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Wyoming People

           Each year, the Wyoming Livestock Roundup recognizes two Wyoming citizens or couples for their involvement in the state’s agriculture industry by inducting them into the Wyoming Agriculture Hall of Fame. Started in 1992, the Hall of Fame has honored 52 Wyomingites to date.
            Last year’s inductees were Frank Moore and Mary “Mickey” Thoman.
            “There are a lot of good people in Wyoming who a done a lot for their communities and the ag industry in this state,” says Roundup Publisher Dennis Sun. “Any rancher who knows someone that fits these characteristics should fill out a nomination form and send it in.”
            Nomination forms are available by clicking here or contacting the Roundup at 307-234-2700 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
            “It is really important to recognize all of Wyoming’s hardworking citizens for their work,” Sun continues. “We honor Wyoming’s agriculture industry by honoring them.”
            After nominations are submitted, a panel of three independent judges will be selected to review applications and select the winners. Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the Wyoming Ag Hall of Fame picnic, scheduled to be held on Aug. 12. At the picnic, nominees will receive a commemorative poster and belt buckle.
             Nominations are due by June 12. Forms can be mailed to Wyoming Livestock Roundup,PO Box 850, Casper, WY 82602 or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feel free to include any supplemental information with the nomination form, including letters of support. Call 307-234-2700 with any questions.

lick HERE to download a nomination form for this year's Agriculture Hall of Fame

Steve Miller, a professor of Weed Science at the University of Wyoming, is an all around researcher and educator. Miller’s research in weed science has helped many producers not only in Wyoming, but around the nation. His practical approach to weed science has given Miller the opportunity to communicate with farmers. Miller has also published over 830 research and extension publications, which also benefit agriculturalists throughout Wyoming.

Miller is also a strong teacher in the classroom. He keeps his students enthralled with the current research and provides common sense approaches to weed management. Miller’s interest in students doesn’t stop in the classroom. His open door policy encourages students to become more active in agriculture and its policies. Miller also serves as co-advisor of Alpha Gamma Rho, a professional/social fraternity for men in agriculture.

“Steve is one of a kind, the anchor to corner post, a position the rest of us serving Wyoming agriculture look up to and strive to accomplish,” said Miller’s nominator.

Steve and his wife, Bonnie, have two children.


Larry Bourret, executive vice president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and Frank Falen and Karen Budd-Falen, owners of Budd Falen Law, were honored as Outstanding Ag Citizens during an awards ceremony held Aug 17 in conjunction with the Wyoming State Fair.

Budd-Falen Law has been instrumental in protecting livestock permit renewals and made significant strides in protecting landowners from Endangered Species Act ramifications. The firm, since inception, has been instrumental in protecting the rights of ranchers in Wyoming and the West.

Bourret, a highly respected agricultural leader in the state, has been with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation for 20 years. In that time he has been a voice for Wyoming agriculture on several issues affecting the industry. He has been extremely instrumental on the endangered species issues and has strived to keep taxes low for rural Wyoming.

Annually, the readers of Wyoming Livestock Roundup nominate members of the agricultural community. A panel of judges, who ultimately chose the award recipients, score the nomination forms. The award program has been ongoing for nearly ten years and focuses on honoring those people who make significant contributions to the industry. 

As Director of Agriculture, Ron Micheli has found a place to fully protect and make agriculture a top priority for the state of Wyoming. Micheli has spent countless hours protecting our state’s brucellosis free status. His desire to design innovative predator management programs, create marketing opportunities, address water quality issues, wolf management issues, public land management problems and animal safety has been top priority in his tenure.

Unifying the Department of Agriculture, employees now see the department as a team and Micheli involves everyone in decision making but still takes the lead in making final decision, even if it is unpopular.

Micheli also still maintain ties to ranching. In 1997, Micheli’s ranch produced the Grand Champion Hereford Bull at the National Western Stockshow. A comment in Micheli’s nomination says he “takes great pride in his ranch and livestock; his family remains local leaders in the Bridger Valley.”

Ron and his wife, Patty, spend time with their eight children who participate in 4-H, FFA, sports and church activities.