University of Wyoming Extension News

Meetings explore southeast Wyoming small hydropower possibilities

Milt Geiger

Milt Geiger

Opportunities for agricultural producers, irrigation districts and other water users to develop small hydropower at existing water infrastructures will be covered in a Torrington roundtable and Wheatland workshop Tuesday, Feb. 17. The Wyoming Business Council and State Energy Office partnered with University of Wyoming Extension and the UW School of Energy Resources to develop the Wyoming Small Hydropower Handbook, which is the foundation of the discussion, said Milt Geiger, UW Extension energy coordinator.

Location and times are:
Torrington – 10 a.m., Platte Valley Bank Community Room, 2201 Main Street. Pastries and coffee served.
Wheatland – 6 p.m., First State Bank Community Room, 1405 16th Street. Coffee and dessert provided.
Geiger and Skylor Wade, the handbook’s lead author, will summarize the development process and typical characteristics of a feasible development opportunity.
“Small hydropower offers water users the opportunity to make our Wyoming waters work even harder, producing electricity while serving the needs of irrigators and municipalities,” said Geiger.
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UW Extension recognizes governor’s staff for actively seeking citizen input on water strategy

Julie Daniels with Jerimiah Rieman, center, and Nephi Cole.

Julie Daniels, representing extension community development educators, with Jerimiah Rieman, center, and Nephi Cole.

Wyoming government asking citizens twice for input during the Wyoming water strategy development process has drawn attention from University of Wyoming Extension community development educators.

Representatives from Gov. Matt Mead’s natural resource policy staff had asked their help to facilitate listening sessions across the state.

“We may often think our government doesn’t involve citizens in decision making,” said Julie Daniels, extension community development educator based in Laramie County. “This was an example where the governor’s natural resource policy staff took a lot of effort to engage citizens to hear what they had to say and implement what the citizens wanted in the water strategy plan.”

Jerimiah Rieman and Nephi Cole, natural resource policy director and policy adviser, respectively, and representing the natural resource policy staff, received the Friend of Community Development Award this month from the Wyoming Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.

Rieman and Cole were recognized at the governor’s office by Daniels.

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UW Extension offering Annie’s Project sessions in Worland

Mae Smith

Mae Smith

Sessions including estate planning, marketing, soil health and conflict management are part of the Annie’s Project program in Washakie County Feb. 9-March 16.

Sessions meet Mondays at the Washakie County University of Wyoming Extension office in Worland. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. followed by the information session that lasts until 8:30 p.m. Sessions are interactive and full of discussion, said extension educator Mae Smith.

“Annie’s Project gives women the opportunity to learn from female agricultural professionals and connect with other women in similar situations to help them develop their management and decision-making skills,” she said.

Session dates and topics are:

Feb. 9 – How to handle change; time management

Feb. 16 – Estate planning; conflict management

Feb. 23 – Retirement planning; 4 P’s of marketing

March 2 – Personality assessment; soil health

March 9 – What lenders look for; investments; fraud protection

March 16 – Marketing and branding; local business success

Registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 6, and the fee is $55 and includes dinners. Scholarships are available courtesy of local sponsors. For registration and more information, contact extension educator Caitlin Price Youngquist at 307-347-3431 or

Predator, soil health panels highlight WESTI Ag Days in Worland

UW Extension educators Donna Hoffman, left, and Hannah Swanbom at last year's WESTI Ag Days.

UW Extension educators Donna Hoffman, left, and Hannah Swanbom at last year’s WESTI Ag Days.

More than 30 sessions including panel discussions about predators and soil are part of WESTI Ag Days Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 3-4, in Worland.

WESTI (Wyoming Extension’s Strategically and Technologically Informative) Ag Days registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday with sessions beginning 9 a.m. both days at the Worland Community Center, said Caitlin Price Youngquist, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The schedule and more information is at

Representatives from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station want to know what unique problems face Wyoming producers and how to address them. A listening session is 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesday. The session is part of a statewide effort to connect directly with producers, noted Youngquist. The AES has four research and extension centers across the state that feature crop and livestock research.

The special panel discussions are 1-2:15 p.m. Wednesday. “Soil Health and Wyoming Farmers” is hosted by extension soil specialist Jay Norton with producers Vance Lungren Jr. of Worland, Greg Schlemmer of Joliet, Mont., and Peter Kukowski of Powell.

“Large Predators and Wyoming Ranchers” is hosted by extension educator Tara Kuipers with Mark McCartey of the Two Dot Ranch of Cody, Sublette County rancher Charles Price, Mike Jimenez of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Dan Thompson of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Other sessions over the two days address weeds and insects, livestock disease, agricultural finances, water, taxes and ownership transition.

Private pesticide applicator training set in Casper

Private pesticide applicator training is being offered in Casper February through April.

Training is at the Agricultural Learning and Resource Center at 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.

February and March training is 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, and Wednesday, March 18. Please register by telephone three days in advance by calling the University of Wyoming Extension office in Natrona County at 307-235-9400 and indicate the session you want to attend.

The April training is 1-3 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Please register with the Natrona County Weed and Pest Control District at 307-472-5559.

For more information, contact the Natrona County extension office at 307-235-9400.