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Rural Living Events - 2016

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Rural Living Events - 2016

Disaster Resilience Tips For Rural Residents

October 24, 2016
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Mountain Time Zone)
On-line webinar

Take advantage of what others have learned about surviving disasters as part of country living. Family, pet and livestock tips can make a difference in your survival. Presented by Scott Cotton, University of Wyoming Extension.

2nd Annual Small Flock & Fiber Symposium

October 28 & 29, 2016
2011 Fairgrounds Road
Casper, WY

Come learn flock and fiber management. Lots of topics!


Pre‐register at (307)235‐9400 no later than 4pm on 25, 2016. Fee is $20
(includes lunch on Friday and materials). For more information contact
Scott Cotton at (307)235‐9400 or

Laramie County Master Gardener Annual Meeting and Graduation

October 29, 2016
Doors open at 11:00
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

Guest speaker Chris Hilgert on his strawberry research. Doors open at 11:00, pot luck lunch at noon and speaker at 12:30. Everyone is welcome.

For more information contact Laramie County UW Extension Horticulture Educator Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

Farm Food Safety Training with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

Nov 3, 2016, 8:00 AM –
Nov 4, 2016, 12:00 PM
Laramie County Community College Room 123
1400 E College Dr
Cheyenne, WY 82007

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture and University of Wyoming Extension will be conducting a food safety training workshop – If you are a food producer/processor you might find the event useful as you work with produce and fruit since it will provide information on how producers can reduce the risk of foodborne pathogens such as salmonella and listeria.

The workshop is important for both small- and large-scale producers who are trying to meet current and proposed US FDA food safety requirements or are considering Good Agricultural Practice (GAP) certification.

Workshop topics include:
•    Produce safety risk factors and impacts
•    Post-harvest produce handling
•    Water quality and testing
•    Creating a food safety plan
•    Auditing farms for GAPs/food safety
•    Soil management/manure management
•    Worker health and hygiene
•    Traceability, recall and liability issues

Sessions start at 9 am both days and we will wrap up by noon the second. Snacks and Lunch will be provided. Registration is $25. Register at EventBrite

Lamb 300 Workshop

November 3-5, 2016,
with the option of Lamb Plant tours (Superior Farms plant in Denver, CO and Mountain States - Rosen plant in Greeley, CO the day prior - November 2, 2016)
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY

LAMB 300 is a three-day, intensive workshop focusing on lamb as a consumer product along with aspects to improve flock productivity and profitability. Participants in LAMB 300 will receive approximately 30-hours of hands-on instruction addressing practices that affect the consistency, quality, wholesomeness, and marketability of lamb. Regardless of the size of your operation, marketing system or your role in lamb production or marketing, the ultimate goal is to increase the consumption of lamb. Participants in LAMB 300 will learn the various aspects of delivering a high quality product to the consumer.


Farm to Market Conference

November 11-12, 2016
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Taking specialty crop growers to the next level of production, food safety, processing and marketing. Workshops on Food Acidification, Seed Saving, GAP, Market Manager and general programs.

The conference will start off with 4 day long workshops that include a certification course to satisfy FDA regulations on how to safely produce acidified foods like pickles and salsa, a 101 course on seed breeding, production and saving, a build your own hands on hoop house workshop, and a course for market managers on marketing, conflict resolution and management. 

On day two this information packed conference includes  topics on  grape growing for northern climates,  how to effectively manage a hoop house, best soil management practices, hop production, fruit tree production, branding and marketing your products, what grants are out there, selling wholesale using third part certification, how to safely ferment food, and what's new on FSMA.

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

2016 Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention

November 22, 2016
9:30 am to 5 pm
Rendezvous Center, Goshen County Fair Grounds
Torrington, WY

We will have a presentation from the State Veterinary Office on the new veterinary feed directive (VFD), a long term weather forecast, as well as presentations on Ag leases, mentoring the next generation, low stress livestock handling, cattle parasite management and much more. We will end with a market update from Jim Robb from the Livestock Marketing Information Center. Cost is $20, and includes lunch. For more information or to RSVP, go to , or call Caleb Carter at the Goshen County Extension Office at (307) 532-2436, or email

Wyoming Bee College Conference

March 18-19, 2017
Cheyenne, Wyoming  

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

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

Garden Expo
Backyard & Outdoor Living

April 8, 2017
Lander, WY
Mark your calendar! The Expo is a day long event that features a tradeshow and workshops geared toward outdoor living. There’s a little something for everyone.

Wild West Gardening Conference

April 22-23, 2017
Cheyenne, Wyoming

Taking gardeners and specialty crop growers to a new level of success.  Featuring; Neil Diboll, Kathy Kimbrough, Jeff Lowenfels plus many more.  Workshops and programs.

Registration is $85 on  For more information contact Laramie County UW Extension Horticulture Educator Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

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