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Rural Living Events - 2015|Barnyards & Backyards

Rural Living Events - 2015

Understanding the GMO Debate

January 30th, 2016
12:45 – 4:30 p.m.
Park County Library Grizzly Room
Cody, WY  

The purpose of this seminar is to provide understanding and knowledge of the GMO topic so individuals can make educated decisions when listening to the media, grocery shopping and political regulations.  This seminar will cover the history of GMOs, how GMOs are created, food safety aspects of GMOs, pesticide use in agriculture and the use with GMOs, and cover environmental concerns.  A national debate will also be shown to provide a balanced discussion to the topic at hand.  

There is a $25 registration fee for this seminar and space is limited to the first 50 people that register.  Registration is closed January 27th.  Register online at or call Park County Extension office at 307-527-8560.

Contact for more information: Powell UW Extension at 754-8836 or Cody UW Extension at 527-8560

ProGreen Expo

February 9-12, 2016
Colorado Convention Center
Denver, CO

All info on speakers, schedule, registration fees, hotels, etc. can be found at

Farm and Ranch Days

February 10 - 11, 2016
Fremont Center (Armory Building)
1010 Fairground Rd
Fremont County Fairgrounds
Riverton, WY


Feb 19-20, 2016
Worland Community Center
Worland, WY

WESTI is a two-day educational event for farmers and ranchers in the big horn basin hosted by UW Extension. Topics will include pesticides, regulations, soil management, crop disease and pest updates, farm safety, and more. Friday will include topics for production agriculture, and Saturday will be more of interest to small acreage land owners and gardeners.

FREE, no RSVP required. For more info contact Washakie County University of Wyoming Extension, 347-3431;

3rd Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference

February 23, 2016 (1 to 5 pm)
February 24, 2016 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
The Centennial Room
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

DAY 1 • Tuesday, February 23rd, 1 to 5 pm: Organic Certification Workshop
Get an overview of the National Organic Program and regulations covering organic production, and then practice the certification process. We’ll use a made-up farm to discuss scope, land eligibility, buffers, seeds and planting stock, livestock, recordkeeping, and more

DAY 2 • Wednesday, February 24th, 8 am to 5 pm: High Plains Organic Farming Conference
13 sessions by producers, researchers, and experts on USDA NOP updates, marketing, crop, soil, pest, and livestock management, and more, for:
• Dryland Cropping Systems • Irrigated Crops & Forage • Livestock Production

PLUS: Meet the Researchers poster gallery and vendor displays. Producers, researchers, and experts from Wyoming, Colorado, and Nebraska.
Registration is $50 for both days or $30 for one day (lunch provided). Seating is limited to 100 attendees. To register and to view the agenda, visit: 

Hosted by UW Extension, Colorado State University, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

For more information please contact: Jay Norton at (307.766.5082)
Erin Rooney at (970.217.3362)

Rocky Mountain Green Industry Conference

Sponsored by the Wyoming Groundskeepers and Growers Association
February 24-26, 2016
Best Western Ramkota
Casper, WY

All info on speakers, schedule, registration fees, hotel, etc. can be found at

Also during the above RM Green Industry Conference, we are offering Certified Horticulturist testing:
Thursday, February 25, 2016
1:30-5:30 pm

Information on the exam, the CH program, and how to register for the exam can be found at:


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