Convention Time

Written by Dennis Sun

When this time of the year rolls around, it is time to start planning what ag, livestock or natural resources fall meetings and conventions to attend in the next couple months.

If you are one who isn’t planning on attending any of the meetings or conventions, you’re really cheating yourself and your family. I say that because one misses a number of opportunities by not attending some of these functions. There is so much information, not only from the speakers but also from others in the same business as you are. You will use the information you learn to help your business and family succeed in life. You can also have some fun at these events.

On Oct. 24-27, the Wyoming Water Association Annual Meeting and Education Seminar is taking place in Sheridan. This is a great seminar to attend if you are interested in water, water management or water rights.

The West Central States Wool Growers Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho on Nov. 9-12 is a must if you are in the sheep business, farm flock or range operation. You will see more producers, feeders, packers and wool buyers in one location than any other regional meeting.

Nov. 10 is the date of the Wyoming Women's Ag Symposium, to be held in Casper at the Ramkota Hotel. This is always a great event for information and a good time.

The 2017 Wyoming Weed and Pest Fall Conference will be held on Nov. 14-16 in Sheridan at the Holiday Inn. This conference is always fun and very informative on invasive species management.

Head to Cheyenne Nov. 16-18 for the Wyoming Farm Bureau Annual Meeting. If you belong to Farm Bureau or wish to, this meeting’s decisions will guide the Wyoming Farm Bureau for the next year.

On Nov. 17-18, the 109th Annual Convention of the Farmers Education and Cooperative Union of America, Rocky Mountain Division, will hold their meetings in Denver, Colo. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

The Wyoming Natural Resource Rendezvous, a joint convention with the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts takes place in Casper at the Ramkota Hotel and Convention Center Nov. 27-29. This will be a great convention for livestock producers, conservation district members and those from the natural resource fields.

Nov. 28-30 are the dates for the XXV Range Beef Cow Symposium, to be held in Cheyenne at the Little America Resort and Convention Center. These three days are packed with information on all aspects of producing range beef cows for the ranch.

There is something for everyone at these meetings, and we are fortunate to have such a wide range of meetings in the region. You need to take advantage of these meetings and conventions. There will be a lot of information to take home and adapt to your ranch, farm or ag business. Times change, and whether you are young or older, we have to change with them, but we need the right information to change with.

Also, don’t forget to attend one of the Wyoming State Fair listening sessions that are happening around the state. They will conclude with the Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands and Water Resources Interim Committee hearing on Oct. 18 in Douglas at the Wyoming State Fair Grounds in the Ft. Reno Building.  During that hearing, they will be discussing the Wyoming State Fair overview, operations and maintenance. If you have an interest in the future of our State Fair, you need to attend and voice your opinion.