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Managed Pollinator Protection Plan PDF Print E-mail

Managed Pollinator Protection Plan - DRAFT DOCUMENT

The Wyoming Managed Pollinator Protection Plan was developed in response to a growing need for a balanced public policy that mitigates risk to managed pollinators, while minimizing the impact of that mitigation on production agriculture. In Wyoming, the two managed pollinators that this plan addresses are honey bees (Apis mellifera) and the Leafcutter Bee (Megachile rotundata).

Reducing pollinator exposure to pesticides is ideal. Our hope is to achieve this while continuing to provide access to habitat that supports bee health and derived benefits to agriculture. This pollinator plan is not a static document, but a work in progress. Far too little is known about the factors that may affect pollinator health. Research focusing on nutrition, bee repellants and the effects of pesticides is important. Other research into honey bee health, disease and parasite resistance and genetic diversity is also urgently needed so that more effective and comprehensive strategies can be put in place. We believe research can provide new answers and better solutions to the current dilemma.

Finally, effective communication among all parties is essential to the success of this plan. Unless we communicate freely and openly with one another, the rest of our goals cannot be reached.

Working together – farmers, beekeepers, pesticide applicators, scientists – Wyoming can protect its pollinators, while maintaining its position as a leading supplier of food, feed, fiber, and fuel for our nation and the world.

To download a copy of the draft MPPP please CLICK HERE

We will be taking comments on the plan until February 15, 2016 to submit a comment please CLICK HERE

Pesticide Applicator Renewal PDF Print E-mail


Commercial Applicators... Renewal season is coming up quick. Please take a look at your pesticide applicator license and verify your expiration date. If your license expires on 1/31/2016 you will be receiving a renewal notice in the mail in the coming month. If you have met the renewal CEU requirement you will just need to verify information, sign and return your renewal form with payment. If you have not met the CEU requirements you will find instructions on the options you have for renewal. Please watch the mail for this information. If you do not receive it in the month of November please contact the WDA at 307-777-3502 to verify your address information. You can access your current CEU counts by clicking on this link: CLICK HERE

You can find the information on the Initial Pesticide Applicator Course and the Renewal Conference by going to the PESTICIDE SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAM site CLICK HERE.

Emergency Insect Management Committee Conference Call PDF Print E-mail

The Emergency Insect Management Committee will be meeting via conference call on Monday June 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 AM.  The committee will be reviewing an “Unforeseen Emergency Grant Request” from Niobrara County Weed and Pest Control District for the management of West Nile virus vector mosquitoes.  The request has been submitted to the committee due to the recent flooding events that Niobrara County, the Town of Lusk and the Town of Manville have experienced.

The conference call is open to the public.

Call information:  1-877-278-2734  Passcode 953809

Wyoming Bean Commission Now Seeking Applications for Commission Members PDF Print E-mail

Senate Enrolled Act 52 was passed into Law by the 2015 Wyoming State Legislature, creating the Wyoming Bean Commission. The Wyoming Bean Commission is now seeking applications for Gubernatorial Appointment.

The Act becomes effective on July 1st of this year and affects all growers of dry beans, as  well as all buyers and handlers of dry beans whether licensed or not.  The Bean Commission established by this act is comprised of six members initially appointed by the Governor. Four members are growers, and two members are handlers with facilities located in Wyoming. One member must reside in Laramie, Platte or Goshen County, Wyoming.  If any grower or handler of beans wishes to seek nomination to the board, visit the Governor’s website at to obtain the application.

The Bean Commission will be funded through assessments collected on dry bean sales and will be housed within the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. The commission will meet no less than two times each year and will keep a permanent record of its proceedings and report its activities to the Governor and Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands, and Water Resources interim committee. Along with this, the commission may conduct or contract scientific research,  disseminate information on dry edible beans based on research, study state and federal legislation with respect to matters concerning the dry edible bean industry, appoint advisory groups, make grants to research agencies for financing special or emergency studies, and a variety of other activates.

For more information on the Wyoming Bean Commission, contact the Wyoming Department of Agriculture at 307-777-7321.

Berry Named Deputy Director PDF Print E-mail

Stacia Berry - Deputy Director

Stacia Berry was recently named Deputy Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) and will start on July 6, 2015.

A fourth generation Wyomingite with deep roots in agriculture, Berry brings a wealth of experience as a lawyer and lifelong advocate for agriculture to the WDA.

“We are incredibly happy and excited to have Stacia join us at the Wyoming Department of Agriculture,” said Doug Miyamoto, Director of the WDA. “With her strong ag background and legal experience, she will bring a unique skill set and fresh perspective to our department that will help us navigate through the challenges the ag industry faces in Wyoming.”

“I am humbled and excited to have the opportunity to serve citizens in the state as Deputy Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture,” said Berry. “While I have spent the majority of my career as an attorney, my ties have always been to Wyoming and the agriculture industry.”

Most recently, Berry was an attorney with Hagemen Law P.C. in Cheyenne. In this position, her areas of practice were water, natural resources, and private property. She drafted and defended petitions to the Wyoming State Board of Control, facilitated Irrigation District monthly business and court filings, drafted and executed contracts and agreements, and presented speeches on Water and Natural Resource topics. Along with this, she serves as the Executive Director of the Wyoming Conservation Alliance.

Prior to this, she worked at the Defender Aid Program at the University of Wyoming, was a National Needs Fellow at Colorado State University, Workshop Writer and Presenter for the National FFA organization and was the National FFA Secretary. While working in all of these positions and to this day, Berry remains active in her family’s livestock operation raising horned Hereford cattle which was homesteaded north of Cheyenne more than 100 years ago. She is a devoted advocate for agriculture and to the citizens of this State who are committed to being stewards of the land and producing this nation’s food and fiber.

“Agriculture is a key piece of Wyoming’s identity and economy,” said Berry. “I believe it is an industry and a way of life that is worth fighting for.”

Berry was an active member of the State and National FFA organizations and received the title s of State and National Champion Extemporaneous Speaker State and National Champion Parliamentary Procedure Team, State Champion and Third High Individual National Poultry Judge, and State Championship titles in Creed Speaking and Prepared Speaking. Berry has also earned several awards and acclaim, including being recognized as the University of Wyoming Outstanding Graduating Female “Spitaleri Award,” Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Senior Female, College of Agriculture: Ag Ambassador President, Voir Dire Contest Winner, Wyoming Young Lawyers Board member, and National Collegiate FFA Agriculture Ambassador.

“Stacia’s outgoing personality, work ethic, legal background and deep knowledge of ag and natural resources will help the WDA do the best work in the ever growing policy review side of the WDA,” said Miyamoto. “She is passionate about agriculture, has worked hard for the state’s agriculture industry, and knows Wyoming and the challenges we face. I am sure she will be an exemplary Deputy Director at the WDA.”

Berry received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Wyoming in 2008, a Master of Agricultural Science Degree from Colorado State University in 2009, and graduated from the University Of Wyoming College Of Law with a Juris Doctorate in May 2012. She is admitted to practice law in Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska.

She and her husband Travis Koch live in Cheyenne and enjoy working on the family ranch, time in the mountains and traveling.

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