UW Ranch Management and Ag Leadership Program Provides Unique Opportunities
Throughout this spring, the University of Wyoming (UW) College of Agriculture and Natural Resources launched a new educational program called the Ranch Management and Agriculture Leadership (RMAL) program. The program has a unique approach and engages both students on campus and the agriculture community across the state.
The RMAL program was designed with two goals in mind. The first goal was to create real-world learning opportunities and discussions for UW students. The second goal was to engage and meet the needs of ranch managers and agriculture community members from around the state.
This year, the program included one leadership seminar and four technical seminars related to applicable information a Wyoming ranch manager would be concerned with. Each seminar took place in-person and virtually at five different locations around the state, Sheridan, Riverton, Casper, Evanston and Laramie.
All sessions were recorded. Major topics included rangeland management/research, marketing, winter management practices and understanding technology advances. Seminars included presentations and panel discussions with a broad range of speakers including UW personnel, various ag business leaders and Wyoming ranch managers.
The 2022 seminars encompassed complex issues faced by ag producers in Wyoming. These issues required integrated input from rangeland managers, agribusiness professionals and animal scientists.
All seminars were well-attended and well-received with hundreds of ag people from around the state participating. The outcome from these important conversations confirmed the need for a program like this in Wyoming. Plans are being made to expand on this program and to continue offering engaging learning opportunities with this approach.
To find more information on UW activities, events and future RMAL sessions, visit uwyo.edu.
Chance Marshall is a University of Wyoming Extension Agriculture, Horticulture and Livestock Systems educator based in Fremont County. He can be reached at email@example.com or 307-332-1018.