University of Wyoming Extension News

Private pesticide applicator training set in Casper

Private pesticide applicator training is being offered in Casper February through April.

Training is at the Agricultural Learning and Resource Center at 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.

February and March training is 1-4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, and Wednesday, March 18. Please register by telephone three days in advance by calling the University of Wyoming Extension office in Natrona County at 307-235-9400 and indicate the session you want to attend.

The April training is 1-3 p.m. Thursday, April 16. Please register with the Natrona County Weed and Pest Control District at 307-472-5559.

For more information, contact the Natrona County extension office at 307-235-9400.

Natrona County extension office offers landowner solution seminars

Pastures are a topic of the landowner solution sessions.

Pastures are a topic of the landowner solution sessions.

Landowner solutions to issues including feeding horses and fences and water are addressed at free monthly seminars in Casper and Glenrock.

University of Wyoming Extension is offering the sessions from this month through May, said Scott Cotton, UW Extension educator. All sessions begin at 6 p.m. and are at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd., in Casper, and the Glenrock Community Center, 412 S. 4th St.

Topic, dates and locations are:

Feeding horses – Thursday, Jan. 22, Glenrock; Tuesday, Jan. 27, Casper

Pets and predators – Tuesday, Feb. 24, Casper; Thursday, Feb. 26, Glenrock

Weed ready – Tuesday, March 24, Casper; Thursday, March 26, Glenrock

Fences and water – Tuesday, April 21, Casper; Thursday, April 23, Glenrock

Know your pasture – Tuesday, May 26, Casper, Thursday, May 28, Glenrock

Pre-registration is requested (needed for materials). To register or for more information, contact the Natrona County extension office at 307-235-9400.

Educator based in Casper receives UW Extension’s newer employee honor

Hannah Swanbom

Hannah Swanbom

Creating unique programs that meet community development needs prompted a University of Wyoming Extension educator to receive the organization’s newer employee recognition honor.

Hannah Swanbom, the community development educator based in Natrona County and also serving Converse and Niobrara counties, received the award Nov. 5 during the organization’s annual training in Laramie.

“This is a great honor, and I would like to thank my peers and colleagues who nominated me for this award,” she said.

Swanbom has leveraged her knowledge of rural Wyoming to create community development education programs that address community needs, her nomination information states. “Her vibrant personality and her desire to work with the people within extension shows in her successful educational programming and her respect from clientele and collaborators,” according to her nomination.

Swanbom received her master’s degree in agricultural extension and her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Iowa State University. She joined extension in 2012.

Extension has offices in every Wyoming county and the Wind River Reservation.

Traveling exhibit at Casper fair highlights UW Extension’s 100th anniversary

Hannah Swnbom

UW Extension educator Hannah Swanbom

One hundred years of Wyoming residents striving to improve their lives is reflected in a traveling exhibit on display at the Central Wyoming Fair and Rodeo in Casper through July 12.

The University of Wyoming Extension’s interactive exhibit includes touchscreen technology and standing presentation boards showing its engagement with citizens since 1913.

The effects of world wars, the Depression and drought are shown but also those issues with a Wyoming touch – one woman rode a horse 10 miles in a blizzard to get to a hat-making workshop in Cokeville in 1922. One workshop attendee said she had not had a hat in seven years.

“I was amazed at the history of extension and how our roots were in agriculture but we’ve branched out with different types of programming,” said Hannah Swanbom, community development educator with extension for Natrona, Niobrara and Converse counties. She joined extension in 2012. “It’s interesting to see 100 years ago what the programs were and how we’ve grown but stayed true to our roots.”

The exhibit will be displayed at the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo in Douglas this August and in various counties throughout the year.

4-H educator begins May 27 in Natrona County

A 4-H educator is joining the Natrona County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

Joddee Jacobsen of Casper begins Tuesday, May 27.

She was formerly the program coordinator of the Cowboy Ethics Character Education Program for the Boys & Girls Club of CentralWyoming and Wyoming Youth Initiative.

“We are excited to have Joddee join the UWE team,” said Duane Williams, associate director of UW Extension. “Her experience and networking in Casper will be a great addition to our youth development efforts.”

Jacobsen grew up on a farm in southeast Idaho and participated in the 4-H program. She has a bachelor’s degree in secondary history from Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho, and a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley.