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

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT RULES AND REGULATIONS

CHEYENNE (January 30, 2015) - The Wyoming Department of Agriculture, Consumer Health Services section is amending the Wyoming Food Safety Rule. The amendments are taking place to remain current with requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture in maintaining an “at least equal to” status for the state meat inspection program.

The Department of Agriculture is readopting Chapter 14 of the Wyoming Food Safety Rule.  In order to stay in compliance with the United States Department of Agriculture and to maintain the “at least equal to” status for the state meat inspection program, the Consumer Health Services Division of the Department of Agriculture must have rules which adopt the latest provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 9, Part 300 to End. The rules readopt Chapter 14 of the 2012 Wyoming Food Safety Rule in order to incorporate the 2014 CFR revisions and become compliant with USDA requirements.  The changes in Chapter 14 are denoted through the “strike and underline” method.  Underlined items are proposed additions and strike-through items are proposed deletions.

The 45 day public comment period begins February 3, 2015, and ends March 24, 2015.  A public hearing will be held if requested by 25 persons, a governmental subdivision or by an association having not less than 25 members.  Written comments or request for a public hearing may be addressed to: Wyoming Department of Agriculture, 2219 Carey Ave, Cheyenne, WY 82002.

To obtain a copy of the proposed changes to Wyoming Food Safety Rule or a copy of a complete description of the changes, interested parties may contact Dean Finkenbinder, Manager of Consumer Health Services at dean.finkenbinder@wyo.gov.   The proposed changes to the Wyoming Food Safety Rule may be accessed on the Consumer Health Services website at http://wyagric.state.wy.us/divisions/chs/foodsafety.htm.

 
Emergency Insect Management Grant Forms 2015 PDF Print E-mail

Application Deadline - March 6th, 2015

For information contact Slade Franklin at 307-777-6585

2015 Emergency Insect Management Grant Application - WORD DOCUMENT or PDF DOCUMENT

 
Notice of Public Hearing on Amendment to the Weed and Pest Designated List PDF Print E-mail

A Public Hearing on the proposed addition of Black Henbane (Hyoscaymus Niger) to the State Designated Weed and Pest List as defined by W.S. 11-5-102(A)(X) will be held on Wednesday, February 11TH, 2015, Beginning at 8:00 A.M in accordance with Wyoming Rules and Regulations Board of Agriculture Chapter 42. The hearing will be held in the conference room of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture, 2219 Carey Avenue, Cheyenne, Wyoming. All persons wishing to comment on the proposed addition are invited to attend. Written comments on the proposed action will be accepted until the close of the hearing. A copy of the proposed resolution can be obtained by contacting Slade Franklin at 307-777-6585 OR SLADE.FRANKLIN@WYO.GOV. 

 
USDA Designates 2 Counties in Wyoming as Primary Natural Disaster Areas PDF Print E-mail

USDA Designates 2 Counties in Wyoming as Primary Natural Disaster Areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Big Horn and Park counties as natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by an early hard freeze that occurred from September 10 through September 12, 2014.

After reviewing Loss Assessment Reports, USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack determined there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial natural disaster designation with Big Horn and Park counties in Wyoming being designated primary natural disaster areas and will qualify for natural disaster assistance.

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Wyoming also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their parishes are contiguous:

Fremont                                         Johnson                                          Teton

Hot Springs                                    Sheridan                                         Washakie

Farmers and ranchers in the following counties in Montana also qualify for natural disaster assistance because their counties are contiguous:

Montana

Big Horn                      Carbon                         Gallatin                        Park

A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in primary counties and those counties contiguous to such primary counties eligible to be considered for certain assistance from the Farm Services Agency provided eligibility requirements are met. This assistance includes FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of a Secretarial disaster declaration to apply for emergency loans.

Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information.

 
SEED LAW PDF Print E-mail

CHAPTER 51 - REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO SEED LAW

Chapter 51 as adopted on 12/12/2014.

Chapter 51 - Regulations Pertaining to Seed Law

 
Registered Service Technician Annual Training PDF Print E-mail

Registration is now open for the 2015 Registered Service Technician Trainings. This training will meet the requirements to renew/maintain your certification for an additional 3 years past the date of the training. Anyone who holds a current license as of July 1, 2014 has had their certification extended and will not expire until March 31 of 2017. However, we will be reducing the number of RST trainings we complete each year. It is in your best interest to attend the training closest to you even though your certification is not expired because we may not hold another training in your area for another three years.

To register for one of the trainings click on the REGISTER NOW link under to the desired training:

Wednesday, February 17th 2015
Evanston, Wyoming
City of Evanston - Roundhouse - Portland Rose Room
1500 Main Street, Evanston, WY 82930
9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Check-In at 8:30 am)
REGISTER NOW

Wednesday, February 19th 2015
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Wyoming Department of Agriculture - Weights and Measures Lab - Conference Room
6607 Campstool Rd, Cheyenne, WY 82007
9:00 am - 1:00 pm (Check-In at 8:30 am)
REGISTER NOW


 
Goodrich Named RMAF Fair Manager of the Year PDF Print E-mail

James Goodrich, Director of the Wyoming State Fair, was recently named the Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs (RMAF) Fair Manager of the Year at their recent convention in Great Falls, Montana.

Goodrich has been the Director of the Wyoming State Fair since 2007 and has made significant contributions to the Wyoming State Fair and grounds. As Director, he spearheaded and managed the 100th Wyoming State Fair celebration and has overseen several projects to improve the quality of the Wyoming State Fairgrounds. .

“With a level headed approach and a wealth of knowledge, his unique style has helped the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo move forward in significant and positive ways,” said Jason Fearneyhough, Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. “He not only had the momentous task of managing the biggest and most involved Wyoming State Fair during the 100th celebration, but he has successfully maintained the momentum and excitement in the following years. Along with this, under his management, the grounds continue to improve for the Wyoming State Fair and Rodeo as well as the numerous off season events that utilize our amazing grounds.”

The Fair Manager of the Year award is given to any active Fair Manager who has been involved with their fair for a minimum of five years and has made outstanding contributions to their fair and community. The Rocky Mountain Association of Fairs’ purpose is to promote fairs and similar events throughout our membership area and to provide a platform to unite fairs and events with exceptional and unique entertainment for public enjoyment. The Rocky Mountain region includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

The Wyoming State Fair is a showcase of Wyoming agriculture and industries. Stationed in Douglas, Wyoming since 1905, the State Fair also represents Wyoming heritage and culture with a focus on education, competition, and entertainment for all ages. The Wyoming State Fair also host events throughout the year on the grounds. 


 
Wyoming Board of Ag November Meeting Canceled PDF Print E-mail

The Wyoming Board of Agriculture meeting scheduled for November 12, 2014 in Sheridan, WY has been canceled due to inclement weather. The meeting was to be held at the Holiday Inn Appaloosa Room from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will not be rescheduled. The Wyoming Board of Agriculture will address business on the agenda from the canceled November 12th meeting during their meeting in December. A release with more details about the December meeting will be out at the end of November. If you have any questions, please contact Derek Grant at 307-777-7180 or derek.grant@wyo.gov.

 
Wild Horse Research Program PDF Print E-mail

Wild Horse Research Program
Request for Proposals Now Available!
Click below to view both RFPs in pdf format:

Wild Horse Research Program - Wildlife

Wild Horse Research Program - Population
(Applications must be received by December 19, 2014 at 5 p.m.)

 
Pesticide Applicator Training Classes PDF Print E-mail

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

 
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