Cover crops topic of first Farm Cafe lunch session Jan. 24

Cover crops is the discussion item at the first of three monthly lunch sessions at the Burlington Town Hall, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 24.

Caitlin Youngquist

University of Wyoming Extension educators are calling the sessions Farm Cafe.

Livestock health is the subject Tuesday, Feb. 21, and weed management is the topic Tuesday, March 21. All sessions are noon to 1:30 p.m. Lunch is provided.

“We hope this will be a great opportunity to connect people with resources and share ideas,” said Caitlin Youngquist, UW Extension educator in the Big Horn Basin.

Extension educators will help find resources and answer questions, she said.

Producers experienced with cover crops or those just new to using them are encouraged to attend the Jan. 24 session. The first 25 participants receive a free edition of “Managing Cover Crops Profitability.”

Mae Smith

Producers are also encouraged to bring laptops or tablets to access online resources, said Mae Smith, also a Big Horn Basin extension educator.

For more information, contact Youngquist in Washakie County at 307-347-3431 or Smith in Big Horn County at 307-765-2868.

Wyoming 4-H’ers earn honors at Western National Roundup

The first-place Natrona County 4-H Meat Judging team members are, from left, coaches Burt Andreen and Jack Stewart with Kaylin Lewis, Ben Campbell, Mathew Willadsen, and Trey Campbell.

Wyoming 4-H’ers won individual and team honors at the Western National Roundup in Denver last week.

Amanda Christensen of Albany County won impromptu public speaking, and Aletta Zeihl of Natrona County took second.

Aletta Zeihl, left, of Natrona County placed second, and Amanda Christensen of Albany County won the impromptu public speaking competition.

Natrona County’s 4-H Meat Judging team bested others from six other states to win the National Western Meat Judging competition. Members are Ben Campbell, Trey Campbell, Mathew Willadsen and Kaylen Lewis. Trey and Ben Campbell placed first and second in individual results, and Lewis was fourth and Willadsen seventh. Burt Andreen and Jack Stewart coach the team. 4-H’ers also competed from Texas, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa, Indiana and Mississippi.

Mckenna Carnahan of Sublette County placed third in fashion revue-constructed, and Grace Belize Anderson of Crook County placed fourth in fashion revue-ready to wear.

Uinta County’s Livestock Quiz Bowl team was sixth. Members are Delaney Lupher, Falynn Mackey, James McMurtrey and Ian Siegusmund. Other teams were from West Virginia, Utah, Texas, Arkansas and Indiana.

Complete results are at www.westernnationalroundup.org/results-2016.aspx.

Park County 4-H team wins Arizona livestock judging contest

Members of the Park County 4-H Senior Livestock Judging team are, from left, Logan Mehling, Hayden O’Hara, Bronson Smith, McKennah Buck.

Park County’s 4-H Livestock Judging Team won the senior division at the 33-team Arizona National Livestock Show Judging Contest, and three of its members placed in the top 10 individually out of 141 contestants.

McKennah Buck, Logan Mehling, Hayden O’Hara and Bronson Smith competed in the contest New Year’s Eve in Phoenix, said Tycee Mohler, Park County 4-H educator. Mehling and O’Hara placed fifth and sixth, and Smith was ninth overall.

Park County hasn’t had a champion senior judging team since 2006 at either the state or national level, said Mohler, who coaches the team.

Wyoming-Utah Ag Days include livestock, resource management sessions

Bridger Feuz, UW Extension livestock marketing specialist

Two days of workshops ranging from livestock and land resource management to worker protection standards are Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 25-26, in Evanston.

University of Wyoming Extension and Utah State University Extension are collaborating for Wyoming/Utah Ag Days at the historic Evanston Roundhouse, said Bridger Feuz, UW Extension educator based in Uinta County.

“It’s a great program for producers in western Wyoming and northern Utah,” he said.

Wednesday sessions include Wyoming ranch tools, managing beef cows, improved irrigated pastures, soil health, grazing as a fuel reduction tool, sagebrush treatments for livestock and sage-grouse and a cattle market outlook by Feuz during lunch. Feuz specializes in livestock marketing.

Thursday’s additional sessions include worker protection standards, ranch horse care, evaluating farm/ranch financial health, biosecurity at horse shows, veterinary feed directive and a lunchtime sheep market outlook by Feuz.

The event, including lunch, is free. For more information or to RSVP for lunch, call the Uinta County extension office at 307-783-0570.

Cheyenne organic conference illustrates certification, production systems

UW Extension educator Caleb Carter of Goshen County and UW assistant professor of agroecology Randa Jabbour during last year’s conference in Cheyenne.

Registration is now open for the fourth-annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference in Cheyenne.

Sessions are Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21-22, at Laramie County Community College, said Jay Norton, University of Wyoming Extension soils specialist.

The organic certification workshop is Tuesday. A series of speakers will discuss National Organic Program (NOP) regulations, electronic tools for organic farmers and financial and technical assistance.

A range of topics is Wednesday. Selected growers, researchers and NOP experts will provide information about organic livestock, crop and forage production, said Erin Rooney, UW soil science graduate student. Participants will also explore creating an organic association between states.

There is a fee to register, and lunch is provided. To register and for more information, go to http://bit.ly/2017organic, or contact Rooney at (970) 217-3362 or erooney1@uwyo.edu. Registration can also be paid at the door, but seating is limited to 100.