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Soil Resources Lab

Welcome to the Wyoming Soil Resource Webpage. Our research and extension projects focus on nutrient cycling in natural, disturbed, and agricultural settings from the perspective of landscape and soil organic matter dynamics. We are interested in learning how interactions among landscapes, plant communities, and land use affect resiliency and degradation-recovery processes as applied to on-the-ground ecological restoration and sustainable management.

We are most interested in using applied research as an extension tool. Engaging land owners, agency managers, conservationists, and others in planning and implementing problem-solving research provides the most effective learning situations for both researchers and managers. It also ensures relevant and practical results that address real production and management issues.

The Organic Farmer's Conference

February 22, 2014
Torrington, Wyoming
Registration | Agenda

(Laramie, WY) – Learn how to better manage soil fertility and maximize profit at The Organic Farmer’s Conference on February 22, 2014 at the Goshen County Fairgrounds in Torrington, WY. 

Sponsored by the University of Wyoming and University of Nebraska, the conference will feature sessions on using cover crops successfully, the ins and outs of organic farming, reducing inputs, crop variety selection, options for weed control, High Plains soil fertility management, marketing, grant opportunities, and much more!  

According to Dr. Jay Norton, University of Wyoming Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, “While the focus of this conference is on organic production, information will be presented that is useful to farmers of all disciplines, whether they farm organically or conventionally, on dryland or irrigated acreage.”

Presenters include university faculty and other agriculture professionals from the region.  Dr. Eric Arnould and Dr. Melea Press will provide insight on the marketing of organic products. Doug Crabtree will discuss the use of cover crops and other management facets of Vilicus Farms, his certified organic small grain operation located outside of Havre, Montana. Dr. Thaddeus Gourd of Colorado State University Extension will share information on weed control options that meet organic regulations.  Dr. Dipak Santra of the University of Nebraska Panhandle Research and Extension Center will address variety selection for small grains.

Registration is $15.00 (lunch provided).  To register online visit  A limited number of $100 scholarships are available to help defray travel and registration costs.

For more information and scholarship applications contact

• Dr. Jay Norton at or 307.766.5082
• Renée King at

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