It’s That TimeWritten by Dennis Sun
Published: 26 November 2016
The month of November is about upon us, and it is time to, if you haven’t already, plan on what state conventions or meetings to attend over the next 40 days. As I’ve said time and time again, if you are in any kind of production agriculture, livestock, crops, marketing, government, both state and national or just have an interest, you need to belong to at least one of the related organizations and get involved by attending their meetings or conventions.
Our fall meetings have already started this past week with the Wyoming Water Association Annual Meeting and Educational Seminar. For those whose interest is mainly water, this is always an interesting meeting.
On Nov. 1-3, the 72nd Wyoming Weed and Pest Council Fall Conference and Business Meeting will be held in Cody. If you have issues with invasive species and pests or have an interest, this meeting is a must. The rooms are filled with numerous speakers on the subjects and most of those attending are youthful, high energy and very knowledgeable. From the legal aspects to the actual control, it can be found in the educations sessions on Nov. 2.
On Nov. 4-5, the Independent Cattlemen of Wyoming will meet at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper. The convention starts at lunch on Nov. 4 followed by a full afternoon of speakers on sustainable beef, state’s rights and public lands, with a banquet at 5:30 p.m.. The next morning is the general business meeting and committee reports.
Nov. 10-12 is the Wyoming Farm Bureau Annual meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie. Business meetings will be held in the morning of Nov. 11, and that afternoon is the Standing Committee Meetings, ending with a dinner that evening. On Nov. 12, they will hold the General Session, speakers and election of officers. If you are interested or a Farm Bureau member, this is where to be.
The 23rd Wyoming Women’s Ag Symposium will be held on Nov. 10-11 at the Ramkota Hotel in Casper. This event is filled with speakers that address issues important to women in ag – and also the men in their lives. It is always very informational, fun and a time to visit with others.
The Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts 71st Annual Convention comes next on Nov. 15-17 in Riverton at the Holiday Inn. You need to be there if you are a District Supervisor or are involved with districts. The week starts with a Board of Directors meeting, then continues on to meetings and breakout sessions on Nov. 15. The general session starts on Nov. 16 followed by committee meetings, and the evening ends with a great social hour and fun auction. Nov. 17 is filled by concurrent sessions with numerous topics of interest and also on all days is a great tradeshow.
The Wyoming Section of the Society of Range Management is holding their annual meeting with the Wildlife Society, Wyoming Chapter in Cody at the Holiday Inn on Nov. 15-17. What an agenda they have filled with all about wildlife and range management. You need to get online and see the agenda that is packed with information and fun.
The West Central States Wool Growers Convention in Sun Valley, Idaho on Nov. 16-20, is always a must for range sheep and small flock producers. This convention always attracts the best speakers, largest group of wool buyers and sheep packers, public land managers and sheep producers from the region. The fun and information there is one of the best.
On Nov. 22, the Southeast Wyoming Beef Production Convention will be held in Torrington at the Rendezvous Center. If you raise cattle or are in the beef business, this day is filled with information you need to survive the falling prices of cattle.
And last will be the Wyoming Stock Grower’s Association Winter Meeting in Casper at the Parkway Plaza on Dec. 5-7. More on that event later.