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Winter Roundup promises full, informative schedule

Written by WSGA President Jim Wilson and WSGA Executive Vice President Jim Magagna

It has been a pretty darn good year for those of us in the ranching business. Unfortunately, years like 2014 are not guaranteed in our business. As experienced ranchers, we recognize that another drought or a lower market lie somewhere in our future though, hopefully, not too soon. Many of you will take advantage of this year to improve your operation – perhaps keeping additional heifers, resting a pasture or purchasing that new pickup. You may also store a little “cash” for that next “rainy day.”

Here at the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA), we also see 2014 as “A Cornerstone for Building Our Future.” That is the theme of this year’s Winter Roundup coming Dec. 1-3 in Casper. We are committed to helping you to build for your future in ranching as you help us to build for the future of your industry organization.

The first step in building is to have access to the right tools. The Progressive Rancher Forum on Dec. 1 will provide you with a wide array of tools, as UW Extension specialists and others address over 15 topics that can assist you in your business.

The Dec. 2 General Session will include a discussion of tax savings and investment opportunities that can help you to store that “cash.” The luncheon features reflections on the past four decades of WSGA by several of our past presidents, along with their visions for our future. Throughout the day, WSGA committees will be gathering information and developing policy for the Association. After a full day of work, we will relax and support our industry at the Belly-Up Bar and Auction.

On Dec. 3, the Winter Roundup turns our attention to the challenges and opportunities we face in the world of government and politics. Wyoming’s Congressional Delegation, several state legislators and experts in Endangered Species Act issues will interact with convention attendees. We will learn more about the important work of our Beef Checkoff. The Awards Luncheon, highlighted by an address by Governor Mead, will recognize several members of Wyoming’s ranching community for their contributions.

The foundation for “Building Our Future” lies with the next generation of farmers, ranchers and others who will engage with our industry. Throughout the convention you will find a focus on youth. You will have an opportunity to visit with Wyoming’s own National Beef Ambassador, members of the UW Collegiate Cattle Association and members of the 2014 L.E.A.D. program.

Whether you are a member of Wyoming Stock Growers, a rancher who is not a member, a person engaged in a business that depends on agriculture or a supporter of Wyoming agriculture, the Winter Roundup provides an opportunity to learn, relax in conversation with friends and neighbors, and just have a little fun. 

If you are not already registered, check out the full convention agenda at wysga.org and join us at the Parkway Plaza. We look forward to seeing you soon!