Niche markets, loans topics at women in agriculture workshop

Agriculture and niche markets and how to be a better borrower are featured topics at a “Women in Agriculture” lunch Saturday, Jan. 27, in Powell.

The session is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nelson House, 550 College Dr. Lunch is provided, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The seminar is free to all women in or interested in agriculture, including commercial agriculture, farmers markets, agriculture service and agriculture industry, he said.

“We are going to open this great event up with a presentation on niche markets in agriculture and then after lunch explore with our local lenders how to be a better borrower,” said Vardiman.

RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, Jan. 23. Call 307-754-8836. For more information, contact Vardiman at the same number.

UW Extension offers pesticide application training in northern Big Horn Basin

Jeremiah Vardiman
Jeremiah Vardiman

Pesticide application training is being offered in four locations in the northern Big Horn Basin in January and February, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

“This pesticide application training is for individuals who need a private pesticide license, renew their private pesticide license or gain up to three hours of recertification for their commercial pesticide license,” he said. “There is no fee for the trainings, and participants can attend any training that fits their schedules.”

Topics are integrated pest management, pesticide labels, pesticide safety, pesticide exposure, calibration, worker protection standards and more, he said.

Dates, times and locations are:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30 – 8 a.m.-noon Lovell Annex, Lovell
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 – 1-5 p.m., Grizzly Room Park County Library, Cody
  • Monday, Feb. 12 – 1-5 p.m., Big Horn County Weed and Pest Building, Greybull
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 – 8 a.m.-noon, Bicentennial Hall Park County Fairgrounds, Powell

Any landowner who anticipates applying restricted use pesticides must acquire a private pesticide application license through this training or exam through an extension office prior to purchasing and using the pesticides, said Vardiman.

For more information, contact your local extension office or call Vardiman at 307-527-8836.

Evanston hosting second-annual Wyoming-Utah Ag Days


Bridger Feuz, extension livestock marketing specialist
Bridger Feuz, extension livestock marketing specialist

Topics ranging from the cattle market outlook to sage grouse and deworming sheep are among topics at Wyoming-Utah Ag Days Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 23-24, in Evanston.

Sessions are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day at the Evanston Roundhouse, 1500 Main St., said Bridger Feuz, University of Wyoming Extension educator. Lunch is served each day if participants RSVP before 9 a.m. Jan. 22.

This is the second year for the program.

“The workshops are full of powerful presenters and timely and relevant topics,” said Feuz.

Day 1 topics include irrigation of forages, why grow relationships with the next generation, cattle market outlook, raising backyard chickens, rancher rules of thumb, backyard livestock production, winter livestock feeding and irrigated alfalfa variety performance.

Day 2 topics are weed identification and control, sage grouse and grazing, quantifying deworming in Wyoming sheep, litigation between the Western Watersheds Project and federal land management agencies, landscape-based riparian grazing, beekeeping 101, modern meat cuts (hands-on demonstration) and a question-and-answer session about meat and meat cutting.

Feuz said Cat Urbigkit, co-owner and editor of The Shepherd magazine, will speak about guardian dog use in large carnivore country during her keynote during lunch Tuesday. Urbigkit owns a western Wyoming sheep and cattle ranch. Feuz said she raises working livestock guardian dogs and travels the globe learning about guardian dog use in large carnivore country.

“People can come for the whole time on both days or pick and choose individual topics they wish to attend,” said Feuz.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Uinta County Extension office at 307-783-0570.

Wind River efforts prompt Educator of the Year award

Cent$ible Nutrition Program educator Kelly Pingree
Kelly Pingree

Cent$ible Nutrition Program educator Kelly Pingree has been recognized with the program’s Educator of the Year award.

Pingree, who serves the Wind River Indian Reservation, received the honor in December during the University of Wyoming Extension’s training conference on the Laramie campus.

CNP director Mindy Meuli said Pingree’s program had 79 graduates and a 44 percent increase in participant physical activity last year. The CNP curriculum has 17 hands-on lessons.

Meuli said Pingree serves on the Shoshone Cultural Foods project committee, is planning a gardening project in partnership with the Eastern Shoshone 477 Program and has helped with a number of policy, system and environmental changes at the Warm Valley Senior Center.

CNP is funded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and is a free, income qualifying, cooking and nutrition education program through UW Extension that helps residents eat better for less money.

UW Livestock Judging Team records best finish in 30+ years

Team members and coaches with award ribbons, plaques, banners trophies and one silver bowl
From left, Colby Hales, assistant coach; Connor Madsen, Wheatland; Kyle Cavey, Berthoud, Colorado; Kassi Renner, Lovell; Zane Mackey, Torrington; Amanda Hartman, Denton, Montana; Garrett Barton, Poway, California; Ty Shockley, Wheatland; Paige Aylward, Dickens, Nebraska; Tyler Bauer, Johnstown, Colorado; Lucas Stalcup, Ashland, Montana; Caleb Boardman, coach

The 2017 University of Wyoming Livestock Judging Team finished 8th at the North American International Livestock Exposition in November in Louisville, Kentucky. This marks the first top-10 finish at the National Championship in at least 30 years Coach Caleb Boardman said.

“We have records of scores dating back to 1993, and from visiting with past team members through the late 80s, we can say this is the best finish for the program at the International in a very long time,” said Boardman.

Nationally, 138 contestants represented 29 universities at the contest. In addition to earning 8th overall, the team finished 5th in performance cattle, 6th in swine, 8th in overall beef and 9th in reasons. The total scores posted, as well as those in cattle, hogs and reasons are the highest on record for UW.

The team was led by Zane Mackey and Garrett Barton, who both finished in the top 30 overall. Barton tied for 2nd in swine reasons and was 5th overall in swine.

Earlier in the fall, the team finished 8th at the National Barrow Show, AKSARBEN and the Flint Hills Classic contests and finished 9th overall at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri, at the end of October.

“Although the team was hoping for higher finishes at both Kansas City and Louisville, by being top-10 at both contests, they became one of six universities that finished in the top 10 at every national contest this year. That is a great accomplishment, and we’re very proud of them,” said Boardman, who is assisted by graduate student coach Colby Hales.

Individually, Tyler Bauer led the team at the American Royal with a 6th-place finish out of 122 contestants. He was also 4th in cattle and 11th in both sheep and reasons. The team finished 9th in each of the beef, sheep and reasons categories and 10th in hogs out of 25 teams.

“This marks the end of a chapter for these students, and while this team has helped establish UW as a nationally competitive program, I’m more excited to see what they accomplish in their future endeavors,” said Boardman. “A long line of successful alumni have come through this program over the years, and my goal is that these students will continue that legacy of making an impact in whatever they do.”

Boardman extended thanks to the producers who allow the team to practice with their livestock, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Animal Science and private donors who support their travel throughout the year.

The UW judging programs include the livestock, horse and meats judging teams