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Rural Living Events - 2016|Barnyards & Backyards

Rural Living Events - 2016

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

Alternative meat cuts, cold-climate fruit trees and legislation affecting raw milk sales give farmers, ranchers, and small-acreage owners ideas to chew on during the 32nd annual Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days in Riverton. Private applicator pesticide training is Wednesday.

View the schedule at

For more information, contact UW Extension educator Chance Marshall at 307-332-2363 or

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

February 17, 2016
1 - 4 pm
First State Bank
Wheatland, WY

For more information contact the Platte Co UW Extension office at 307-721-2571 or


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:

Private Pesticide Applicator Training

February 25, 2016
1 to 4 pm
Albany County Fair Grounds
Laramie, Wyoming

For more information contact the Albany Co UW Extension office at 307-721-2571 or

Horticulture 101 Course

March 1 to April 28th (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
Powell, WY

This is a 40 hour course that is every Tuesday and Thursday evenings starting March 1 to April 28th.  This course costs $150 per person and must be registered by Feb. 12th.

For more information contact University of Wyoming Educator Jeremiah Vardiman at 307-754-8836.

Master Gardener Series

March 3rd to April 21st (Thursdays)
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Watt Ag. Center, Room 131
3401 Coffeen Ave.
Sheridan, WY

Improve your gardening knowledge and become a resource to your community -  become a Master Gardener!  

Fee $75.00—Includes Master Gardener Notebook
Fee $50.00—Without Master Gardener Notebook

Register by calling the UW Extension Office at 674-2980 or e-mail or

Schedule and topics

Growing Giant Pumpkins

March 5, 2016
Washakie County Extension Office
1200 Culbertson Ave, Suite G
Worland, WY

Come get your free seeds and learn everything you need to know to grow a Wyoming Giant Pumpkin! Jay Richards will share his advice for growing giant pumpkins, and share photos and videos of last year’s competition.

Free. To register call the Washakie Co Extension Office at 307-347-3431. For more information see

Private Pesticide Applicator Course

(3rd & last for season at this location)
March 9, 2016
UW Extension Ag Research & Learning Center
2011 Fairgrounds Rd.
Casper, WY 82604

Free. Register by calling the Natrona County UW Extension office at (307)235-9400 by March 5.

12th Annual University of Wyoming Entomology Short Course

March 15-17, 2016
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Wyoming
Laramie, WY


For more information contact Scott @ 307-766-2508 or

Wyoming Bee College Conference

March 19 – 20, 2016
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

The 2016 Bee College once again has reached out to find new and inspirational speakers to take everyone to the next level of beekeeping, bring more people into the craft and help others make a business of beekeeping or just be better at keeping bees and helping native pollinating insects. Three dynamitic keynote speakers, vendors and much more.

Workshops: all day beginning beekeeping with Dr. Carolina Nyarady DVM.
Learn about Rocky Mountain Native Bees with Dr. Michael Dillon University of Wyoming.
Raising your own Queen Bees with U of Montana’s Scott Debnam.
Winter Bee Care and Behavior with Mehmet Ali Doke of Penn State.
Building native pollinator habitat with Dorothy Tuthill.
Intensive Bee Nutrition with Dr. Zachary Haung from Michigan State University.
Find out what the National and State of Wyoming pollinator action plan is.

Cost is $75 and includes all meals, snacks and coffee/tea. To register; look under Wyoming Bee College 2016. Host hotel is “The Plains”.

For more information contact; Catherine Wissner at 307-633-4383.

Farm Food Safety Training with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

March 28- 29, 2016
9 AM to 5 PM first day; 9 AM to Noon Second
Park County Library Grizzly Room
Cody, WY

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.

Early registration by March 20th is $25 and $30 after.  Register at

For more information contact University of Wyoming Specialist Jeff Edwards at 307-837-2956

High Plains Seed Library - Grand Opening

April 2, 2016
5:30-7:30 pm
Albany County Public Library
310 S 8th St
Laramie, WY

We will have a talk on starting your own seeds, register members, and open the library for
checkouts. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information contact:

“Habitat Hero” Presentation

April 9, 2016
Laramie County Community College
Cheyenne, WY

Laramie County Master Gardeners presenting "Habitat Hero" learn to design your landscape to support everything from pollinators, butterflies to birds.  Registration on

For more information contact Catherine Wissner, Laramie County UW Extension at 307-633-4348.

Fruit tree pruning workshop

April 9, 2016
10 am to 12 pm
Torrington, WY.

Exact location TBD – Check the link below for updates

Chris Hilgert, University of Wyoming Extension State Master Gardener Coordinator, will demonstrate and lead hands-on pruning for various fruit trees.

Registration is $10 per person and the workshop is limited to 20 people. For more information or to register, go to, or call Caleb Carter at the Goshen County Extension Office at (307) 532-2436, or .

Worker Protection Standards Training

April 13, 2016
1:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Powell Fairgrounds
new exhibit hall
Powell, WY

Topics covered include pesticide exposure, pesticide safety, heat stroke, and more.

For more information contact Park County Extension Office, Jeremiah Vardiman, 307-754-8836.

Garden Expo

April 16, 2016
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Lander Valley High School
(350 Baldwin Creek Road)
Lander, WY

This annual event features a trade show and educational workshops. Over 1500 people attend.  Vendor booths display the latest and greatest offering of information, products, and services.  Barnyard & Backyard workshops run throughout the day and are designed to address interests from  small acreage landowners to backyard gardeners to outdoor enthusiasts.   Attendees can enter a drawing for a balled and burlapped tree and gift baskets.  This family friendly event  also features a Kids Corner and concessionaires allowing families to make a day of it.

Workshop agenda

Forestry Best Management Practices Workshops

Monday, April 18 2016, 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Uinta County Youth Camp
11361 County Road 271
Robertson, WY 82944

Tuesday, April 19 2016, 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Platte Valley Community Center
210 W. Elm Street
Saratoga, WY 82331

Thursday, April 21 2016, 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Wyoming State Forestry Division, District 1 Office
431 Delaware Avenue
Newcastle, WY 82701

Friday, April 22 2016, 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Worland Community Center Complex
1200 Culbertson Avenue
Worland, WY 82401

Forestry BMPs are a set of recommended practices designed to protect soil and water resources during resource management activities by limiting soil disturbance, preventing soil erosion and protecting sensitive areas. These workshops will consist of classroom presentations and a brief field visit nearby. Objectives are to acquaint participants with the Wyoming Best Management Practices and review implementation measures. Emphasis will be placed upon stream crossings, streamside management zones and road drainage structures and maintenance.

There is no cost to attend the workshop, but RSVP’s are requested as space is limited. Please RSVP via phone or email by Monday, April 11 2016. For information about the workshop or to submit your RSVP, please contact John Crisp, WY State Forestry Division, at  or call (307)777-6680.


Raised Bed Gardening

April 23, 2016
9am to 1pm
Washakie County Extension Office
1200 Culbertson Ave, Suite G
Worland, WY

Raised bed gardening is a great technique for the gardener with limited space.  Join us for this hands-on workshop and learn how to build raised garden beds.  After the beds are constructed, Caitlin Youngquist (UW Extension Educator), will discuss how to plant and care for your new garden. Participants will walk away with the experience and plans to build their own raised garden beds! We will be outside, dress for the weather and bring any water or snacks that you need.

Free. Presented in partnership with Northwest College. To register contact Sheri Averett at (307) 347-8541 or see

Cody’s Arbor Day /Lion’s Tree Give Away

April 23, 2016
9 am till 12
Cody Auditorium  
1240 Beck Ave
Cody WY
2,800 trees and shrubs of 14 different species  will be given away.  An indoor nature walk for children will start at 10, where children will learn about trees, leaves, weeds,  butterflies and bees.

For more information call the University of WY Extension office in Cody at 527-8560.

Powell Arbor Day

April 29, 2016
Powell Fairgrounds
Powell, WY
Topic(s) covered: Planting and care of trees. 10 variety of trees will be given away.

Contact Jeremiah Vardiman, University of WY Extension, at 754-8836 for more information.

Rock & Crevice Gardening for Wyoming & Beyond

Laramie County Master Gardener Lecture Series
May 1, 2016
1:30 pm
Cottonwood Room
1st floor of the Library
Laramie County Library
Cheyenne, WY

Mike Kintgen of the Denver Botanic Gardens will talk to us on Rock & Crevice Gardening. For more information call 307-637-6458 or purchase tickets at 

Big Horn Extravaganza

May 4, 2016
4:00 p.m.
Greybull, WY
Educational information provided with a variety of University of WY Extension booths.  Free meal.

For more information contact Gretty at the University of WY Big Horn Co Extension office at 307-765-2868

Season Extension Workshop

May 7, 2016
9 am to noon (Registration starts at 8 am)
Berry Center building (Auditorium and lower lobby)
University of Wyoming Campus (map)
Laramie, WY
(tour after presentations so you will need to have transportation available)

In this workshop we’ll cover:
•    Why season extension will help you extend your vegetable growing season (and chances for success in our challenging climate).
•    Examples of various season extension techniques which you can use
•    Pests and diseases that might affect your protected veggies

After visiting these topics we’ll head out on a tour to visit 3 locations around town to see season extension structures in action! If participants are interested and have lots of questions the tour may run past noon.

Please RSVP. You can RSVP by visiting or through the Albany County UW Extension office at 307-721-2571. 

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