University of Wyoming Extension News

Sheridan Research and Extension Center Field Day features producer, homeowner sessions

Valtcho Jeliazkov

Valtcho Jeliazkov

Afternoon sessions at Sheridan College for producers and for homeowners follow crop variety trial tours in the morning near Wyarno during the Sheridan Research and Extension Center (ShREC) Field Day Saturday, June 15.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and tours start at 9:30 at the Wyarno site seven miles east of the Sheridan Information Center on 5th street, said Valtcho Jeliazkov, ShREC director.

Tours include reclamation projects, a reclamation project using coal-bed methane water, alfalfa variety and sainfoin trials, a homeowner turfgrass demonstration trial, trials with oilseeds for biodiesel production and organic gardens. Also toured will be high tunnel grape production and the apple orchard.

The venue then switches to the Sheridan College Science Center building for a tour of the Adams Ranch forage trial and vineyard, and also forage, oilseeds, specialty crops and sugar beet trials close to the science building.  Lunch will be provided to anyone who registered at Wyarno or who RSVPs in advance, said Jeliazkov. RSVPs are requested by Monday, June 10, by calling 307-737-2415 or by email at shrec@uwyo.edu.

The schedule is at http://bit.ly/ShRECfieldday.

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Land-grant universities offer wildfire protection information website

Protecting a house from wildfire is detailed along with other fire-wise suggestions at a website managed by land-grant universities and federal agencies.

The University of Wyoming Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) site contains emergency contacts and information to help before, during and after natural and human-caused disasters.

“EDEN is a national organization of extension people all over the United States who work on all emergencies,” said Ron Cunningham, a UW Extension educator based in Fremont County. “It has information for all kinds of emergencies: wildfires, floods, blizzards – you name it.”

For example, the Living with Fire link takes readers to a website of the same name offering information about creating defensible space, embers, evacuations, living with fire and what to do after a fire.

Cunningham and Barton Stam, an extension educator based in Hot Springs County, are the Wyoming delegates to the national EDEN committee.

Go to uwyo.edu/ces and click on Extension Educational Program Areas on the left-hand side, then Ag and Natural Resources, the link under Disasters, then Wildfires under Natural Disasters.

The wildfire section includes:

·         You can save your home from a wildfire

·         Firewise landscaping: The basics

·         Firewise construction

·         Protect your home against wildfire damage

·         How to make your home fire-safe

·         Living with fire

·         Firewise plants and construction

Other resources to help residents prepare and recover from disasters are under the Quick Links section.