Five-session program in Powell focuses on women in agriculture

Jeremiah Vardiman

University of Wyoming Extension is offering Annie’s Project this January through March in Powell.

Annie’s Project is a five-class program for women in agriculture. Based on the life of a farm woman in Illinois, this series helps empower women in agriculture to be better business partners through networks and by managing and organizing critical information, said Jeremiah Vardiman, UW Extension educator in Powell.

This is for any and all women in agriculture, he said.

“That means women in commercial agriculture, a spouse of an operation, farmers markets, agriculture service, agriculture industry or non-traditional agriculture,” said Vardiman.

The first class, which is two sessions, is Saturday, Jan. 19, and will focus on communication in a multigenerational operation. Part two is Jan. 26. Class three will focus on food for profit Feb. 16. The last two classes on Feb. 23 and March 2 are related to ag resource programs and family health and wellbeing.

All classes are 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Nelson House, 550 College Dr. Lunch is served at each class. Each session requires a $10 fee at time of registration.

Classes are limited to the first 20 participants who register. Those who attend all five classes will receive a soft-shell jacket.

To register, go to or contact the Powell extension office at 307-754-8836 or the Cody office at 307-527-8560.

UW Extension presents backcountry horse care workshop

Veterinarian Karl Hoppes will discuss horse car at the Park County workshop.
Karl Hoopes

A veterinarian will present backcountry horse care at a workshop Tuesday, Feb. 6, in Park County.

The session is 5-9 p.m. at Trapper Arena off Highway 14A between Cody and Powell, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator. The workshop is tailored to outfitters, dude ranches, backcountry horse enthusiasts, hunters or anyone who spends time on horseback in remote places.

Dr. Karl Hoopes, DVM, of Utah State University will present on common problems in the mountains, discussing topics ranging from saddle sores to colic, said Vardiman.

There will be a live demonstration of equine dental care and a presentation on dental care and nutrition for working and idle horses. Vardiman will end the workshop discussing proper hoof care.

Reservations are requested by Thursday, Feb. 1, by calling Vardiman at 307-754-8836.

UW Extension offers pesticide application training in northern Big Horn Basin

Jeremiah Vardiman
Jeremiah Vardiman

Pesticide application training is being offered in four locations in the northern Big Horn Basin in January and February, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator.

“This pesticide application training is for individuals who need a private pesticide license, renew their private pesticide license or gain up to three hours of recertification for their commercial pesticide license,” he said. “There is no fee for the trainings, and participants can attend any training that fits their schedules.”

Topics are integrated pest management, pesticide labels, pesticide safety, pesticide exposure, calibration, worker protection standards and more, he said.

Dates, times and locations are:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 30 – 8 a.m.-noon Lovell Annex, Lovell
  • Wednesday, Jan. 31 – 1-5 p.m., Grizzly Room Park County Library, Cody
  • Monday, Feb. 12 – 1-5 p.m., Big Horn County Weed and Pest Building, Greybull
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20 – 8 a.m.-noon, Bicentennial Hall Park County Fairgrounds, Powell

Any landowner who anticipates applying restricted use pesticides must acquire a private pesticide application license through this training or exam through an extension office prior to purchasing and using the pesticides, said Vardiman.

For more information, contact your local extension office or call Vardiman at 307-527-8836.

UW Extension bulletin shows ground speed affects desiccant application to alfalfa seed plants

Image of front cover of the bulletin Impacts of sprayer speed on herbicide coverage in desiccation of alfalfa for seed.The ground speed of a sprayer affects the coverage and volume of desiccants applied to alfalfa seed plants regardless of nozzle type, according to a new bulletin from the University of Wyoming Extension.

The information is detailed in “Impacts of Sprayer Speed on Herbicide Coverage in Desiccation of Alfalfa for Seed,” B-1312.

Timely and uniform desiccation of alfalfa seed plants is essential, said Jeremiah Vardiman, UW Extension educator based in Park County and one of the bulletin authors.

Many factors can affect uniform desiccation, including crop canopy, weather conditions, equipment and the active ingredient in a herbicide.

“Since alfalfa grown for seed typically uses contact herbicides for desiccation and the alfalfa plant canopy effects spray coverage, optimizing as much spray coverage as possible is vital to ensure a proper burn down of plants for seed harvest,” said Vardiman.

The bulletin is available for free download by going to and clicking on the Find a Publication link and type the title or publication number in the search field. The publication is available in PDF, HTML or ePub formats.

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

Powell R&E Center hosts micronutrients for sugarbeets mini-field day

Vivek Sharma

What micronutrients are needed and when by sugarbeets to get maximum yields with the least stress is the focus of a mini-field day at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

The free workshop is 10:30 a.m.-noon Monday, Sept. 11, at the center north of Powell, said Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator. Lunch is provided.

Vivek Sharma’s micronutrient management in sugarbeet research will be highlighted during the field demonstration and discussion. Sharma is an assistant professor of agronomy and extension irrigation specialist with UW.

Vardiman said Sharma’s research seeks to improve seedling vigor and root growth, increase leaf surface area and potentially reduce nitrogen applications while driving late-season sugar percentages and tonnage with micronutrient management.

“This research is honing the knowledge to more uniform and better beet emergence, building stronger and bigger roots in spite of cold wet conditions and improve seedling vigor,”
said Vardiman.

Early-season foliar applications drive row closure by increasing leaf surface area and late-season foliar applications drive sugar content into the beet at the end of the season, he said.

For more information or to RSVP for lunch, contact Sharma at 307-754-2223.