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Wyoming quality of life.

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The Wyoming Department of Agriculture assists the citizens of Wyoming to live safe and healthy lives, promote and preserve our agricultural community, be responsible stewards of our natural resources, and achieve integrity in the marketplace.

The WDA is comprised of six sections: Administrative Services, Analytical Services (Chemistry & Microbiology Laboratories), Consumer Health Services, Natural Resources & Policy, Technical Services, and Wyoming State Fair.

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Agriculture Producer Research Grant Program PDF Print E-mail


1st Round Request for Proposal Now Available!

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All applications are due August 29, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

 
Acidified Food Processor Training PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture and the Wyoming Farmers Marketing Association are sponsoring an Acidified Food Processor Training session on June 26, 2014 in Cheyenne at the Laramie County Community College Training Center.

This training session is for any acidified food processor or potential processor who has not met the requirements of the Federal Code of Regulations 21 CFR Part 114.10 that states operators shall have personnel to supervise processes that have completed an approved course. This includes processors that work with beans, cucumbers, cabbage, artichokes, cauliflower, peppers, salsas, some sauces, and fish among others.

The course will be taught by Brian Nummer (PhD) from Utah State University and will cover FDA regulations, microbiology of thermally processed foods, principles of acidified foods, food container handling, records and recordkeeping and hands on exercises with pH meters.

The registration fee for this course is $75.00 and the deadline for registration is June, 20, 2014. The course will go from 8:00 a.m. and will end at 6:00 p.m. Participants can register online at http://wyacidifiedtraining.eventbrite.com. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Stratton at linda.stratton@wyo.gov or 307-777-6592.

 
Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules and Regulations - Chapter 18 & 30 PDF Print E-mail

Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules and Regulations
WYOMING WEIGHTS AND MEASURES, METROLOGY LABORATORY AND REGISTERED SERVICE TECHNICIANS
Chapter 18 & Chapter 30

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Technical Services Section proposes amending the Wyoming Weights and Measures, Metrology Laboratory and Registered Service Technician Rule. The proposed revisions are found in Chapter 18. This also includes the repeal of Chapter 30. The contents of Chapter 30 will be moved to be included in Chapter 18. To comply with the Governors mandate to review and revise rules and regulations in all of state government the Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend Chapter 18 and repeal Chapter 30 of the Department's Rules and Regulations. other changes have been made to Chapter 18 in order to conform these rules to the Secretary of State's required format.

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Food Council to Meet PDF Print E-mail

The Governor’s Food Safety Council will meet April 16, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the WY Dept of Agriculture conference room, 2219 Carey Ave., Cheyenne.

Agenda items include; review proposed changes to Teton Health District Food Safety Rule and election of chairperson.

The meeting is open to the public and the public is invited to attend.  For further information, please contact Dean Finkenbinder, Manager, Consumer Health Services, Wyoming Department of Agriculture at 307-777-6587.

 
2014 Specialty Crop Grants Available PDF Print E-mail

The grant application for 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant through the Wyoming Department of Agriculture are now available. Take a look at the following links.

2014 Concept Paper Application

2014 Specialty Crop Concept Proposal

 
Board of Ag Meeting April 14-15 PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Board of Agriculture will be holding a meeting starting at 1 p.m. on April 14 in Cheyenne at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Main Office.

The Board of Agriculture will meet on April 14 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 4:15 p.m. and April 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. During the meeting, the Board will elect a new President and Vice President, review the policy book, and receive updates from Wyoming Department of Agriculture staff, the Wyoming Beef Council, Wyoming Ag in the Classroom, and others. The board will also review liaison assignments, meeting dates/locations for the remainder of the year and introduce and appoint the State Chemist.

There will be a chance for public comment and the public is encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Board of Agriculture enforces the rules and regulations of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Seven board members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms to represent geographical areas of the state. Board members include: Jana Ginter, District 1; Jim Hodder, District 2; Shaun Sims, District 3; John Moore, District 4; Alison Lass, District 5; Bryan Brost, District 6; and Jim Price Jr., District 7. Youth Board Members include: vacant, Southeast; Richard Schlenker, Northwest; vacant, Southwest; and Cameron Smith, Northeast.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture main office is located at 2219 Carey Ave. in Cheyenne, WY. A full agenda for the meeting can be found at http://wyagric.state.wy.us/boa/agenda.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternate formats will be made available for individuals with disabilities upon request in advance of the meeting.

 
Board of Ag Meeting February 18-20 PDF Print E-mail

Wyoming Board of Agriculture to Meet During Legislature on February 18-20

CHEYENNE (February 13, 2014) - The Wyoming Board of Agriculture will be holding a meeting starting at 1 p.m. on February 18th in Cheyenne at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Main Office.

The Board of Agriculture will meet on Feb 18 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m., February 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and February 20 from approximately 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. During the meeting, the Board will attend the Senate Ag Committee on February 18 and the House Ag Committee Meeting on February 20. Items on the agenda include Water Quality Program reports, RHAP extensions and reports, a review of RHAP applications, and Agriculture Producer Research Grant Program application reviews.

There will be a chance for public comment and the public is encouraged to attend the meeting.

The Board of Agriculture enforces the rules and regulations of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Seven board members are appointed by the governor for six-year terms to represent geographical areas of the state. Board members include: Jana Ginter, District 1; Jim Hodder, District 2; Shaun Sims, District 3; John Moore, District 4; Alison Lass, District 5; Bryan Brost, District 6; and Jim Price Jr., District 7. Youth Board Members include: Patrick Zimmerer, Southeast; Richard Schlenker, Northwest; John Hansen, Southwest; and Cameron Smith, Northeast.

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture main office is located at 2219 Carey Ave. in Cheyenne, WY. A full agenda for the meeting can be found at http://wyagric.state.wy.us/boa/agenda.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternate formats will be made available for individuals with disabilities upon request in advance of the meeting.

 
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Emergency Insect Management Grant Forms 2014

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RFP - Wyoming Wheat Commission Executive Director PDF Print E-mail

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL NO. 0240-Y

Notice is hereby given that sealed proposals for providing services as the Wyoming Wheat Commission Executive Director to the Department of Agriculture will be accepted until 2:00 p.m., March 10, 2014 by the Department of Administration and Information, Procurement Section, 700 West 21st Street, Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002.  Only proposals submitted on State of Wyoming forms will be considered.  Interested parties should phone (307) 777-6797 to obtain official proposal documents.  

 
State and Producers Safeguard Health PDF Print E-mail

Wyoming Department of Ag: the State and Producers Safeguard Health

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (January 28, 2014) – Wyoming state agencies and federal partners have been involved in investigations at Western Sugar Cooperative in Lovell since the tragic death of an employee on January 4th. Western Sugar Cooperative, working with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) embargoed all products from the facility for human consumption. No products intended for human consumption were distributed.

Other products, limited to beet tailings and pulp, which are used as livestock feed, have been the subject of a voluntary recall by Western Sugar Cooperative. These products have been accounted for at this time. Wyoming, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the FDA, working cooperatively, determined that there is no risk to human and animal health because of this incident.

“The health and safety of the public is paramount to all involved - the Lovell community, Wyoming’s ag community, the local producers, the company, and our state. The cooperative effort involving federal agencies in the wake of this tragedy has been professional and effective at protecting the public,” Jason Fearneyhough, Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture said.

Western Sugar Cooperative, Wyoming’s cattle producers, the State of Wyoming and federal agencies are taking all appropriate actions to protect human and animal health. In an effort to assist producers most impacted by this incident, animals that may have been exposed to the feed products have been identified. Cooperation between the State of Wyoming, USDA and FDA has led to an appropriate plan to help producers who have concerns about short-term marketability of animals that may have been exposed.

Western Sugar Cooperative, producers and the State of Wyoming will continue to take a leadership role and work with the FDA, USDA and other federal entities to help the local community work past the tragedy and loss.

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Contact:
Derek Grant
Public Information Officer
Email
307-777-718
 
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