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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 http://goo.gl/forms/CMsOzMmUxY 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 http://www.progreenexpo.com/

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.

For more information, contact UW Extension educator Chance Marshall at 307-332-2363 or cmarsha1@uwyo.edu.

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 bsebade@uwyo.edu

WESTI Ag Days

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.

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Agenda

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


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: https://highplainsorganicfarmersconference.eventbrite.com 

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 jnorton4@uwyo.edu (307.766.5082)
Erin Rooney at erooney1@uwyo.edu (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 http://wgga.org/.

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: http://www.ashs.org/?page=CH

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 bsebade@uwyo.edu

Horticulture 101 Course

March 1 to April 28th (Tuesdays and Thursdays)
5:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
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 Hininger@uwyo.edu or bgorzal1@uwyo.edu

Schedule and topics


Growing Giant Pumpkins

March 5, 2016
2pm
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 https://www.facebook.com/wyogiants

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

Agenda

For more information contact Scott @ 307-766-2508 or sschell@uwyo.edu

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; www.eventbrite.com look under Wyoming Bee College 2016. Host hotel is “The Plains”. www.wyomingbeecollege.org

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 https://2016codygaps.eventbrite.com

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: highplainsseedlibrary@gmail.com

“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 www.brownpapertickets.com

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 http://bit.ly/goshenfruittreepruning, or call Caleb Carter at the Goshen County Extension Office at (307) 532-2436, or ccarte13@uwyo.edu .

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 john.crisp@wyo.gov  or call (307)777-6680.

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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 https://nwc.edu/ctd/training/detail.html?id=d3e0f262-94a9-4f2b-b9df-beba9d6be4c1

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
12:00
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 www.brownpapertickets.com 

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 http://seasonextensionlaramie.eventbrite.com or through the Albany County UW Extension office at 307-721-2571. 

Farm Food Safety Training with Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)

May 12-13, 2016
9 AM to 5 PM first day; 9 AM to Noon Second
Central Wyoming College
Wind River Room, Intertribal building rm 116
2660 Peck Ave
Riverton, 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 May 11th is $25 and $30 after. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/farm-food-safety-training-with-good-agricultural-practices-gaps-riverton-ii-tickets-24567716702 

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

Laramie County Master Gardener annual Plant Sale

May 14, 2016
9am – 4pm
Historic downtown train depot
Cheyenne, WY

Find locally grown plants from vegetables, annuals to perennials. 

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

Barnyards & Backyards Landowner Solutions – Fighting weeds

May 19, 2016
6 pm
Glenrock Community Library
506 South 4th Street
Glenrock, WY

Monthly seminars to provide straight forward answers for busy people in central Wyoming.

For pre-registration (needed for materials) contact UW Extension at (307)235-9400 and indicate which session you are attending.

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Barnyards & Backyards Landowner Solutions – Fighting weeds

May 20, 2016
9 am
UW Extension office
2011 Fairgrounds Rd.
Casper, WY

Monthly seminars to provide straight forward answers for busy people in central Wyoming.

For pre-registration (needed for materials) contact UW Extension at (307)235-9400 and indicate which session you are attending.

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Basic Chicken Care 101 Program

May 24, 2016
6-9 pm
Laramie County Community College
1400 East College Drive
Conferences Building Centennial Room
Cheyenne, WY

The Cheyenne City Council has approved 5 backyard chickens for Cheyenne residents with some restrictions.  Please join us to learn basic chicken care from health issues, feeding, water, housing, winter requirements and what breeds will do best in Cheyenne along with the city's requirements and much more. Hosted by UW Laramie CO Extension and the Cheyenne Urban Chicken Keepers.

A modest $5 (+site fees) registration fee and RSVP at www.eventbrite.com (Direct link)

For more information Catherine Wissner, UW Laramie CO Extension at 307-633-4383.

Spring Plant Tour

June 6, 2016
Two tours - one begins at 1:30 pm, the other at 5:30 pm
Begins at Weed & Pest office
365 Whippoorwill Drive
Baggs, WY

Join us to welcome spring, learn to recognize local flora, discover some tidbits about which plants are edible.

Sign up early, bus seats fill up fast! For more information and sign up call the Ed. Center at 307-383-2228 or J Sheehan at 383-2228.

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Vegetable Garden Troubleshooting

June 9 -10, 2016
9:00 am to 4:30 pm each day
Platte Country Fair Grounds
Wheatland, WY

Dig into troubleshooting vegetable garden problems before they turn your garden from a joy into a nightmare.

Registration required – Space is limited.  Cost for both days is $25 per person (includes handouts and refreshments.  Lunches are on your own.) Registration deadline is June 3rd close of business.

Additional information can be obtained by contacting the UW Platte County Extension office at 307-322-3667, email c.jons2@uwyo.edu or mmckin12@uwyo.edu. Registration can also be completed by stopping by the Extension Office located at 57 Antelope Gap Rd, Wheatland, WY 82201

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Wyoming Forage Field Day 2016

June 14, 2016
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sheridan Research and Extension Center (ShREC) at Sheridan College
Sheridan,WY

Event is farmer-focused, “especially for those who want alfalfa and improved forages in their cropping/animal production systems and improve yield, quality and profitability.” There are more than 13 presentations, ranging from 10 to 40 minutes. A panel of producers is in the afternoon and machinery and equipment demonstrations end the day.
    
Full program details are at bit.ly/forageday 

Register by calling ShREC at 307-673-2856 or at shrec@uwyo.edu , or contact Islam at 307-766-4151 or mislam@uwyo.edu

Mini Field Day

June 23, 2016
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Powell R&E Center
747 Road 9
Powell, WY

This mini field day will be focusing on Soil Health and Fertilizer Recommendation trial at the Powell R&E Center.  This trial is looking at adjusting nitrogen and phosphorus recommendations for pivot irrigation and limited water irrigation for sugar beet-dry bean- barley rotations.  This trial also has some insights to reduce tillage and barley on barley rotations.

Agenda for this field day is 30 minutes overview of trial, 30 minutes Q&A

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

Native Plant Walk in the Snowies

July 16, 2016
9:00 am to 11:00 am
Green Rock Picnic Area
Snowy Range, Medicine Bow Rott NF
Near Centennial, WY

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Powell R&E Center Field Day

July 19, 2016
2:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Powell R&E Center
747 Road 9
Powell, WY
Presenting various research projects at the Research and Extension (R&E) Center. Please RSVP for your spot at dinner.

For more information contact Samantha Fulton at 754-2223 or uwprec@uwyo.edu 

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