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Western Integrated Resource Education -WIRE

Managing any kind of agricultural enterprise in today's environment is becoming increasingly complex and more difficult. The WIRE course teaches a process of management for agricultural operations, that can help sort through the complexities and empower the people involved to achieve their goals.

WIRE helps find the answers to the age-old questions: "Where am I headed"?, "Where am I right now"?, and most importantly, "How do I get to where I want to go"? However, WIRE does not prescribe universal solutions to these questions. Rather, it provides a process for finding the set of best-possible alternatives and evaluating the outcome for the chosen course to success.

WIRE recognizes that each farm/ranch operation is composed of a unique set of environmental and physical resources, as well as a particular set of capacities and capabilities within the human resources involved. The WIRE process seeks to find the optimal combination of resources, using them to reach the goals set-out for the operation. Quantity and timing of resource use by farm/ranch activities is considered, as well as the interactions and sustainability of resource demands by the operation.

This on-line version of the course is being adapted from a successful Cooperative Extension Service program developed in Wyoming in 1992, and has since been favorably expanded to Idaho, Utah, and Montana. Offerings have also received positive reviews in Saskatchewan and Queensland, Australia. It gives participants the opportunity to not only learn integrated management techniques for problem solving, but also to apply those techniques to actual agricultural operations. Participants will be able to interact with course instructors, as well as other enrollees throughout the course.

Online management course offered for agricultural producers


Ranchers and farmers can learn strategic management techniques to apply to their own agricultural operations in an online Western Integrated Resource Education (WIRE) course developed by the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (CES).


Strategic Management is the first class in the three-part series. Information about registration can be obtained on the WIRE Web site at wire.uwagec.org or by contacting John Hewlett, CES farm and ranch specialist, at  hewlett@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2166.


WIRE teaches a concept of management that provides practical tools for integrating the physical, biological, financial and human resources of agricultural operations, according to Hewlett. The course emphasizes the process of management – setting goals and priorities, making decisions, planning, budgeting, keeping records and evaluating operations with personal goals and optimization in mind.


Utilizing presentations, readings, case studies, management team meetings, worksheets, and student/instructor interaction, WIRE delivers a hands-on approach to enhance learning, Hewlett says.


A second WIRE course covers the tactical level of management is also available, followed by a third session on operational management.


The courses are taught by Hewlett, Human Development Specialist Randy Weigel and other CES specialists and educators.


Tactical Management Course Offered Online for Producers


Ranchers and farmers can learn tactical management techniques to apply to their own agricultural operations in an online Western Integrated Resources Education (WIRE) course developed by the University of Wyoming’s Cooperative Extension Service (CES).


To register for the second class in the three-part series visit “What We Do” at wire.uwagec.org or contact John Hewlett, CES farm and ranch specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, at hewlett@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2166.


 WIRE teaches a concept of management that provides practical tools for integrating the physical, biological, financial and human resources of agricultural operations, according to Hewlett. The course emphasizes the process of management – setting goals and priorities, making decisions, planning, budgeting, keeping records and evaluating operations with personal goals and optimization in mind.


Operational management course offered online for agricultural producers


 Operational Management, the third and final course in the Western Integrated Resource Education (WIRE) online series developed by the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service (UW CES) to help ranchers and farmers become innovators.


 Information about registration can be obtained on the WIRE Web site at agecon.uwyo.edu/wire or by contacting John Hewlett, UW CES farm and ranch management specialist, at  hewlett@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2166. See wire.uwagec.org for more information.


The course will focus on the operational level of running an enterprise, during which producers decide the specifics of how, when, and by whom ranch or farm management will be accomplished. Implementing a plan of action, monitoring resource use, and developing timely, proactive responses to the ever-changing world of today’s agriculture will be discussed.


 Producers will learn the tools to manage the relationships and interactions of major resources like rangeland, crops, livestock, wildlife, finances, human creativity, and labor.


 Taught by Hewlett, Human Development Specialist Randy Weigel, and other CES educators, WIRE emphasizes the whole management process, linking objectives and available resources with the daily running of a ranching or farming operation. Previous WIRE courses focused on strategic and tactical management techniques.