GMOs, getting better prices topics at WESTI Ag Days in Worland

Extension specialist Cole Ehmke, right, visits with Fred Drake of Ten Sleep after an estate planning session at last year's WESTI Ag Days.
Extension specialist Cole Ehmke, right, visits with Fred Drake of Ten Sleep after an estate planning session at last year’s WESTI Ag Days.

More than 35 sessions, including presentations on soil health, native grasses for range and pasture and composting with worms, are part of WESTI Ag Days for agriculture producers Friday, February 19, and small-acreage landowners and gardeners Saturday, February 20, in Worland.

WESTI (Wyoming Extension’s Strategically and Technologically Informative) Ag Days registration begins both days at 8 a.m., with closing remarks and a raffle both days at 4:30 p.m.  at the Worland Community Center Complex at 1200 Culbertson Ave.

The Washakie County office of University of Wyoming Extension and Washakie County Conservation District sponsor the annual event, now in its 19th year.

A private pesticide applicator’s class is 12-4 p.m. Thursday, February 18, at the Washakie County Extension office in the Worland Community Center. Caitlin Price Youngquist, UW Extension educator, recommends the course for those needing to renew their licenses and notes that registration is required.

Experts from the University of Wyoming and USDA present ways at WESTI to improve safety, profitability, and enjoyment. The schedule and more information are at bit.ly/2016westiagdays. Lunch is provided by the Washakie County Cowbelles both days.

Friday topics for farmers and ranchers include herbicide resistance, nutrient management, livestock market outlook, futures, water rights, sage grouse, mobile apps and Google Earth for agriculture, and communicating about GMOs (genetically modified organisms).

Saturday topics for small-acreage landowners and gardeners include weed and pest management, pollinators and irrigation, native landscaping, livestock genetics, horse management, alternative energy, and how to prepare for a disaster, and preserving the garden harvest.

For more information, contact UW Extension’s Janet Benson at (307) 347-3431 or  jbenso19@uwyo.edu.