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Laramie – The 89th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) in Sheridan will this year highlight the “Wyoming Faces of Agriculture.”
    The meeting, held Nov. 6-8 at the Sheridan Holiday Inn, will feature speakers addressing agriculture issues and providing tools on how agriculture can put a “face” on those issues. Featured speakers will be the immediate past chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmer & Rancher Committee Chris Chinn, AFBF congressional relations and public relations staff and a farm and ranch photographer.
           AFBF Senior Director Rick Krause, Congressional Relations, will address federal lands issues, endangered species and water at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 7. “When you look at Wyoming faces of agriculture, you see an industry of folks who have many different issues to tackle while they produce food,” says WyFB Executive Vice President Ken Hamilton. “Rick’s presentation will be full of information on what is happening in the national arena on federal lands, endangered species and water—all important issues to Wyoming producers.”
    “Rick has a long history with Wyoming issues,” says Hamilton. “He was involved in Farm Bureau’s efforts to prevent wolves being imported into Wyoming. He is currently working on topics like the listing of the polar bear as an endangered species as well as greenhouse gas regulations.”
    During the Friday noon luncheon, Ken Kerns with the Coalbed Natural Gas Alliance will speak on “Coalbed Natural Gas Tax Revenue in Wyoming and the Powder River Basin.”
    Photographer Paul Mobley will share stories and photos from his new book “American Farmer” at the awards banquet Nov. 7. According to Mobley, he is a New York City person who was redeemed by spending three years traveling the country, including Wyoming, photographing farmers and ranchers. Mobley offers a unique perspective on how pictures place a “face” on agriculture and will also interject photography tips into his presentation. Mobley will also have a book signing at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.
    The Distinguished Service and Farm Bureau Leadership Awards will be presented at the Friday evening awards banquet.
    Chris Chinn, a Missouri hog farmer, will share how assuming that neighbors know what you do almost put her family’s farm, and other farms in her area, out of business. Chinn will tell her story Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. and she will also show how all producers can “Put a Face on American Agriculture” by talking about what they do.
    “This year’s speakers all emphasize an important part of our daily work and that is to tell the story of Wyoming agriculture and the issues on which we must work to keep agriculture viable in the state thus ensuring open spaces and food to eat,” says Hamilton.
     In addition to the featured speakers, members will work on policy development, which is the main focus of the meeting. “The grassroots process of policy development gives our organization great strength when working on issues affecting our members,” says WyFB President Perry Livingston. “The purpose of the state meeting is to bring members from across the state together to consider resolutions brought forth from the local level. Those resolutions that pass will become a part of WyFB’s policy book and guide the work of the organization. The resolutions with national impact proceed to the national level as well.”
    “One of the big topics is the brucellosis issue,” notes Hamilton. “Several resolutions have been submitted on how to address different aspects of brucellosis.  A lot of folks are concerned about the reservoir of brucellosis in wildlife.”
    He says there will also be discussion about wolves, given the change in their status. “Other issues such as water, government regulations and taxes will also be discussed by the voting delegates,” he explains.
    “The Wyoming Farm Bureau is, and has been for a long time, a major voice for agriculture in the state of Wyoming,” says Livingston.  “If you join Farm Bureau, you are able to participate in all of these meetings and add your voice and story to the work done on behalf of agriculture.”
    Pre-registration is re-quested, but not required for attendance. Online registration and the meeting agenda are available at www.wyfb.org or by contacting Dominique Giroux at 800.442.8325 ext. 723. Article compiled from WyFB information by Christy Hemken, assistant editor of the Wyoming Livestock Roundup. She can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Cheyenne – Eighteen Wyoming students have been selected as winners of Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom (WAIC) and the Wyoming Weed & Pest Council’s (WPC) 14th Annual Bookmark Contest.
    In addition to the 18 winners, nine entries were chosen as honorable mentions. Over 1,700 entries were submitted for the contest, which is open to all third, fourth and fifth grade students in Wyoming. Youngsters entering the contest are asked to create a bookmark with an agricultural or natural resource theme.
    For the past 14 years, WAIC and the WPC have hosted the agriculture and natural resource Bookmark Contest. The contest is designed to increase awareness of agriculture, noxious weeds and natural resources. This year, the contest included a new category topic of predators. This category is sponsored by the Wyoming Animal Damage Management Board (ADMB) to raise awareness of predator/prey relationships and the interactions they have with agriculture and wildlife in the West.
    WAIC along with the WPC, Wyoming Beef Council, EnCana Oil and Gas USA, (Inc.), and the ADMB will hold an awards ceremony May 9 in Cheyenne for bookmark winners and honorable mentions. Governor Freudenthal, Director of Agriculture John Etchepare and other elected officials will be present to honor the students. The students, along with their families and teachers, are invited to this prestigious event.
    WAIC is a nonprofit organization that was incorporated in 1987 for the purpose of developing an understanding about the importance and the values of agriculture and its role in maintaining and improving the environment, economy and quality of life. The annual bookmark contest is one of the many programs that WAIC has developed to promote agriculture awareness for Wyoming students.
    The winning bookmarks will be distributed across Wyoming at elementary schools, public libraries, businesses and agriculture expos, as well as at selected national venues.
    If you’d like to display copies of the bookmarks at your business or an event in your community contact Sarka J. White, WAIC Education Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 307-777-6618. Wyoming Agriculture in the Classroom can be found online at www.wyomingagclassroom.org.

On Nov. 4, the Wyoming All-Breeds Racing Association (WABRA) Annual Meeting and Awards Program culminated a year of triumph, sweat and tears from members.

WABRA Vice President Dan Lee and Past President Whitey Kaul presented awards for winners at events across Wyoming, as well as awards for champions in each breed.

“I enjoy being part of an organization that recognizes Wyoming breeders.”

Event winners

Jackets were presented to winners of the Wyoming Bred stakes races held during the racing events around the state.

Wyoming Downs – Evanston

Wyoming Bred Futurity – A Toast To Brindis by Brindis Por Cayenne out of A Secret Life, owned and bred by Gerald Kaul 

Wyoming Bred Derby – VVR Dazzling Corona by Coronas Velvet out of Dazzling Chivata, owned by Casey Lipp, bred by Mike Lipp

Sweetwater Downs – Rock Springs

Wyoming Bred Futurity – Foose Dust by Foose out of Out of The Dust owned and bred by Jim Nebeker

Wyoming Bred Derby – CD Leave Em Proud by BR Proudest Victory out of Dellaleave, owned and bred by Carol Lee

Energy Downs – Gillette

Wyoming Bred Futurity – Use Special Cirrus by Eyesa Special Slim by Lil Shameless Angel, owned by Steve Day, bred by Broken Bones Cattle Company 

Wyoming Bred Derby – VVR Dazzling Corona by Coronas Velvet out of Dazzling Chivata, owned by Casey Lipp, bred by Mike Lipp

Wyoming Bred Maturity – TDM Big Shooter by Coronas Velvet out of Tru Socialite, owned by Tyson Morgan, bred by Mike Lipp

Breed winners

Running horse trophies were presented to WABRA members for the high-point winners in age and breed categories

Quarter horse

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly – Little AMG by Maknmoves by LP Sure and Proud, owned and bred by Dan and Patricia Baker

Champion Two-Year-Old Gelding – Eyesa Special Cucouy by Eyesa Special Slim out of Beddy Bye, owned and bred by Broken Bones Cattle Co.

Champion Two-Year-Old Colt – Favorite Fire Boy by Favorite Cartel out of Club Pro, owned by Aron Saenz, bred by Jim Streelman/Bill Dale

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly – VVR Dazzling Corona by Coronas Velvet out of Dazzling Chivata, owned by Casey Lipp, bred by Mike Lipp

Champion Three-Year-Old Gelding – CD Leave Em Proud by BR Proudest Victory out of Dellaleave, owned and bred by Carol Lee

Champion Aged Mare – Biduinos Rodeo by Brindis Por Cayenne out of Sweethearts Rodeo, owned by 307 Derby Dames, bred by Gerald Kaul

Champion Aged Gelding – TDM Big Shooter by Coronas Velvet out of Tru Socialite, owned by Tyson Morgan, bred by Mike Lipp

Champion Aged Stallion – Tosty Dash by Templting Dash out of Tostarita, owned and bred by KC Carden

Champion Distance Horse – A Streakin Tres Seis by Slim Fittin Jeans out of A Ramblin Rose, owned by Carol Lee, bred by Broken Leg Trust

Thoroughbreds

Champion Two-Year-Old Filly – Cheyoming by J’s R Wild out of Danielles Warfish, owned by Pedro Mena, bred by Ashby Micheli/Virginia Wakefield.

Champion Three-Year-Old Filly – KC Royalbound by Mercy Me out of Brooklyn Diner, owned and bred by Kay and Cheri Dunford

Champion Aged Mare – Dream With Courage by Mercy Me out of Courageous Cici, owned and bred by Kay and Cheri Dunford

Champion Aged Gelding – Flash Past by Latin Dancer out of Weekend Traffic, owned by Casey Woolstenhulme, bred by James and Patricia Johnson.

Overall

Buckles were also presented to WABRA members for overall achievements.

Champion Quarter Horse – Tie – TDM Big Shooter by Coronas Velvet out of Tru Socialite, owned by Tyson Morgan, bred by Mike Lipp, and VVR Dazzling Corona by Coronas Velvet out of Dazzling Chivata, owned by Casey Lipp, bred by Mike Lipp

Champion Thoroughbred – Dream With Courage by Mercy Me out of Courageous Cici, owned and bred by Kay and Cheri Dunford

Leading Breeder – Whitey Kaul

Leading Stallion – Brindis Por Cayenne owned by KC Carden.

Learn more about WABRA by visiting wabra.org.

I am excited that 13 Wyoming agricultural producers and agribusiness men and women were chosen from around the state to participate in Class 15 of the Wyoming Leadership Education and Development (L.E.A.D.) program.

Throughout the program, participants attend 10 educational seminars to enhance their leadership skills and understanding of all aspects of agriculture and policy making. Eight seminars take place in Wyoming, and one is held in Washington, D.C.  An international study seminar will be held near the end of the program. 

Wyoming L.E.A.D. Class 15 recently completed their first seminar in Ucross. I am very impressed with the participants in the program. Their diverse backgrounds and experiences will enhance their year-long experience. The skills, knowledge and personal growth they will gain through the L.E.A.D. program will be a great asset to Wyoming agriculture.      

Class 15 participants are listed below.

Trent Boner works on his family’s cattle and sheep ranch north of Douglas. They raise commercial cattle, registered Black Angus cattle, Rambouillet and Targhee sheep and grow hay. He and his wife Mariah live on the family ranch.

Louis Ferguson is vice president of Red Baldy Ranch, a hay farm southeast of Cheyenne. Utilizing his background in civil engineering, Louis is concentrating on increasing the hay production and developing additional markets for their hay.

Sara Fleenor is the Crook County 4-H educator for the University of Wyoming in Sundance where she works with kids and adult volunteers. She grew up on a cattle ranch near Hulett, where they raised show cattle.  Sara is married to Brad Hooper and has two children.

Jennie Gordon is a cow/calf producer from Buffalo, where the Merlin Ranch raises Angus and Angus-cross cattle. She and her husband Mark have four grown children. Jennie serves on the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust.

Tucker Hamilton recently moved home to the Hamilton family ranch near Osage, where he is interested in starting some new enterprises on the cattle ranch. He is active in the Weston County Farm Bureau and has recently been appointed as a county chair of the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee.

Jaynee Hanson is currently finishing her accounting education in Laramie. She is currently an accounting intern for Mountain West Farm Bureau and will move to Casper at the end of the year to begin work for an accounting firm. She grew up on a ranch in Lusk and is still very involved in the family cow/calf operations in Lusk and Kaycee.

Jill Logan is a farm and ranch estate planning attorney in Thermopolis. She also breeds and raises horses and runs her own cows in Hot Springs County. In addition, Jill works for the Arapahoe Ranch, managed by her husband Ransom and owned by the Northern Arapahoe Tribe. Jill and Ransom have two children.

Chance Marshall is an Extension educator for the University of Wyoming, where he specializes in livestock systems and works closely with cattle and sheep producers in five northwestern counties. He and his wife Karlee live in Lander. Chance is a 4-H contributor, livestock judging coach and member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Fremont County Predator Board and Fremont County Fair Livestock Committee.

Stirling Moore lives and works on her family’s ranch northwest of Douglas. The WI Moore Ranch is a cattle and sheep ranch, that raises commercial Angus cattle and Rambouillet sheep. Stirling is a member of the Wyoming CattleWomen, Wyoming Wool Growers Association and Women in Aviation.

Morgan Peden of Glendo is a ranch hand for Two Creek Land and Livestock, a commercial cow/calf operation near Douglas. She also uses her background in farm and ranch management to help on the Lewis Archie Ranch, her family’s ranch near Glendo. Morgan is a member of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation.

Abby Shuler farms with her family near Powell. Shuler Farms is a cow/calf feeder, cattle operation and an irrigated farm that raises grain corn, silage corn, forage barley, malt barley and hay. Abby also leases a farm of her own.  She is a member of the Park County Farm Bureau and American Legion Auxiliary, and she volunteers with the Crisis Intervention Services.

Lacey Sloan is the manager for the Weston County Natural Resource District in Newcastle. She is married to Jonathan Sloan, and they raise chickens for meat and egg production.  Lacey is an active community member and serves as a board member of the Newcastle Tree Board, Newcastle Friends of the Fair and Newcastle Area Chamber of Commerce.

Marissa Taylor lives and works on her family’s cow/calf and custom grazing ranch near Lonetree, where they raise Angus cattle, meadow hay and run yearlings during the summer. Marissa and her husband Zac Schofield have two daughters. Taylor Ranches recently received a Wyoming Landowner of the Year Award from the Wyoming Game and Fish.

Wyoming L.E.A.D. was established in 1984, and 14 classes totaling 232 men and women have graduated from the program since its creation. The program is managed by the Wyoming Agricultural Leadership Council, a non-profit organization. 

For more information or to apply for the next class, contact me at 307-214-5080 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Denver, Colo. – When it comes to taking part in the tradition of Wyoming Day at the National Western Stock Show (NWSS) in Denver, Colo., the experience provides something new every year, as new folks gather each year to celebrate the traditions that bind this experience, held this year on Jan. 20. 

Annually, the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) hosts a tour of NWSS on Wyoming Day, offering the chance for attendees to join in the fellowship of taking the journey together.

Trade show

At NWSS, like always, there was something for everyone in the trade show area via hay balers, horse trailers, food demonstrations, jewelry, western clothing and food vendor booths. 

The University of Wyoming (UW) was even more involved this year with their own exhibit area. Those who stopped by got the renowned “bucking horse” pins to proudly wear.  UW officials would also be showcased in a wagon pulled by draft horses later during the matinee rodeo.  

On the upper floor in the Expo Hall building, petting zoos and the interactive farming/ranching exhibits from Colorado State University continued to enthrall children and their parents.   

On the lower level of the Expo Hall, the tradition of cattlemen and women scurrying about to get their animals ready for showing and judging proved the future of farming and ranching is still promising.

Rodeo

The afternoon rodeo at the Denver Coliseum honoring Wyoming was attended by a near-sellout crowd. Miss Rodeo Wyoming rode out at the beginning of the rodeo carrying the National Western Stock Show flag.  

The tradition of honoring the state of Wyoming’s contribution to agriculture took center stage between the calf roping and saddle bronc riding events. 

First, a stagecoach circled the arena with Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead and WSGA President Dennis Sun riding atop. Wyoming’s First Lady Carol Mead and WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna were among the passengers inside, along with the University of Wyoming’s Pepper Jo Six and Wyoming Business Alliance Executive Director Cindy Delancey. 

Magagna remarked about the importance of keeping the Wyoming Day festivities alive, saying, “It’s a very long tradition. Many, many years ago when Wyoming Day at NWSS came, the Wyoming Legislature, if they were in session, would adjourn for the day, and they’d all get on the train and go to Denver for NWSS.”

He continued, “Part of this event is tradition.  Part of it is the rodeo, important to our history – the cattle industry – so we like to keep those ties. And frankly, we like to come down to Colorado and show them how we Wyoming people are.” 

According to ag producer and current Executive Director of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police (WASCOP) Byron Oedekoven, it’s the ranchers and farmers who “are the stewards of the land,” which adds flavor each Wyoming Day.  

He fulfilled his prime objective for the day, remarking, “I purposely set out to check out the livestock mineral vendors.”   

Diana Espy of Rawlins spoke of her day, saying, “It was a lot of fun.  I love to watch the mutton busting and got to see an arena record at the rodeo in calf roping. It was fun to see the show steers up close, too.” 

Look for details on 2019’s Wyoming Day tour at the National Western Stock Show in early January 2019.

Roy A. Barnes of Cheyenne wrote this article for the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. Send comments on this article to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..