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Windy K. Kelley

Ms. Windy Kelley joined the USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub in April 2015 as the Regional Extension Program Coordinator, and she works for the University of Wyoming Extension. She started her service with the University of Wyoming Extension in 2012 as the rangeland educator in western Wyoming. In 2010, Windy joined the Wyoming Department of Agriculture in the Jonah and Pinedale Anticline interagency offices as the Agricultural Program Coordinator. She was born and raised in Wyoming – and gained appreciation for the state’s industries at an early age. Windy is a first generation college graduate.

Featured Work

Extension & Outreach

  • Project Lead: Learning from Your Neighbor: Climate Resiliency in Agriculture (on-going)
    • Explore this interactive story map,  where you can meet and learn from agricultural producers about innovative management strategies, which they have implemented in hopes of being more resilient to risks related to extreme weather and a changing climate.
  • Team Lead: Wyoming Conditions Monitoring Team (on-going)
    • A collaborative effort of local, state, tribal, university, and federal partners that formed in response to an emerging drought in June of 2020. The Wyoming Conditions Monitoring Team (WCMT) coordinates and submits weekly recommendations to the U.S. Drought Monitor authors for consideration. The WCMT also offers a monthly webinar (WY Conditions & Outlooks), and manages the WY Drought Information & Resources website that Governor Gordon announced on June 9, 2021.
  • Event Co-Lead: AgroClimate Outreach Exchange (2019)
    • A 2-day interactive event in Fort Collins, CO, that facilitated the exchange of innovative agroclimate outreach tools and approaches developed by NPCH Extension & Outreach partners. Explore the post-event website here.

Publications: Gray Literature

Kelley, W.K. 2022. Regional partnerships elevate Wyoming's ability to serve the people. University of Wyoming Extension, MP-151.

Kelley, W. 2020. Understanding temperature inversions, mitigating pesticide drift -- and maintaining friendly neighbors. Barnyards & Backyards Spring: 22-23.

Kelley, W. 2018. Drought Risk Atlas (DRA). In Sebade, Brian, ed. Navigating Drought in Wyoming. University of Wyoming Extension, B-1325: 27-28.

Kelley, W. 2018. U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM). In Sebade, Brian, ed. Navigating Drought in Wyoming. University of Wyoming Extension, B-1325: 29-31.

Von Buettner, K., W. Kelley. 2018. Wyoming's white gold and how it's monitored. Barnyards & Backyards Winter: 4-6.

Carter, C., K. Hansen, W. Kelley, L. Pauley, J. Thompson (ed.). 2017. Wyoming Small Acreage Irrigation. University of Wyoming Extension, B-1306.

Vardiam, J., T. Williams, B. Bauer, C. Carter, D. Keto, W. Kelley. 2017. Minimizing extreme weather impacts: cover crops 101. University of Wyoming Extension, MP-131.3.

Williams, T., B. Bauer, J. Vardiman, C. Carter, D. Keto, W. Kelley. 2017. Using no-till to minimize extreme weather impacts. University of Wyoming Extension, MP-131.2.

Bauer, B., T. Williams, J. Vardiman, C. Carter, D. Keto, W. Kelley. 2017. Community collaborative rain, hail, and snow network. University of Wyoming Extension, MP-131.1.

Kelley, W. 2016. Collecting precipitation data provides information for public good. Barnyards & Backyards Spring: 23-24.

Publications: Peer Reviewed

Schulz, T.T., H. Wilmer, H. Yocum, E. Winford, D Peck, A.C. Monlezun, H. Schmalz, T. Klemm, K. Epstein, V. Jansen, W. Kelley, R. Bruegger, S. Fick, J. Gazing Wolf, J. Grace, R. Mann, J. Derner. 2021. Campfire Conversations at the 2020 annual meeting: insights and lessons learned from a “cuss-and-discuss” rather than “chalk-and-talk”. Rangelands 43: 166 – 172.

Scasta, J.D., W. Kelley (guest eds.). 2016. Drought on Rangelands: Effects and Solutions. Rangelands 38(4).

Kelley, W.K., J.D. Scasta, J.D. Derner. 2016. Advancing knowledge for proactive drought planning and enhancing adaptive management for drought on rangelands: introduction to a special issue. Rangelands 38: 159-161.

Wilmer, H., E. York, W.K. Kelley, M.W. Brunson. 2016. "In every rancher's mind": effects of drought on ranch planning and practice. Rangelands 38: 216-221.

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  • Regional Extension Program Coordinator, USDA NPCH
  • Weather Variability & Agricultural Resiliency Specialist, University of Wyoming Extension


USDA Northern Plains Climate Hub, University of Wyoming Extension


9660 US Highway 191
P.O. Box 579
Pinedale, WY 82941

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