Wyoming may not have income tax, but there’s still lots to know

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Ever wonder how sales and property taxes are determined and why they differ from county to county? A new course by the University of Wyoming Extension community development team walks curious citizens through the basics.

“Wyoming Tax Facts” covers who gets taxed, how we get taxed, and where the money goes. It’s free at http://bit.ly/Wyotaxfacts.

“This course is for all ages and could be a great middle school or high school classroom activity,” says Michelle Pierce, community development educator in Campbell County.

The self-paced course provides short, easy-to-read introductions plus interactive questions, activities and videos.

For more information, contact Pierce at 307-682-7281 or mrp10@ccgov.net.

“Wyoming Tax Facts” is among the many free courses, videos and guides from UW Extension that help extend skills in estate planning, lawn and garden design and maintenance, small acreage management, critter care, and more. See bit.ly/UWEpubs. YouTube video series from UW Extension include “Barnyards and Backyards,” “From the Ground Up” and “Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.”

UW plans cheatgrass management research field day

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Extension invasive plant specialist Dan Tekiela during a recent plant identification walk in the Sierra Madres.

            Using bioherbicides and the herbicide Esplanade for cheatgrass control are among topics at the Cheatgrass Management and Research Field Day Wednesday, July 11, through the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The program is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Tom Thorne/Beth Williams Habitat Management Area, said Dan Tekiela, UW Extension invasive plant ecology specialist.

“We will be looking at some of the newest technologies in cheatgrass management,” said Tekiela, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences. “These tools may be something ranchers could be interested in utilizing in their own practices.”

Tekiela has been working with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department to find alternative ways to manage an area heavily infested with cheatgrass.

Previous attempts have failed, said Tekiela.

“We have multiple trials looking at multiple herbicide options,” he said.

Other topics include using drones in vegetation monitoring with a demonstration and cheatgrass effects on soil moisture. Lunch is provided.

The management area access is off Highway 34 in Sybille Canyon about 24 miles from U.S. 30 or 26 miles from Interstate 25.

Registration at http://bit.ly/2018cheatgrass is requested by July 1. Contact Tekiela at drtekiela@gmail.com for more information.

Extension bulletin describes birdsfoot trefoil use as forage alternative

            A new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension addresses some of the major factors to consider when establishing birdsfoot trefoil.

Birdsfoot trefoil is a potential alternative to alfalfa, especially under poor acidic soil conditions and where a bloating-free forage legume is desired, said Anowar Islam, extension forage specialist.

The bulletin is Birdsfoot Trefoil: Establishment and Management as Monocultures and Mixtures in Wyoming, B-1321.

Birdsfoot trefoil is adapted to Wyoming conditions and performs well when grown either as a monocrop or in mixtures with compatible grasses and legumes, Islam said.

“Although slow to establish, the plant produces high yields of high nutritive-value forage,” he said.

The free bulletin can be viewed or downloaded by going to www.uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the Find a Publication link. Type either the title or number in the search field.

UW bulletin details soils research at Rogers Research Site

The high-intensity 2012 Arapaho Fire burned the majority of ponderosa pine across nearly 100,000 acres in the north Laramie Mountains, including young and mature trees at the Rogers Research Site.

A new University of Wyoming bulletin provides important baseline data for current and future studies at the UW-owned Rogers Research Site and surrounding lands in the Laramie Mountains of southeast Wyoming.

RRS Bulletin 6, Soils of the University of Wyoming Rogers Research Site, North Laramie Mountains, Wyoming, B-1298.6, details a soils inventory and mapping project that started in 2009 and continued after the 2012 high-intensity Arapaho Fire, which burned approximately 98,000 acres in the north Laramie Mountains, including RRS.

When Col. William C. Rogers bequeathed his Triple R Ranch to UW in 2002, he stated in his will the 320-acre parcel now named in his memory should be used, in part, for research relating to the improvement of forestry and wildlife resources.

Lead author Larry Munn, now a professor emeritus in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, completed his field work at RRS in 2014, and then collaborated with Shawn Lanning in the Wyoming Geographic Information Science Center and others to create five digital soils maps, both pre- and post-fire.

Objectives, in part, were to provide baseline data for other studies at the site, including one focused on post-fire ponderosa pine restoration, another comparing pre- and post-fire soils, and a third examining how the additions of various soil amendments affect soil microbial community recovery.

UW faculty-student teams are carrying out these ongoing projects. Preliminary findings from the ponderosa pine study were presented in RRS Bulletin 5, and early results from the other two studies will be detailed in a pair of bulletins nearing completion.

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4-H educator begins in Laramie County extension office


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Becky Brix

A 4-H educator has joined the Laramie County University of Wyoming Extension Office.

Becky Brix began June 4.

“Becky has an extensive history of involvement in the 4-H program in Nebraska and Wyoming,” said Kim Reaman, UW Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator. “She is a 10-year 4-H member and continued her involvement through collegiate 4-H as well as an intern position with Albany County extension.”

Brix received a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from UW and a master’s degree in agricultural extension education from Colorado State University.

She has also been an active community member in Laramie, including Jubilee Days, Night to Shine Laramie and Special Olympics.