University of Wyoming Extension News

Fresh produce safety workshop in Casper

Fresh produce growers and buyers will learn appropriate agricultural practices to prevent food-borne illnesses as part of a two-day workshop in Casper.

“Good Agricultural Practices” is Thursday and Friday, April 9-10, at the Best Western Ramkota Hotel as part of the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association’s annual conference.

“This workshop will benefit producers as well as those who buy and use local produce in inspected kitchens like schools, hospitals and restaurants,” said Cole Ehmke, University of Wyoming Extension specialist, who helped organize the sessions.

Recent outbreaks of foodborne illnesses involving fresh and processed food products heightened public concern about food safety, he said. Illness-causing pathogens, such as salmonella and listeria, come from a variety of sources. The most common source is fecal matter, Ehmke said, which can be spread by water, wildlife, waste and workers.

Producers will stay competitive in the specialty produce business by becoming food safety compliant.

“Many fresh produce retailers now require their suppliers to have third-party audits to verify safe food production and handling practices on the farm,” he said.

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University of Wyoming scientists receive awards for hydrology, cell research

Associate Professor Scott Miller measures streamflow in a creek in Wyoming's Snowy Range as part of a doctoral research project in hydrology.

Scott Miller measures streamflow in a creek in Wyoming’s Snowy Range as part of a doctoral research project in hydrology.

Researchers specializing in hydrology and in nuclear size control mechanisms in the cell won outstanding research and early career research awards from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Wyoming.

Scott Miller is one of three principal investigators in a $20 million grant – the largest ever to UW – from the National Science Foundation’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) to establish the Wyoming Center for Environmental Hydrology and Geophysics.

His research focus is spatial hydrology, and his laboratory focuses on the use of innovative field and modeling techniques to better understand the eventual outcome and transport of water and how humans change hydrologic response.

Miller, a professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, has worked around the world on topics ranging from deforestation to risk assessment, but more recently has focused his research energy on Wyoming-related issues.

He joined UW in 2002 as an assistant professor in the then-Department of Renewable Resources.

Dan Levy’s laboratory goal is to reveal nuclear size control mechanisms to understand how nuclear size affects cell and nuclear function and sub-nuclear organization. An assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biology, he joined UW in 2011 after working as a postdoctoral fellow in molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley.

His previous research and training as a mechanistic biochemist, investigating size control of intracellular structures and developing in vitro reconstitution systems, positioned him to solve problems relating to nuclear size regulation.

The Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station is housed in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Educators join Teton County UW Extension office

Jordan McCoy

Jordan McCoy

An area nutrition and food safety educator and a 4-H educator will join the Teton County University of Wyoming Extension office in January.

Jordan McCoy will serve as the nutrition and food safety educator for Sweetwater, Uinta, Lincoln, Sublette and Teton counties beginning Jan. 2.

She is a registered and licensed dietitian who grew up in northern Wyoming and is returning from Albuquerque, where she has been working as a pediatric dietician at the Cystic Fibrosis Center and as an adjunct professor of nutrition at the University of New Mexico.

Kenzie Krinkee

Kenzie Krinkee

McCoy received a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sports science in 2002 from UW. She continued her education at Georgia Southern University, receiving a master’s degree in kinesiology with emphasis in coaching, and then completed a second bachelor’s degree in dietetics in 2010 at Kansas State University. In 2012, McCoy completed a dietetic internship at Idaho State University.

Kenzie Krinkee will begin as the Teton County 4-H educator Jan. 5. A 10-year 4-H alumnus, her first involvement with 4-H began at 8 years old with western horse and family and consumer science projects in Bozeman, Mont.

Krinkee graduated from Colorado State University in May with a bachelor’s degree in equine science and a minor in business administration. She was active in the CSU rodeo team and managed volunteers to run the Skyline Stampede Rodeo. Following graduation, Krinkee completed a 4-H internship with the Adams County Colorado Extension Service.

Natrona County secretary receives UW Extension’s top award

Sue Anderson, left, of Natrona County receives the Frances Freese Secretary of the Year Award from Ann Roberson, administrative associate in the state extension office, during ESCAPE in Thermopolis.

Sue Anderson, left, of Natrona County receives the Frances Freese Secretary of the Year Award from Ann Roberson, administrative associate in the state extension office, during ESCAPE in Thermopolis.

Sue Anderson in the Natrona County office of University of Wyoming Extension has received extension’s highest secretarial honor for the second time.

Anderson received the Frances Freese Secretary of the Year award Sept. 25 during the annual Extension Secretary Conference – A Professional Event (ESCAPE) meeting in Thermopolis. She also received the honor in 2005. Anderson joined UW Extension in 1985.

Anderson carried out her responsibilities plus those of the 4-H educator for more than 13 months while the position remained open.

“She handled the additional responsibilities with fortitude and strength rarely seen in an administrative assistant,” wrote a nominator.

She recruited new 4-H volunteers and members and was in charge of 4-H activities at the county fair for two years. “She put in many extra hours and sacrificed her personal schedule in order to ensure everything within 4-H was flowing smoothly,” wrote another nominator.

Anderson helped Joddee Jacobsen learn 4-H duties when Jacobsen was hired as the 4-H educator earlier this year.

The Frances Freese award recognizes extension secretaries for outstanding contributions and accomplishments and is presented each year during ESCAPE. Freese worked at the Wind River Indian Reservation extension office then moved to the Fremont County office, where she worked for 25 years.

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

Manage, overcome chronic illness free educational forum in Cody

Randy Weigel

Randy Weigel

Maintaining independence and leading a full and active life is the topic during a free educational forum Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Park County Library in Cody.

“Living with chronic illness: More life less limits” is presented by the Arthritis Foundation in conjunction with the National and Wyoming AgrAbility Program. The forum is 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Lunch is provided, and, although there is no fee, registration is required.

For more information and to register, contact Danielle Vancanti at 888-391-9389, ext. 2, or To register online, visit

Keynote speaker Miss Wheelchair USA Ashlee Lundvall will discuss overcoming obstacles and maintaining a positive outlook on life.

Wyoming AgrAbility program director Randy Weigel at the University of Wyoming said participants will receive an arthritis overview and information on managing arthritis in cold weather from rheumatologist Dr. Rebecca Danforth of Cody.

A demonstration on assistive technology devices that help maintain independence will also be available as well as recreational and outdoor resources to help maintain an active lifestyle while managing a chronic disease or disability.