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Wyoming bus tour to show off innovation in ag

An upcoming bus tour will explore how Wyoming agriculture producers are using innovative ideas to weather unstable ag commodity prices and increasing capital expenditures.

The annual Diversified Ag Tour will be held June 30 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the State Fairgrounds in Douglas. The one-day bus tour will showcase Wyoming farm and ranch producers that have diversified their traditional ag operations.

The tour is open to the public and includes local transportation as well as morning and afternoon refreshments and lunch.

Registration is $15 per person if registered before June 22. After June 22, the price is $25 per person. Pre-registration is required.

“This is the seventh annual tour the Business Council has sponsored in conjunction with Wyoming Women in Ag,” said Cindy Garretson-Weibel, director of the Agribusiness Division. “The producers we visit are always eager to share their diversification experiences with others.”

The tour includes stops at:

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• Wyoming Boer Goat Ranch – Lucile Taylor will show visitors her herd of meat goats, which she and her husband Dennis have been raising since 2001. The Taylor’s sell the goats for meat, seedstock, and 4-H projects.

• Deer Forks Ranch – Pam Haar will show tour participants a newly built barn made of tire bales and their straw house, currently under construction. The ranch also provides guest ranch facilities and is starting a llama trekking operation. They are raising miniature cattle, club lambs and club pigs, and boer goats.

Featured lunch speakers include Terry Henderson of Cougar Valley Ranch near Shawnee, WY, who will share her grass-fed beef marketing initiatives and the efforts of 20 ag families to develop a wind energy project.

Ron and Stacey Richner of Lone Tree Mini Bales will also discuss their hay operation near Alcova. In addition to producing high-quality alfalfa, they produce and sell two-pound bales for pet food and decoration. They also rent drift boats to tourists and allow a beekeeper to run bees on their land.

For more information on the tour or to register, please contact Terri Barr at 307-777-2807 or terri.barr@wybusiness.org. More information is also available at http://www.wyominbusiness.org by clicking on the agribusiness button.