University of Wyoming Extension News

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.

Ranch management options during drought topic of UW Extension videos

Dallas Mount, center, during a grazing management workshop earlier this year.

Videos discussing drought management options for ranchers are meant to challenge producers to think about the right courses that fit their individual operations, said the University of Wyoming Extension educator who posted them to YouTube.

Suggestions are compiled from drought management and ranch management workshops and sessions, said Dallas Mount, based in Platte County and serving southeast Wyoming.

The three videos are at bit.ly/ranchdrought. The management options are applied to an example ranch.

“The suggestions we come up with for our example ranch are not necessarily the right courses; we are not recommending courses,” Mount said. “They are meant for ranchers to consider their options and think them through.”

The videos examine selling cattle, a complete liquidation and relocating cattle until the drought breaks.

“It’s an evaluation of the options,” he said. “Ranchers can gain a methodology in their thought processes to look at their own operations and start making the decisions that work best for them from an informed point of view.”