Two days filled with 45 presentations serve as a backdrop for producers and agribusinessmen to gather during the 26th annual Farm and Ranch Days in Riverton.
Sessions begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 11-12, in the armory building at the Fremont County Fairgrounds. A free lunch is provided both days. The complete schedule is accessible by going to www.uwyo.edu/UWAG and clicking on the Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days link under Upcoming Events.
Rolinda Mackler, Wyoming Life Flight membership coordinator, of the Wyoming Medical Center will present information about Wyoming Life Flight during lunch Thursday. Greg Kerr, University of Wyoming Office of Water Programs director, will present information about Wind River glaciers and streamflows at Friday’s luncheon. No registration is required, and the sessions are for everyone.
“It’s a great time of year,” said Ron Cunningham, University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service educator in Fremont County. “Farmers haven’t started farming yet, and, if calving or lambing, it still gives producers a good break to come in and visit with their neighbors and the reps who are there and learn about what’s new in agriculture.”
Sessions include farmers market information, biological weed control, the beef cattle outlook, feed efficiency, grasshoppers, new brucellosis rules, hoop houses, wind generators, bio diesel, timing of grazing, horse care and many more.
Cunningham said the social time for producers might be the most effective element of the two-day event. “Sometimes, that’s the real value – visiting about common problems and interests,” he said. “We always tell people we don’t care if they go to the programs – if they want to sit and visit that’s great – but the program is there for their benefit, and we hope they go.”