New publications explore ups and downs of high-altitude cooking and baking

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From Beulah to Burns to Big Piney, from Aladdin to Lander to Laramie, cooking and baking at elevations above 3,000 feet is different. These guides can help.

Ever wonder why cakes rise to the oven roof before falling and foods are undercooked when you follow the directions exactly? Two new publications from University of Wyoming Extension let you blame it on the altitude.

They help curious cooks and bakers adjust for the effects of lower air pressures, humidity and boiling temperatures at higher elevations.

 “Cooking and Baking It Up! Altitude Adjusters” covers food preparation from cookies, breads and cakes to boiling eggs, deep frying, candy-making and canning.

“Baking It Up! Tested Recipes and Tips for Baking at Altitude” is a revised and expanded remake of the classic “Baking at High Altitude,” first published more than three decades ago.

Both publications feature new, original photographs and food safety fundamentals. They’re free at

“The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines high altitude as anything over 3,000 feet,” says Vicki Hayman, UW Extension nutrition and food safety educator in Weston County. “That means parts of most western states and ALL of Wyoming.”

Since most recipes are created for sea level, success at higher elevations may require adjustments in time, temperature or ingredients, she says.

Hayman helped prepare the new guides, which join “Friendly One-Pot Meals from Your Pressure Cooker” and “Diabetes-Healthy Recipes Everyone Will Love” in extension’s “Cooking It Up!” series.

For more information, contact Hayman at 307-746-3531 or

“Baking It Up!” and “High Altitude Adjusters” are among the many free guides, courses and videos from UW Extension that help extend skills from soufflés and strawberry jam making to master gardening, estate planning, critter care, and more. See YouTube video series from UW Extension include “Barnyards and Backyards,” “From the Ground Up” and “Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.”

UW Extension state office associate receives professional of year honor

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Ann Roberson, left, receives the Administrative Professional of the Year Award from last year’s recipient Donna Nelson of Johnson County.

Ann Roberson in the University of Wyoming Extension state office has received the organization’s 2018 Administrative Professional of the Year award.

She was presented the honor Thursday, Sept. 13, during the extension office associates’ professional development conference in Afton.

Roberson of Laramie joined UW Extension in 2010 working in the Wyoming State 4-H Office in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources then accepted the administrative associate’s position in the state extension office in 2014.

Her job is complex, demanding and can be stressful, said Mary Kay Wardlaw, associate director of UW Extension.

“Yet, she is quick to smile, will always give a ‘Yes I can’ response and exemplifies outstanding customer service to educators, specialists, administrators and general public,” said Wardlaw. “She is our rock and keeps us well grounded.”

Nominators also cited her customer service skills, patient demeanor and her willingness to go above and beyond in her responsibilities. She frequently serves on search committees to help hire staff and participates in special events throughout the year.

Wardlaw noted she and fellow associate director Kelly Crane are often out of town as part of their assignments.

“The only way we can be effective in our jobs is by having Ann handling and managing the office on campus,” she said.

UW Extension has offices in every county and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

UW Extension bulletin explains grass-legume system benefits

Image of publication cover            Adopting grass-legume systems instead of only legumes or only grasses can improve overall productivity and profitability, according to research published in a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

Grass-Legume Mixtures Can Improve Soil Health, B-1328, explains the increases are through production cost reductions and improving long-term soil health by boosting soil properties and microbial activities.

The findings are from a 2010-2014 field study at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

The free bulletin is available for viewing or downloading by going to and clicking on the Find a Publication link. Type in the bulletin title or number. The bulletin is available in pdf, HTML or ePub formats.

UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources recognizes entomology professor for lifetime achievement

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Scott Shaw

A University of Wyoming professor of entomology who has discovered and named more than 190 insect species from 29 different countries – and whose career choice was influenced by Dr. Seuss – is being recognized for his teaching, scholarship, and service.

Scott Shaw is recipient of the Andrew Vanvig Lifetime Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The award honors a senior faculty member with at least 15 years of service in the college. Shaw joined UW in 1989 and is the Insect Museum curator in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Shaw has mentored 21 graduate students and established an undergraduate honors course in tropical ecology that includes opportunities to conduct research in the high-altitude cloud forest surrounding the Yanayacu Biological Station in Ecuador, where he has surveyed caterpillars and their associated parasitoid wasps and flies. Ecuador is one of many places he has studied and named insects.

In recognition of his teaching excellence, Shaw received the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Outstanding Educator award in 2010.

He has published more than 150 scientific publications about insects.

Shaw has received national and international recognition for his research on wasp species, noted Bret Hess, interim dean in the college.

“Scott was selected because he has made a significant impact on his discipline,” said Hess.

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UW college of agriculture honors alumni, collaborators, faculty

An advocate for issues affecting Wyoming and the director of a laboratory that benefits livestock industries and people worldwide are outstanding alumni award recipients from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

Jody Levin of Cheyenne and Adalberto Angel Pérez de León of Kerrville, Texas, are among award recipients to be recognized during Ag Appreciation Weekend Friday and Saturday, Sept. 14-15.

Others are the Whitney Foundation of Sheridan for its collaboration with the college in developing agricultural educational opportunities with UW, James E. and Jill (Lynch) Anderson of Colorado for establishing a scholarship for students, and Scott Shaw, a professor of entomology, for his teaching, research and scholarship.

Awards are presented Friday and recipients recognized on Jonah Field Saturday during the Wyoming-Wofford football game. Full stories are at

            Outstanding Alumni

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Jody Levin

Boulder, Wyo.-area native Levin graduated with undergraduate and graduate degrees and interned with then Senator Craig Thomas’ office, later becoming legislative director from 2001-2002. She returned to Wyoming and was the state’s first endangered species coordinator.

“I owe everything to the college of agriculture,” she said.

She launched Levin Strategic Resources, LLC, in 2009, specializing in government and public affairs representation. This year she completed her term as president of the Wyoming Capitol Club. She is a member of the agriculture dean’s advisory group.

“She has been a staunch advocate for issues affecting Wyoming citizens, and her  grassroots  advocacy  and  community  outreach  have  made  her  a  trusted  liaison  between  the  people  and  government,” noted Ben Rashford, head of the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the college.

Pérez grew up in Veracruz, Mexico, received his master’s degree at the University of Georgia and his doctorate from UW. He continued his graduate vesicular stomatitis research with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service and now is the laboratory director of the USDA-ARS Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory in Kerrville.


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Adalberto Pérez de León

“It’s no secret I stood on the shoulders of giants,” said Pérez of his experience as a doctoral student in the college. One of those he credits is his co-adviser, Jack Lloyd, who died in March.

Christopher Chase, then with the USDA-ARS Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research in Laramie, made a recruitment visit to visit Perez in Georgia.

“When I first met him, it was apparent there was something special about Beto,” said Chase. “Now, he has made his mark as a world-renowned leader in developing policy and plans for national programs in both veterinary and medical entomology.”

Research/Outreach Partner Award

Whitney Foundation logo      The Whitney Foundation’s agricultural efforts include more than $3 million toward building curriculum with the college of agriculture and establishing the Edward E. Whitney Agricultural Instructor position at Sheridan College. In addition, the foundation agreed to enter a 50-year free lease with UW for the Adams Ranch immediately south of Sheridan College for use by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station.

“We believe Mr. Whitney would be quite pleased to see these educational opportunities for both local, and the state’s, youths,” said Whitney Benefits vice president Roy Garber of Big Horn.

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