Lots of giant pumpkins!

2018 Giant Pumpkin Contest Kickoff to be held in Torrington

It is time again to start thinking about growing that giant pumpkin! To help you get started on the right foot, I mean vine, the Goshen County Master Gardeners will be hosting Jay Richard, a giant pumpkin grower from Worland, WY at the Extension Office on Saturday, April 14th at 10 am. Jay has a lot of experience to share in growing giant pumpkins, and has grown a pumpkin as big as 955 lbs!

Last year, Jay Richard presented his growing giant pumpkins 101. This year, he will be presenting advanced material to help you take it to the next level! But, if you are a beginner, please still come out, as Jay will be happy to answer all your growing questions.

We will have free seeds available for all who attend the kickoff event, door prizes as well as some yummy pumpkin treats! Everyone is welcome and eligible to compete, no matter where you live, it’s open to the world! So come on down and have fun and learn all about growing giant pumpkins. You can also check out Jay’s giant pumpkins on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wyogiants/. For more information call the Goshen County Extension Office at (307) 532-2436.

Small Acreage Irrigation Seminar to be held in Torrington

Please note the date change: from April 19th to April 26th

Owning and managing a small acreage in Wyoming is exciting but can present many  challenges. Several of these challenges revolve around water and irrigation.

Whether purchasing a property or already an owner, you may have irrigation questions: Can I use the water from the ditch running across the property? What is a water right? Does the property have one? What is the best method to irrigate my property? How often should I irrigate? What are some ways to deal with conflicts with my neighbor over water?

Come get these answers and more on Thursday, April 26th from 6 pm to 8:30 pm at the Goshen County 4-H Building, on the Goshen County Fair Grounds. Representatives from University of Wyoming Extension, Wyoming Department of Ag and Wyoming State Engineers Office will be on hand to discuss and answer questions relating to water rights and irrigation strategies. Steps for addressing conflicts over water will also be addressed.

Small Acreage Irrigation Seminar Agenda

Beginning TimeEnd TimeTopicPresenterAffiliation
6:006:45Wyoming water law for small acreages and subdivisionsKristi HansenUW Department of Agricultural Economics
6:457:15Small acreage irrigation optionsCaleb CarterUW Extension
7:157:25Break
7:257:45Irrigation conflicts in your neighborhoodLucy PauleyWyoming Department of Ag Mediation Program
7:45~8:30Q and A on Wyoming Water Law and small acreage irrigationPresenters and representatives from the Wyoming State Engineers Office

If you are considering selling your property as small acreages, then this is also a good opportunity to learn how to handle your current water right moving forward, to help alleviate issues later on.

You can also find the Wyoming Small Acreage Irrigation Guide as well as related resources by going to http://www.uwyo.edu/barnbackyard/ and clicking on “water”.

The program is free and all attendees will receive a copy of the new Wyoming Small Acreage Irrigation Guide. Please RSVP for planning purposes to the Goshen County Extension Office at (307) 532-2436.

2018 private pesticide applicator training

Do you need to renew your private pesticide applicator license or obtain a new license? Then be sure to attend one of the training’s being offered across Southeast Wyoming beginning in January.

These training’s will also count for 4 hours of continuing credits (CEU’s) for commercial applicator’s.

Goshen County
  • Monday, January 8th  – noon to 4 pm, Platte Valley Bank, Torrington, WY
  • Tuesday, January 9th – 8 am to noon, Platte Valley Bank, Torrington, WY
  • Will be an additional date in March for Torrington, TBD
Laramie County
  • February 22nd, from noon to 4 pm. Will be held at the Archer Complex, Laramie County Fairgrounds.

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Torrington hosts High Plains Crop Convention Nov. 21

Crop production, pest and disease updates and irrigation are among topics at the High Plains Crop Convention Tuesday, Nov. 21, in Torrington.

The program is in the Rendezvous Center on the Goshen County Fairgrounds, 7078 Fairgrounds Rd. Registration begins at 9:00 am, with the program beginning at 9:30, wrapping up at 4:30.

A wide variety of topics will be presented, making it easy for attendees to find programming relevant to them and their operation. It is also a great opportunity to get updates on current and ongoing efforts from researchers from the University of Wyoming.

Aside from University of Wyoming Extension specialists presenting on current research updates and looming disease and pest concerns, the convention will also host guest speakers, including: Continue reading Torrington hosts High Plains Crop Convention Nov. 21

Lots of giant pumpkins!

2017 Giant Pumpkin Contest Results!

A BIG perspective!
A BIG perspective!

We had a great turn out for the 2nd annual Giant Pumpkin Contest this year. The weigh-in was held on Saturday, October 7th and we had 23 entries, 20 in the over 12 age division and 3 in the 0 to 12 age division.

We also had a giant cabbage contest and fall themed treats and drinks provided by the Goshen County 4H robotics First Lego League team! Continue reading 2017 Giant Pumpkin Contest Results!

Now hiring: Extension Administrative Assistant/Youth Show Coordinator

it is with a bit of sadness that we announce that our Administrative Assistant/Goshen County Fair Youth Show Coordinator, Mercedes Powers has left her position in our office. But, we are excited for her to move on to her next adventure! That also means that we have reopened the position and are taking applications.

Do you enjoy working with people? Are you looking for a way to give back to the community and work with kids? If so we would encourage you to read on about the job specifics and consider applying.

This unique professional position provides administrative support to
Extension Educators serving Goshen County while simultaneously providing leadership to the Goshen County Fair Youth Division under the supervision of the Goshen County Fair Youth Show Committee, a sub-committee of the Goshen County Fair Board. Continue reading Now hiring: Extension Administrative Assistant/Youth Show Coordinator