4-H military youth educator begins Nov. 13 in Laramie County

Kristi Nagy begins Nov. 13 as the 4-H military youth educator in Laramie County.
Kristi Nagy begins Nov. 13 as the 4-H military youth educator in Laramie County.

A 4-H military youth educator will begin Monday, Nov. 13, in the Laramie County office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Kristi Nagy has been the senior 4-H administrative assistant in the Laramie County extension office for three years.

“This experience gives her the knowledge and background to take on a new challenge within the extension program,” said Kim Reaman, UW Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Nagy has 10 years’ experience with the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver where she managed eight school-age childcare sites. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.

New bulletin examines marketing costs when deciding which livestock market to use

Livestock producers should consider both marketing costs and price when looking at market options, according to a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

Market prices tend to be considered first, but shrink and commission fees can be up to 90 percent of marketing costs for livestock, the authors stated.

Three different marketing options are shown with example costs and prices to help show producers which market might be best to their bottom lines.

“Which market gives me the best price for my cattle? Think about marketing costs as well as price!” B-1303, is available for viewing and free download by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking the Find a Publication link. Type the name or bulletin number into the search fields. The bulletin is available in PDF, HTML or ePub formats.

UW Extension offers training, tests for new commercial pesticide applicators

Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator
Jeff Edwards, extension pesticide applicator training coordinator

Registration for new commercial pesticide applicator training is now open, said University of Wyoming Extension pesticide training coordinator Jeff Edwards.

The training is Monday-Friday, Dec. 11-15, in Laramie. All sessions are at the Albany County Fairgrounds, said Edwards. The program starts 1 p.m. Monday. Anyone applying pesticides (restricted use or not) and receiving payment is required to have a commercial applicators license.

Class registration fee is $250 per person.  Electronic registration is preferred at bit.ly/2017commpest.

The program prepares participants for the commercial applicator examinations.  Those attending have the opportunity to complete the examination and receive temporary licenses that Friday, Edwards said. Their official licenses will be issued at a later date from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

Topics covered include core materials, state statutes, application procedures, weed and insect identification and other license category-specific information, he said.

“This course is specifically designed to educate individuals who are new to pesticide application,” he said. “It may also assist individuals looking for career advancement as it will provide 24 CEUs to anyone who participates with a current active license.”

The core examination must be passed, and a minimum of one category examination with a 70 percent or better is required to receive a license.

Edwards recommends acquiring and reading training manuals prior to class.  Details on which training manuals needed are at bit.ly/commpestmanuals.

To purchase printed manuals, contact the UW Extension Office of Communications and Technology at 307-766-5157 or by email at tengel@uwyo.edu.