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Written by Dennis Sun
       Starting the last week of October, the Roundup crew is gearing up for a busy 45 days of annual meetings and conventions around our state. Someone from the Roundup will be bringing you the latest news and reports from at least 13 events to take place within the next 45 days. These events are in addition to the normal meetings that are held around the state. Man, I hope I’m the only one who has counted the number of events…we might have a revolt around here. We have had numerous planning sessions on how to cover everything and who goes where and manages the booths. I’m sure we’ll be seeing a number of you soon in our travels. I’m just relieved gas prices are going down so travel isn’t quite so expensive.
    Starting this last week of October we are attending the Wyoming Water Association and on Nov. 1 the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming’s annual meeting, both here in Casper. November 4-6 is the Wyoming Weed and Pest Council meeting in Riverton. As always, there will be a lot of information shared at that meeting.
    The Wyoming Farm Bureau is holding their annual meeting in Sheridan Nov. 6-8. In Pinedale on Nov. 14-15 is the Strook Forum on Water Management on the Upper Green River. Water storage issues, among other things, will be discussed at what should be a very interesting meeting.
    Nov. 18-20 in Gillette is the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts annual meeting where one can learn a lot, but also have a great time. Also taking place Nov. 18-20 is the Wyoming Section of the Society for Range Management and Soil and Water Conservation Society joint convention in Cheyenne. If you have never attended their meeting, it is well worth taking the time. It’s a chance to learn about range and grazing issues, plus they’re a fun gathering.
    In Casper on Nov. 20-21 the Wyoming Heritage Foundation’s Wyoming Forum on Climate Change Politics and Economic Realities will take place. Their forums are always worth the trip to Casper. A first time event in Casper, the Wyoming AgXpo is on Nov. 20-23. There will be livestock shows, horse training clinics, a youth talent show, a trade show, ag seminars and a youth judging clinic. The AIM conference, the commercial wind power generation and the small farm and ranch power presentations are also taking place. There is also some entertainment and it is held at the same time as the Wyoming Women in Ag Symposium, which guarantees it to be really fun and educational.
    Nov. 21-23 the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Convention will be held in Cheyenne. The last big event before Christmas is the Wyoming Stock Growers and Wyoming Wool Growers associations’ Winter Convention in Casper Dec. 7-10. This event has numerous speakers talking on the latest ag and livestock issues along with some good times in the evenings.
    We are really lucky in Wyoming to have all of these opportunities to educate ourselves on the top ag and livestock issues, meet new friends and visit with old ones. It’s also a chance to support our industry and agricultural organizations. I have always viewed these November and December meeting as a fun time and a great chance to learn.
Wishing you safe travels.  Dennis