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The Wyoming Department of Agriculture is dedicated
to the promotion and enhancement of Wyoming's
agriculture, natural resources and contribution to
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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Pesticide Applicator Training Classes PDF Print E-mail

 

December 15-19, 2014

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Short Course: PLNT 1150

Wyoming Union - Union Ballroom
University of Wyoming
Laramie, Wyoming
REGISTRATION ON-LINE ONLY
We also encourage you to purchase a Core Training Manual when you register on-line. The manuals will be mailed to you if ordered 10 days prior to class.

For More Information and to Register - Click Here

PLEASE NOTE: The above course and manual fees do not include $25 licensing fee which is due upon exam completion. (Please make checks or money orders payable to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture for the licensing fee)

 

January 20-22, 2015

Commercial Pesticide Applicator Re-certification Rendezvous
in conjunction with

WABA Annual Convention

Ramkota Best Western
Casper, Wyoming

Up to 24 CEU's will be available to satisfy license renewal requirements.

For More Information and to Register - Click Here

 
NOI SEED LAW PDF Print E-mail

Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules and Regulations

CHAPTER 51 - REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO SEED LAW

Upon request of the regulated seed industry, the Wyoming Crop Improvement Association; Wyoming State Seed Lab; Wyoming Department of Agriculture; and Board of Agriculture were requested to amend Chapter 51, Regulations Pertaining to Seed Law.  These changes are being proposed to clarify regulations and to bring the regulations closer to conformance with current industry practices.

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Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules and Regulations Weed and Pest PDF Print E-mail

Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules and Regulations


Board of Agriculture Weed and Pest Rules - Chapter 42 - Wyoming Weed and Pest Control Act

and

Board of Agriculture Weed and Pest Rules - Chapter 44 - Certification & Regulations for Weed and Pest Supervisors

The Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Technical Services Section proposes amending the Wyoming Board of Agriculture Chapter 44 Certification Rules & Regulations for Weed and Pest Supervisors. To comply with the Governor’s mandate to review and revise rules and regulations in all of state government, the Department of Agriculture is proposing to amend Chapter 44. Other changes have been made to Chapter 44 in order to conform these rules to the Secretary of State's required format and to update references to Wyoming statutes.

In 2011, the Wyoming Legislature passed House Bill No. HB0015 amending the Wyoming Weed and Pest Control Act, Wyo. Stat. §§ 11-5-101 through 11-5-119. The legislation allowed for an emergency declaration or designation of a weed or pest by the Director of the Department of Agriculture. The recommended changes to Chapter 42 define the process the Director will follow when making an emergency declaration or designation of a weed or pest. The Board of Agriculture is also removing, and amending language within the Chapter pursuant to the Governor’s Rules Reduction Initiative.

Wyoming Statute § 11-5-119 provides the Board of Agriculture the authority to promulgate, adopt and publish rules and regulations in accordance with the Wyoming Administrative Procedures Act at Wyo. Stat. §§ 16-3-101 through 16-3-115 for the purpose of carrying out the intent of this act. Wyoming Statute § 11-5-119 requires the Board of Agriculture to receive approval from a majority of the Weed and Pest Districts to promulgate new rules. The Wyoming Weed and Pest Council as defined by Wyo. Stat. § 11-5-102(a)(xxii) has reviewed these changes and unanimously voted to approve them at their October 31st, 2013 regular meeting.

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Federal Wolf Decision Impacts Agriculture PDF Print E-mail

A ruling Tuesday by a federal district court judge in Washington, D.C. places gray wolves in Wyoming under federal protection. The Wyoming Game and Fish Department notifies residents and hunters that this suspends the take of gray wolves in Wyoming. The judge’s decision also impacts year-round hunting in the predator area and landowners protecting livestock and pets.

The State of Wyoming anticipates filing a motion to stay this decision this week.

“There are many positives in Judge Jackson’s decision. However, she held that Wyoming’s plan was not sufficiently formalized to support the Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2012 rule allowing limited take of gray wolves. We believe an emergency rule can remedy this, and I have instructed the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the Attorney General to proceed accordingly,” Governor Matt Mead said.

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has suspended all sales of gray wolf licenses and will establish a system to refund hunters who have already purchased a 2014 gray wolf license. Hunting in the trophy game area in northwest Wyoming scheduled to begin in October is suspended pending the outcome of the motion for stay.

“The Game and Fish Department believes in our sound management of wolves over the last two years. Today, we want all wolf hunters and landowners to know that the take of wolves in Wyoming – hunting and lethal take provisions in Wyoming statute – are suspended because of the federal court ruling,” said Scott Talbott, WGFD director.

If changes to the status of gray wolf hunting and other lethal take arise, they will be immediately announced by the State of Wyoming.

 
2014 Weed and Pest Conference PDF Print E-mail

70th ANNUAL WEED AND PEST COUNCIL

FALL CONFERENCE

AND

BUSINESS MEETING

ROCK SPRINGS, WY

NOVEMBER 3RD - 6TH, 2014

CLICK HERE FOR CONFERENCE INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION

 
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.

 
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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