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UW names Sheridan Research and Extension Center director

Brian Mealor, right, and Jim Heitholt, head of the Department of Plant Sciences, visit last summer during a research and extension center field day

Brian Mealor, right, is the new director of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center. He and Jim Heitholt, head of the Department of Plant Sciences, visit last summer during a research and extension center field day

A plant scientist experienced in teaching, research and extension will begin May 18 as director of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center.

Brian Mealor is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Wyoming and extension weed specialist.

“Brian’s professional experiences will serve him well in this position,” said Bret Hess, associate dean of research and director of the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station. The AES in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources directs four research and extension centers in the state.

“He has proven to be innovative, has strong organizational skills and possesses exceptional communication skills coupled with an ability to work with a broad range of constituencies,” said Hess.

Mealor received his Ph.D. and master’s degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management from the University of Wyoming. He joined the plant sciences department in 2009. Mealor replaces Valtcho Jeliazkov, who has accepted the director position of the Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center with Oregon State University.

Hess said Mealor will retain a research appointment and be an active member of the plant sciences department. He will transition from his faculty role to the director position throughout the spring and summer.

“I am very anxious to have Brian join the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station team,” said Hess. “He brings much-needed leadership to the position.”

The Sheridan R&E Center is housed in the Watt Agriculture Center at Sheridan College with trials on the grounds and about 400 acres of the Adams Ranch south of the college. The ranch is owned by Whitney Benefits. The center also maintains 250 acres of dry land crops and irrigated vegetables and fruit trees at its former headquarters near Wyarno.

UW bulletin highlights agriculture research across Wyoming

More than 90 research projects are described in the bulletin, including high and low tunnel studies.

More than 90 research projects are described in the bulletin, including high and low tunnel studies.

Cattle, sheep, traditional and alternative farm crops, weed control and fertilization are among research projects covered in the fourth annual Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station Field Days Bulletin.

This year’s bulletin also highlights studies on vegetable, herb and grape production in Wyoming as well as season-extension systems such as high and low tunnels.

“The intent of the WAES Field Days Bulletin is to demonstrate the vast array of activities that may be of interest to a wide variety of citizens,” said WAES director Bret Hess.

Articles summarize more than 90 completed or in-progress research projects at the four WAES research and extension centers near Laramie, Lingle, Sheridan and Powell; at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; or at participating farms and ranches inWyoming.

“Authors address the high points of their specific projects and provide contact information in case readers wish to receive more in-depth information about a particular topic,” Hess said.

Some of these research projects were highlighted at WAES field days earlier this summer in Sheridan and Powell, and other studies will be discussed at two upcoming field days: Thursday, Aug. 21, at the James C.Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center near Lingle and Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Laramie R&E Center.

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UW bulletin highlights cattle, sheep, crop, weed research

Powell R&E Center director Abdel Mesbah, left, hands the microphone to extension educator Jeff Edwards of Goshen County during a prior field day session.

Beef cattle, sheep, traditional and alternative farm crops, specialty crops including vegetables, turf grass variety trials and weed control are among research projects covered in the Wyoming Agricultural Experiment Station’s (WAES) Field Days Bulletin.

This is the publication’s second year.

“The goal of the bulletin is to document and make publicly available the content of research and other activities being conducted by WAES and at the four University of Wyoming research and extension (R&E) centers,” said WAES director Bret Hess. “The bulletin provides a forum for researchers and educators affiliated with WAES to publish results of their activities and to introduce new projects.”

Those attending an R&E center field day will receive hardcopies of the bulletin. The publication is also posted on the WAES website at http://www.uwyo.edu/uwexpstn/ under Important Links on the left-hand side of the page.

Field days begin at 1:55 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at the Powell R&E Center; 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture R&E Center (SAREC) near Lingle; and 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at the Laramie R&E Center greenhouse complex at the corner of 30th and Harney streets.

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Group develops concept for UW research and extension center near Sheridan College

  • Review committee develops concept for University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources research and extension center south of Sheridan College
  • If realized, operations would be on land owned by Whitney Benefits leased to Sheridan College at no fee
  • Water supplies inadequate at current research and extension center near Wyarno
  • Two UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources faculty members would be at the center and also teach courses
  • Proposal only in concept stage

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The Sheridan-based Whitney Benefits foundation, Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming are exploring building an agricultural resource center south of Sheridan College on the Adams Ranch property. Continue reading