agriculture en Sheridan College Receives $25 Million Donation <p>Sheridan College announced Tuesday that it has received the largest gift in the history of the school—a $25.3 million commitment from educational foundation Whitney Benefits.</p><p>The college says $16 million of the donation will be used to renovate and expand the fine and performing arts wing of Sheridan’s Whitney Academic Center. The funds will also help improve parking and renovate the Technical Education Center.</p><p>Whitney Benefits President Tom Kinnison says the updates at Sheridan College are much-needed and have been on the school’s to-do list for decades.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 22:37:31 +0000 Aaron Schrank 61024 at Sheridan College Receives $25 Million Donation Sheridan College Gets Donation For New Ag Center <p>Sheridan College has received a $4 million dollar donation to help build a new agriculture center on campus.</p><p>The donation, announced Friday, is from longtime benefactor Forrest Mars, Jr. of Big Horn. The new center will cost $8 million, and $2.7 million has already been allocated by the state.</p><p>College President Paul Young says the 15,000-sqaure foot building will bring a much-needed impact to the school’s agriculture programs.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:04:14 +0000 Aaron Schrank 60279 at Sheridan College Gets Donation For New Ag Center Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture <p>In the next half century, scientists are predicting more extreme weather for Wyoming with bigger winter storms and hotter, dryer summers.&nbsp; That’s according to the latest National Climate Assessment out this month. Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers are skeptical about climate change, but some of them have been forced to adjust their methods of production.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 21:56:45 +0000 Melodie Edwards 59121 at Climate Change Effects On Wyoming Agriculture Wyoming Beef Goes Modern <p>The Wyoming Beef Council&nbsp;is launching an online campaign in an effort&nbsp;to improve beef’s image with the millennial generation.&nbsp; That’s anyone born between 1980 and the early 2000’s.&nbsp;&nbsp;The campaign will feature recipes on social media sites popular with millennials.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 15:15:48 +0000 Melodie Edwards 54573 at Wyoming Beef Goes Modern "Scrappy Trees" published by UW extension <p>Wyatt and Bridger Feuz and Hudson Hill didn’t plan to write about trees when they visited an abandoned arbor in Cheyenne, but that’s just what happened. The Horticultural field station hadn’t pruned any of its trees since the 1950s, and the educators were surprised to see many thriving. So they wrote “Scrappy Trees: Raw and Exposed.”</p> Mon, 15 Jul 2013 19:04:19 +0000 Chelsea Biondolillo 43755 at "Scrappy Trees" published by UW extension Study: Genetically modified beets are crucial to producers’ profit margins <p>University of Wyoming researchers have found that Wyoming sugar beet producers would stand to lose about 12 percent of profits if they were no longer able to grow genetically modified beets.<br><br>Agricultural economics research scientist Brian Lee was the primary investigator for the study.<br><br>“There’s research out there that suggests that Roundup Ready Sugar Beets can produce anywhere from five to 15 percent higher yields than conventional beets. So, we kind of used that as a basis for our analysis and changed that to a dollar figure.”<br> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:44:39 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 42438 at Study: Genetically modified beets are crucial to producers’ profit margins Sen. Enzi answers questions on immigration reform <p>US Senator from Wyoming, Mike Enzi, addressed his constituents online about their concerns over immigration reform. In a video chat he releases bi-monthly, Enzi says that for Wyoming, guest worker programs are important, because ranchers rely on them for workers like sheep herders. He says that for him, the immigration reform bill that the Senate will soon consider needs to have a true E-verify component -- a program that lets employers check their employees’ eligibility to work in the United States. Fri, 10 May 2013 22:57:35 +0000 Irina Zhorov 40603 at Sen. Enzi answers questions on immigration reform Annie’s Project classes support women in ag management roles <p>As the average male farmer or rancher gets older and retires, many women are taking over. &nbsp;</p><p>To support women who are taking on the new management roles, the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension is offering a series of classes under the Annie’s Project program.</p><p>Organizer Cole Ehmke says the class is meant to answer participants’ questions, and to help them establish connections with presenters and their peers, other women in agriculture.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:10:26 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 40460 at UW Extension teaches farmers to expand operations with CSAs <div _fallwcm="1" class="bdyItmPrt" id="divBdy"><div><div><div><div style="margin:0 0 10pt 0;"><span lang="en-US"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size:11pt;"><font color="#1F497D" size="3"><span style="font-size:13pt;">University of </span></font><font size="3"><span style="font-size:13pt;">Wyoming Cooperative Extension is working to educate ag producers about how to set up their own Community Supported Agriculture operations, or CSAs. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 14:37:54 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 38189 at Mixed feelings in WY about extended federal Farm Bill <p>The farm bill that has&nbsp;been in place&nbsp;for the last five years will be extended at least another nine months as part of a last minute provision under congress’s fiscal cliff package. Instead of a new five-year bill, certain aspects of the old bill will continue until September, like direct subsidies and the food assistance program, SNAP. The extension also offers assistance, including retroactively to last September, for certain programs many Wyomingites hold dear. Sat, 19 Jan 2013 00:17:56 +0000 Sara Hossaini 35452 at Mixed feelings in WY about extended federal Farm Bill Farmers Markets Contribute Big Money To Wyoming's Economy <p>The Wyoming Business Council found that farmers markets contributed more than a million dollars to Wyoming’s economy last year.</p><p>The Business Council’s Cindy Garretson-Weibel says that includes direct sales from the markets, plus additional money people spend in communities when attending farmers markets.</p><p>She says farmers markets give producers marketing opportunities, and that meeting consumers face-to-face can be good for business.</p> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 17:49:18 +0000 Willow Belden 30514 at Farmers Markets Contribute Big Money To Wyoming's Economy The sheep industry is starting to pick up <p>A researcher at the University of Wyoming predicts that the state has a bright future in the sheep industry.</p><p>Assistant Professor Brenda Alexander says demand for lamb and wool declined for decades as tastes in the U.S. changed, and sheep numbers dropped with them. But growing ethnic populations and newfound popularity of wool blends have caused an up-tick in the U.S. sheep industry.</p> Wed, 30 May 2012 23:44:29 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 24813 at The sheep industry is starting to pick up