4-H educator begins Jan. 8 in Lincoln County

Shaily Harshbarger is the new 4-H educator in Lincoln County.
Shaily Harshbarger is the new 4-H educator in Lincoln County.

Shaily Harshbarger will begin as the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H educator in Lincoln County Monday, Jan. 8.

Harshbarger will be in the Lincoln County Extension Office in Kemmerer.

A 2017 graduate of Kansas State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science with an emphasis in business and a minor in business. Harshbarger interned with the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H Program in Lincoln County in 2016.

She has been involved in 4-H and FFA programs in which she participated in livestock, dairy and horse judging in addition to a variety of leadership roles.

UW Extension program promotes senior fitness, independent living

Laura Balis distributing nutritional information pamphlets
Nutrition and food safety educator Laura Balis

An eight-week, group-based strength-training program is being offered this winter in Lander and Pavillion through the Fremont County University of Wyoming Extension office.

Extension nutrition and food safety educator Laura Balis said the “Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together” classes promote strength, balance and flexibility with the goals of improving fitness and independent living in older adults. Nutrition education with an emphasis on fruit and vegetable consumption is also emphasized.

The Lander program is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 28, at the Lander Senior Citizen’s Center, 205 S. 10th St.

The Pavillion program is 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 11-March 5, at Wind River Recreation, 424 S. Main.

Weights are provided at each location.

Contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at lbalis@uwyo.edu for more information.

UW Extension bulletin identifies Wyoming pollinators, plants that attract

Picture of the pollinator guide coverIdentifying pollinators in Wyoming, their lifecycles and how to attract them are part of a new booklet from the University of Wyoming Extension.

“Promoting Pollinators on Your Place” looks at not only the myriad of insects – and hummingbirds – but also the flowers and other plants that attract them.

Pollination is essential for flower reproduction and many crops in Wyoming.

“Growing conditions for plants in Wyoming can be tough,” said Jennifer Thompson, extension small-acreage team coordinator. “Despite this, the state is host to an amazing variety of pollinators that visit them.”

The booklet also has raising bees and beekeeper information sections.

Copies of the bulletin are available at extension offices and many conservation district and weed and pest control district offices. A pdf version is available for download at bit.ly/wypollinators. The website contains links to all references mentioned in the booklet.

Jones said knowing what pollinators are there and what they are looking for, such as nectar, pollen and nesting sites, can help people create conditions that promote pollinator well-being in backyards, vegetable plots, hoop houses and fields.

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UW Extension bulletin shows ground speed affects desiccant application to alfalfa seed plants

Image of front cover of the bulletin Impacts of sprayer speed on herbicide coverage in desiccation of alfalfa for seed.The ground speed of a sprayer affects the coverage and volume of desiccants applied to alfalfa seed plants regardless of nozzle type, according to a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

The information is detailed in “Impacts of Sprayer Speed on Herbicide Coverage in Desiccation of Alfalfa for Seed,” B-1312.

Timely and uniform desiccation of alfalfa seed plants is essential, said Jeremiah Vardiman, UW Extension educator based in Park County and one of the bulletin authors.

Many factors can affect uniform desiccation, including crop canopy, weather conditions, equipment and the active ingredient in a herbicide.

“Since alfalfa grown for seed typically uses contact herbicides for desiccation and the alfalfa plant canopy effects spray coverage, optimizing as much spray coverage as possible is vital to ensure a proper burn down of plants for seed harvest,” said Vardiman.

The bulletin is available for free download by going to uwyo.edu/uwe and clicking on the Find a Publication link and type the title or publication number in the search field. The publication is available in PDF, HTML or ePub formats.

For more information, contact Vardiman at 307-754-8836 or at jvardima@uwyo.edu.

4-H military youth educator begins Nov. 13 in Laramie County

Kristi Nagy begins Nov. 13 as the 4-H military youth educator in Laramie County.
Kristi Nagy begins Nov. 13 as the 4-H military youth educator in Laramie County.

A 4-H military youth educator will begin Monday, Nov. 13, in the Laramie County office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Kristi Nagy has been the senior 4-H administrative assistant in the Laramie County extension office for three years.

“This experience gives her the knowledge and background to take on a new challenge within the extension program,” said Kim Reaman, UW Extension federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Nagy has 10 years’ experience with the YMCA of Metropolitan Denver where she managed eight school-age childcare sites. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and an associate’s degree in early childhood education from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colo.