Wyoming State WSARE Program Plan

Final report for WSP19-020

Project Type: PDP State Program
Funds awarded in 2019: $28,636.00
Projected End Date: 06/30/2022
Host Institution Award ID: G114-21-W7905
Grant Recipient: University of Wyoming
Region: Western
State: Wyoming
State Coordinator:
Dr. Caitlin Youngquist
University of Wyoming
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Project Information

Abstract:

Our objective is to support the professional development and education of producers and agriculture professionals in Wyoming on a range of topics related to low input sustainable agriculture.

Project Objectives:

Our objective is to support the professional development and education of producers and agriculture professionals in Wyoming on a range of topics related to low input sustainable agriculture.      

This will be done by:

  1. increasing the capacity of UW Extension educators and Conservation District staff to help producers implement sustainable practices;
  2. increasing the likelihood of success for farmers and ranchers implementing sustainable practices.

 

Advisors

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Education

Educational approach:

Our education approach included the following:

  1. Provide educational scholarships for agriculture professionals to participate in training programs that will increase their knowledge and skill in sustainable agriculture practices and principles.
  2. Provide SARE books for agriculture professionals in Wyoming to increase their knowledge of soil management, cover crops, and ecological weed management.
  3. Host programs in Wyoming focused on topics related to sustainable agriculture.

Education & Outreach Initiatives

Educational Scholarships
Objective:

To support the continuing education of agriculture professionals in Wyoming

Description:

We provided 3 scholarships in the amount of $500 each to participate in the Integrity Soils online education program.

Outcomes and impacts:

All participants increased their knowledge about soil health.

Privide SARE books for agriculture professionals
Objective:

Reach a wider audience of agriculture professionals by providing books that can be distributed to farmers, ranchers, educators, and consultants.

Description:

Purchased 35 SARE books for participants in the Wyoming Ranch Program (Building a Sustainable Business, Farmers Guide to Business Structures, Managing Cover Crops Profitably, and Organic Transition).

Purchased 1570 SARE books for 22 University of Wyoming Extension offices and Conservation Districts. These will be distributed to producers and other agriculture professionals. Titles purchased: Buildings Soils for Better Crops, Managing Cover Crops Profitably, and Manage Weeds on Your Farm.

Outcomes and impacts:

These books will reach a wide range of agriculture professionals across the state and increase their knowledge of sustainable agriculture practices.

Host programs in Wyoming focused on topics releated to sustainable agriculture
Objective:

Increase sustainable agriculture knowledge of agriculture professionals.

Description:

1. Travel expense and honorarium for speaker at Heart of Ag program.

2. Travel and speaking fee for Alejandro Carrillo with Understanding Ag for 3 day workshop on regenerative grazing.

3. Planted forage plots to demonstrate alternative forage crops that could be grown with lower inputs and increase profitability. Hosted two field tours.

 

Outcomes and impacts:

The program with Alejandro Carrillo was very high impact. He spend 3 days with Ranchers in the Ten Sleep area, and several have reported on practice changes. We now have a local regenerative grazing group that regularly shares resources and ideas. We have hosted several field tours  and are planning more events for this fall.

 

Educational & Outreach Activities

12 Consultations
1 Curricula, factsheets or educational tools
4 On-farm demonstrations
3 Online trainings
1 Study circle/focus groups
2 Tours
3 Webinars / talks / presentations
2 Workshop field days

Participation Summary:

35 Extension
6 NRCS
4 Nonprofit
20 Agency
1000 Farmers/ranchers

Learning Outcomes

1000 Participants gained or increased knowledge, skills and/or attitudes about sustainable agriculture topics, practices, strategies, approaches
20 Ag professionals intend to use knowledge, attitudes, skills and/or awareness learned

Project Outcomes

8 New working collaborations
23 Agricultural service provider participants who used knowledge and skills learned through this project (or incorporated project materials) in their educational activities, services, information products and/or tools for farmers
1000 Farmers reached through participant's programs
Additional Outcomes:

We sent out over 1500 books to Extension and Conservation District offices. Assuming that most of these are given to farmers, we will reach over 1000 producers around the state.

Recommendations:

I highly recommend Alejandro Carrillo with Understanding Ag for a multi-day grazing program.

Face of SARE

Face of SARE:

I hosted SARE tables at 2 local agriculture events, and sent out over 1500 SARE books to agriculture professionals around the state. I also promote the SARE grant programs though newsletters and with colleagues and farmers around the state.

25 Farmers received information about SARE grant programs and information resources
50 Ag professionals received information about SARE grant programs and information resources

Information Products

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.