University of Wyoming Extension News

Range educator joins Carbon County extension office

Abby Perry

Abby Perry

A range specialist is joining the University of Wyoming Extension office in Carbon County.

Abby Perry starts Monday, Feb. 16. Based in Rawlins, the area educator will also serve Albany, Goshen, Laramie and Platte counties providing educational programs on the sustainable management of rangeland resources, said Susan James, federal relations and staff development coordinator.

Perry received her bachelor’s degree in rangeland ecology/watershed management and her master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from the University of Wyoming.

While attending college, Perry completed a summer internship with the Albany County extension office working with agricultural and horticultural issues. As a graduate student, she held an assistantship in which she explored the economics of reclamation after energy extraction.

Perry also completed a rangeland health assessment program cooperative internship working collaboratively with U.S. Forest Service Medicine Bow-Routt National Forests, Thunder Basin National Grassland and the Laramie County Conservation District on various management projects on Pole Mountain near Laramie.

She is a graduate of Cody High School.

Carbon County extension offering free cooking classes for youths

Diane Saenz

Free cooking classes are being offered for youths this winter through the CarbonCounty office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Kids in the Kitchen provides hands-on instruction that will help kids develop a love of cooking and start building skills to make healthier food choices,” said Diane Saenz, extension nutrition and food safety educator.

Classes are Tuesdays Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, and Feb. 5, Feb. 12, and Feb. 19 at the UW Extension office, third floor of the Carbon Building, 215 W. Buffalo, Rawlins.        

Enrollment is limited due to size of the kitchen facility. For more information, contact Saenz at 307-328-2642.

UW Extension holds Grow Your Own, Use Your Own workshop in Rawlins

Building a mobile chicken coop earlier this year in Riverton.

Building a mobile chicken coop, learning the basics of beekeeping and composting with worms are among topics covered during the “Grow Your Own, Use Your Own” workshop in Rawlins Saturday, Sept. 8.

“This will be a great workshop where every part of the program will be hands-on in some way,” said Mae Smith, UW Extension educator for southeast Wyoming. “If you want to be more sustainable on your land or just learn something new, this will be great for everyone.”

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Carbon County 4-H welcomes new educator

Cathleen Craig

Cathleen Craig begins her new position as 4-H educator Monday, July 30, in Carbon County.

A Wyoming native, Craig participated in the Big Horn County 4-H program as a youth, received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Wyoming in 1997 and has worked as the administrative assistant in the Carbon County UW Extension office since 2007.

“Cathy contributes strong experience to this position and has developed relationships with 4-H youth and volunteers in the county,” said Susan James, federal relations and staff development coordinator with UW Extension. “Her knowledge of the total extension program will be an asset to the youth development program in Carbon County.”

Saratoga, Laramie host drought management sessions for producers

Drought management options for livestock producers will be discussed in Saratoga Monday, July 16, and Laramie Thursday, July 19.

Both sessions are 7-9 p.m. The Saratoga session is in the Saratoga High School Multi-purpose Room. The Laramie session is at the Albany County Fairgrounds south of Laramie.

A Farm Service Agency and county drought disaster designation update and implications for producers start the sessions.

An economic and production system evaluation of alternative management practices and tax implications will be followed by an audience-panel discussion.

Panelists include University of Wyoming Extension educators Dallas Mount of Platte County and Mae Smith of Carbon County. Tax implications will be discussed by a representative from Mader Tschacher Peterson & Co. of Laramie. John Ritten, an assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Wyoming, will join panelists at the Saratoga session.

No reservations are required. For more information, contact the Carbon County extension office at 307-328-2642.