UW Extension helps sponsor ‘Start Your Own Business’ workshop

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Hannah Swanbom

A nuts and bolts workshop to help those considering starting a business is Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds in Lusk.

“Start Your Own Business” is 5-8 p.m., said Hannah Swanbom, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The session is free. Registration is at www.wyomingsbdc.org, and those wanting more information can call 307-234-6683.

UW Extension and the Wyoming Small Business Development Center Network are sponsoring the workshop.

Justin Farley, regional director for the Wyoming SBDC Network, will teach the class. Farley covers Converse, Natrona, Niobrara and Platte counties.

Those attending will explore the pros and cons of having their own business and evaluate the skills and knowledge necessary for success, said Swanbom.

Areas include investigating a business idea potential, identifying a target market, financial options, and legal, tax and insurance issues.

“If you plan on joining Wyoming’s small business community, ‘Start Your Own Business’ is a good introduction to this exciting and challenging world,” Swanbom said.

Swanbom said Farley has a background in finance and real estate and has operated and sold Papa Murphy’s and Quiznos franchises.

“Justin’s business experience can help lend some insight on the road to entrepreneurship,” said Swanbom.

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 bit.ly/UWEpubs.

“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 vhayman@uwyo.edu.

“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 bit.ly/UWEpubs. 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 www.uwyo.edu/uwe 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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