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Private landowners in the Bighorn Basin have a chance to help with large-scale conservation projects for big game by improving habitat on their properties. U.S.D.A.’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (N.R.C.S.) in Wyoming is currently accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program Big Game Conservation. E.Q.I.P. is a voluntary Farm Bill program that provides financial…

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced that commodity and specialty crop producers who were affected by natural disaster events between 2020 and 2021 will begin receiving emergency relief payments. The total approximate value of this relief is set at around $6 billion dollars through Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) new Emergency Relief Program to…

The national baby formula shortage is affecting Park County. Inventory at Walmart and Albertsons mirrors the situation across the country – a shockingly low supply. Retailers like Walmart have been forced to limit the sale of formula to “5 units per child for each customer” per day. The first formula recall was announced in February…

No basin in the Bighorn Basin is expected to reach capacity in 2022, which isn’t a promising sign for a region that’s already “abnormally dry.” The Bureau of Reclamation released its snowmelt forecast on Thursday, Jan. 13. In the report, the spring runoff of each river in the Bighorn Basin is calculated to determine how…

Wyoming residents are encouraged to check their freezers for ground beef products, which the U.S.D.A. thinks are contaminated with potentially deadly bacteria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall of 28,356 pounds of ground beef on Friday, Jan. 7. Inspectors suspect the beef may be contaminated with E. coli.…

Many are hoping for a Wyoming White Christmas, but global weather patterns mean many will have to keep hoping. The US Department of Agriculture released their first snow report for Water Year 2021 – which encompasses the entire 2020-2021 winter season. The overall assessment of “snow water” so far is lower than historic medians across…

Don’t grow hemp in 2020. Or 2021. In fact, you should wait half a decade before even considering planting a single seed of hemp. That’s the message the Director of the Wyoming Hemp Growers Association has a message for all Wyoming farmers. Matt Rankin is a firm proponent of the hemp industry and its potential…

You can now grow hemp in Wyoming. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the Wyoming hemp regulatory plan and has granted authority to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture to regulate the hemp industry in Wyoming. The WDA resubmitted their hemp plan just last month on January 31st, in order to comply with…

Wyoming is once again making its case for hemp. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture submitted its revised state plan for delegated authority to regulate the hemp industry to the United States Department of Agriculture. The USDA established the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program in October of 2019, based on the Farm Bill Congress passed in…


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