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Farm and Ranch days set to open Wednesday at the fairgrounds

Feb 7, 2017 By Andrea Novotny, Staff Writer

Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days returns for the 33rd time Wednesday and Thursday at the Fremont Center at the Fremont County Fairgrounds in Riverton.

This year, the Fremont County Extension Office offers 38 free workshops presented by agriculture experts around Wyoming, along with keynote speakers both days and dozens of informational booths and vendors for attendees to browse.

"I'm probably more excited about our program as far as speakers and educational classes than I've ever been," said Chance Marshall, Fremont County's University of Wyoming Extension educator. "The nice thing about it is that we've got a program for everybody. We've got programs on working in your garden and extending your growing season. I think these are always pretty popular."

One class Marshall expects to be popular this year is "Discussing Meat Cut Options," taught by UW meat specialist Warrie Means, who will do hands-on demonstrations of meat cutting.

Robert Finley of the Fremont County Weed and Pest District will lead this year's always-popular "Private Pesticide Class" all day Thursday.

Farm and Ranch Days sessions begin at 9 a.m., with a lunch break at noon. Lunch will be provided by the Fremont County Cattle Women and will be free to attendees. Final sessions begin at 3 p.m. both days. Each session lasts 45 minutes.

The full two-day schedule is available at bit.ly/2017farmandranch.

Keynote speakers will address the crowd during the lunch break on both days. In Wednesday's presentation, titled "OMG GMOs," Casper Future Farmers of America member Trey Campbell will discuss various facts and misconceptions about genetically modified organisms.

Campbell won the FFA national championship in public speaking with the presentation.

On Thursday, new Fremont County Commissioners Clarence Thomas and Jennifer McCarty will speak and answer questions.

ns about various agriculture-related issues in the county.

For more information on the event, call the Extension Office at 332-2363 or 857-3654.

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