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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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Federal Wolf Decision Impacts Agriculture PDF Print E-mail

A ruling Tuesday by a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C. places gray wolves in Wyoming under federal protection. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department notifies residents and hunters that this suspends the take of gray wolves in Wyoming. The judge’s decision also impacts year-round hunting in the predator area and landowners protecting livestock and pets.

The State of Wyoming anticipates filing a motion to stay this decision this week.

“There are many positives in Judge Jackson’s decision. However, she held that Wyoming’s plan was not sufficiently formalized to support the Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 rule allowing limited take of gray wolves. We believe an emergency rule can remedy this, and I have instructed the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Attorney General to proceed accordingly,” Governor Matt Mead said.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has suspended all sales of gray wolf licenses and will establish a system to refund hunters who have already purchased a 2014 gray wolf license. Hunting in the trophy game area in northwest Wyoming scheduled to begin in October is suspended pending the outcome of the motion for stay.

“The Game and Fish Department believes in our sound management of wolves over the last two years. Today, we want all wolf hunters and landowners to know that the take of wolves in Wyoming – hunting and lethal take provisions in Wyoming statute – are suspended because of the federal court ruling,” said Scott Talbott, WGFD director.

If changes to the status of gray wolf hunting and other lethal take arise, they will be immediately announced by the State of Wyoming.

 
Acidified Food Processor Training PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture and the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association are sponsoring an Acidified Food Processor Training session on June 26, 2014 in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Community College Training Center.

This training session is for any acidified food processor or potential processor who has not met the requirements of the Federal Code of Regulations 21 CFR Part 114.10 that states operators shall have personnel to supervise processes that have completed an approved course. This includes processors that work with beans, cucumbers, cabbage, artichokes, cauliflower, peppers, salsas, some sauces, and fish among others.

The course will be taught by Brian Nummer (PhD) from Utah State University and will cover FDA regulations, microbiology of thermally processed foods, principles of acidified foods, food container handling, records and recordkeeping and hands on exercises with pH meters.

The registration fee for this course is $75.00 and the deadline for registration is June, 20, 2014. The course will go from 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. Participants can register online at http://wyacidifiedtraining.eventbrite.com. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Stratton at linda.stratton@wyo.gov or 307-777-6592.

 
Food Council to Meet PDF Print E-mail

The Governor’s Food Safety Council will meet April 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the WY Dept of Agriculture conference room, 2219 Carey Ave., Cheyenne.

Agenda items include; review proposed changes to Teton Health District Food Safety Rule and election of chairperson.

The meeting is open to the public and the public is invited to attend.  For further information, please contact Dean Finkenbinder, Manager, Consumer Health Services, Wyoming Department of Agriculture at 307-777-6587.

 
Board of Ag Meeting April 14-15 PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Board of Agriculture will be holding a meeting starting at 1 p.m. on April 14 in Cheyenne at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Main Office.

The Board of Agriculture will meet on April 14 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:15 p.m. and April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During the meeting, the Board will elect a new President and Vice President, review the policy book, and receive updates from Wyoming Department of Agriculture staff, the Wyoming Beef Council, Wyoming Ag in the Classroom, and others. The board will also review liaison assignments, meeting dates/locations for the remainder of the year and introduce and appoint the State Chemist.

There will be a chance for public comment and the public is encouraged to attend 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 Hodder, District 2; Shaun Sims, District 3; John Moore, District 4; Alison Lass, District 5; Bryan Brost, District 6; and Jim Price Jr., District 7. Youth Board Members include: vacant, Southeast; Richard Schlenker, Northwest; vacant, Southwest; and Cameron Smith, Northeast.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture main office is located at 2219 Carey Ave. in Cheyenne, WY. A full agenda for the meeting can be found at http://wyagric.state.wy.us/boa/agenda.

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.

 
Board of Ag Meeting February 18-20 PDF Print E-mail

Wyoming Board of Agriculture to Meet During Legislature on February 18-20

CHEYENNE (February 13, 2014) - The Wyoming Board of Agriculture will be holding a meeting starting at 1 p.m. on February 18th in Cheyenne at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Main Office.

The Board of Agriculture will meet on Feb 18 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m., February 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and February 20 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. During the meeting, the Board will attend the Senate Ag Committee on February 18 and the House Ag Committee Meeting on February 20. Items on the agenda include Water Quality Program reports, RHAP extensions and reports, a review of RHAP applications, and Agriculture Producer Research Grant Program application reviews.

There will be a chance for public comment and the public is encouraged to attend 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 Hodder, District 2; Shaun Sims, District 3; John Moore, District 4; Alison Lass, District 5; Bryan Brost, District 6; and Jim Price Jr., District 7. Youth Board Members include: Patrick Zimmerer, Southeast; Richard Schlenker, Northwest; John Hansen, Southwest; and Cameron Smith, Northeast.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture main office is located at 2219 Carey Ave. in Cheyenne, WY. A full agenda for the meeting can be found at http://wyagric.state.wy.us/boa/agenda.

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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Emergency Insect Management Grant Forms 2014

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