By Dennis Sun, Wyoming Livestock Roundup
Everyone says we live in an information age these days.
We at the Roundup take the information we provide our readers very seriously in terms of content and accuracy of the articles – it is the quality of the product readers have paid for and expect every week.
I use this space mostly to inform and throw in my opinion to get the readership to thinking and, of course, readers may agree or disagree with me and this is their right. It makes me feel better when they agree, though.
For us in agriculture, in my opinion, the best source for information is meeting at conventions – either statewide or national. The reason I’m saying this is the information one gets at these conventions is tailored towards specific needs in agriculture.
By attending conventions, one can receive information from someone who knows the issue and more important, they can question them about that issue. Besides speakers, trade shows are a great way to gain information one may want. While most booths will have something to sell, there is great information at every booth.
The third way to get information at these conventions is visiting with everyone in the business to get a sense on how they have handled a situation or issue.
A great place to gain information and learn what’s new on ag issues is at the upcoming Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) summer convention, June 2-4 at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan. The theme for the 2021 Wyoming Cattle Industry Convention & Trade Show is “Positioning Wyoming’s Beef Industry for Success.”
Wednesday’s schedule is meetings of Wyoming CattleWomen, WSGA Young Producers Assembly and Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, with tours of King’s Saddlery and the University of Wyoming (UW) Research Station, all followed by an evening reception.
Thursday starts off with annual reports of various organizations, followed by a panel of the Young Producers Assembly. Next is a panel from UW Extension Service, followed by Kristie Mazko of UW with a talk titled “Sustainable Ranch Management Assessment Tool.”
The rest of the day is WSGA committee meetings, which are a great place to give input on the various issues. At noon, they will honor the Wyoming Beef Council’s 50th birthday. That evening at the banquet will feature Gov. Mark Gordon and First Lady Jennie Gordon.
Friday will start with the prayer breakfast, followed by Sen. Cynthia Lummis speaking from Washington, D.C. The general session continues with Kevin Ochsner providing a talk titled “Ride the Horse in the Direction He is Moving.” Next are speakers from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association titled “The Story We Must Tell” and “D.C. – Challenge and Opportunity,” followed by a panel on identifying where energy and agriculture coincide.
Rep. Liz Cheney will speak in person, followed by the UW College of Ag and Natural Resources Dean Barbara Rasco and Pepper Jo Six sharing about the new UW Ranch Management & Ag Leadership Program. Galen Chase of Chase Brothers will give a talk called “Land & Ranch Brokerage,” followed by Justin Hossfeld of Bayer Animal Health on the value of forage. The speaker at the awards luncheon will be retired Sen. Mike Enzi with award presentations to follow.
It’s time to let the grass grow and come to Sheridan for fun, good conversations and great information. You don’t have to be a member of WSGA to attend.