University of Wyoming Extension News

Powell panel nutrition discussion this June

Information about diabetes, gluten-free foods, planning nutritional menus and what children eat in Park County School District No. 1 are topics for a nutrition panel sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension.

The panel is 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at the Homesteader Museum in Powell.

“You are welcome to bring your lunch and enjoy it while listening,” said Sandra Frost, extension educator.

Those leading discussions include: Katy Asay, a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator from Powell Valley Healthcare, who will discuss nutrition and diabetes; Jill Smith, owner of Gluten Free Oats, who will discuss nutrition and allergies; Phyllis Lewis, extension nutrition and food safety educator, who will describe how to design nutritious meals; and Deb Eckhardt, food service director at Park County School District No. 1, who will discuss the latest in school food policy and selection.

The event is part of programming that revolves around a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called Key Ingredients: America by Food, which will be on display at the Homesteader Museum Aug. 24 through Oct. 25.

“The exhibit examines food in American life and its relationship with our history and culture,” said Frost.

To find out more about Key Ingredients events and programming, visit

For more information, contact Frost at 307-754-8836 or

Carbon County extension offering free cooking classes for youths

Diane Saenz

Free cooking classes are being offered for youths this winter through the CarbonCounty office of the University of Wyoming Extension.

Kids in the Kitchen provides hands-on instruction that will help kids develop a love of cooking and start building skills to make healthier food choices,” said Diane Saenz, extension nutrition and food safety educator.

Classes are Tuesdays Jan. 15 and Jan. 22, and Feb. 5, Feb. 12, and Feb. 19 at the UW Extension office, third floor of the Carbon Building, 215 W. Buffalo, Rawlins.        

Enrollment is limited due to size of the kitchen facility. For more information, contact Saenz at 307-328-2642.

UW Extension research may help Wyoming vegetable gardeners

Research by the University of Wyoming Extension may assist gardeners in the state select varieties of tomatoes, peppers, beets and carrots based on yield and nutritional content.

There are three publications in this series.

“Two years of studies on vegetables may provide some help for Wyoming gardeners,” said the project’s director, UW Extension horticulture specialist Karen Panter. “Yields as well as nutritional information gained from laboratory analyses may be valuable to vegetable producers and consumers alike.”

The research also examined the benefits of season-extension systems including high tunnels and row covers. It also analyzed various fertilizers, weed-control methods and insect damage on vegetables grown under different fertilization schemes.

Results are detailed in three UW Extension publications: RJ-216, Vegetable yield evaluations and nutritional contents; RJ-217, Vegetable production and nutritional content in season-extension systems; and RJ-218, Weed controls and insect pest evaluations.

The publications are available for free download. Go to and click the Publications link on the left side of the page. Click Search Bulletins, and type RJ-216, RJ-217 or RJ-218 in the Publication Number field. Click on the title to open.

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High Plains Ranch Practicum expands into Nebraska, Colorado

Extension educator Dallas Mount

Extension educator Dallas Mount

Grants totaling more than $671,000 will expand a Wyoming ranch management skills development program into Nebraska and Colorado.

Four ranch practicums will be offered per year: two in Wyoming, one in Nebraska and one in Colorado, said Dallas Mount, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service educator based in Platte County and grant recipient.

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Hardtack, pemmican likely menu items for Moorcroft elementary students

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Pemmican, hardtack, sourdough biscuits and rattlesnake stew (in name only) will be on the menu for at least a few days this fall for Moorcroft Elementary students.

Crook County 4-H educator Janet Lake will use recipes from “Eating Your Way Through Wyoming History,” a University of Wyoming Cent$ible Nutrition Program (CNP) publication, in cooperation with the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, that dovetails with Wyoming history taught in fourth-grade classrooms.

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