University of Wyoming Extension News

Wyoming brucellosis picture, more than 36 sessions part of annual farm and ranch days

Extension educator Alex Malcolm during a 2014 session.

Extension educator Alex Malcolm during a 2014 session.

Brucellosis in Wyoming and more than 36 sessions ranging from heifer selection, cheatgrass and rangelands to the new farm bill are part of the 31st annual Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days in Riverton.

Sessions are Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 11-12, in the Armory Building at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. Sessions both days start at 9 a.m., and the last sessions begin at 3 p.m. The Fremont County office of University of Wyoming Extension sponsors the annual event.

The schedule and more information is at Sponsors provide free lunches both days.

Private applicator pesticide training is Wednesday, and Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, is that day’s featured lunch speaker. Galey is chairman of the Wyoming Brucellosis Coordination Team and will discuss brucellosis in Wyoming.
Sessions include farmers markets, dehydrating food, rodent identification for control, vehicle titling and licensing, custom vaccination programs for cattle, cover crops, grain bin safety, elderly scams and identification theft, beef prices for 2015, range and pasture insurance, soil health and many more.

Organic farming conference focus reducing sustainable farming inputs

Jay Norton at a field day at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center field day.

Extension soil specialist Jay Norton

Information to reduce inputs for sustainable farming is being offered at the organic farming conference Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Torrington.

The second-annual conference, presented by the University of Wyoming Extension and University of Nebraska Extension, is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Rendezvous Center on the Goshen County Fairgrounds.

“Many of the agricultural priorities compiled from producers by the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station recommend using alternative practices to reduce inputs of fertilizers and pesticides,” said Jay Norton, UW Extension soil specialist. “These alternatives include many of the same practices used in organic production, like cover crops, legumes in rotations, and using weed ecology to optimize herbicide effectiveness.”

Topics are:

* Soil fertility and cover crops

* Compost in dryland crop production

* Organic approaches to insect pest control

* Organic weed control

* Growing potatoes for organic starch

* Organic livestock production

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Predator, soil health panels highlight WESTI Ag Days in Worland

UW Extension educators Donna Hoffman, left, and Hannah Swanbom at last year's WESTI Ag Days.

UW Extension educators Donna Hoffman, left, and Hannah Swanbom at last year’s WESTI Ag Days.

More than 30 sessions including panel discussions about predators and soil are part of WESTI Ag Days Tuesday-Wednesday, Feb. 3-4, in Worland.

WESTI (Wyoming Extension’s Strategically and Technologically Informative) Ag Days registration begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday with sessions beginning 9 a.m. both days at the Worland Community Center, said Caitlin Price Youngquist, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The schedule and more information is at

Representatives from the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station want to know what unique problems face Wyoming producers and how to address them. A listening session is 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesday. The session is part of a statewide effort to connect directly with producers, noted Youngquist. The AES has four research and extension centers across the state that feature crop and livestock research.

The special panel discussions are 1-2:15 p.m. Wednesday. “Soil Health and Wyoming Farmers” is hosted by extension soil specialist Jay Norton with producers Vance Lungren Jr. of Worland, Greg Schlemmer of Joliet, Mont., and Peter Kukowski of Powell.

“Large Predators and Wyoming Ranchers” is hosted by extension educator Tara Kuipers with Mark McCartey of the Two Dot Ranch of Cody, Sublette County rancher Charles Price, Mike Jimenez of U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and Dan Thompson of the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Other sessions over the two days address weeds and insects, livestock disease, agricultural finances, water, taxes and ownership transition.

Extension bulletin breaks down livestock vs. wildlife grazing competition

b1260A new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension covers livestock and wildlife grazing competition and the facts leading to dietary overlap.

“Dietary Composition and Conflicts of Livestock and Wildlife on Rangeland” explains the distinctions between types of roughages and the physiological reasons why animals prefer grazing on certain plant types.

Derek Scasta, assistant professor and extension rangeland specialist, said, “The interaction of livestock and wildlife on rangeland is an issue of concern not only for ranchers and wildlife managers, but the general public.”

He explained wild horses and their impact on rangelands have recently raised additional considerations.

 “In particular, competition for food resources can help guide decisions for grazing timing, duration and location, ” he said.

To download, go to and click Publications on the left-hand side of the page. Type B-1260 in the Search Publications field and follow the prompts.

Beef production, profitability focus at November convention in Torrington

Caleb Carter

Caleb Carter

Workshops covering issues affecting profitability of livestock producers are part of the Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention Tuesday, Nov. 18, in Torrington

The convention is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Goshen County Fairground’s Rendezvous Center hosted by the Goshen County University of Wyoming Extension office and the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle.

Presentations begin with northern Montana producer Dirk O’Conner, who is combining grazing, no-till and cover crops to increase production and boost soil health, and conclude with Jim Rob from the Livestock Marketing Information Center on the market outlook.

Concurrent sessions feature agricultural professionals, extension specialists and educators and other UW faculty members. Additional topics include poisonous plants, cornstalk grazing research, annual forages, risk management, sexed semen, replacement heifer budgeting and soil moisture.

  trade show and panel discussion are also scheduled.

Cost to attend the convention and trade show is $20 and includes lunch. Student tickets are $10.

Registration is requested by Nov. 12 and can be found along with a detailed schedule and more information at

For more information, contact Goshen County extension educator Caleb Carter at 307 532-2436 or