University of Wyoming Extension News

4-H educator starts Dec. 7 in Converse County

Stacey Fitzgibbons

Stacey Fitzgibbons

A 4-H educator will join the Converse County office of the University of Wyoming Extension Monday, Dec. 7.
Stacey Fitzgibbons earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a business concentration from the University of Wyoming in 2014. She most recently worked as the livestock show coordinator for the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo and had completed an internship with the extension rangeland and livestock programs in Platte County.
Fitzgibbons, who grew up in Meeker, Colo., is a former 4-H’er.
“It is my goal to promote the development of our youth through an organization that shaped me at a very young age,” she said.

Residents invited to learn what UW Extension offers in Carbon County

An energy trailer demonstrating on-grid and off-grid solar, wind and geothermal approaches for stock watering, and home heating are among topics at the open house of the Carbon County office of University of Wyoming Extension.

The event is 4-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Jeffrey Memorial Community Center, 315 W. Pine St., in Rawlins.   

 “We are trying to make Carbon County residents more aware of the extension system and the resources we offer to individuals, families and producers,” said extension educator Abby Perry, who serves southeast Wyoming.

More than a dozen UW specialists, area educators and county educators are providing information about sports nutrition, food safety and 4-H, and addressing topics such as eating well for less, integrated pest management, grazing management, irrigation and community and economic development.

            Perry, who specializes in rangeland economics and monitoring, said, “We also hope the community will walk away feeling like they have had the opportunity to share their interests and needs.”

            Bret Hess, director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station, and Doug Zalesky, director of the Laramie Research and Extension Center, will present current research and solicit input for future projects. 

            Milt Geiger, energy extension coordinator, uses the energy trailer to spark discussion about renewable energy and interactions between energy, environment and economy.

Cathy Craig is the 4-H and youth development educator in Carbon County, providing opportunities for youths to learn, connect with the community and gain leadership skills.

“The event is come-and-go and informal,” said Perry. Refreshments will be served.

The Peterson Farm Brothers show farming cool, help raise money for state 4-H

They rock, rap and bale. They produce corn, cattle and videos.

The Peterson Farm Brothers – Greg, Nathan and Kendall – have gone viral on YouTube.

Now the Kansas brothers are coming to Laramie.

The Albany County 4-H Foundation is presenting the Peterson Farm Brothers at the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena, 460 Highway 230, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12, to raise money for scholarships and support 4-H teams traveling to state and national competition. Tickets can be purchased at the Albany County office of the University of Wyoming Extension, at the door or online at

The Peterson brothers’ music videos, shot primarily on their family’s thousand-acre farm near Assaria, Kan., are parodies of popular songs that provide first-hand perspectives on modern agricultural production.

According to their website,, their video “I’m Farming and I Grow It,” a parody of the song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” by LMFAO, received more than 5 million views in more than 200 countries in two weeks in 2012. Continue reading

Parents of daughter honored in scholarship seek applications

Erin Reed with her dog, Callie.

Erin Reed with her dog, Callie.

Parents who established a scholarship to honor their daughter after her sudden death from bacterial meningitis want students to be aware they can apply for the Wyoming Homemakers Association award established in her name.

Erin Reed was a freshman interested in art at Casper College when she became ill with flu-like symptoms on a Sunday in March 2004. She died that Tuesday.

“We miss her and always will,” said her mother, Beverly.

She and husband, Tom, wished to let other students know of the dangers of bacterial meningitis. Erin loved drawing, art and animals, especially golden retrievers. The parents made a limited number of prints from her artwork to sell to help offset costs of informing parents and students about the disease.

“As the knowledge of bacterial meningitis increased and the need for funding decreased, we wanted another avenue for her prints, and we wanted to be able to help students with college expenses,” said Beverly.

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Albany County 4-H’ers earn top National Western Stock Show and Rodeo catch-a-calf honors

4-H logoTwo Albany County 4-H’ers corralled top honors at the catch-a-calf show last weekend at the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo in Denver.

Hailey Anderson won the show, and Joanna (Joey) Harris was grand champion. Harris’ calf is only one of two catch-a-calf steers eligible for the NWSS junior livestock auction.

Other Wyoming 4-H’ers participating were Clayton and Wyatt Atkinson of Casper.

4-H’ers from Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas and Nebraska catch a calf during a rodeo performance at the NWSS. They receive a calf in May to raise the next eight months. 4-H’ers must maintain a record book, write monthly letters to their sponsors (who provide NWSS money to purchase the calves) and raise the animal. They return to Denver with their finished market steer to exhibit at the NWSS.

By winning the overall production phase, Anderson won the show. By being the junior livestock show qualifier, Harris was named grand champion.

Wyoming 4-H’er placings were:

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