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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.

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Acidified Food Processor Training PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) and Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association (WFMA) will host acidified food processor trainings in Powell on April 14, 2015 and Jackson on April 23, 2015.

These trainings are focused on any acidified food processor or potential processors who have not met the requirements of the Federal Code of Regulations that state all operators shall have personnel to supervise processes that have completed an approved course. During the course, participants will learn about FDA regulations, microbiology of thermally processed foods, principals of acidified foods, food container handling, records and recordkeeping, and will have hands on exercises with pH meters. Along with this, producers can bring their products and they will be shipped for testing.

Acidified foods include items like BBQ sauces and other sauces, salsas, pickled vegetables, low acid fruit and vegetable jams/jellies, dressings and more.

The courses will be taught by Brian Nummer, PhD from Utah State University and will cost $75.00 per participant. Both courses are limited to 40 participants and the deadline for registration is April 10, 2015. More information on each of the training sessions is listed below.

Powell Training Session

When: April 14, 2015

Where: North West College – Fagerberg Room 70, Powell Wyoming

Registration:   https://powellacidifiedfood.eventbrite.com

Jackson Training Session

When: April 23, 2015

Where: UW-Teton County Extension Office – 255 W. Deloney St., Jackson Wyoming

Registration: https://jacksonacidifiedfood.eventbrite.com


For questions on the training, contact Linda Stratton at linda.stratton@wyo.gov or 307-777-6592.



 
Emergency Insect Management Grant Forms 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Application Deadline - March 6th, 2015

For information contact Slade Franklin at 307-777-6585

2015 Emergency Insect Management Grant Application - WORD DOCUMENT or PDF DOCUMENT

 
Notice of Public Hearing on Amendment to the Weed and Pest Designated List PDF Print E-mail

A Public Hearing on the proposed addition of Black Henbane (Hyoscaymus Niger) to the State Designated Weed and Pest List as defined by W.S. 11-5-102(A)(X) will be held on Wednesday, February 11TH, 2015, Beginning at 8:00 A.M in accordance with Wyoming Rules and Regulations Board of Agriculture Chapter 42. The hearing will be held in the conference room of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, 2219 Carey Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming. All persons wishing to comment on the proposed addition are invited to attend. Written comments on the proposed action will be accepted until the close of the hearing. A copy of the proposed resolution can be obtained by contacting Slade Franklin at 307-777-6585 OR SLADE.FRANKLIN@WYO.GOV. 

 
USDA Designates 2 Counties in Wyoming as Primary Natural Disaster Areas PDF Print E-mail

USDA Designates 2 Counties in Wyoming as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Big Horn and Park counties as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by an early hard freeze that occurred from September 10 through September 12, 2014.

After reviewing Loss Assessment Reports, USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack determined there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation with Big Horn and Park counties in Wyoming being designated primary natural disaster areas and will qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Wyoming also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their parishes are contiguous:

Fremont                                         Johnson                                          Teton

Hot Springs                                    Sheridan                                         Washakie

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Montana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:

Montana

Big Horn                      Carbon                         Gallatin                        Park

A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Services Agency provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans.

Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information.

 
SEED LAW PDF Print E-mail

CHAPTER 51 - REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO SEED LAW

Chapter 51 - Regulations Pertaining to Seed Law

 
Goodrich Named RMAF Fair Manager of the Year PDF Print E-mail

James Goodrich, Director of the Wyoming State Fair, was recently named the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF) Fair Manager of the Year at their recent convention in Great Falls, Montana.

Goodrich has been the Director of the Wyoming State Fair since 2007 and has made significant contributions to the Wyoming State Fair and grounds. As Director, he spearheaded and managed the 100th Wyoming State Fair celebration and has overseen several projects to improve the quality of the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. .

“With a level headed approach and a wealth of knowledge, his unique style has helped the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo move forward in significant and positive ways,” said Jason Fearneyhough, Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. “He not only had the momentous task of managing the biggest and most involved Wyoming State Fair during the 100th celebration, but he has successfully maintained the momentum and excitement in the following years. Along with this, under his management, the grounds continue to improve for the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo as well as the numerous off season events that utilize our amazing grounds.”

The Fair Manager of the Year award is given to any active Fair Manager who has been involved with their fair for a minimum of five years and has made outstanding contributions to their fair and community. The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs’ purpose is to promote fairs and similar events throughout our membership area and to provide a platform to unite fairs and events with exceptional and unique entertainment for public enjoyment. The Rocky Mountain region includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Wyoming State Fair is a showcase of Wyoming agriculture and industries. Stationed in Douglas, Wyoming since 1905, the State Fair also represents Wyoming heritage and culture with a focus on education, competition, and entertainment for all ages. The Wyoming State Fair also host events throughout the year on the grounds. 


 
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