University of Wyoming Extension News

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

Continue reading

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.

Continue reading

After the storm: Buffalo 4-H’ers raise funds for South Dakota counterparts

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club are, back, from – Leader Lisa Peterson, Stephanie Camino, Lauren Rives, Hanna Peterson, Hayden Peterson, Taylor Rives, Leader Tiffany Rives. Front – Zander Hulet, Isabelle Camino, Paden Hulet, Hunter Peterson, and Hazen Camino. Not pictured: Morgan Nicholsen.

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club are, back, from left – Leader Lisa Peterson, Stephanie Camino, Lauren Rives, Hanna Peterson, Hayden Peterson, Taylor Rives, leader Tiffany Rives. Front – Zander Hulet, Isabelle Camino, Paden Hulet, Hunter Peterson, and Hazen Camino. Not pictured: Morgan Nicholsen.

Members of the Krazy Kritters 4-H Club in Buffalo raised more than $2,100 and reached across state lines to help South Dakota 4-H’ers regain losses from last October’s devastating blizzard.

Nearly 46,000 head of cattle died from the record-setting storm affecting South Dakota producers statewide, including many 4-H project animals. Krazy Kritters helped raise money by using a youth fundraising program provided by the livestock supplement company Crystalyx.

“We felt so bad with everything that happened with the storm in South Dakota,” explained club leader Tiffany Rives. “We have a great group of kids who are interested in helping others and with the Crystalyx Earn to Learn campaign, we found an opportunity to raise money and help these agriculturalists get back on their feet.”

Continue reading

Wyoming 4-H Foundation increases donations to counties

4-H'ers compete in the champion of champions market lamb challenge at the 2013 Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo.

4-H’ers compete in the champion of champions market lamb challenge at the 2013 Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo.

Wyoming State 4-H Foundation donations to counties increased by more than $53,000 in fiscal year 2013 for a total of $241,041.

There are more than 7,000 Wyoming 4-H’ers. The foundation and the 4-H program work to expose youths to subjects like animal science, technology and natural resources. 4-H’ers gain life skills such as self-confidence and problem solving.

The foundation is a non-profit organization and the fundraising arm of the 4-H program, said University of Wyoming 4-H Program coordinator Johnathan Despain.

“Its sole purpose is to generate income, take in donations and do fundraising to support the 4-H programming efforts,” he said.

Wyoming 4-H is celebrating 100 years of the partnership between the USDA, land-grant universities and state and county governments. Despain said funding has been reduced by those institutions, and 4-H has been able to regroup, but now more than ever, thefoundation’s role is critical.

“At some point in time, the program will either go away, or people are going to have to step up to make the program happen and figure out long-term sustainability plans,” he said. “We’re trying to, through the foundation, create those plans so our programs can continue on … so the kids always have the benefit for the long-haul.”

Long-term is the goal of foundation efforts.

The $53,000 increase in FY13 was due in part to successful fundraising events but also due to a long-term benefactor who died and left a large amount to the foundation.

Continue reading

State fair ceremony marks 100 years of Wyoming 4-H

Sheep judging at the 2012 state fair.

Sheep judging at the 2012 state fair.

Add “Hundred” to one of those four H’s in 4-H.

A ceremony 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, during the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo in Douglas celebrates 100 years of 4-H activities in Wyoming. The event is outside the Ruthe James Williams Memorial Building on the fairgrounds.

State 4-H program and University of  Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources representatives are scheduled to participate as are 4-H’ers present and past.

“Thousands of youths have benefitted from their participation in 4-H over the past 100 years, and 4-H will reach tens of thousands more moving forward,” said Johnathan Despain, state 4-H program coordinator.

“When parents look at all the opportunities available for their children to participate in, we want them to understand that 4-H has proven its effectiveness longer than any other youth-serving program in the state and is intentional about the opportunities it creates for young people, parents and volunteers to learn and grow together,” he said.

4-H is the largest youth organization in Wyoming with more than 7,000 members.

“Through our clubs and projects, we are able to match the interests of caring adult volunteers with children to learn and grow,” said Despain. “Together, youths set goals in their interest areas, learn and share what they’ve learned with others all while doing community service, developing leadership skills and challenging themselves to be a better person. Our world needs that more now than ever in the adults who come from being 4-H members.”