Dear Fellow Stock Growers Members,
One hundred fifty years is a remarkable milestone, and I am honored to congratulate Wyoming Stock Growers Association on this important anniversary. For 150 years, you have been the tireless guardians of the grasslands. Wyoming Stock Growers plays an integral role in policy development and decision-making at every level of government. I am especially honored as a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers to serve you as governor. Together we have worked to preserve the heritage and character of Wyoming agriculture.
In that spirit, I will note it’s perhaps fitting on this anniversary, a governor from Johnson County – a rancher from Kaycee – holds the honor of conveying these congratulations. Wyoming has a strong sense of history. One hundred thirty years ago, during the War on the Powder River, an occasion like this could not have happened, but today we recognize we are stronger together.
Wyoming Stock Growers embodies our ambitions for a bright future. You are the steadfast stewards of the land, staunch defenders of your communities and the very people who make Wyoming the great state it is. You strive to ingrain the same principles in future generations we were all raised with, thereby ensuring our state does not lose what makes us unique. Each day you do the hard work of feeding the nation, and your efforts do not stop there. You are involved in your local communities – as members of service organizations, boards and as elected officials. Your contributions give meaning to what should be the 11th principle of the Code of the West – the one my parents Crow and Kay Gordon left with me, “Leave this place a little better for having been here.”
As you reflect on this milestone, I want to thank you for your work, dedication and friendship. As the governor of Wyoming, I am proud to ride herd with you. No matter the challenge we face, Wyoming Stock Growers are the ones who will always strive for a better Wyoming and a brighter future for all.
All the best on the trails ahead,