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Inside the June 24, 2017 Roundup

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Wildlife and ranching

Garrett Ranch Company develops the landscape to benefit cattle, enhance wildlife

Casper – South of Casper in the Bates Hole area, Garrett Ranch Company works to improve the habitat on their ranch. Their work has improved streamflow and water quality, improved rangelands for cattle grazing, mule deer and sage grouse and overall increased the functionality of the ranch.

            This year, the Garrett Family, led by Pete and Ethel Garrett, received the Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) and Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA) Environmental Stewardship Award and Leopold

Conservation Award, recognizing their work in and dedication to conservation.

            “This is the 23rd year of the WSGA and WDA Environmental Stewardship Award and the seventh year that we have partnered with Sand County Foundation to award the Leopold Conservation Award,” said Jim Magagna, WSGA executive director, during a June 21 tour of Garrett Ranch.

 

Ventenata, medusahead headlight invasive weed tour

Sheridan – For the first time, ventenata grass and medusahead were discovered outside the Great Basin last year in Sheridan County. Both grasses are invasive and present problems that outweigh the impacts seen from cheatgrass in the state.

            “When I speak to weed scientists in Idaho, Oregon and part of California, they say they would trade every acre of ventenata and medusahead to get cheatgrass back,” said Brian Mealor, director of University of Wyoming’s (UW) Sheridan Research and Extension Center.

            On June 14, the Northeast Wyoming Invasive Grass Working Group hosted a tour where over 80 weed specialists, landowners and others from five states gathered to learn more about the two unique and concerning invasive species.

 

Drought

            In a webinar hosted by the National Drought Mitigation Center, South Dakota Climate Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Department of Agriculture on June 21, experts focused on the current drought situation in the Northern Plains Region, particularly throughout North and South Dakota, Montana and northeastern Wyoming.

 

Milk

            Sixth generation dairy farmer Joseph Shumway and his father Jody own and operate Shumway Farms in Star Valley with the help of their families. Shumway explains his family has been in the dairy business in Star Valley since 1885.

 

Also inside the Roundup this week:

  • Grizzly bear delisting announced.
  • Ag leadership program cultivates leaders for agriculture.
  • County fairs kick off for 2017.
  • Wyoming competitors see success at 2017 College National Finals Rodeo.