Ty Shockley named to All-American team

Young man wears suit and glasses, hold award plaque
Ty Shockley

Ty Shockley, member of the University of Wyoming Livestock Judging team, was one of 11 college seniors named All-Americans at the 112th National Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Kentucky, November 14.

The All-American program recognizes students who have made a commitment to livestock judging and have excelled in academics, university and industry activities and community service. Shockley, from Wheatland, Wyoming, judged competitively at both Casper College and UW.

Along with owning and managing his own cattle company, he has served as president and adviser for the Wyoming Junior Angus Association. On campus, he serves as a justice with the University of Wyoming Judicial Council and was named outstanding senior in the College of Business. Shockley is also the treasurer of Alpha Kappa Psi, accounting tutor for Beta Alpha Psi and member of UW transfer student advisory committee.

Shockley served during summer 2017 as a White House intern for vice presidential operations. After graduating in May 2018 with bachelor of science degrees in accounting and agricultural business, he hopes to become a certified public accountant.

His further goal is to continue his education with a joint MBA/JD degree and pursue a career in politics in Washington, D.C.

The University of Wyoming was one of only five universities to have a team member named as an All-American. In 2016, BW Ochsner became the first named from UW.

For more information, contact livestock judging coach Caleb Boardman at caleb.boardman@uwyo.edu or 307-766-2159.

Diversity efforts earn Crook, Weston County 4-H educators extension honor

Stacy Buchholz

4-H educators in Crook and Weston counties were recognized by the University of Wyoming Extension for their diversity education efforts.

Stacy Buchholz in Weston County and Sara Fleenor in Crook

Sara Fleenor

County received extension’s Diversity Enhancement Award during the organization’s training conference in December on the Laramie campus.

The two worked with teen 4-H leaders to create workshops and menu ideas that incorporated cultural diversity at the Crook-Weston County 4-H Summer Camp.

4-H’ers were able to experience different countries and learn about cultures, global challenges and participate in hands-on activities while they learned.

Buchholz joined extension in 2008 and Fleenor in 2012.

4-H educator begins Jan. 8 in Lincoln County

Shaily Harshbarger is the new 4-H educator in Lincoln County.
Shaily Harshbarger is the new 4-H educator in Lincoln County.

Shaily Harshbarger will begin as the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H educator in Lincoln County Monday, Jan. 8.

Harshbarger will be in the Lincoln County Extension Office in Kemmerer.

A 2017 graduate of Kansas State University, she holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science with an emphasis in business and a minor in business. Harshbarger interned with the University of Wyoming Extension 4-H Program in Lincoln County in 2016.

She has been involved in 4-H and FFA programs in which she participated in livestock, dairy and horse judging in addition to a variety of leadership roles.

UW Extension program promotes senior fitness, independent living

Laura Balis distributing nutritional information pamphlets
Nutrition and food safety educator Laura Balis

An eight-week, group-based strength-training program is being offered this winter in Lander and Pavillion through the Fremont County University of Wyoming Extension office.

Extension nutrition and food safety educator Laura Balis said the “Lifelong Improvements through Fitness Together” classes promote strength, balance and flexibility with the goals of improving fitness and independent living in older adults. Nutrition education with an emphasis on fruit and vegetable consumption is also emphasized.

The Lander program is 10:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 8-Feb. 28, at the Lander Senior Citizen’s Center, 205 S. 10th St.

The Pavillion program is 10-11 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 11-March 5, at Wind River Recreation, 424 S. Main.

Weights are provided at each location.

Contact Balis at 307-332-2363 or at lbalis@uwyo.edu for more information.

UW Extension bulletin identifies Wyoming pollinators, plants that attract

Picture of the pollinator guide coverIdentifying pollinators in Wyoming, their lifecycles and how to attract them are part of a new booklet from the University of Wyoming Extension.

“Promoting Pollinators on Your Place” looks at not only the myriad of insects – and hummingbirds – but also the flowers and other plants that attract them.

Pollination is essential for flower reproduction and many crops in Wyoming.

“Growing conditions for plants in Wyoming can be tough,” said Jennifer Thompson, extension small-acreage team coordinator. “Despite this, the state is host to an amazing variety of pollinators that visit them.”

The booklet also has raising bees and beekeeper information sections.

Copies of the bulletin are available at extension offices and many conservation district and weed and pest control district offices. A pdf version is available for download at bit.ly/wypollinators. The website contains links to all references mentioned in the booklet.

Jones said knowing what pollinators are there and what they are looking for, such as nectar, pollen and nesting sites, can help people create conditions that promote pollinator well-being in backyards, vegetable plots, hoop houses and fields.

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