UW Extension offers Master Money Manager Coach course

Juliet Daniels

A training program to help community organizations assist members and clients with basic money management is being offered through University of Wyoming Extension.

The Master Money Manager Coach program is Aug. 16-17 at the UW Extension office on the Laramie County Community College campus in Cheyenne.

Instructors will train participants how to work with individuals to improve their financial management skills.

The program is recommended for community organizations, nonprofits and agencies that want to help their clients better understand and manage their financial lives, said UW Extension educator Juliet Daniels, coordinator of the program.

“It’s so important to be exposed to personal finance,” she said. “I look at the communities I serve, and the reality is that a lot of people could really benefit from having a coaching relationship with a trusted adviser to get themselves on track.”

The two-day training introduces coaches to the FDIC Money Smart curriculum, teaches basic adult learning principles and provides tools to use with clients to encourage adoption of positive money management behaviors.

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Cheyenne sessions highlight increased property value, natural resource protection

Tips and techniques small-acreage landowners can use to improve property values and protect natural resources are featured at a Cheyenne workshop in April.

“Habitat Restoration on Small Acreage” is 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday, April 25, on the Laramie County Community College campus, said Kristina Hufford, University of Wyoming Extension specialist in restoration ecology.

Topics include soil management, value of native plants, adapting large-scale seeding practices for small acreages, managing livestock to preserve land value, weed management, and conservation tools for private land and areas of concern, such as riparian and wetland sites.

The workshop is a collaboration between UW Extension and the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

“The workshop will provide tools for regional landowners who want to enjoy the outdoors and protect natural resources on their properties,” said Hufford, an associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the college.

For more information, contact Hufford at 307-766-5587.

Cheyenne organic conference illustrates certification, production systems

UW Extension educator Caleb Carter of Goshen County and UW assistant professor of agroecology Randa Jabbour during last year’s conference in Cheyenne.

Registration is now open for the fourth-annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference in Cheyenne.

Sessions are Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 21-22, at Laramie County Community College, said Jay Norton, University of Wyoming Extension soils specialist.

The organic certification workshop is Tuesday. A series of speakers will discuss National Organic Program (NOP) regulations, electronic tools for organic farmers and financial and technical assistance.

A range of topics is Wednesday. Selected growers, researchers and NOP experts will provide information about organic livestock, crop and forage production, said Erin Rooney, UW soil science graduate student. Participants will also explore creating an organic association between states.

There is a fee to register, and lunch is provided. To register and for more information, go to http://bit.ly/2017organic, or contact Rooney at (970) 217-3362 or erooney1@uwyo.edu. Registration can also be paid at the door, but seating is limited to 100.