University of Wyoming Extension News

Casper, Lander workshops offer farmers market, local food grant writing training

4-translanting-tomatoes-with-the-youthHands-on training for writing grants to promote farmers markets, local food programs and raising specialty crops is offered during April workshops in Casper and Lander.

“Writing grant proposals can be challenging,” said Jennifer Thompson with University of Wyoming Extension and one of the presenters. “Much of the information provided in the conference session in Casper or the workshop in Lander is applicable to anyone interested in writing their first proposal or those who have written one but have not been successful.”

The Casper workshop is 1:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, as part of the Wyoming Farmers Market Association conference at the Ramkota Hotel. There is a fee associated with the conference. The conference agenda and registration is at The link is under “Exciting News.”

The Lander workshop is 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 18, at the Fremont County Library, 451 N. 2nd St. There is no fee to attend. Registration is requested by Friday, April 10, at Lunch is on your own.

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Pollinators in spotlight at Natrona County Master Gardener conference

2015SpConferenceWeb_201502271303258256Who has the busiest job in Wyoming?

Gov. Matt Mead? Nope.

Craig Bohl, Cowboy football head coach? Not if you like to eat.

Bees and other pollinators, and their influence on plant productivity of yards, gardens and fields across Wyoming, are session topics at the Natrona Master Gardener spring conference in Casper.

“The Pollinators: Bees, Butterflies, Birds, Bugs, and More” is 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

“The conference is open to all gardeners or those interested in learning more about the pollinators in Wyoming,” said Donna Hoffman, horticulturist in the Natrona County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

Pollinators of Wyoming and how they help a garden is discussed in the morning with nine presentations during three afternoon sessions.

Sessions 1, 1:1:50 p.m. – Welcome bats to your Wyoming garden; Living sustainably from your garden; Native plants for Wyoming gardens

Sessions 2, 2-2:50 p.m. – Welcome bats to your Wyoming garden; Bee nest/house construction and bee ID; If they plant it or build it will they come?

Sessions 3, 2:50-3:10 p.m. – If they plant it or build it will they come?; Beekeeping; Native plants for Wyoming gardens

Registration is $30 by March 31 and $45 after. Ticket information and registration information is at

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.