Extension Educator Hudson Hill Receives National Award

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Hudson Hill, UW Extension educator, Lincoln County.

The National Association of County Agriculture Agents presented University of Wyoming Extension educator Hudson Hill the 2016 Distinguished Service Award during its annual meeting held July 24 – 28 in Little Rock, Arkansas.  The award is given to Extension educators who have demonstrated excellence over more than 10 years of service.

Hudson Hill is a Lincoln County educator specializing in nutrition and agriculture. He was  recognized for his ability to create connections with people, his mentorship of others, and his successful extension programming in both traditional and non-traditional areas. 

UW Extension pesticide safety specialist receives national achievement honor

Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator, based at SAREC
Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator, based at SAREC

The University of Wyoming Extension specialist responsible for pesticide safety training has received the Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).

Jeff Edwards, extension specialist based at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle, received the award during the association’s annual meeting in Little Rock, Ark., in July. Edwards also lends horticultural expertise through extension.

This award is given to educators with 10 years or less of service in cooperative extension and who have exhibited excellence in extension education, according to the NACAA.

Wyoming 4-H educators honor beef specialist for state fair livestock expertise

UW Extension beef cattle specialist Steve Paisley receives the Top Hand Award from Brittany Johnson, Laramie County military 4-H educator and vice president of the Wyoming Association of Extension 4-H Agents.
UW Extension beef cattle specialist Steve Paisley receives the Top Hand Award from Brittany Johnson, Laramie County military 4-H educator and vice president of the Wyoming Association of Extension 4-H Agents.

Work with livestock production contests and 4-H’ers has earned the University of Wyoming Extension’s beef specialist the Top Hand Award from 4-H educators.

Steve Paisley received the honor Saturday from the Wyoming Association of Extension 4-H Agents (WAE4-HA) during the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo in Douglas.

Paisley, of Wheatland, is based at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle and is an associate professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Wyoming.

The Top Hand Award is given every three years to a UW Extension specialist who strongly supports the state fair and the 4-H’ers who participate, said Brittany Johnson, Laramie County military 4-H educator and WAE4-HA vice president.

“Steve has been intricately involved with the youth and adult pork, beef and sheep production contests,” said Johnson.

As a liaison to the Wyoming Beef Cattle Improvement Association, he oversees the fed beef and evaluation contests and worked with the WBCIA to grow that event, she said.

“His expertise in ultra sounding is used for the data collection and calculations of winners of the swine production and evaluation contests,” said Johnson. “He enjoys working with youths and adults and can be seen at the Wyoming state fair every year.”

State fair efforts draw award for Big Horn County 4-H educator

Big Horn County 4-H educator Gretchen Gasvoda, right, receives the Champion 4-H Educator Award from Brittany Johnson, vice president of the Wyoming Association of Extension 4-H Agents and Laramie County military 4-H educator.
Big Horn County 4-H educator Gretchen Gasvoda, right, receives the Champion 4-H Educator Award from Brittany Johnson, vice president of the Wyoming Association of Extension 4-H Agents and Laramie County military 4-H educator.

A Big Horn County 4-H educator has received the Champion 4-H Educator Award for contributions to the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo.

Gretchen Gasvoda received the award from the Wyoming Association of Extension 4-H Agents (WAE4-HA) Saturday during the state fair in Douglas.

The award recognizes her years of work, time and support of 4-H’ers and state fair, said Brittany Johnson, WAE4-HA vice president and Laramie County 4-H educator.

A six-year 4-H educator, Gasvoda supports static exhibit judging, livestock judging, county youth delegates and much more during the state fair, said Johnson. She has also been the chair of WAE4-HA swine jackpot shows.

The award is given to a 4-H educator who has been serving for three years or more and given great time, energy and efforts to supporting 4-H events at the fair.

UW research center in Laramie combines family farm day, field day activities

Half-yak calves, part of research to address brisket disease.
Half-yak calves, part of research to address brisket disease.

Haflinger draft horse team Pistol and Pete sporting brown and gold, children’s games and activities, and scientists presenting research are part of the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) combined field day and family farm day Saturday in Laramie.

Activities are at two locations. Registration and refreshments begin at 9 a.m. with a welcome at 9:30 a.m. at the University of Wyoming research greenhouse at the southwest corner of 30th and Harney streets. Research presentations are at 9:45 a.m. with a tour at 11:20 a.m.

Events then move to the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena west of town on Highway 230 with lunch from noon to 1 p.m. RSVPs are encouraged. Call 307-766-3665.

The farm day program is 1-4 p.m. and includes:

* The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources’ Pistol and Pete meet and greet and wagon rides.

* Farm tours.

* Games and activities for children.

* Research presentations.

* David Kruger, UW agricultural liaison librarian, will provide a perspective on the 125 years of the Agricultural Experiment Station. LREC is one of four research and extension centers in Wyoming directed by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.

* Displays by UW faculty members, student organizations and community organizations with agricultural backgrounds.

For more information, contact Doug Zalesky, LREC director, at 307-766-3665 or dzalesky@uwyo.edu.