Upcoming convention: WSGA set to celebrate 150 year anniversary
Cheyenne – The state of Wyoming and the ranching community are looking forward to celebrating the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) 150th Anniversary Celebration June 8-11.
The celebration’s theme is “Celebrating our Past – Empowering our Future.” Several highlights will include a chuckwagon dinner and rodeo, ranchers’ roundup banquet and celebration, a downtown parade and proclamation signing, in addition to general sessions and meetings.
On June 8, registration opens at 1 p.m., followed by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Ag Research Station tour or a Beef Quality Assurance training at 2 p.m. There will be a Young Producers Assembly (YPA) meeting during the same time frame. At 5 p.m., the festivities will kick off with an opening reception at the King Ranch.
An action-packed day is planned for June 9, with registration opening at 6:30 a.m. followed by a breakfast. The day will then begin with a general session at 8 a.m., with committee meetings from the Private and State Lands, Wildlife, Livestock Health, Promotion and Enhancement, Brands and Federal Lands committees. In addition, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) President Don Schiefelbein is scheduled to give an NCBA update. The afternoon activities will include a Wyoming CattleWomen meeting at 2:15 p.m. and more committee meetings from the Marketing, Ag Tax and Finance and Water committees. The day will round out with a WSGA Ag Resource Center tour and a chuckwagon dinner and rodeo scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
On June 10, the day will begin with a prayer breakfast hosted by the Wyoming CattleWomen at 6:30 a.m. The general session will begin at 8 a.m., where annual reports will be given on the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, Beef Council, CattleWomen, YPA and WSGA. At 8:30 a.m., Founder, Owner and CEO of AgCulture Media LLC Delaney Howell will present “Era of the Consumer.” At 9:30 a.m., a future leaders panel will take place with 4-H, FFA, University of Wyoming and YPA members. Prior to lunch, at 12:15 p.m., a 2022 Political Candidate Forum will be open at 10:30 a.m. and Meteorologist Don Day will provide an outlook on Wyoming weather at 11:30 a.m. During lunch, annual awards will be given in addition to a keynote address from Gov. Mark Gordon and a “Food From the Farm and Ranch” presentation by First Lady Jennie Gordon.
The day will finish up with a presentation from Public Lands Council and NCBA Natural Resources Executive Director Kaitlynn Glover, a WSGA business and board meeting and the ranchers’ roundup banquet, which will include installation of officers, a historic auction, a WSGA political action committee raffle drawing and entertainment from Annie & Amy.
The celebration will round out on June 11, starting with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the Cheyenne Depot, then a WSGA parade at 8:30 a.m., a proclamation signing on the Wyoming State Capitol steps at 9:30 a.m. and a Capitol tour at 10 a.m.
Early bird registration is now open for attendees. Individual days are broken out as followed: June 8, early bird price $20, regular $25; June 9, early bird price $140, regular $160; June 10, early bird price $150, regular price $170; June 11, early bird price $20, regular price $25. The early bird price for full registration is $300 or the regular price is $330. Interested attendees are encouraged to pre-register online at wysga.org. Early bird registration ends June 1. Attendees who complete the full pre-registration will be entered into a drawing for one of three Lou Taubert gift certificates.
WSGA has a block of rooms at the Little America in Cheyenne. The group block name is Wyoming Stock Growers Association. It is scheduled for June 7-11. The last day to book for the discounted rate is May 17. Reservations can be made by calling 800-235-6396 or by booking online at reservations.travelclick.
The Roundup looks forward to celebrating with WSGA as they celebrate this achievement.
Brittany Gunn is the editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. Send comments on this article to firstname.lastname@example.org.