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agriculture, natural resources and contribution to
Wyoming quality of life.

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The Wyoming Department of Agriculture assists the citizens of Wyoming to live safe and healthy lives, promote and preserve our agricultural community, be responsible stewards of our natural resources, and achieve integrity in the marketplace.

The WDA is comprised of six sections: Administrative Services, Analytical Services (Chemistry & Microbiology Laboratories), Consumer Health Services, Natural Resources & Policy, Technical Services, and Wyoming State Fair.

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Board of Ag to Meet in Cheyenne April 11-12 PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Board of Agriculture will meet in Cheyenne, WY at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture main office on April 11-12, 2016.

The Wyoming Board of Agriculture will meet from 1:00 p.m. and will adjourn at 4:20 p.m. on April 11, 2016 and from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on April 12th. During the meeting, the Board will elect a new President and Vice President, review liaison assignments, discuss new contract requirements for UW contracts with state agencies, receive an update on lab operations, hear presentations on Weed and Pest Council designated and declared resolutions, an update on State Fair, and discuss bighorn sheep rules and H2A labor. Along with this, they will also hear Water Quality reports and requests, hear updates on the Rangeland Health Assessment Program, receive updates from the WDA and the legislative session, and conduct other business as needed.

There will be a chance for public comment during the meeting.

The Board of Agriculture enforces the rules and regulations of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Seven board members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms to represent geographical areas of the state. Board members include: Jana Ginter, District 1; Jim Rogers, District 2; Shaun Sims, District 3; Amanda Hulet, District 4; Alison Lass, District 5; Bryan Brost, District 6; and Kevin Schieffer., District 7. Youth Board Members include: Kendall Roberts, Southeast; Richard Schlenker, Northwest; John Hansen, Southwest; and Cameron Smith, Northeast.

A full agenda with call in information for the meeting can be found at http://wyagric.state.wy.us/boa/agenda.

The call in number for the meeting is available on the agenda and the Wyoming Department of Agriculture is located in Cheyenne at 2219 Carey Ave.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternate formats will be made available for individuals with disabilities upon request in advance of the meeting.

 
2016 Specialty Crop Grant Application PDF Print E-mail

The 2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program grant application for Fiscal Year 2016 funding cycle (10/1/16 - 9/30/19) is now available. The grant proposal application due date is May 2, 2016. 

2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Application and Templates

2016 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program Manual

 
EIMC Meeting April 19th PDF Print E-mail

The Emergency Insect Management Committee will meet on Tuesday April 19th, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Wyoming Department of Agriculture main conference room. During the meeting, the Committee will consider grant proposals and take care of other general business items. Te Wyoming Department of Agriculture is located at 2219 Carey Avenue in Cheyenne, WY and more information on the meeting can be obtained by contacting 307-777-6585.

 
Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules and Regulations - CHS 2016 PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Consumer Health Services section is amending the Wyoming Food Safety Rule. The amendments are taking place to remain current with requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture in maintaining an “at least equal to” status for the state meat inspection program.

The Department of Agriculture is readopting Chapter 14 of the Wyoming Food Safety Rule. The United States Department Agriculture requires the Wyoming Department of Agriculture/Consumer Health Services (WDA/CHS) to immediately adopt the 2016 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Title 9, Part 300 to End, in order to maintain an "at least equal to" status for our state meat inspection program. Additionally, WDA/CHS is adopting parts of Title 21 of the CFR in order to update requirements for performing Food & Drug Administration contract inspections.   The changes in Chapter 14 are denoted through the “strike and underline” method.  Underlined items are proposed additions and strike-through items are proposed deletions.

The 45 day public comment period begins February 25, 2016, and ends April 10, 2016.  A public hearing will be held if requested by 25 persons, a governmental subdivision or by an association having not less than 25 members.  Written comments or request for a public hearing may be addressed to: Wyoming Department of Agriculture, 2219 Carey Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

To obtain a copy of the proposed changes to Wyoming Food Safety Rule or a copy of a complete description of the changes, interested parties may contact Dean Finkenbinder, Manager of Consumer Health Services at dean.finkenbinder@wyo.gov.   The proposed changes to the Wyoming Food Safety Rule may be accessed on the Consumer Health Services website at http://agriculture.wy.gov/divisions/chs/food-safety.

 
2016 EIMG Application PDF Print E-mail

The 2016 Emergency Insect Management Grant application is now available. The deadline to have the application filled out and returned is 03/25/16. If you have any questions, contact Slade Franklin at 307-777-6585 or slade.franklin@wyo.gov.

2016 Emergency Insect Management Grant Application PDF

2016 Emergency Insect Management Grant Application Word Document

 
Wyoming Bean Commission First Meeting PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Bean Commission has six members who were recently appointed by Governor Mead to serve on the commission and will meet for the first time on December 7-8, 2015 in Cheyenne.

The first meeting of the Wyoming Bean Commission is set for December 7-8, 2015 in Cheyenne, Wyoming at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture main office. During the first day of the meeting which starts at 8:30 a.m., the Commission will elect Commission Chair and Vice Chair, review the statute and Commission responsibilities, establish policies for procedural board duties, receive training on Boards & Commissions, hear an overview on Formal Rule Making Procedures and review rules draft, and discuss fiscal procedures. On the second day which starts at 8:30 a.m., the Commission will continue discussion on fiscal procedures, discuss future research needs, and discuss handler audits & verification of payments of assessments, and any discuss any other business before the Commission. The meeting will conclude each day upon the completion of business and there will be an opportunity for public comment each day.

The newly appointed members of the Wyoming Bean Commission are Jeffery Chapman (handler) of Goshen County, Beau Fulton (grower) of Park County, Jerrod Lind (grower) of Platte County, Pascual Aguilar (grower) of Big Horn County, Wayne Hort (grower) of Goshen County, Lynn Preator (handler/bean dealer) of Big Horn County, and Hank Uhden (ex-officio member from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture).

The Bean Commission established by Senate File 42 is comprised of six members initially appointed by the Governor. Four members are growers, and two members are handlers with facilities located in Wyoming. One member must reside in Laramie, Platte or Goshen County, Wyoming.  The Bean Commission is funded through assessments collected on dry bean sales and is housed within the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. The commission will meet no less than two times each year and will keep a permanent record of its proceedings and report its activities to the Governor and Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands, and Water Resources interim committee. Along with this, the commission may conduct or contract scientific research,  disseminate information on dry edible beans based on research, study state and federal legislation with respect to matters concerning the dry edible bean industry, appoint advisory groups, make grants to research agencies for financing special or emergency studies, and a variety of other activates.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is located at 2219 Carey Ave. in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For more information on the Wyoming Bean Commission, contact the Wyoming Department of Agriculture at 307-777-7321.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternate formats will be made available for individuals with disabilities upon request in advance of the meeting.

 

 
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