University of Wyoming Extension News

Casper workshop to discuss, improve sage grouse habitat restoration

A sage grouse habitat restoration workshop is Wednesday and Thursday, March 26-27, in Casper hosted by the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center (WRRC) at the University of Wyoming.

“This workshop features researchers, practitioners, consultants, wildlife experts, agency folks, and ranchers discussing methods and actions to improve or restore sage grouse habitat in Wyoming,” said Calvin Strom, research scientist in the WRRC at theUniversity of Wyoming.

UW Extension hosts Casper master hay grower program

Hay varieties, establishment and insect pest management are among topics at the Master Hay Grower workshop Thursday, Feb. 6, in Casper.

The free sessions are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Agriculture Research and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd. Registration is not required, and lunch is on your own.

Topics include:

* Master Stockman tools for hay producers, Bridger Feuz, UW Extension marketing specialist

* Irrigating alfalfa: Making the most of your water, Caleb Carter, extension educator

* Alfalfa insect pest management, Scott Schell extension assistant entomologist

* Hay establishment and fertilization, Hudson Hill, extension educator

* Variety selection, Anowar Islam, extension forage specialist

* Hay marketing, Donn Randall, Agribusiness Division program manager, Wyoming Business Council

* Risk management for hay growers, John Hewlett, extension farm/ranch management specialist.

For more information, contact Feuz at 307-783-0570 or at, or Hewlett at 307-766-2166 or

Extension educator joins Converse, Natrona, Niobrara counties

Scott Cotton

Scott Cotton

Scott Cotton began Monday, Jan. 6, as the University of Wyoming Extension area educator serving Converse, Natrona and Niobrara counties.

He will focus on livestock and small-acreage programming.

A Sheridan native, Cotton attended Sheridan College and received dual bachelor degrees in animal science, agricultural journalism and range at the University of Wyoming.  He also holds a master’s degree in range ecology from UW.

Cotton began his career at UW and went on to positions with Colorado State University Extension and the University of Nebraska. He served as an extension educator in his most recent position providing educational programs in a four-county area covering livestock, agricultural security and youth programs.

Natrona County extension horticulturist receives national distinguished service award

Donna Cuin

Donna Cuin

Donna Cuin, horticultural program associate in the Natrona County office of University of Wyoming Extension, has received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA).

Cuin was presented the award Sept. 18 in Philadelphia during the association’s annual conference. These honorees represent the top 2 percent of the membership of NACAA and are chosen by their peers and the directors of extension of their home states, according to the NACAA.

Cuin was also recently elected vice president of the Wyoming Association of County Agricultural Agents, and in 2012 was named UW Extension’s Outstanding Ag Educator of the Year.

UW Extension hosts management-intensive grazing school near Glenrock

Range specialist Mike Smith, center, and others calculate forage during last year's management-intensive grazing session.

Range specialist Mike Smith, center, and others calculate forage at a session during  last year’s management-intensive grazing program.

A four-day school to coax more out of pastures, extend grazing seasons and reduce or eliminate the need for harvested feed is being sponsored at a Glenrock ranch by the University of Wyoming Extension.

The management-intensive grazing school is May 28-May 31 at the Duncan Ranch. Each day has classroom work in the morning followed by hands-on applications of the concepts on the ranch.

The school will teach participants how to design and implement a management-intensive grazing program focused on profitability and pasture production.

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