Find everything turkey in new UW Extension guide

Let’s Talk Turkey makes confident cooks.

In time for Turkey Day, UW Extension has issued a guide to preparing the bird with less stress and guesswork. “Let’s Talk Turkey” covers buying, thawing, roasting, storing and reheating.

“Whether cooking the turkey is a first-time event or annual tradition, there are always questions,” says nutrition and food safety educator Vicki Hayman of UW Extension in Weston County. “Here’s where to find all the basics.”

The new online resource is at Enter “turkey” in the search bar. “Let’s Talk Turkey” offers these tips and more:

  • A frozen turkey CAN be roasted and ready for dinner without thawing.
  • If buying fresh, hold off purchasing a turkey until one or two days before cooking.
  • To avoid contamination in the kitchen, never wash raw poultry.
  • Enjoy watching the pop-up thermometer, but to test for doneness, use a food thermometer.

For more information, contact your UW Extension county office at or call the U.S. Department of Agriculture meat and poultry hotline at 1-888-674-6854.

“Let’s Talk Turkey” is one of more than 500 how-to guides from UW Extension (see that help extend skills in cooking, baking, gardening, landscaping and more. YouTube video series from UW Extension include “From the Ground Up,” “Barnyards and Backyards and Exploring the Nature of Wyoming.”


Everything horses is topic of free UW Extension workshop

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Come with questions. Everything Horses! is a free workshop in UW Extension’s “Landowner Solutions” series. Photo: Shutterstock

Casual learning and conversation about horse nutrition, care and a new phone app for appraising horse health are on tap at a free workshop in Glenrock Nov. 28.

“Because the subject is everything horses, no horse subject is off limits,” said University of Wyoming Extension educator Scott Cotton. “We invite everyone to come with questions.”

“Everything Horses!” is at the Glenrock Community Library, 506 South 4th Street, Wed. Nov. 28 at 3 p.m.

The class is free but registration is requested to ensure class materials for every participant. For more information or to register, contact Cotton at 307-235-9400 or

Free workshop demonstrates phone apps for range, weed monitoring

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Rangeland managers can learn to use GrassSnap, a mobile app for monitoring range conditions. Photo: Nebraska Extension

A hands-on workshop lets rangeland managers explore new tools to monitor range and pasture conditions. “Electronic Range and Weed Monitoring for this Generation” is a free UW Extension workshop in Glenrock Dec. 1 and Douglas Dec. 12.

In Glenrock, the event is at the Glenrock Community Library, 506 South 4th Street, Thurs. Dec. 1 at 4 p.m.

In Douglas, the event is at the Converse County Library, 300 E. Walnut Street Wed. Dec. 12 at 3 p.m.

The class is free but registration is requested to ensure class materials are available for each participant. Instructor Scott Cotton is a certified rangeland manager and UW Extension agriculture and horticulture educator across three states.

For more information or to register, contact Cotton at 307-235-9400 or

Participants will use Web Soil Survey, a USDA-developed electronic range monitoring program that lets users capture scientific data. GrassSnap for photo monitoring helps producers get comparative landscape views year to year and simplifies downloading, storing, and saving notes. Both apps can be used on smart phone or tablet.

Profits, trade subjects of Nov. 20 Beef Production Convention

Blockchain technology in agriculture, the new Wyoming beef trade agreement with Taiwan and livestock market update are topics at the 2018 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention in Torrington Tues., Nov. 20 at the Goshen County Fairgrounds.

Registration is $20 or $15 for students and includes coffee and pastries, a locally made lunch, and a trade show. Doors open at 9 a.m. for registration and trade show. The program is 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. For schedule and to register, go to or call the Goshen County Extension office at 307-532-2436.

The program is hosted by University of Wyoming Extension and Wyoming Stock Growers Association with sponsorship from USDA Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) and the USDA Risk Management Agency.

Presentations on Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) provide livestock producers with an overview and rationale for seeking certification.

Other topics include why cow size matters for Wyoming range operations; strategies to meet changes in markets and spring precipitation; the Ag Legacy Estate Planning program; and new pests and weeds added to the Goshen County Noxious Weed List.

Award-winning program brings teens together for camp training

Teens reported fun and friendships among the takeaways from the first Wyoming 4-H Counselor Camp. In Wyoming, 17 counties host or co-host summer 4-H camps.

The idea was simple: Instead of each 4-H camping program preparing teen counselors, get everyone together for a statewide training.

The result, said Kimberly Fry, 4-H educator in Campbell County, was that 21 teens in 2018 contributed more confidently and competently to the experiences of 475 Wyoming campers last summer.

In recognition of the Wyoming 4-H counselor camp, on Nov. 7 University of Wyoming Extension presented its Creative Excellence Award to the 4-H educators and state youth development specialist who piloted the program.

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Left to right are Bret Hess, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Mary Kay Wardlaw, UW Extension associate director-east; Warren Crawford, state youth development specialist; Kimberly Fry, Campbell County; Amber Armajo, Washakie County; Megan Brittingham, Goshen County; Kelly Crane, UW Extension associate director-west; and Mary Louise Wood, Albany County.

Those receiving the award at UW Extension’s state conference in Casper were 4-H educators Amber Armajo, Washakie County; Megan Brittingham, Goshen County; Robin Schamber, Uinta County; Mary Louise Wood, Albany County; Warren Crawford, state youth development specialist; and Fry.

“This camp opened my eyes to new ideas we could bring to our camp,” said Carl Gray, a first-time camp counselor from Campbell County.

Teenage volunteers typically take on planning, organizing and teaching roles and act as group leaders, cabin leaders, friends and mentors. The April 2018 counselor training at the Wyoming state fairgrounds in Douglas was organized around 15 core competencies, said Fry.

Organizers included sections on teaching, facilitating, teamwork and leadership, child and adolescent development and camper behavior management. Participants shared practices for flag etiquette, vespers, camp songs and recreation.

Wyatt Bullock, an Albany County 4-H’er, said he hopes the counselor training continues next year. “I want our camp to get better and this would help, but also it was a lot of fun!”

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