Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference Jan. 20-21 in Pinedale

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SUBLETTE COUNTY – “Building our Future” is the theme for the Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference, set for Jan. 20-21 in Pinedale. Sessions will take place discussing these topics: Cattle Market, Green River Drift, Inflation, Range Monitoring, Green River Basin, Beef and Bitcoin and much more over the two-day event, based at the Pinedale Library’s Lovatt Room.

The conference is hosted by Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB)Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee for agriculturalists of all ages. Children are welcome.  No membership is required to attend. Whether you farm or ranch, work in ag business or have family in agriculture, this conference is for you!

The agenda is full of great speakers and presentations to help you build your future in agriculture.

On Friday, Jan. 20, the day can begins at 9:30 a.m. with a tour of the Museum of the Mountain Man, voluntary participation in a community service project – cleaning tack for the local MESA Therapeutic Riding Program. Lunch is included.

At noon, registration opens with a welcome from the WyFB YF&R Committee and national committee members. “The Cattle Market, Your Bottom Line and Profitability in 2023” is the breakout session, followed by a networking break.

At 4 p.m., find out ranchers, local and government agencies work together in the Green River Draft Panel Discussion. The Drift is a 99-mile cultural heritage livestock driveway used since the 1890s.

Panelists will be Mike Henn, Sublette County Conservation District (SCCD) manager, Gary Hayward, Forest Service range management specialist, and Coke Landers, permittee and Upper Green River Cattle Association president, all from Sublette County.

At 5:30 p.m. are a social hour and dinner.

On Saturday morning, breakfast will be provided at the Pinedale Library at 7 a.m.

At 8 a.m., speaker Darla Tyler-McSherry will address the extremely important topic of suicide in the ranching community, not an unfamiliar happening in the rural West and Wyoming. Her program is titled “Ask in Earnest: Candid and Compassionate Conversations about Suicide for the Farm and Ranch Community.” Her talk will explore data, risk factors, depression and everyday strategies.

Another local expert, Shari Meeks, SCCD range program manager will talk about “Building a Successful (Cooperative Monitoring Program” and AFBF chief economist will discuss “Inflation, Recession, and the Rancher/Farmer” and decisions by the Federal Reserve Bank.

At 1:30 p.m., speakers will talk about agriculture’s uncertain economic future with “Green River Update and Opportunity.” Next will be cattle rancher Jason Wrich, on the topic of “Beef and Bitcoin: Transacting in a Peer-to-Peer Network.”

Lighter fare follows with two Sublette Social Sessions at 4 p.m. and dinner with a cash bar at 6 p.m.

View the full agenda with presentation descriptions and registration at www.wyfb.org. The registration fee is $115/adult and the registration deadline is Jan. 6.

For the latest conference updates, please visit the YF&R tab on www.wyfb.org.

– The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization.  The mission of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is to represent the voices of Wyoming farmers and ranchers through grassroots policy development while focusing on protecting private property rights, strengthening agriculture and supporting farm and ranch families through advocacy, education and leadership development.

 

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