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The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is dedicated
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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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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.

 

 
Managed Pollinator Protection Plan PDF Print E-mail

Managed Pollinator Protection Plan - DRAFT DOCUMENT

The Wyoming Managed Pollinator Protection Plan was developed in response to a growing need for a balanced public policy that mitigates risk to managed pollinators, while minimizing the impact of that mitigation on production agriculture. In Wyoming, the two managed pollinators that this plan addresses are honey bees (Apis mellifera) and the Leafcutter Bee (Megachile rotundata).

Reducing pollinator exposure to pesticides is ideal. Our hope is to achieve this while continuing to provide access to habitat that supports bee health and derived benefits to agriculture. This pollinator plan is not a static document, but a work in progress. Far too little is known about the factors that may affect pollinator health. Research focusing on nutrition, bee repellants and the effects of pesticides is important. Other research into honey bee health, disease and parasite resistance and genetic diversity is also urgently needed so that more effective and comprehensive strategies can be put in place. We believe research can provide new answers and better solutions to the current dilemma.

Finally, effective communication among all parties is essential to the success of this plan. Unless we communicate freely and openly with one another, the rest of our goals cannot be reached.

Working together – farmers, beekeepers, pesticide applicators, scientists – Wyoming can protect its pollinators, while maintaining its position as a leading supplier of food, feed, fiber, and fuel for our nation and the world.

To download a copy of the draft MPPP please CLICK HERE

We will be taking comments on the plan until February 15, 2016 to submit a comment please CLICK HERE

 
Pesticide Applicator Renewal PDF Print E-mail

PESTICIDE APPLICATOR RENEWAL

Commercial Applicators... Renewal season is coming up quick. Please take a look at your pesticide applicator license and verify your expiration date. If your license expires on 1/31/2016 you will be receiving a renewal notice in the mail in the coming month. If you have met the renewal CEU requirement you will just need to verify information, sign and return your renewal form with payment. If you have not met the CEU requirements you will find instructions on the options you have for renewal. Please watch the mail for this information. If you do not receive it in the month of November please contact the WDA at 307-777-3502 to verify your address information. You can access your current CEU counts by clicking on this link: CLICK HERE

You can find the information on the Initial Pesticide Applicator Course and the Renewal Conference by going to the PESTICIDE SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAM site CLICK HERE.


 
Emergency Insect Management Committee Conference Call PDF Print E-mail

The Emergency Insect Management Committee will be meeting via conference call on Monday June 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  The committee will be reviewing an “Unforeseen Emergency Grant Request” from Niobrara County Weed and Pest Control District for the management of West Nile virus vector mosquitoes.  The request has been submitted to the committee due to the recent flooding events that Niobrara County, the Town of Lusk and the Town of Manville have experienced.

The conference call is open to the public.

Call information:  1-877-278-2734  Passcode 953809

 
Wyoming Bean Commission Now Seeking Applications for Commission Members PDF Print E-mail

Senate Enrolled Act 52 was passed into Law by the 2015 Wyoming State Legislature, creating the Wyoming Bean Commission. The Wyoming Bean Commission is now seeking applications for Gubernatorial Appointment.

The Act becomes effective on July 1st of this year and affects all growers of dry beans, as  well as all buyers and handlers of dry beans whether licensed or not.  The Bean Commission established by this act 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.  If any grower or handler of beans wishes to seek nomination to the board, visit the Governor’s website at http://governor.wyo.gov/resources/boards-and-commissions/ to obtain the application.

The Bean Commission will be funded through assessments collected on dry bean sales and will be 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.

For more information on the Wyoming Bean Commission, contact the Wyoming Department of Agriculture at 307-777-7321.

 
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