University of Wyoming Extension News

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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4-H advocate from Wyoming enters National 4-H Hall of Fame

Oliver "Ollie" Hill

Oliver “Ollie” Hill

Long-time 4-H advocate Oliver “Ollie” Hill of Albany County will be inducted into the National 4-H Hall of Fame Friday, Oct. 10, in recognition of lifetime achievements and dedication to 4-H.

Hill, while in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, was assistant state 4-H leader and later director of Ag Development and College Relations, among other duties. His efforts helped start the State 4-H Foundation and build the Cliff and Martha Hansen Teaching Arena near Laramie.

Ceremonies are at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.

Hill attributes his success and impact on the support, patience and encouragement of his family and continues to believe in the importance of the 4-H program and educating youths.

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Niobrara County 4-H leader recognized for 31 years of service

Donna Hanson teaches a 4-H'er a sewing technique.

Donna Hanson teaches a 4-H’er a sewing technique.

This long-time 4-H fabric and fashion leader may have had the Western Region Outstanding Lifetime Volunteer Award sewn up for several years.

Donna Hanson of Niobrara County has passed a love of sewing and quilting to innumerable 4-H members, said Denise Smith, University of Wyoming Extension 4-H and nutrition and food safety educator in the county.

The 2014 Regional 4-H Salute to Excellence Volunteer Recognition Program annually selects an outstanding lifetime volunteer. The review team selected eight regional winners.

Hanson says the award was a surprise.

“My main goal is to help members learn how to sew and gain a lifelong skill,” she said, “Girls who I have worked with have gone on to receive their master’s degree in apparel and become 4-H sewing leaders themselves.”

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Wyoming State 4-H Foundation announces $62,000 in scholarships

4-H logoMore than $62,000 in scholarships has been awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year by the Wyoming State 4-H Foundation.

Approximately $30,000 was awarded to first-time winners. Students from the University of Wyoming and Wyoming community colleges will receive monetary support toward continuing their education.

Previous winners of the Ella Scholoredt scholarship with a grade point average of atleast 3.0 are eligible for up to four years. Sixteen continuing scholarships were awarded ranging from $1,500 to $2,500.

The following are separated by scholarship, county and in no particular order:

 Ella E. Schloredt continuing awards

Albany – McKensie Harris, $2,200; Atussa Niswender, $1,500

Campbell – Hannah Gorman, $2,000

Goshen – Alexandra Howell, $1,900; Taylor Wollert, $2,000; Aleighica Keeran, $1,750

Johnson – Jordan Largent, $1,500

Laramie – Jacob Berg, $2,000; Shelby Kindsvater, $1,750; Cortney Robertson, $1,900

Natrona – Mackenzie McCoy, $2,000

Niobrara – Zachary Stephens, $1,750

Sublette – Jenny Beiermann, $2,200; Emilee Sims, $2,000

Teton – Kyle Brimeyer, $1,500

Washakie – Landan Doyle, $1,900

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Grand opening celebrates QEP Energy’s land, building donation to 4-H

The building enables 4-H'ers who live in town or subdivisions to have market livestock projects.

4-H’ers who live in town or subdivisions can have market livestock projects with addition of this building. 

Gov. Matt Mead is among those scheduled to speak at the grand opening near Pinedale of land and facilities valued at $400,000 donated by QEP Energy to Sublette County 4-H.

The program is 12:45-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the Sublette County 4-H Agricultural Center at the Rose Skinner Preserve 2 miles south of Pinedale along U.S. Highway 191. Joining Mead on the program are QEP officials, Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, and representatives from Sublette County, 4-H and FFA.

4-H members and volunteers will help serve during the event. 4-H is the youth arm of University of Wyoming Extension, and its state offices are in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The facilities allow 4-H’ers who live in town or in subdivisions to have market livestock projects. Range and forage studies, horticultural programs, and livestock management, grazing and health programs will be offered at the facility and surrounding land. The area will also be available for UW Extension research and other programs.

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