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Wyoming Farm to Market Conference in Cheyenne PDF Print E-mail

Ever wondered what the USDA Seed Laboratory does to protect and store the worlds plant varieties, how to properly grow and save heirloom seeds or how to produce your own on farm nitrogen to fertilize your vegetables. These are just a few of the topics that will be covered at the November 11-12 "Farm to Market Conference" that will be held November 11-12 in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Community College CCI Building.

There is an incredible amount to interest in growing, selling and saving local fruits, vegetables and tree nuts.  On Friday the 11th, attendees will have the choice of one of four full day workshops. These workshops cover a certification course to satisfy FDA regulations on how to safely make acidified foods like pickles and salsa, a 101 course on seed breeding, production and saving, a build your own hands on hoop house workshop, and a course for farmers market managers on marketing, conflict resolution and management.  On Saturday the 12th, the conference will have a full day of information on topics like grape growing for northern climates, how to effectively manage a hoop house, best soil management practices, hop production, fruit tree production, branding and marketing your products, available grants, selling wholesale using third part certification, how to safely ferment food, and what's new on FSMA. If you're a producer, backyard gardener, food processor or Ag professional, this conference has a lot of benefits for those who attend.

For more information on the conference, contact Ted Craig at ted.craig@wyo.gov or Catherine Wissner at cwissner@uwyo.edu.

REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE HERE

 
New Online Tool Available to Purchase Weed Free Forage Products in WY PDF Print E-mail

The use of weed free forage is an important invasive species prevention tool.  Weed Free Forage products should be used to help prevent the introduction of weed seeds into new and susceptible areas.  Examples are hay mulch for reclamation, and feed for horses and stock in the backcountry.  On all National Forests, and BLM lands within several Wyoming counties, certified hay is required.  In response to the many public requests for information on weed free forage and straw, the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council has developed an online map to help the public find available product.

The address for this new interactive map is http://www.wyoweed.org/forageproducers. With this interactive map users can find information for producers and businesses selling certified weed-free products across the state. With a click of a mouse on a point you have the available product and contact information. You can scroll in, out and pan on the map to view different areas either using your mouse wheel or the option buttons on the map. Following the instructions on the page you can turn on and off the different forage products layers, bring up and search the table showing all the information.

The information is provided and updated periodically by the local Weed and Pest Control Districts responsible for certifying the fields with the permission of each producer.

For further information, contact your local Weed and Pest district with questions or for more information or visit the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council website at www.wyoweed.org.

 
Chapter 56 - Gray Wolf Depredation Compensation Program PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Technical Services Division, is proposing new Chapter 56 Regulations.

The new Chapter 56 Regulations are primarily for the Gray Wolf Depredation Compensation Program to establish the amount of funds allocated for each year of the Program, outline how the damage awards will be prorated depending on the number of verified claims, and explain the application process and requirements to qualify for gray wolf depredation compensation in the predator zone of Wyoming.

Public comments on the proposed regulations may be submitted by 5:00 pm on or before September 1, 2016. A public hearing will be held if requested by 25 or more persons, by a governmental subdivision, or by an organization of 25 or more members.

Written comments or request for a public hearing may be addressed to: Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Attn:  Kent Drake, 2219 Carey Avenue, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

To obtain a copy of the proposed regulations, interested parties may visit the following website   http://agriculture.wy.gov/images/stories/pdf/techserv/chapter56_gray%20wolf_final7-5-16.pdf or contact Kent Drake, Predator Management Coordinator, at kent.drake@wyo.gov or 307-777-6781.

 
Available Hay and Pasture PDF Print E-mail

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BOA Joint Meeting July 7 PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Board of Agriculture will be holding a joint meeting with the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, and the Wyoming Livestock Board, on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at 1:30 pm, at the Hampton Inn, 55 Bloomfield Avenue, Pindedale, WY. Topics include: The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission will be asked to vote to approve Chapter 66, Wyoming Bighorn/Domestic Sheep Plan Revision Rules.

 
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