Wyoming

The University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UWCES) and the Big Horn Basin Ag Ambassadors have teamed up to present Wyoming Extension's Strategically and Technologically Informative (WESTI) Ag Days, in Worland, Feb. 5 and 6.

"Partners in Agriculture" will be held at the Worland Elks Lodge, with registration beginning at 9 a.m. each morning. Ag producers and others involved with the agriculture industry throughout the Big Horn Basin are encouraged to attend. There is no registration fee for the conference.

A series of concurrent sessions will offer participants a menu of programs from which to choose. Controlling crop insects, soil fertility management, marketing quality hay, computers in agriculture, estate tax issues and water rights are among the topics to be covered Tuesday, Feb. 5. The first WESTI session will warp up with a panel discussion, "Alternative in Agriculture," with Ken Weekes, chairman of the Big Horn Basin Ethanol Production Initiative; Rick Six, chief executive officer of Six Farms; and Bill Bunce and Leah Burscion, Wyoming Business Council.

Day two of WESTI will key in on ranching issues, including strategies for managing drought in the Big Horn Basin, managing personnel involved with the family ranch, monitoring rangelands, estate planning and income tax issues, as well as a session devoted to the relationship of wildlife to private lands. Wednesday's ag panel, "Water is Our Destiny," includes State Engineer Pat Tyrrell; Quentin Skinner, UW riparian management specialist; Tim Gaven, regional manager for Reinke Irrigation; and John Lawson, supervisor, Boysen Reservoir for the Bureau of Reclamation.

WESTI Ag Days are geared for educational excellence and are made possible by the support of local agribusinesses throughout the Big Horn Basin. Agendas and other registration materials are available through Jim Gill, Washakie County Extension office, 116 South 11th. Worland, WY 82401, or by calling 307-347-3431.

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