UW Extension offers Master Money Manager Coach course

Juliet Daniels

A training program to help community organizations assist members and clients with basic money management is being offered through University of Wyoming Extension.

The Master Money Manager Coach program is Aug. 16-17 at the UW Extension office on the Laramie County Community College campus in Cheyenne.

Instructors will train participants how to work with individuals to improve their financial management skills.

The program is recommended for community organizations, nonprofits and agencies that want to help their clients better understand and manage their financial lives, said UW Extension educator Juliet Daniels, coordinator of the program.

“It’s so important to be exposed to personal finance,” she said. “I look at the communities I serve, and the reality is that a lot of people could really benefit from having a coaching relationship with a trusted adviser to get themselves on track.”

The two-day training introduces coaches to the FDIC Money Smart curriculum, teaches basic adult learning principles and provides tools to use with clients to encourage adoption of positive money management behaviors.

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‘Preparing for wildfire’ sessions set in Ten Sleep, Worland

BLM firefighters on the recent Hidden Dome fire in Washakie County. (Photo: James Yule)

Heavy fuel loads and dry conditions in the Big Horn Basin have prompted two preparing for wildfire sessions for rural homeowners.

The sessions are 6 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the Ten Sleep Community Center, and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Washakie County Fairgrounds in Worland.

University of Wyoming Extension educator Caitlin Youngquist is collaborating with Karen Fenton of the Washakie County Conservation District to help landowners develop evacuation plans for livestock and pets and provide information to create defensible space.

The recent fuels and fire behavior advisory from the Wind River Bighorn Basin District of the BLM specifically targeted areas below 5,000 feet.

“We encourage everyone to think about how and where they will move their animals should fire threaten their homes,” Youngquist said. “All of the spring moisture this year contributed to exceptional growth of annual grasses like cheatgrass. The fuel loads are very high, and we have already had four rapidly moving fires in Washakie County.”

The fires, one started by a chain dragging on a highway, burned over 3,500 acres.

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Powell research center field day Thursday, July 13

Farm manager Camby Reynolds during a previous field day.

The Powell Research and Extension Center field day is 2-6 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Subjects include herbicide trials, insect pressure, cover and companion cropping, moisture sensors, irrigation trials, dry beans and pulse crops and a drone demonstration. There will also be a petting zoo.

The schedule is:

2-2:30 p.m. – Registration in the Foundation Seed Building.

2:30-4:30 pm – Farm tour/poster session/industry demonstrations.

4:30-6 p.m. – Dinner provided on the Foundation Seed Building lawn.

The research and extension center is one of four across Wyoming operated by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station housed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming.

For more information, call the center 307-754-2223 or email sfulton3@uwyo.edu.

Weed, hay management among topics at July 7 Sheridan field day

Extension educator Blaine Horn at a previous Sheridan R&E Center field day.

Draft horses Pistol and Pete from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) will join University of Wyoming scientists at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center’s field day Friday, July 7.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with introductions to follow at the Watt Agriculture Building on the Sheridan College campus.

Research plots will be toured. Presentations include weed and vineyard and hay management, native plant research and a garden project. A lunch buffet is provided at noon and ends the field day. RSVPs are requested by July 1 by calling 307-673-2856 or by email at shrec@uwyo.edu.

The center is among four research and extension centers in the state under the direction of the WAES in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UW Extension communications office earns national honors

From left, Steve Miller, Chavawn Kelley Tana Stith, and Lindsay Hadfield.

An app offering users the history and wonders of Wyoming received the top award for information technology among land-grant university agricultural communication departments during their national meeting June 13-16 in New Orleans.

Other members of University of Wyoming Extension’s Office of Communications and Technology also received honors during the Association for Communication Excellence conference.

Media producer and director of broadcast media David Keto and office manager Tana Stith received a gold award and the Outstanding Professional Skill honor for explorewyo. The app opens a vault of more than 400 videos georeferenced to the state’s landmarks, counties, history, culture, energy, flora, fauna and more.

David Keto

Other awards are:

* Keto and media producer Lindsay Hadfield received a silver for news and features in the electronic video category.

* Ag News, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources publication, received a gold award in the newsletter category. Those working on Ag News include Stith, editors/writers Steve Miller and Chavawn Kelley and designer Tanya Engel.

* The college’s research publication Reflections received a silver award in technical publications and a bronze in electronic publications.

* CONNECT, the magazine of UW Extension, received a bronze award in one-to full-color publications.

* Miller received a bronze award in feature writing for magazines.

“From the planning stages to the final product, each and every person in UW Extension Communications and Technology contributes to producing these award-winning publications and the explorewyo app,” said Stith. “The real honor is working with this team.”