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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.

 
Berry Named Deputy Director PDF Print E-mail

Stacia Berry - Deputy Director

Stacia Berry was recently named Deputy Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) and will start on July 6, 2015.

A fourth generation Wyomingite with deep roots in agriculture, Berry brings a wealth of experience as a lawyer and lifelong advocate for agriculture to the WDA.

“We are incredibly happy and excited to have Stacia join us at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture,” said Doug Miyamoto, Director of the WDA. “With her strong ag background and legal experience, she will bring a unique skill set and fresh perspective to our department that will help us navigate through the challenges the ag industry faces in Wyoming.”

“I am humbled and excited to have the opportunity to serve citizens in the state as Deputy Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture,” said Berry. “While I have spent the majority of my career as an attorney, my ties have always been to Wyoming and the agriculture industry.”

Most recently, Berry was an attorney with Hagemen Law P.C. in Cheyenne. In this position, her areas of practice were water, natural resources, and private property. She drafted and defended petitions to the Wyoming State Board of Control, facilitated Irrigation District monthly business and court filings, drafted and executed contracts and agreements, and presented speeches on Water and Natural Resource topics. Along with this, she serves as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Conservation Alliance.

Prior to this, she worked at the Defender Aid Program at the University of Wyoming, was a National Needs Fellow at Colorado State University, Workshop Writer and Presenter for the National FFA organization and was the National FFA Secretary. While working in all of these positions and to this day, Berry remains active in her family’s livestock operation raising horned Hereford cattle which was homesteaded north of Cheyenne more than 100 years ago. She is a devoted advocate for agriculture and to the citizens of this State who are committed to being stewards of the land and producing this nation’s food and fiber.

“Agriculture is a key piece of Wyoming’s identity and economy,” said Berry. “I believe it is an industry and a way of life that is worth fighting for.”

Berry was an active member of the State and National FFA organizations and received the title s of State and National Champion Extemporaneous Speaker State and National Champion Parliamentary Procedure Team, State Champion and Third High Individual National Poultry Judge, and State Championship titles in Creed Speaking and Prepared Speaking. Berry has also earned several awards and acclaim, including being recognized as the University of Wyoming Outstanding Graduating Female “Spitaleri Award,” Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Senior Female, College of Agriculture: Ag Ambassador President, Voir Dire Contest Winner, Wyoming Young Lawyers Board member, and National Collegiate FFA Agriculture Ambassador.

“Stacia’s outgoing personality, work ethic, legal background and deep knowledge of ag and natural resources will help the WDA do the best work in the ever growing policy review side of the WDA,” said Miyamoto. “She is passionate about agriculture, has worked hard for the state’s agriculture industry, and knows Wyoming and the challenges we face. I am sure she will be an exemplary Deputy Director at the WDA.”

Berry received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wyoming in 2008, a Master of Agricultural Science Degree from Colorado State University in 2009, and graduated from the University Of Wyoming College Of Law with a Juris Doctorate in May 2012. She is admitted to practice law in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

She and her husband Travis Koch live in Cheyenne and enjoy working on the family ranch, time in the mountains and traveling.

 
2015 Organic Certification Reimbursement Grant PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is offering cost-share funds for organic certification. The program helps defray costs of organic certification or re-certification of organic crops, wild crops and livestock.  Eligible producers can receive up to 75 percent of certification costs, up to a maximum of $750 per category of certification. For example an operation that is certified for crops, livestock, wild crops and handler (i.e. processor) is eligible for a combined maximum of $3000.  Eligible expenditures are limited to expenses for costs incurred for organic certification or re-certification by an accredited certifying organization between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015.  Expenses may include inspector fees, certification fees, organic royalty fees paid to a certifier for product during grant time period, etc. Ineligible expenditures are those not associated with actual certification costs, such as costs expended soliciting certification, international organic certification fees, registration/membership, fees, postage, phone/internet fees, etc. For more information on how to apply, click the following link. 

2015 Organic Certification Reimbursement Grant Application 

 
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