State’s seed certification service manager recognized for exemplary work

Photograph of Mike Moore
Mike Moore, manager of the Seed Certification Service based at the Powell Research and Extension Center

The manager of the Wyoming Seed Certification Service has been recognized by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station (WAES) for his work with producers and the state.

Mike Moore, based at the Powell Research and Extension (R&E) Center, received the Kathleen Bartoncelj WAES staff award Tuesday in Laramie.

Seed certification is conducted under the direction of the WAES and University of Wyoming Extension with the cooperation of the Wyoming Crop Improvement Association. The service assures seed quality and is based at the Powell R&E Center.

WAES director Bret Hess said Moore plays an important role in the Wyoming Crop Improvement Association and the UW Foundation Seed Program.

“Many of the comments about Mike mentioned how he is always going beyond the call of duty for the service and farmers in general,” said Hess, interim dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and director of research.

An example of his dedication, noted one nominator, is when Moore and his wife had a “date” inspecting fields on the Fourth of July.

The award is named in honor of retired staff member Kathleen Bartoncelj. Recipients exemplify dedication to service and display exemplary employee conduct.

The WAES is the research office within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

UW Extension offers pesticide application training in northern Big Horn Basin

Jeremiah Vardiman
Jeremiah Vardiman

Pesticide application training is being offered in four locations in the northern Big Horn Basin in January and February, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

“This pesticide application training is for individuals who need a private pesticide license, renew their private pesticide license or gain up to three hours of recertification for their commercial pesticide license,” he said. “There is no fee for the trainings, and participants can attend any training that fits their schedules.”

Topics are integrated pest management, pesticide labels, pesticide safety, pesticide exposure, calibration, worker protection standards and more, he said.

Dates, times and locations are:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30 – 8 a.m.-noon Lovell Annex, Lovell
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 – 1-5 p.m., Grizzly Room Park County Library, Cody
  • Monday, Feb. 12 – 1-5 p.m., Big Horn County Weed and Pest Building, Greybull
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 – 8 a.m.-noon, Bicentennial Hall Park County Fairgrounds, Powell

Any landowner who anticipates applying restricted use pesticides must acquire a private pesticide application license through this training or exam through an extension office prior to purchasing and using the pesticides, said Vardiman.

For more information, contact your local extension office or call Vardiman at 307-527-8836.

‘Preparing for wildfire’ sessions set in Ten Sleep, Worland

BLM firefighters on the recent Hidden Dome fire in Washakie County. (Photo: James Yule)

Heavy fuel loads and dry conditions in the Big Horn Basin have prompted two preparing for wildfire sessions for rural homeowners.

The sessions are 6 p.m. Friday, July 28, at the Ten Sleep Community Center, and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the Washakie County Fairgrounds in Worland.

University of Wyoming Extension educator Caitlin Youngquist is collaborating with Karen Fenton of the Washakie County Conservation District to help landowners develop evacuation plans for livestock and pets and provide information to create defensible space.

The recent fuels and fire behavior advisory from the Wind River Bighorn Basin District of the BLM specifically targeted areas below 5,000 feet.

“We encourage everyone to think about how and where they will move their animals should fire threaten their homes,” Youngquist said. “All of the spring moisture this year contributed to exceptional growth of annual grasses like cheatgrass. The fuel loads are very high, and we have already had four rapidly moving fires in Washakie County.”

The fires, one started by a chain dragging on a highway, burned over 3,500 acres.

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