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New 4-H educator joins UW Extension

by Wyoming Livestock Roundup

The University of Wyoming (UW) Albany County Extension Office welcomed Amanda Dougherty as its new 4-H youth development educator.

Dougherty earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and biochemistry from Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and achieved her PhD in animal and veterinary sciences at the University of Wyoming.

Most recently, Dougherty worked as a research associate at UW’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management.

Dougherty enjoys sharing knowledge and inspiring youth and adults to get excited about science. 

Since 2016, she has volunteered with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department as a hunter education instructor. She has also led outreach and educational workshops for the first Wyoming seed bank, which she co-founded.

Dougherty’s scientific expertise and volunteer work is complemented by her lifelong interest and background in agriculture. She is a third-generation farmer raised on a dairy farm in northern Illinois, and to this day, she runs a small hobby farm in Laramie.

Dougherty says, “Working in laboratories has taught me how to problem solve, be resilient and how to find reliable information, all of which I can bring to my new role. I am excited to become a part of the thriving 4-H community in Albany County and learn how the program can grow and change to meet the needs of its members.”

Dougherty began her work with UW Extension on July 5. She can be contacted at or 307-721-2571.

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