Are you ready for Real Food?


UW Extension invites Niobrara and Converse county residents to make their own tortillas, granola, meatballs, and other recipes during the Real Food five-week healthy eating and cooking program in Lusk and Douglas.


The free series starts Tuesday April 18 at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds. Classes are 5:30-7:30 p.m. every week through May 16.


The free series starts Wednesday April 19 at the Douglas campus of Eastern Wyoming College. Classes are 5:30-7:30 p.m. every week through May 17.


Participants learn nutrition basics and what healthy eating really means, said Denise Smith, UW Extension nutrition and food safety educator. The goal is to get started preparing and eating more fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and local meat and eggs, she said.


Activities cover these and other “Real Food” topics:

  • distinguishing whole foods from processed
  • decoding ingredient lists and embracing nutrition labels
  • avoiding untrue packaging claims
  • planning menus and keeping within a budget.


The program is sponsored by the John P. “Jack” Ellbogen Foundation. For more information, contact Smith at (307) 334-3534 or


UW Extension among seven groups being recognized during Wyoming Forum

ext_logo_1line_goldUniversity of Wyoming Extension will be one of seven organizations honored during a celebratory dinner by the Wyoming Business Alliance (WBA)/Wyoming Heritage Foundation.

The Nov. 13 event is during the 32nd annual Wyoming Forum Nov. 13-14 in Cheyenne.

The event honors philanthropy, business, culture and the arts, and the organizations are being honored for their contributions to help better Wyoming, according to the WBA. Extension is being recognized for its 100th anniversary.

“We in University of Wyoming extension are delighted and honored to be recognized by the Wyoming Heritage Foundation for a century of service to Wyoming’s communities and people,” said Glen Whipple, UW Extension director. “Our centennial has brought into focus our place in the fabric of communities and culture of this great state. It is gratifying to have others recognize us for the work we so love doing.”

Other honorees are:

* Buffalo Bill Center for the West as a premier American museum,

* Climb Wyoming, recipient of the Friends of the Department of Family Services Award,

* Petroleum Association of Wyoming for the oil industry’s 130th year,

* Wyoming Community Foundation in honor of its 25th anniversary,

* Wyoming Humanities Council for its 40th anniversary, and the

* Wyoming Nature Conservancy for its 25th anniversary.

The 2014 Wyoming Forum focuses on critical Wyoming topics, including technology development, healthcare, mineral resources, tourism, climate change and economic development, according to the WBA.

Keynote speakers include Washington Post associate editor and author Bob Woodward, and Garry Kasparov, world chess champion, Putin-antagonist and pro-democracy advocate.

UW entomology doctoral student receives $32,000 fellowship

Doug Smith receives the Lloyd/Kumar Graduate Fellowship in Entomology  from Associate Professor Alex Latchininsky, left, and Professor John Tanaka, head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.
Doug Smith receives the Lloyd/Kumar Graduate Fellowship in Entomology from Associate Professor Alex Latchininsky, left, and Professor John Tanaka, head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

A University of Wyoming entomology doctoral student who helped develop a more efficient and less environmentally hazardous method of rangeland grasshopper control has received the $32,000 Lloyd/Kumar GraduateFellowship in Entomology.

Doug Smith of Casper received the scholarship established in 2007 to honor long-time UW entomologists Jack Lloyd and Rabinder Kumar. The fellowship supports graduate student education and helps train future entomologists.

Smith’s master’s research in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources included intensive field collections and processing of collected material in the lab. He published the results in the International Journal of Pest Management.

Alex Latchininsky, associate professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management and UW Extension entomologist, has known Smith for 10 years and is his adviser.

“When Douglas approached me with an inquiry about a possibility of a Ph.D. study, I did not hesitate to provide him with my support,” said Latchininsky.

Smith has taught laboratory classes and assisted teaching courses.

He was part of Latchininky’s team that developed and delivered a new, economical, efficient and environmentally less-hazardous strategy of rangeland grasshopper control.

As part of that team, Smith received the International Integrated Pest Management Award of Excellence at the 7th International IPMSymposium in Memphis, Tenn., last year.

“Not many graduate students are recognized for their research with such a prestigious award of international scope,” said Latchininsky.

Smith is only the second recipient of the Lloyd/Kumar award, said John Tanaka, head of the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management. The first award was in 2010. Entomology faculty members recommend the recipient with Tanaka having the final decision.

Wyoming Weed Watchlist wants invasives dispatched before taking root

The bulletin is available for free download or a hard copy version can be ordered.
The bulletin is available for free download or a hard copy version can be ordered.

A new publication urges residents to whack invasive weeds before becoming a problem in Wyoming.

Photographs and descriptions of 24 weeds – from purple star thistle to Syrian bean-caper – are listed in the new four-color publication “Wyoming Weed Watchlist Field Guide,” B-1227, from the University of Wyoming Extension.

The publication is designed to enhance prevention and early detection efforts of weeds not yet widely established in Wyoming, said Brian Mealor, extension weed specialist.

“The highest-leverage step in reducing the potential impact of new invasive weeds in Wyoming is to detect new populations beforethey can become well-established,” said Mealor. “Small, new populations are easier to control than larger, older populations.”

Students enrolled in the fall 2010 invasive plant ecology course developed the bulletin, said Mealor, an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The bulletin is available for free download at A hard copy version is available for $8 by clicking on the Request Copy link at the same address.

Fremont County extension offers Annie’s Project sessions for farm, ranch women

Kuipers, Tara
Educator Tara Kuipers is one of the presenters.

Empowering farm and ranch women with financial and marketing knowledge and opportunities to network with each other are some of the goals of a University of Wyoming Extension program in Fremont County.

Annie’s Project sessions are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursdays from April 4-May 9 at the Armory Building in Riverton, said Ron Cunningham, extension educator in Fremont County. There is no fee; sessions include dinner, and space is limited to 25 registrants. Registration deadline is Friday, March 29.

“I think this should be a great program for women involved in agriculture and will be well worth their time to come and learn from the various speakers,” said Cunningham.

The program is based on Annie’s Project, a program for women in agriculture with a passion for business and being involved in their family operations. Iowa State University Extension developed the Annie’s Project program.

Fremont County sessions are:

April 4 – “Personality Assessment” by Tammie Jensen, UW Extension educator

April 11 – “Generations” by Tara Kuipers, extension educator; “Financial Health of the Farm or Ranch and Working with the Lender,” Garrett Horton, Farm Credit Services of America

April 18 – “Savings and Money Habits,” Cole Ehmke, extension personal financial management specialist

April 25 – “Estate Planning and Succession Planning,” Ehmke

May 2 – “Communication, Conflict Management, Business Strategic Planning,” Kuipers

May 9 – “Marketing/New Ventures,” Bridger Feuz, extension marketing specialist; “Local Niche Market Panel,” local producers

For more information or to register, contact Cunningham at 307-332-2363 or at