New extension short course helps start estate planning

Picture of course web pageCreating a valid will in Wyoming, making health care decisions and setting up trusts is explained in a new online course from the University of Wyoming Extension.

According to a new survey, only 42 percent of U.S. adults have estate planning documents, such as a will or living trust. For those with children under age 18, the figure is even lower, with just 36 percent having a plan in place.

The extension publication series “Planning Ahead, Difficult Decisions” (available at provides a start with the estate planning process. The first entry in the series, “Introduction to Estate Planning,” is available as a free interactive short course through extension’s online course catalog. The course takes 30-40 minutes and can be accessed at

Cole Ehmke, one of the series authors, said, “Estate planning can be confusing and time consuming, and people tend to say, ‘If I die…’ but serious injuries – after which you can’t make your own decisions – and unexpected death do happen.”

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Irrigation rights, methods Pinedale workshop focus

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Copies of the Wyoming Small Acreage Irrigation guide will be available at the seminar.

Water right questions and irrigation methods are among topics at a free small-acreage irrigation seminar Thursday, Sept. 6, in Pinedale.

The session is 6-8:30 p.m. at the Pinedale library.

Other subjects include water law for small acreages, determining how often to irrigate and handling water conflicts with neighbors, said Glenn Owings, University of Wyoming Extension educator in Sublette County.

There is a question-and answer-session, and copies of the Wyoming Small Acreage Irrigation guide published by UW Extension will be available.

RSVPs are requested. To RSVP or for more information, contact the Sublette County Extension office at 307-367-4380.

Farm-to-table dinner, family activities during Laramie research center days

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Travis Smith of the LREC introduces a fan to Pistol during a previous family farm day at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Training Arena. Events Friday are at the LREC greenhouse in Laramie, and Saturday events are at the arena.

A farm-to-table evening dinner at the greenhouse and a Field and Family Farm Day the next day are featured by the Laramie Research and Extension Center (LREC) Friday and Saturday, Aug. 24-25.

Research presentations and tours at the LREC greenhouse are 4-6 p.m. Friday at the southwest corner of 30th and Harney Street in Laramie. The 6 p.m. free dinner includes produce from the ACRES Student Farm at the University of Wyoming and will be catered by the UW Food Science Club.

Producer sessions, equipment demonstrations and poster displays are 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena west of Laramie on Highway 230. The free lunch is at noon with family activities, including a petting zoo and hay bale maze, from 1-3 p.m. The Haflinger draft horse team of Pistol and Pete will be in attendance.

RSVPs are requested by Thursday. For Friday’s dinner, call 307-766-3611 or 307-766-4643. For Saturday, call 307-766-3611 or 719-314-6571.

The LREC is among three other research and extension centers directed through the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station housed within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.


Washakie County extension educator recognized for excellence

UW Extension educator Caitlin Youngquist

A Washakie County University of Wyoming Extension educator has received an Achievement Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents.

Caitlin Youngquist was recognized during the group’s national conference July 29-Aug. 2 in Chattanooga, Tenn. Educators with less than 10 years’ experience in extension are eligible for the award, which recognizes excellence. Youngquist joined UW Extension in 2014.

Youngquist, an agriculture and horticulture educator, is based in Washakie County but also serves Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs and Park counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The NACAA is focused toward extension educators and other professionals who work in agriculture, horticulture, forestry and natural resources, 4-H youth development, community development, administration, aquaculture and Sea Grant and related disciplines.

UW research center near Lingle hosts field day Aug. 22


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Tours of research plots during last year’s field day.

Dry bean research and water and energy use in irrigation are among topics during the field day Wednesday, Aug. 22, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

Registration begins at 3 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. RSVPs are requested to Kelly Greenwald at 307-837-2000.

The afternoon includes an overview of SAREC activities followed by a dryland demonstration area overview by Carrie Eberle, University of Wyoming Extension agronomy and cropping systems specialist, beginning at 3:45 p.m. Field tours, research poster presentations and exhibitor booths are highlighted from 4:10-6 p.m.

Information about dry bean research, water and energy use in irrigation and the First Grains project will be offered. The First Grains project is growing the ancient grains spelt and emmer wheat for eventual sale of malted grains and flour to brew pubs, bakeries and eating establishments. More information is at

Trademarked Neolithic, the project is through the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.