Forage production, weed management in pastures Cody, Powell workshop focus

Park County educator Jeremiah Vardiman

“Horses, Pastures and You!” workshops are in Cody and Powell in June.

The hands-on workshops are 5:30-8 p.m. Thursday, June 15, at the Boot and Bottle Club, 69 Road Xux, just off of the South Fork Road, near Cody, and the same times Thursday, June 22, at Heart Mountain Ranch, 1357 Rd. 22, near Powell.

The sessions will focus on how to estimate the amount of forage produced in a pasture, how to evaluate and select hay and calculating hay needs, and weed management in pastures, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

UW Extension and the Park County Weed and Pest Control District are offering the sessions. For more information, contact Vardiman at 307-754-8836 or Mary McKinney at 307-254-1758 with Park County weed and pest.

Park County 4-H team wins Arizona livestock judging contest

Members of the Park County 4-H Senior Livestock Judging team are, from left, Logan Mehling, Hayden O’Hara, Bronson Smith, McKennah Buck.

Park County’s 4-H Livestock Judging Team won the senior division at the 33-team Arizona National Livestock Show Judging Contest, and three of its members placed in the top 10 individually out of 141 contestants.

McKennah Buck, Logan Mehling, Hayden O’Hara and Bronson Smith competed in the contest New Year’s Eve in Phoenix, said Tycee Mohler, Park County 4-H educator. Mehling and O’Hara placed fifth and sixth, and Smith was ninth overall.

Park County hasn’t had a champion senior judging team since 2006 at either the state or national level, said Mohler, who coaches the team.

Workshop in Spanish helps Big Horn Basin agriculture operators, workers meet new EPA standards

An April workshop in Spanish will help farmers, ranchers, farmworkers, handlers, and others in the Big Horn Basin ensure compliance with the EPA’s new Worker Protection Standards.

The free “Comprehensive Worker Protection Standards Training for Non-English Speaking Agriculture Workers and Handlers” is 1:30-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at the Powell Fairgrounds New Exhibit Hall.

The training covers updated EPA requirements for agriculture workers, including pesticide safety, pesticide exposure, heat stroke prevention and more. The University of Wyoming Extension is presenting the training in partnership with the nonprofit MET Inc., which provides academic and vocational training to migrant and seasonal farmworkers.

For more information, contact Silvia Torres with MET Inc. at 307-764-2330 or Jeremiah Vardiman of the Park County extension office at 307-754-8836 or

Russian olive removal Cody noon topic

“Understanding Russian Olives” is the topic of a noon presentation Tuesday, March 24, in the Grizzly Room of the Park County Public Library in Cody.
Mary McKinney, assistant supervisor of the Park County Weed and Pest Control District, is guest speaker.

“This event is open to the public, so I would encourage you to come and learn about Russian olives and the efforts of the Park County weed and pest,” said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator in Park County.

McKinney will discuss why Russian olives are being controlled and the herbicide/application process.
For more information, contact Vardiman in Powell at 307-754-8836 or

New extension educator based in Powell, serves northwest area

Jeremiah Vardiman
Jeremiah Vardiman

Jeremiah Vardiman will join the Park County University of Wyoming Extension office in Powell Jan. 5 as the northwest area educator for agriculture.

Vardiman has worked for UW at the Sheridan Research and Extension Center since 2012 and for the past year served as assistant farm manager.

He received a bachelor’s degree in biology with an emphasis in environmental studies and a master’s degree in education, both from Chadron State College in Nebraska.

His new position will emphasize crop science. He will serve Big Horn, Fremont, Hot Springs, Park and Washakie counties and the Wind River Indian Reservation. In addition to agricultural producers, this position provides educational programming to small-acreage landowners and supports the area’s Master Gardener programs.