Cody hosts tree care workshop

Jeremiah Vardiman
Jeremiah Vardiman

Recommended trees and shrubs for Wyoming and tree care and invasive tree pests are topics at a workshop Wednesday, April 4, in Cody.

The session is 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the Big Horn Federal Credit Union, 1701 Stampede Ave., said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator in Park County.

RSVP is requested by Monday, April 2. Contact Vardiman at 307-754-8836 to RSVP or for more information.

Tree pruning, grafting workshop set in Crook County

Photograph of Blake Hauptman
Blake Hauptman

A tree care and pruning and grafting workshop is Friday, April 6, in Sundance.

The session starts at 3 p.m. in the Crook County Courthouse Community Room, 309 Cleveland St., according to Blake Hauptman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

Participants will visit a fruit orchard and learn basic tree care, pruning and grafting techniques, and can bring their own grafting knife if they want to participate in the hands-on demonstration.

RSVPS are requested by Wednesday, April 4, by calling 307-283-1192 or for more information.

Sublette County Weed and Pest hosts cheatgrass update

Field of cheatgrassResource experts from Sublette County Weed and Pest and the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University are speakers at the cheatgrass education and research update in Pinedale Tuesday, April 3.

The free session is 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at the district’s office at 12 S. Bench Rd., said Glenn Owings, UW Extension educator.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about local cheatgrass control efforts and emerging research, he said.

Speakers are:

* Julie Kraft, Sublette County Weed and Pest

* Clay Wood, University of Wyoming

* Dan Tekiela, UW Extension

* Shannon Clark, Colorado State University

Lunch is free for those who RSVP by March 29, but no RSVP is required if not attending lunch. RSVP to  Owings atgowings@uwyo.edu or call 307-367-4380.

Agricultural emergency response training meeting in Torrington

A meeting to train for and improve planning for agricultural emergencies in the Goshen County area is Thursday, March 29, in Torrington.

The free training is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Goshen County 4-H Building at 7078 Fairgrounds Road. The program is a collaborative effort between the Goshen County emergency manager and University of Wyoming Extension, said Scott Cotton, extension educator and delegate to the Extension Disaster Education Network.

He said the training is focused toward agricultural producers, law enforcement, firefighters, public health officials, county commissioners, veterinarians and others related to agriculture or emergency management.

The meeting addresses blizzards, floods, wildfires, disease outbreaks, truck accidents and other incidents.

The program includes:

* Disaster issues for individual areas/counties.

* Livestock transportation response.

* Information from the emergency manager.

* Animal identification and diseases related to disasters.

* FEMA training on disease outbreaks at fairs and exhibitions.

The program is one of several this spring across Wyoming. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Wool Growers Association are among groups supporting the meetings that look at agriculture in individual counties to develop better emergency mitigation efforts, said Cotton.

The seminar includes FEMA certified exercises for emergency responders and peace officer credit hours. Registration is requested by noon March 28. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com and type in Torrington, Wyoming, in the “City or location” search field to find the event.

Contact Cotton at 307-235-9400 or secotton@natronacounty-wy.gov for more information.

UW Extension offers team fitness, nutrition competition

            Individuals can form teams and compete against others across the country in the national extension program FitEx to improve fitness and nutrition.

Teams of four to eight ages 5 and up can register free on the FitEx website. Registration at www.fit-ex.org beginsMarch 26.

The team environment and online tracking helps participants achieve goals throughout the April 1-May 27 competition, said Laura Balis, University of Wyoming Extension nutrition and food safety educator.

Teams can set goals and track daily minutes of activities and intake of fruits and vegetables, said Balis. Weekly newsletters, feedback, competition for motivation and prizes for winning teams are part of the program.

Those wanting more information can go to the website or contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at lbalis@uwyo.edu.