UW Extension presents two canning workshops in Powell

 

Extension nutrition and food safety educator Phyllis Lewis, right, and educator Tina Russell with various canning equipment earlier this year.

Pressure and water bath canning workshops are in August at the Park County Fairgrounds in Powell, presented by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The sessions are 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, and 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11, said Phyllis Lewis, UW Extension nutrition and food safety educator.

The class is limited to 15 people, and there is a $10 fee to cover materials, she said.

For more information or to pre-register, contact Rachel Olsen at the Park County extension office in Powell at 307-754-8836 or rolsen@parkcounty.us by 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4.

Sheep specialist joins University of Wyoming animal science department

Whit Stewart discusses an ultrasound image interpretation with a student.

A sheep specialist has joined the University of Wyoming and will provide information and programming through UW Extension.

Whit Stewart began Monday in the Department of Animal Science, said Mike Day, head of the department.

Stewart previously worked as the Montana State University Extension sheep specialist.

“We’re excited to welcome Whit to our team” said Day.

Stewart will conduct research and teach senior-level sheep production and management courses in addition to his extension responsibilities.

Stewart graduated from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., with a master’s degree in animal science after receiving a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education from Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho.

He then worked 2010-2011 as a UW Extension educator in Campbell County before leaving to earn his Ph.D. in a joint program with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and New Mexico State University.
Hiring a sheep specialist was important because the state’s sheep industry is among the top four in the nation in almost every category.

“We have a progressive and involved sheep industry, and the industry contributes to our overall agricultural output,” said Day to the Wyoming Livestock Roundup earlier this year. “Sheep production is key to Wyoming’s agriculture industry.”

UW Extension offers Master Money Manager Coach course

Juliet Daniels

A training program to help community organizations assist members and clients with basic money management is being offered through University of Wyoming Extension.

The Master Money Manager Coach program is Aug. 16-17 at the UW Extension office on the Laramie County Community College campus in Cheyenne.

Instructors will train participants how to work with individuals to improve their financial management skills.

The program is recommended for community organizations, nonprofits and agencies that want to help their clients better understand and manage their financial lives, said UW Extension educator Juliet Daniels, coordinator of the program.

“It’s so important to be exposed to personal finance,” she said. “I look at the communities I serve, and the reality is that a lot of people could really benefit from having a coaching relationship with a trusted adviser to get themselves on track.”

The two-day training introduces coaches to the FDIC Money Smart curriculum, teaches basic adult learning principles and provides tools to use with clients to encourage adoption of positive money management behaviors.

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‘Preparing for wildfire’ sessions set in Ten Sleep, Worland

BLM firefighters on the recent Hidden Dome fire in Washakie County. (Photo: James Yule)

Heavy fuel loads and dry conditions in the Big Horn Basin have prompted two preparing for wildfire sessions for rural homeowners.

The sessions are 6 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the Ten Sleep Community Center, and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Washakie County Fairgrounds in Worland.

University of Wyoming Extension educator Caitlin Youngquist is collaborating with Karen Fenton of the Washakie County Conservation District to help landowners develop evacuation plans for livestock and pets and provide information to create defensible space.

The recent fuels and fire behavior advisory from the Wind River Bighorn Basin District of the BLM specifically targeted areas below 5,000 feet.

“We encourage everyone to think about how and where they will move their animals should fire threaten their homes,” Youngquist said. “All of the spring moisture this year contributed to exceptional growth of annual grasses like cheatgrass. The fuel loads are very high, and we have already had four rapidly moving fires in Washakie County.”

The fires, one started by a chain dragging on a highway, burned over 3,500 acres.

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Powell research center field day Thursday, July 13

Farm manager Camby Reynolds during a previous field day.

The Powell Research and Extension Center field day is 2-6 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Subjects include herbicide trials, insect pressure, cover and companion cropping, moisture sensors, irrigation trials, dry beans and pulse crops and a drone demonstration. There will also be a petting zoo.

The schedule is:

2-2:30 p.m. – Registration in the Foundation Seed Building.

2:30-4:30 pm – Farm tour/poster session/industry demonstrations.

4:30-6 p.m. – Dinner provided on the Foundation Seed Building lawn.

The research and extension center is one of four across Wyoming operated by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station housed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

For more information, call the center 307-754-2223 or email sfulton3@uwyo.edu.