An extension educator in Albany County has received the Wyoming Association of County Agriculture Agents Outstanding Educator Award.
Brian Sebade has worked with the University of Wyoming Extension Service since 2011, providing leadership and educational programming in a variety of areas including range management, plant identification, fruit trees, vegetable production, season extension, small acreage management, ATV safety and native plants.
He has served as county coordinator for two different counties and chairs the agriculture and horticulture initiative team in extension. He is also co-editor of the extension service’s “Barnyards & Backyards” magazine. He took on the ATV safety program, Wyoming Good Riding Practices, in 2017 to help reduce the number of ATV accidents in the state, and was active in providing 10 programs in two states for nearly 740 participants.
According to Jeremiah Vardiman, Park County agriculture and horticulture extension educator, Sebade also took initiative to develop programming for the emerald ash borer, a newly developing pest. The insect is currently found in Colorado, Nebraska and South Dakota but hasn’t yet been detected in Wyoming.