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Gathering focuses on growing ag industry

Sep 16, 2012 - From staff reports

Strengthening agriculture by addressing barriers, analyzing risks and adding value is the focus of the Wind River Agriculture Summit happening Sept. 20-21 on the Wind River Indian Reservation.

The Wind River Agricultural Resources Committee will meet Sept. 20 at the Wind River Casino, and there are sessions all day on Sept. 21 presented by University of Wyoming Extension and others.

"The 2012 Wind River Agriculture Summit is an opportunity for small- and large-scale producers on the Wind River Reservation to discuss plans for the development of a strong agricultural resource committee," said Tina Russell, University of Wyoming Extension educator on the reservation.

The event also aims "to increase their knowledge on a wide variety of land management issues and to network with other producers as well as various state and federal agencies who service agricultural operators in the area," Russell said.

The Wind River Agricultural Resources Committee will meet Sept. 20 at the Wind River Casino conference room to discuss development of the group and share ideas about its growth.

A full day of sessions begins 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 21 in the Frank Wise Building in Fort Washakie.

The morning sessions include: "Land tenure in Indian Country: Issues relevant to landowners," by Terry Janis, Indian Land Tenure Foundation, and "Appraisal services should be fast, accurate, economical and local," by Arvel Hale, former Bureau of Indian Affairs chief appraiser.

Todd Ballard, director of the National Agricultural Statistics Service Wyoming Field Office, will present "The Importance of the Agriculture Census" during the free lunch.

Nine one-hour sessions in three concurrent tracks are 1:30 to 5 p.m. with a break from 3:30 to 4 p.m.

"Afternoon conference sessions are heavily stacked with risk management education topics provided by University of Wyoming Extension educators from throughout the state," Russell said.

"Other interesting afternoon sessions include livestock nutrition, agricultural diversification and dealing with arthritis while farming and ranching," she said.

Other presenters are from the Open A Lazy S Ranch and Indian Nations Conservation Alliance.

Registration is $5 after Sept. 12. To register, call the Wind River office of UW Extension at 332-2135.

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