University of Wyoming Extension News

UW Extension hosts preparing for animal, plant, food disasters course

Educator Scott Cotton

Educator Scott Cotton

Preparing for and responding to incidents involving animals, plants and food are the focus of a Department of Homeland Security certified course in Casper Wednesday, May 21.

University of Wyoming Extension is hosting “Preparing Communities for Animal, Plant, and Food Incidents: An Introduction” offered by the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (NCBRT) 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Agricultural Resource and Learning Center, 2011 Fairgrounds Rd.

The focus is to train in-state instructors so the course can be duplicated across the state, said Scott Cotton, UW Extension educator coordinating the class. The UW Extension Disaster Education Team, Wyoming Homeland Security and NCBRT are sponsors.

The extent to which accidental, intentional and naturally occurring incidents can affect daily operations in the food and agricultureindustry is examined, Cotton said. Those attending will learn to recognize food industry threats and vulnerabilities.

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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.