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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.

 

 
Registered Service Technician Annual Training PDF Print E-mail

Registration is now open for the 2016 Registered Service Technician Training. This training will meet the requirements to renew/maintain your certification for an additional 3 years past the date of the training.

To register for one of the trainings click on the REGISTER NOW link under to the desired training:

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Gillette, Wyoming
Campbell County Library,
2101 South 4-J Road, Gillette, WY
9:30 am - 1:30 pm (Check-In at 9:00 am)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
Sheridan, Wyoming
Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality, Tech Room
2100 W. 5th St, Sheridan, WY
9:30 am - 1:30 pm (Check-In at 9:00 am)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Thursday, February 4th, 2016
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures Lab Conference Room
6607 Campstool Rd, Cheyenne, WY
9:30 am - 1:30 pm (Check-In at 9:00 am)
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


 
Notice of Public Hearing on Proposed Rules PDF Print E-mail

A public hearing on the proposed amendments to Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 to the Wyoming Regulations for Swimming Pools, Spas & Similar Installations will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 beginning at 1:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the conference room of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture at 2219 Carey Ave, Cheyenne, WY. All persons wishing to comment on the proposed rules are invited to attend. Written comments on the proposed rules will be accepted until the close of the hearing. The number to call and comment during the meeting is 1-877-278-2734 and the pin number is 914276. The proposed rules can be viewed at http://agriculture.wy.gov/divisions/chs/pools or contact the main office at 307-777-7321

 
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.


 
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