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Rural Living Events - 2017

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Laramie County UW Extension Master Gardener Training

Begins: January 9, 2017
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

Classes will be conducted at Laramie County Community College and run 10 weeks, meeting each Monday and Tuesday evenings from 6-9 pm.  Cost of the training is $125 and includes the Master Gardener Handbook and graduation in October 2017.   

For more information contact Catherine at 307-633-43863 or cwissner@uwyo.edu 

Lovell Annie’s Project

6 week series: Tuesdays, January 10-February 21 (not including Feb 14), 
Dinner at 5:30 and Class from 6-9pm
Lovell, WY

Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in agriculture. The program is designed to help inform farm and ranch women about topics in business and life management and to help them build connections to their peers in the community.

Participants are women with a passion for agriculture. Annie’s Project is a multisession course that covers the five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. About a third of each program is dedicated to discussion. In this way the program provides an opportunity to learn from agricultural professionals and interact with other women in similar situations.

Topics include: Diversification/Backyard Ag; Personality differences; Marketing and Social Media; Programs and Services for ag businesses or startups; Recordkeeping and Finances; Water Law; Success Story of Ag Business Woman

Cost: $40 includes meals; Space is limited so register early! For more information or to register call 307-765-2868 or email maep@uwyo.edu

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Alternative Energy Workshop

January 11, 2017
Focus on Ag Producers: 1:30-4pm
Focus on Home and Small Acreage: 5:30-7:30pm
Basin Fairgrounds
Basin, WY

Learn about energy audits, efficiency and alternative energy options.

For more information call 307-765-2868 or email maep@uwyo.edu

Niobrara County Annie’s Project      

January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Niobrara County Fair Grounds/Extension Office
4080 US Hwy 20
Lusk, WY


Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in agriculture. The program is designed to help inform farm and ranch women about topics in business and life management and to help them build connections to their peers in the community.

Participants are women with a passion for agriculture. Annie’s Project is a multisession course that covers the five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. About a third of each program is dedicated to discussion. In this way the program provides an opportunity to learn from agricultural professionals and interact with other women in similar situations.

Topics to be covered include:  Drought, Estate Planning, Equine Management, Unit Cost of Production, Transition of Non-titled Property, Human Relationships, Beef Checkoff Program, Soil Health and Composting, Farm Credit Service Programs and Loans, Low Stress Livestock Handling, and Economics of Feeding Beef Cattle.  

For more information contact Hannah Swanbom at 307-235-9400 or hswanbom@natronacounty-wy.gov  or Ashley Garrelts at 307-358-2417 or ashleyg@uwyo.edu 

To register contact Rose at the Natrona County Extension Office at 307-235-9400 by January 6, 2017

Winter Honey Bee Survival Class

Jan. 17, 2017
6-8 p.m. 
Afton Civic Center
150 S. Washington St
Afton, WY

Ways to keep bees cozy in winter and why keeping varroa mite numbers low is important are among topics during Winter Honey Bee Survival Class. Other topics are “Winter Bee Care Starts in June” and “Nutrition and Native Floral Resources to Supplements.”
           
 RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP by calling the University of Wyoming Extension office at 307-885-3132. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment or inclement weather.

Winter Honey Bee Survival Class

Jan. 18, 2017
11 a.m.-1 p.m. 
4-H Building 
255 West Deloney
Jackson, WY

Ways to keep bees cozy in winter and why keeping varroa mite numbers low is important are among topics during Winter Honey Bee Survival Class. Other topics are “Winter Bee Care Starts in June” and “Nutrition and Native Floral Resources to Supplements.”
           
RSVPs are encouraged. RSVP by calling the University of Wyoming Extension office at 307-885-3132. Classes may be cancelled due to low enrollment or inclement weather.

Converse County Annie’s Project      

January 19, 26, February 9, 16, 23 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Converse County Library
300 East Walnut St. 
Douglas, WY


Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in agriculture. The program is designed to help inform farm and ranch women about topics in business and life management and to help them build connections to their peers in the community.

Participants are women with a passion for agriculture. Annie’s Project is a multisession course that covers the five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. About a third of each program is dedicated to discussion. In this way the program provides an opportunity to learn from agricultural professionals and interact with other women in similar situations.

Topics to be covered include:  Drought, Estate Planning, Equine Management, Unit Cost of Production, Transition of Non-titled Property, Human Relationships, Beef Checkoff Program, Soil Health and Composting, Farm Credit Service Programs and Loans, Low Stress Livestock Handling, and Economics of Feeding Beef Cattle.  

For more information contact Hannah Swanbom at 307-235-9400 or hswanbom@natronacounty-wy.gov  or Ashley Garrelts at 307-358-2417 or ashleyg@uwyo.edu 

To register contact Rose at the Natrona County Extension Office at 307-235-9400 by January 6, 017

Converse County Annie’s Project      

January 19, 26, February 9, 16, 23 2017
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Converse County Library
300 East Walnut St. 
Douglas, WY


Annie’s Project is an educational program dedicated to strengthening women’s roles in agriculture. The program is designed to help inform farm and ranch women about topics in business and life management and to help them build connections to their peers in the community.

Participants are women with a passion for agriculture. Annie’s Project is a multisession course that covers the five areas of agricultural risk: financial, human resources, legal, marketing and production. About a third of each program is dedicated to discussion. In this way the program provides an opportunity to learn from agricultural professionals and interact with other women in similar situations.

Topics to be covered include:  Drought, Estate Planning, Equine Management, Unit Cost of Production, Transition of Non-titled Property, Human Relationships, Beef Checkoff Program, Soil Health and Composting, Farm Credit Service Programs and Loans, Low Stress Livestock Handling, and Economics of Feeding Beef Cattle.  

For more information contact Hannah Swanbom at 307-235-9400 or hswanbom@natronacounty-wy.gov  or Ashley Garrelts at 307-358-2417 or ashleyg@uwyo.edu 

To register contact Rose at the Natrona County Extension Office at 307-235-9400 by January 6, 017

Farm Cafe


Cover Crops: January 24    
Livestock Health: February 21    
Weeds: March 21
Noon to 1:30pm, Lunch provided
Burlington Town Hall
Burlington, WY

Join us for lunch and fun discussion about the topic of the day. UW Extension Educators will be on hand to answer questions and help find the resources your need to make your job easier and your farm or ranch more profitable, resilient and/or sustainable. We look forward to hearing what has worked for you too. Bring your questions and your smart phone or tablet if you have one!

Private Pesticide Applicator Classes


Jan 25, 8am to 12pm,  Park Co. Fairgrounds, Powell
Jan 27, 8am to 12pm,  Lovell Annex
Feb 6, 1 to 5pm, Cody, Park Co. Library, Grizzly Rm.
Feb 13, 1 to 5pm, Greybull Weed & Pest
Feb 15, 1 to 5pm, Worland Community Center
March 21: Worker Protection Standard Information Sessions 9-11am in Greybull; 3-5pm in Powell

For certification to use restricted use pesticides Topics include safe handling of pesticides, Worker Protection Standards, calibration and more.

For mor information contact your local University of Wyoming Extension office http://www.uwyo.edu/uwe/county/index.html 

Habitat Hero: Grow for Butterflies, Bees and Birds


January 28, 2017
1-3 p.m.
Cottonwood Room 
Laramie County Library
Cheyenne, WY

The lecture will begin with excerpts from the film by Catherine Zimmerman, “Hometown Habitat: Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” featuring Douglas Tallamy. 
Afterward, Jane Dorn, Wyoming native plant expert and co-author of “Growing Native Plants of the Rocky Mountain Area,” will lead a panel of Cheyenne Habitat Heroes discussing how they garden for pollinators and other wildlife. Panel members are Maggie McKenzie, Kylee Stewart, Tava Collins, Barb Gorges, and Michelle Bohanan.

Cheyenne-High Plains Audubon Society is sponsoring the lecture. Part of the 2017 High Plains Gardening lecture series. A joint project between the Laramie County Master Gardeners and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Tickets are available at Gardening with Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. Visit www.botanic.org  or call 307-637-6458 for more information. $15 per lecture, or $40 for all three in the series.

Pesticide safety training

Feb. 1, 2017
10 am – 2 pm 
UW ARLEC
2011 Fairgrounds Road
Casper, WY

Call the Natrona County University of Wyoming Extension to register at 307-235-9400.

Pesticide safety training

Feb. 6, 2017
Midwest Rec Center
Midwest, WY 

Call the Natrona County University of Wyoming Extension to register at 307-235-9400.

Brown Bag Seminars in Powell

February 8th, 15th, 22nd and March 1st, 8th and 15th.
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Powell Library

Free to the public, bring your lunch and learnTopic(s) covered: Park County Weed & Pest – Past, Present and Future, How to Start a Home Vegetable Garden, Red Wiggly Vermiculture for Soil Heath, How to Assess Winter Bud Damage in Grapes, Luring Birds and Butterflies to Your Garden, Soils and Soil Health in Park County

For more information contact Park County University of WY Extension Office 754-8836

Farm and Ranch Days

February 8-9, 2017
Riverton, WY

A wide array of topics covered - Ag production topics, beekeeping, irrigation info, growing grapes, building low tunnels and more!  For more information contact Chance Marshall, University of Wyoming Extension educator at (307) 332-2363 or cmarsha1@uwyo.edu

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Junior Gardeners Club  - Newcastle

Sign up: February- March
Meetings will begin in April at USDA Service Center (District Office)

Presenter: Lacey Sloan, WCNRD Manager

Join us for our 2nd year in Junior Gardening! This is a hands on experience geared toward teaching kids how to grow their own flowers and vegetables. We will also look into landscaping at the community garden and plant flowers for local pollinators.
**No fee to join**

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

Master Gardener Classes  - Platte County

February 14 to May 16, 2017 
(on Tuesdays)
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Locations will be Wheatland or Guernsey

For more information contact the Platte County UW Extension Office at (307) 322-3667 or cjons2@uwyo.edu 

WESTI Ag Days

February 14-15, 2017
Registration at 8:30 am (programs start at 9:00)
Worland Community Center 
1200 Culbertson 
Worland, WY

WESTI is a free educational event for farmers, ranchers and small acreage land owners in the Big Born 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. For more information please call Washakie County Extension at 307-347-3431

Master Gardener Class - Campbell County

Starts February 18th, 2017

Master Gardener trainees receive educational training in Horticulture from University of Wyoming Extension Educators and learn about Botany, Soils, Flowers, Trees, Shrubs, Lawns, Vegetables, Fruits, Entomology, Pesticide Safety, and Diagnosing Plant Problems. After completing the training Master Gardeners are asked to give back 40 hours of volunteer service to their community. This can include hands-on workshops, farmers markets, community gardens, plant sales, garden walks and more!

Interested in becoming a Master Gardener and want to take the course? 

For more information contact the University of WY Campbell Co Extension office at 307-682-7281


Pesticide Applicator Training

February 21st 
1-4pm 
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Blake Hauptman, UW Extension NE WY Educator: Agriculture/Horticulture

Join us to obtain or renew your private applicator license. Private applicator license applies to any applicator who uses or supervises the use of any restricted use pesticide which is restricted to use by a certified applicators and only for purposes of producing any agricultural commodity on property owned by applicator or their employer or under their control or (is applied without compensation other than trading of personal services between producers of agricultural commodities) on the property of another person.

A private applicator license is valid for no longer than 5 years from the issuing date and all private licenses expire on April 30th of the 5th year after issuance.
***MUST BRING PHOTO ID to receive certification or your applicators license number***

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov 

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The 4th Annual High Plains Organic Farming Conference

February 21 & 22, 2017
Laramie County Community College
1400 E College Dr 
Cheyenne, WY 82007 

Including sessions and workshops on:

Navigating the organic certification process

State and federal financial assistance

Soil testing and soil health

Ecological organic farming

Forage production

Cropping systems

Weed management

GAP on-farm food safety training

CSA management

PLUS producer experiences, marketing strategies, recent organic research, vendors, and more!


Registration: $50 for both days or $30 for one day (including lunch) Registration opens November 21st, 2016. Seating is limited to 100.

For more information and to register, visit: http://uwyosoil.wixsite.com/organicfarming 
For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, vendor, advertiser or sponsor, please contact:
Jay Norton at jnorton4@uwyo.edu  or Erin Rooney at erooney1@uwyo.edu 

 

The Ins and Outs of Fairy Gardens

February 25, 2017
1-3 p.m.
Cottonwood Room 
Laramie County Library
Cheyenne, WY


Presenter: Kim Houck of Fort Collins Nursery


Part of the 2017 High Plains Gardening lecture series. A joint project between the Laramie County Master Gardeners and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. 
Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com , (Keywords: High Plains Gardening or Habitat Hero). Tickets are also available at Gardening with Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. Visit www.botanic.org  or call 307-637-6458 for more information. $15 per lecture, or $40 for all three in the series.

Urban Forestry: Tree Pruning and Grafting

March/April (Date TBA based on weather)
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Dick Terry, Wyoming State Forestry District Forester

This workshop will teach you the proper way to prune your trees to encourage good structural growth. This hands on workshop is just the place to get all of your difficult pruning questions answered! Interested in having more than one fruit on your apple tree? Create a diverse orchard and learn how to graft limbs! This hands on workshop is just the place to get all of your difficult pruning questions answered!

RSVP requested (light dinner served)

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Backyard Bird Habitat/Birding

March 1, 2017
12-1pm 
Weston Co. Senior Center
627 Pine Street
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Jacelyn Downey, National Audubon Society Outreach Education Specialist

Learn about backyard birding and how to improve habitat for the birds.

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Big Horn County Educational Extravaganza

March 7, 2017
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Big Horn County Fairgrounds
Basin, WY

There will be presentations covering What is in the future of Reclamation, Challenges of Livestock Producers and Grazing Permit Renewals.  There will also be hands-on demonstration booths for the entire family.

Free, RSVP to Extension office 307-765-2868

 

Meat Canning Workshop

March 10, 2017
Frank Wise Building
Ft. Washakie, WY
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop includes hands-on instruction on pressure canning wild game or any meat. Free samples to take home

Call the UW Extension Wind River Indian Reservation Ofice at 332-2135 to REGISTER. Space is limited.

Sponsored by: University of WY Extension, Cent$ible Nutrition Program, Eat Wyoming: WY Local Foods

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13th UW Entomology Short Course

March 14-16, 2017
University of Wyoming Campus
Laramie, WY

More info to come!

 

Artificial Insemination School

March 15-17, 2017
8:00 am to 4:00 pm each day
University of Wyoming
Laramie Research Center Multipurpose Building
470 Building 2 Highway 230
Laramie, WY

The University of Wyoming Extension is hosting a beef cattle artificial insemination class. The class has a fee of $100. Instructors from the University of Wyoming will provide classroom and hands on education to participants. The class is limited to 20 people so sign up soon!

Please contact University of Wyoming Educator Brian Sebade to reserve your spot bsebade@uwyo.edu or 307-721-2571

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Wyoming Bee College Conference

March 18-19, 2017 
Laramie County Community College
Pathfinder Building
Cheyenne, Wyoming  

Beginning beekeeping 101, beekeeping 102, journeyman level beekeeping, habitat conservation, butterflies and much more.  

Registration is $75 on www.eventbrite.com . For more information contact Laramie County UW Extension Horticulture Educator Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

 

Alternative Energy Workshop

March 20, 2017
1:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Big Horn County Fairgrounds 
315 Holdrege Ave 
Basin, WY 

Ag Producer Focus from 1:30 to 4pm
Home and Small Acreage Focus from 5:30 to 7:30pm

Learn about energy audits, efficiency and alternative energy options. Topic(s) covered: Energy Audits, Solar Energy, Small Hydro, Geothermal, and more.  This is a great place to start the conversation about alternative energy options for your place and to get some burning questions answered.

For more information or to RSVP contact University of WY Extension – Big Horn County at 307-765-2868

 

Gardening 101 (Veggies and Fruit Trees)

March 21, 2017
5-7pm 
Weston County Library
23 West Main Street
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Brian Sebade, UW Extension Laramie Educator

This workshop will cover the management and production of vegetables and fruit trees for backyard and hobby farmers. Specific strategies for coping with Wyoming's harsh climate will be discussed

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Dirtiest Garden Secrets Revealed

March 25, 2017
1-3 p.m.
Cottonwood Room 
Laramie County Library
Cheyenne, WY

Jeff Lowenfels, a popular national garden writer and leading proponent of gardening using concepts of the soil food web. 

Part of the 2017 High Plains Gardening lecture series. A joint project between the Laramie County Master Gardeners and the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens. Purchase tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com , (Keywords: High Plains Gardening or Habitat Hero). Tickets are also available at Gardening with Altitude, 1101 Logan Avenue, for cash or check purchases only. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. Visit www.botanic.org  or call 307-637-6458 for more information. $15 per lecture, or $40 for all three in the series.

 

Beef Herd Management

March 28, 2007
5-6 pm 
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Blake Hauptman, UW Extension NE WY Educator: Agriculture/Horticulture

Considerations on water quality and salt/mineral supplementation for your beef cowherd. Analyzing its impacts on herd health, performance and your bottom line.

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov 

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Campbell Co. Master Gardener PreOrder Tree Sale

Deadline for all orders is March 31st, 2017

Bare-root trees, shrubs, perennials, and vines can be purchased in lots of 25, 30, and 5. This is great for areas that need a large number of trees. This is also great for splitting orders with family, friends, and neighbors. Deadline for all orders is March 31st, 2017 and pick up will be May 4th from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rockpile Community Center Ice Arena. The earlier you turn in your order the better, as some selections may become out of stock. 2017 Order Form. 

 

Cheatgrass Management

April 4, 2017
5-6pm 
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Cheryl Schwarzkopf, Converse County Weed and Pest Manager

Join us for the newest science in Cheatgrass management. Learn when to graze and spray and what you can do to prevent the spread in your fields

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Garden Expo
Backyard & Outdoor Living

April 8, 2017
9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Lander Valley High School
Lander, WY

The Expo is a day long event that features a tradeshow and workshops geared toward outdoor living. There’s a little something for everyone. Lots of great workshops, Kid's Corner, Concessions, Farmer's Market, Tradeshow and Petting Zoo.

Workshops include:
Managing Manure For Your Garden    
Tried and True: Hardy Trees for Fremont County
Raising Small Animals For Meat    
What’s Wrong With My Tree
    
Wyoming Food Freedom Act : What You Need To Know    
Heirloom Apple Trees
Garden Insects:The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly    
Mushroom Hunting In The Wind River Range

Keynote Speaker Mike Kintgen, Denver Botanic Gardens "Rocky Mountain Native Perennials for Wyoming Landscapes"

For more information visit http://www.popoagie.org/

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Niobrara Local Foods Expo

April 11, 2017
5:00-8:00 p.m. 
Niobrara County Fairgrounds 
Lusk, WY

Mark your calendars, more info to come!

 

Weed Identification and Treatment

April 18, 2017
5-6pm 
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Hale Redding, Weston County Weed and Pest Manager

Join local Weed and Pest professionals to identify pesky weeds you have in your pasture. Topics will include when to manage and spray target species.

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov 

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Wild West Gardening Conference

April 22-23, 2017
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, Wyoming

The Laramie County Master Gardener and the University of Wyoming, Laramie County Extension office are pleased to host a two day multi track specialty crop gardening program to challenge, inspire, motivate and take you to the next level of gardening success. 

Cost is $90. From vegetables to lavender to garlic to hops and much more http://wyoextension.org/wildwestgardening/ or Catherine Wissner, Laramie County UW Extension Horticulture Educator at cwissner@uwyo.edu or 307-633-4480 for more information. www.eventbrite.com 

 

Campbell Co. Garden Landscape Educational Expo

April 29th, 2017
Cam-Plex Energy Hall
Gillette, WY
 
This a free educational expo for the public to learn more about gardening and landscape in our area. There will be classes throughout the day, including hands-on and cooking classes. Look for more information and a complete schedule in March!

For more information contact the University of WY Campbell Co Extension office at 307-682-7281

Laramie Local Food Gathering

April 29, 2017
New Laramie High School 
Laramie, WY

More information to come!

 

Rainfall Simulator and Soil Health

May 2, 2017
12-1pm
USDA Conference Room
1225 Washington Blvd
Newcastle, WY

Presenter: Cameron Clark, NRCS Area Resource Soil Scientist

It all begins with the soil! The rainfall simulator gives us a glimpse of the interaction between soil and water and shows the influence that soil type and management have on water infiltration. After the demonstration, we will discuss key soil health and erosion principles, the importance of building and maintaining organic matter in the topsoil, the effect of tillage and soil disturbance, and the importance of soil aggregates and porosity to overall soil health. The presentation will be interactive and tailored to the needs and interest of the audience.

Part of a workshop series brought to you by Weston County Natural Resources District, featured presenters and Barnyards & Backyards. For more information contact Lacey Sloan 307-746-3264 or lacey.sloan@wy.usda.gov

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Campbell Co.  ​Master Gardener Individual Seedling Tree Sale

May 5th, 2017
Rockpile Community Center Ice Arena
121 4-J Road 
Gillette, WY 82718 
  
Bare-root trees, shrubs and perennials can be purchased on May 5th, 2017. Prices range from $4.00 to $30.00 each. This will be at the Rockpile Community Center Ice Arena from 7:00 am to 4:00 pm. List of trees, shrubs and perennials.

For more information contact the University of WY Campbell Co Extension office at 307-682-7281 

 

 

Understanding the GMO Debate – Online Course

May 11 - June 30, 2017
$10

Let’s dive into the GMO Debate, a world full of conflicting viewpoints, misinformation, scare tactics, overwhelming scientific facts, and where even our dog’s opinion matters. This online course focuses on educating professionals in the health/nutrition field and any other inquisitive mind on the main topics that are discussed or brought up about GMOs.  This is a six week course to bring an informative and neutral discussion on the main GMO topics:

* May 22 – Traditional plant breeding versus GMOs.

* May 29 –  How GMOs are created.

* June 5 – Food safety.

* June 12 – Pesticide use in agriculture.

* June 19 – Environmental concerns with GMOs.

* June 26 – The most current scientific review of GMOs.

Participants will gain practical knowledge on the GMO topic, which will aide in education and conversations with clientele.

Approximately three hours of work per week are required: one hour of face-to-face Zoom online meetings, about two hours of presentations and supplemental videos to watch, and supplemental readings flexible to a participant’s schedule.

https://extension.catalog.instructure.com/courses/ext-gmo

For more information contact Jeremiah Vardiman, University of Wyoming Extension educator at 307-754-8836 or jvardima@uwyo.edu

Discover Native Plants


May 30 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
$25

Join us for a one-day interactive program to learn more about native plants, introduced species and their ecology. We will walk and spend time learning to identify a subset of species relevant for both public and private land management. This class is geared toward plant identification beginners but all are welcome! Space is limited so register early via Eventbrite. Visit http://tinyurl.com/discovernativeplants

 

Agriculture Disaster Training – Worland June 2-3

Washakie County Fairgrounds
501 15 Mile Road
WORLAND, WY

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - June 3 @ 12:00 pm

County Emergency Managers and UW Extension are asking producers and other citizens to work with them and other agencies to both train for and improve planning to address blizzards, floods, wildfires, disease outbreaks, truck accidents and other incidents specific to your county. The Wyoming Stockgrower’s Association and other groups are supporting this Western Area Livestock and Agriculture Risk Mitigation project which will look at the agriculture in each county to develop better impact mitigation. The seminar includes FEMA certified exercises for emergency responders.

Register for this training at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/extension-livestock-ag-disaster-training-northwest-wyoming-walarm-tickets-34016652724  by May 31, 2017


Horses, Pastures and You!!

June 6 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Frank Wise Bulding
#3 Ethete Road 
Fort Washakie, WY
 
Do your horses have enough to eat? Come learn how to answer this question with us in this fun hands on workshop.  This workshop will focus on how to estimate the amount of forage produced in a pasture, how to evaluate and select hay as well as calculating hay needs, and weed management in a pasture.

Free to the public, please RSVP by calling UW Extension at (307) 332-2135

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension and Barnyards & Backyards


Horses, Pastures and You!!

June 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
 
Popo Agie Conservation District Office
221 South 2nd St
Lander, WY

Do your horses have enough to eat? Come learn how to answer this question with us in this fun hands on workshop.  This workshop will focus on how to estimate the amount of forage produced in a pasture, how to evaluate and select hay as well as calculating hay needs, and weed management in a pasture.

Free to the public, please RSVP by calling Popo Agie Conservation District at (307) 332-3114

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension, Barnyards & Backyards and Popo Agie Conservation District.

 

Tree grafting, budding workshop

June 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Crook County Community Room
309 Cleveland St
Sundance, WY

Getting a tree to graft successfully in Wyoming can sometimes be a challenging process. Extension horticulture specialist Karen Panter will teach and demonstrate proper tree grafting procedures and appropriate pre-care and after-care of plants.

Attendees should bring a sharp horticulture knife, gloves and some branches or woody plants for practice.

Contact Blake Hauptman, University of Wyoming Extension educator, at 307-283-1192 or bhauptma@uwyo.edu to RSVP and for more information.


FEMA Training Exercise – Livestock Evacuation

June 14 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$18.00 
UW Casper
125 College Drive, Rm 420
Casper, WY

This FEMA Emergency Management Institute Training is co-hosted by UW Extension The seminar includes FEMA certified exercises for emergency responders and P.O.S.T. credits are pending. Learn how your county can respond to a need for livestock evacuation in the face of wildfires, floods,blizzards and other disasters. Emergency responders, producers, volunteers, veterinarians, and others are encouraged to work with each other to enhance local plans. Learn what resources and protocols are in place and which need to be developed to protect valuable livestock resources in your area. Register for this training at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fema-virtual-exercise-agriculture-practical-livestock-evacuation-tickets-34433452383. 

Register by June 9, 2017.

 

Horses, Pastures and You!!

June 15 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Boot and Bottle Club
69 Road Xux (off the South Fork Road)
Cody, WY
 
Do your horses have enough to eat? Come learn how to answer this question with us in this fun hands on workshop.  This workshop will focus on how to estimate the amount of forage produced in a pasture, how to evaluate and select hay as well as calculating hay needs, and weed management in a pasture.

Free to the public. For more information contact Jeremiah Vardiman 309-754-8836 or Mary McKinney 307-527-1840

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension, Park County Weed and Pest, and Barnyards & Backyards

 

Hands-on Composting Workshop!

June 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Labonte Park – Community Garden
(NE corner in chained link fence, near 9th and Shields) 
Laramie, WY


Interested in starting to compost or having you been trying but having little luck? Join us for a discussion with experts and a hands-on compost structure building activity. Bring gloves if desired.

Space is limited, so please RSVP! RSVP by visiting https://laramiecomposting.eventbrite.com or call the UW Albany County Extension office at 307-721-2571

Hosted by University of WY Extension Albany County, Barnyards & Backyards, Laramie Rivers Conservation District and Laramie Garden Club.


Sublette County Spring Expo

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Stromness Building
1625 W. Pine Street (parking lot of the BLM building)
Pinedale, WY


Expo – embracing the art of backyard living in Sublette County!

Featured speakers at the expo will include:
Curtis Haderlie “growing local for nutrition”
Justina Russell “the charm of bee keeping”
Other speaker cover topics including:
“horses on small acreage”
 “from chick to hen”

Free admission. Expo will include vendor booths, door prizes, ON-SITE demonstrations on the hour, Kids Activity Corner & Tractor Pull, Farmers Market & Food Court and Locally Grown Plants.

For more information contact SnoAnn Engler at the Sublette County Conservation District 367-2257,

mailto: sccd@sublettecd.com  or visit www.sublettecd.com

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Ecology and Plant Identification Hike – Table Mountain

June 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Near Centennial, WY

Join us as we hike and explore native plants and the release site for the Wyoming Toad.

Hike will start near mile marker 20 (Park at “Jack’s Place” – old gas station store – by Porter Lake) on Highway 130 West of Laramie, WY.

From the highway we will hike to the top of Table Mountain (about 4 miles round trip, moderate to strenuous hike) and look at native plants and learn about the release site for the critically endangered Wyoming Toad.  Hike is relatively flat for about 1.5 miles then we gradually begin to ascend the southwest side of Table Mountain with the steepest pitch coming in the last few hundred feet before the top. Total elevation gain is about 300′.

Bring water and snacks, mosquito spray, good hiking boots and rain gear if desired.

Space is limited, so please RSVP! RSVP by visiting https://tablemountainnativeplanthike.eventbrite.com or call the UW Albany County Extension office at 307-721-2571


Garden Series: Weed Walk

June 21 @ 5:30 pm
Carbon County Higher Education Center
812 E. Murray Street
Rawlins, WY

This is a walking class looking at common “weeds” and maybe a few other common plants along the way. The goal is to get out and look at some of our more common weed problems, learn what they are, how they grow, and how to treat them.

For more information contact Abby Perry, UW Extension.
Phone: 307-328-2642
Email: ajacks12@uwyo.edu
Website: www.facebook.com/UWExtensionCarbonCounty 

 
Horses, Pastures and You!!

June 22 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
 Heart Mountain Ranch
1357 Rd. 22
Powell, WY 

Do your horses have enough to eat? Come learn how to answer this question with us in this fun hands on workshop.  This workshop will focus on how to estimate the amount of forage produced in a pasture, how to evaluate and select hay as well as calculating hay needs, and weed management in a pasture.

Free to the public. For more information contact Jeremiah Vardiman 309-754-8836 or Mary McKinney 307-527-1840

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension, Park County Weed and Pest, and Barnyards & Backyards

 

Elk and Deer Fencing

July 6 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Red Reflet Ranch
10 Lodge Road
Ten Sleep, WY

The Red Reflet ranch is investing in fencing to keep deer and elk out of their hay fields. Come see the results,
and learn about the costs vs. benefits of this project.

The ranch is also growing teff for both hay and grazing. This warm season annual grass does well in this area and is a very good feed for cattle and horses.

For more information contact  University of WY Extension at 307-347-3431.

 

Garden Series: Pollinator Walk

July 14 @ 5:30 pm
Rawlins, WY
 

This is a walking class looking at flowers that support pollinators.  Instructor: Jenny Thompson, Small Acreage Outreach Coordinator University of Wyoming Extension

For more information contact UW Extension educator, Abby Perry 
Phone: 307-328-2642
Email: ajacks12@uwyo.edu
Website: www.facebook.com/UWExtensionCarbonCounty

 

Rawlins Garden Series: Edible Landscaping

July 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Carbon County Higher Education Center
812 E. Murray Street
Rawlins, WY 8230


A class will cover how to incorporate edible plants that will grow and thrive in Wyoming into your landscaping. Instructor: Brian Sebade – University of Wyoming Albany County Extension

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension Carbon County and Carbon County Higher Education Center.

Register on the CCCHEC website http://www.cchec.org/

This class is $10, however if you visit the CCHEC website there is a promo code when you register to get the class for free.

For more information contact UW Extension educator, Abby Perry 
Phone: 307-328-2642
Email: ajacks12@uwyo.edu
Website: www.facebook.com/UWExtensionCarbonCounty


Discover Native Plants

July 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Antelope Butte Mountain Recreate Area
US Hwy 14 at FS Rd 244
Shell, WY


Join us for a one-day interactive program to learn more about native plants, introduced species and their ecology. We will walk and spend time learning to identify a subset of species relevant for both public and private land management. This class is geared toward plant identification beginners but all are welcome! Space is limited so register early via Eventbrite. $25  Visit http://tinyurl.com/discovernativeplantsbighorns

Contact University of WY educator Mae Smith at 307-765-2868 or maep@uwyo.edu



Natrona County Master Gardeners’ Garden Gait

July 22 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Casper, WY
 
The Master Gardeners of Natrona County have set the date for their annual Garden Gait – Garden Tours.  Currently there are 7 gardens on board to host the public in seeing their garden space.  This year the emphasis will be on gardens where food production is high on the priority list.  All of the Gardens are near South Poplar Street and most are west of Poplar Street in South Casper.

Tickets $20. Contact University of WY Extension at 235-9400 for more information.


Rawlins Garden Series: Edible Landscaping

July 24 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Carbon County Higher Education Center
812 E. Murray Street
Rawlins, WY 8230


A class will cover how to incorporate edible plants that will grow and thrive in Wyoming into your landscaping. Instructor: Brian Sebade – University of Wyoming Albany County Extension

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension Carbon County and Carbon County Higher Education Center.

Register on the CCCHEC website http://www.cchec.org/

This class is $10, however if you visit the CCHEC website there is a promo code when you register to get the class for free.

For more information contact UW Extension educator, Abby Perry 
Phone: 307-328-2642
Email: ajacks12@uwyo.edu
Website: www.facebook.com/UWExtensionCarbonCounty


Seed Saving Class

July 27 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Worland Community Garden
Worland, WY

In this hands-on class you will learn which plants are the best for saving seeds, and how to get the most success from your efforts.

For more information contact  University of WY Extension at 307-347-3431.
 

Wildfire Preparedness for Rural Homeowners

July 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ten Sleep Community Center
204 2nd Street
Ten Sleep, WY
 

What would you do if a wildfire threatened your home? Learn about defensible space and evacuation planning for horses, farm animals, and pets.

For more information contact  University of WY Extension at 307-347-3431.

 

Wildfire Preparedness for Rural Homeowners

August 2 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Washakie County Fairgrounds
501 15 Mile Road
Worland, WY


What would you do if a wildfire threatened your home? Learn about defensible space and evacuation planning for horses, farm animals, and pets. This workshop will be during the Washakie County Fair, so come out and enjoy Fair Activities too.

For more information contact  University of WY Extension at 307-347-3431.


Tree Troubleshooting Workshop

August 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Platte County Extension Office Conference Room
57 Antelope Gap Rd.
Wheatland, WY

In-depth workshop on how to figure out what is wrong with a tree and what to do about it.

Registration required—Space is limited. Cost is $25 per person which includes handouts and refreshments. Lunch is on your own.

Sign Up Deadline: August 9, 2017 @ 4:30 pm. 307-322-3667

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Garden Series: Harvest the Bounty

August 23 @ 5:30 pm
Carbon County Higher Education Center
812 E. Murray Street
Rawlins, WY

This class will cover preservation techniques to implement after the produce from the garden has been harvested. Instructor: Julie Balzan, University of Wyoming Platte County Extension

Sponsored by University of Wyoming Extension Carbon County and Carbon County Higher Education Center.

Register on the CCCHEC website http://www.cchec.org/

For more information contact UW Extension educator, Abby Perry 
Phone: 307-328-2642
Email: ajacks12@uwyo.edu
Website: www.facebook.com/UWExtensionCarbonCounty

 

High Tunnel Build Workshop

August 29 - August 31
Veteran's Urban Farm
100 East K Street
Casper, WY
 

Interested in learning how to build a High Tunnel? (also known as Hoop House) High Tunnels are passive greenhouses that require little maintenance, no additional energy inputs besides the sun, and can allow us to grow produce nearly all year round in Wyoming.  High tunnels are a great way to extend the growing season in Wyoming and maybe grow some food items not common to our area.  The program is hands-on learn-by-doing building program.  One 16’ X 32’ high tunnel will be built in about 16 hours.  If you are interested in the use of these structures you are welcome to attend a workshop and help us build one.  Production strategies will be discussed throughout the workshop.  The completion of projects are weather permitting.

For more information contact Jamie Purcell, Executive Director, Food for Thought at  (307) 267-2421
wyofoodforthought@gmail.com


Garden Series: Getting your Greenery Winter Ready

August 30 @ 5:30 pm
Carbon County Higher Education Center
812 E. Murray Street
Rawlins, WY

This class covers a wide variety of topics pertaining to late fall/ winter garden tasks. Topics include garden pests, cleaning, and planning for the next season.Instructor: Abby Perry, University of Wyoming Carbon County Extension

For more information contact Carbon County UW Extesnion at 307-328-2642 or ajacks12@uwyo.edu

Small Ruminant Nutrition

August 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Park County Fairgrounds
655 E 5th St.
Powell, WY
 
Come learn about goat and sheep nutrition with UW Extension Ag & Hort Educators, Chance Marshall and Jeremiah Vardiman. There will also be a hands on hay evaluation lesson included.

The program will be held in the Events Center Conference Room at the Powell Fairgrounds.

For more information contact Park County UW Extension at 307-754-8836

The Basics of Rangeland Management

September 7 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
 Lance Creek School/Kremers’ Ranch
 325 – 20 Mile Road, Lance Creek, WY 82222

Would you like to learn how to get more out of your grazing and protect your grass resource? Well then, this course is for you. Come join the University of Wyoming Extension and Niobrara Conservation District to learn more about rangeland, grazing, and much more!

The workshop will consist of a morning classroom session which will cover soils, ecological site descriptions, plant response to grazing, rangeland plant nutrition, grazing distribution, and
 grazing response index. The afternoon will be spent in the field and include discussions on Ecological Site Descriptions, plant identification, rangeland monitoring, on the ground forage
 production estimates, and infrastructure design.

Contact Ashley (UW Extension) at 358-2417 or Lisa (Niobrara Conservation District) at 334-9957 to RSVP by September 1, 2017
 

Ag Disaster Responder Academy

September 8 @ 8:00 am - September 9 @ 3:00 pm
Central Wyoming Fairgrounds
1700 Fairgrounds Rd
Casper, WY

$35.00 

County Emergency Managers and UW Extension are asking producers and other citizens to work with them and other agencies to both train for responding to agriculture-based disasters. Participants will learn basic disaster response guidelines, animal handling techniques, use of emergency livestock equipment, radio protocols, livestock evacuation, livestock sheltering, and damage appraisal guidelines used by the USDA and FEMA. Meet and learn from the experts on how to work with county officials. The seminar includes FEMA certified exercises for emergency responders. Register for this training at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/extension-livestock-disaster-responder-academy-wyoming-walarm-tickets-34017371875 by August 28, 2017.

This two-day event will provide a core group for Emergency Services to respond to agriculture and livestock disasters in Wyoming.

For more information contact Scott E Cotton, UW Extension educator at (307) 235-9400 or Scotton1@uwyo.edu

 

Wyoming Native Tree and Shrub Walk

September 16 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Happy Jack Recreation Area
East of Laramie, WY

Directions: This is not the upper Happy Jack ski parking lot/Tie City parking lot. (the exit to the recreation area (old ski area) is farther east down the road) From Laramie, take Interstate 80 east 9.5 miles to WY 210 (Exit 323). Turn onto Exit 323 and go left at stop sign onto WY 210/ Happy Jack Rd, then 1 mile to Happy Jack Recreation Area sign, turn right and drive to parking area.

Join folks from UW and the Forest Service to learn how to identify common native trees, and shrubs in the Medicine Bow National Forest. The group will also discuss forest health and ecology.  Participants should expect light to moderate walking. Please bring your own food and water, and dress for cool weather.

Please RSVP at https://wytreeshrubwalk.eventbrite.com or by calling the Albany County UW Extension office at 307-721-2571

For more information contact khufford@uwyo.edu
 

High Tunnel Build Workshop

September 19 - September 21
Children’s Learning Center
1300 W. Valley Springs Road
Jackson, WY

Interested in learning how to build a High Tunnel? (also known as Hoop House)  High Tunnels are passive greenhouses that require little maintenance, no additional energy inputs besides the sun, and can allow us to grow produce nearly all year round in Wyoming.  High tunnels are a great way to extend the growing season in Wyoming and maybe grow some food items not common to our area.   The program is hands-on learn-by-doing building program.  One 16’ X 32’ high tunnel will be built in about 16 hours.  If you are interested in the use of these structures you are welcome to attend a workshop and help us build one.  Production strategies will be discussed throughout the workshop.  The completion of projects are weather permitting.

For more information contact Nicole Philbin at 307-733-0333 or nphilbin@childrenlearn.org

 

Growing Grapes in Wyoming

September 23 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Washakie County Extension Meeting Room
1200 Culbertson Ave
Worland, WY

$15.00 

At this workshop, you will learn about the best varieties for our climate, pruning and care of vines. The cost is $15 and includes lunch and tour of local vineyards. Preregistration is required, please call UW Extension at 307-347-3431.
 

High Tunnel Build Workshop

September 26 - September 28
Children’s Discovery Center
454 E. Hennick St.
Pinedale, Wyoming

Interested in learning how to build a High Tunnel? (also known as Hoop House) High Tunnels are passive greenhouses that require little maintenance, no additional energy inputs besides the sun, and can allow us to grow produce nearly all year round in Wyoming.  High tunnels are a great way to extend the growing season in Wyoming and maybe grow some food items not common to our area.   The program is hands-on learn-by-doing building program.  One 16’ X 32’ high tunnel will be built in about 16 hours.  If you are interested in the use of these structures you are welcome to attend a workshop and help us build one.  Production strategies will be discussed throughout the workshop.  The completion of projects are weather permitting.

For more information contact Elizabeth Cooney, 307-367-6272 office@pinedalediscoverycenter.org

 

Farm to Market Workshop

November 10 @ 7:30 am - November 11 @ 4:00 pm
Laramie County Community College-Pathfinder Building
1400 E. College Dr. 
Cheyenne, WY 82007

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture Specialty Crops division and the University of Wyoming Laramie County Extension will be hosting a Farm to Market Conference.

On Friday, Dr. Brian Nummer will teach Food Acidification.  At the end of this class, you will receive a certificate of completion. This certificate will allow the next step in selling your products at retail establishments.  This will also give you the tools to make the safest pickles, relish and jams for direct sales at farmers markets.

On Saturday, there will be three tracks for you to choose from; food fermentation, build a hoop house or understanding the fruit orchard.

Cost of the conference is $45/1 day $75 for both days. Full agenda and to register for the conference go to

https://2017farmtomarketworkshop.eventbrite.com

 

Regenerating Landscapes – Soil Health Workshop

November 10 @ 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Whitney Center for the Arts
3059 Coffeen Ave
Sheridan, WY


The Sheridan County Conservation District is teaming up with the Powder River Basin Resource Council, Plank Stewardship Initiative, Sheridan College and Barnyards & Backyards to host a soil health workshop featuring Gabe Brown.  Soil function, principles of a healthy soil, resource concerns on grazing and cropland, and stacking enterprises are the topics up for discussion, followed by a Q&A session.

Cost $10.  For more information contact Sheridan County Conservation District https://www.sccdwy.org/ or at (307) 672-5820 ext. 3 or email us at jackie.carbert@sccdwy.org

 

Fall Ranching Seminar

November 16 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
The Meeteetse Conservation District
1906 State St
Meeteetse, WY

Subjects covered include Larkspur poisoning, Cow size and range conditions, Alfalfa weevil, and Predator survey.
Please RSVP to 307-754-8836 by November 13th.

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