and Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, is that day’s featured lunch speaker. Galey is chairman of the Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team and will discuss brucellosis in Wyoming.
Sessions include farmers markets, dehydrating food, rodent identification for control, vehicle titling and licensing, custom vaccination programs for cattle, cover crops, grain bin safety, elderly scams and identification theft, beef prices for 2015, range and pasture insurance, soil health and many more.

Organic farming conference focus reducing sustainable farming inputs

Jay Norton at a field day at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center field day.
Extension soil specialist Jay Norton

Information to reduce inputs for sustainable farming is being offered at the organic farming conference Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Torrington.

The second-annual conference, presented by the University of Wyoming Extension and University of Nebraska Extension, is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rendezvous Center on the Goshen County Fairgrounds.

“Many of the agricultural priorities compiled from producers by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station recommend using alternative practices to reduce inputs of fertilizers and pesticides,” said Jay Norton, UW Extension soil specialist. “These alternatives include many of the same practices used in organic production, like cover crops, legumes in rotations, and using weed ecology to optimize herbicide effectiveness.”

Topics are:

* Soil fertility and cover crops

* Compost in dryland crop production

* Organic approaches to insect pest control

* Organic weed control

* Growing potatoes for organic starch

* Organic livestock production

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UW Extension, Sublette County weed and pest sponsor free hay workshop

Windy Kelley
Windy Kelley

Weed-free forage and improving irrigation efficiency are among five topics at the free hay workshop Friday, Feb. 20, south of Pinedale.

Sessions are 3:30-8:30 p.m. at the Sublette County Weed and Pest District (SCWP) facility, 12 S. Bench Rd. The University of Wyoming Extension is a co-sponsor. RSVPs are requested by Friday, Feb. 13, by calling 307-367-4728. Dinner will be provided to those who RSVP.

Sessions are:

Weed free storage – Julie Kraft, SCWP

Fertilizer, production alfalfa, and economics of production – Don Madson, Sweetwater County Weed and Pest Control District, Travis Osmond, Lincoln County Weed and Pest Control District

Forage testing – Steve Paisley, UW Extension beef specialist, and associate professor in the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Irrigation: Improving efficiency in your flood or pivot irrigation – Caleb Carter, UW Extension profitable and sustainable agriculture educator

Variety selection of forage crops – Anowar Islam, UW Extension forage specialist and associate professor of forage agroecology in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UW researchers study elder financial exploitation factors

Virginia Vincenti
Virginia Vincenti

Researchers at the University of Wyoming are lifting the veil on elder financial exploitation trying to identify red flags that could foretell and prevent shattered familial relationships and broken hearts.

“I’ve heard some people who say it’s a minor problem, that it doesn’t happen very often,” said Virginia Vincenti, a professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. “Oh no. It happens quite often. It’s just that oftentimes families keep it a secret because it is so embarrassing and hard for them to grasp it’s happening.”

Vincenti, in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and collaborators from the Universities of Wisconsin-Madison and Eastern Illinois and a fraud investigator from Laramie, began interviews in 2011 with volunteers who came forward. Identities are kept confidential.

Vincenti said abuses sometimes occur through power of attorney – the person who has authority to decide how and in what ways assets are used.

Siblings betray siblings, children betray parents, a dominant spouse who is an in-law can pressure his or her spouse to go against the parents’ wishes – and the reasons are many, said Vincenti.

“Sometimes the motivation is greed, and sometimes it’s getting back at someone for something that happened a long time ago, and now that person has the power to yank someone’s chains,” she said.

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Meetings explore southeast Wyoming small hydropower possibilities

Milt Geiger
Milt Geiger

Opportunities for agricultural producers, irrigation districts and other water users to develop small hydropower at existing water infrastructures will be covered in a Torrington roundtable and Wheatland workshop Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Wyoming Business Council and State Energy Office partnered with University of Wyoming Extension and the UW School of Energy Resources to develop the Wyoming Small Hydropower Handbook, which is the foundation of the discussion, said Milt Geiger, UW Extension energy coordinator.

Location and times are:
Torrington – 10 a.m., Platte Valley Bank Community Room, 2201 Main Street. Pastries and coffee served.
Wheatland – 6 p.m., First State Bank Community Room, 1405 16th Street. Coffee and dessert provided.
Geiger and Skylor Wade, the handbook’s lead author, will summarize the development process and typical characteristics of a feasible development opportunity.
“Small hydropower offers water users the opportunity to make our Wyoming waters work even harder, producing electricity while serving the needs of irrigators and municipalities,” said Geiger.
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