Niche markets, loans topics at women in agriculture workshop

Agriculture and niche markets and how to be a better borrower are featured topics at a “Women in Agriculture” lunch Saturday, Jan. 27, in Powell.

The session is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Nelson House, 550 College Dr. Lunch is provided, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The seminar is free to all women in or interested in agriculture, including commercial agriculture, farmers markets, agriculture service and agriculture industry, he said.

“We are going to open this great event up with a presentation on niche markets in agriculture and then after lunch explore with our local lenders how to be a better borrower,” said Vardiman.

RSVPs are requested by Tuesday, Jan. 23. Call 307-754-8836. For more information, contact Vardiman at the same number.

UW Extension offers pesticide application training in northern Big Horn Basin

Jeremiah Vardiman
Jeremiah Vardiman

Pesticide application training is being offered in four locations in the northern Big Horn Basin in January and February, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

“This pesticide application training is for individuals who need a private pesticide license, renew their private pesticide license or gain up to three hours of recertification for their commercial pesticide license,” he said. “There is no fee for the trainings, and participants can attend any training that fits their schedules.”

Topics are integrated pest management, pesticide labels, pesticide safety, pesticide exposure, calibration, worker protection standards and more, he said.

Dates, times and locations are:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30 – 8 a.m.-noon Lovell Annex, Lovell
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 – 1-5 p.m., Grizzly Room Park County Library, Cody
  • Monday, Feb. 12 – 1-5 p.m., Big Horn County Weed and Pest Building, Greybull
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 – 8 a.m.-noon, Bicentennial Hall Park County Fairgrounds, Powell

Any landowner who anticipates applying restricted use pesticides must acquire a private pesticide application license through this training or exam through an extension office prior to purchasing and using the pesticides, said Vardiman.

For more information, contact your local extension office or call Vardiman at 307-527-8836.

Evanston hosting second-annual Wyoming-Utah Ag Days


Bridger Feuz, extension livestock marketing specialist
Bridger Feuz, extension livestock marketing specialist

Topics ranging from the cattle market outlook to sage grouse and deworming sheep are among topics at Wyoming-Utah Ag Days Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 23-24, in Evanston.

Sessions are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. each day at the Evanston Roundhouse, 1500 Main St., said Bridger Feuz, University of Wyoming Extension educator. Lunch is served each day if participants RSVP before 9 a.m. Jan. 22.

This is the second year for the program.

“The workshops are full of powerful presenters and timely and relevant topics,” said Feuz.

Day 1 topics include irrigation of forages, why grow relationships with the next generation, cattle market outlook, raising backyard chickens, rancher rules of thumb, backyard livestock production, winter livestock feeding and irrigated alfalfa variety performance.

Day 2 topics are weed identification and control, sage grouse and grazing, quantifying deworming in Wyoming sheep, litigation between the Western Watersheds Project and federal land management agencies, landscape-based riparian grazing, beekeeping 101, modern meat cuts (hands-on demonstration) and a question-and-answer session about meat and meat cutting.

Feuz said Cat Urbigkit, co-owner and editor of The Shepherd magazine, will speak about guardian dog use in large carnivore country during her keynote during lunch Tuesday. Urbigkit owns a western Wyoming sheep and cattle ranch. Feuz said she raises working livestock guardian dogs and travels the globe learning about guardian dog use in large carnivore country.

“People can come for the whole time on both days or pick and choose individual topics they wish to attend,” said Feuz.

For more information or to RSVP, contact the Uinta County Extension office at 307-783-0570.

Wind River efforts prompt Educator of the Year award

Cent$ible Nutrition Program educator Kelly Pingree
Kelly Pingree

Cent$ible Nutrition Program educator Kelly Pingree has been recognized with the program’s Educator of the Year award.

Pingree, who serves the Wind River Indian Reservation, received the honor in December during the University of Wyoming Extension’s training conference on the Laramie campus.

CNP director Mindy Meuli said Pingree’s program had 79 graduates and a 44 percent increase in participant physical activity last year. The CNP curriculum has 17 hands-on lessons.

Meuli said Pingree serves on the Shoshone Cultural Foods project committee, is planning a gardening project in partnership with the Eastern Shoshone 477 Program and has helped with a number of policy, system and environmental changes at the Warm Valley Senior Center.

CNP is funded through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and is a free, income qualifying, cooking and nutrition education program through UW Extension that helps residents eat better for less money.

Diversity efforts earn Crook, Weston County 4-H educators extension honor

Stacy Buchholz

4-H educators in Crook and Weston counties were recognized by the University of Wyoming Extension for their diversity education efforts.

Stacy Buchholz in Weston County and Sara Fleenor in Crook

Sara Fleenor

County received extension’s Diversity Enhancement Award during the organization’s training conference in December on the Laramie campus.

The two worked with teen 4-H leaders to create workshops and menu ideas that incorporated cultural diversity at the Crook-Weston County 4-H Summer Camp.

4-H’ers were able to experience different countries and learn about cultures, global challenges and participate in hands-on activities while they learned.

Buchholz joined extension in 2008 and Fleenor in 2012.