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Ask Flora – March 2023

According to local growers, June 15 is generally considered to be the last frost date for the spring and early to mid-August is when we should start watching the forecast for cold temperatures. Over the past few gardening seasons, Sublette gardens have been fortunate to enjoy 50 to 60 frost-free growing days.

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Snow, sunshine, springtime gardens – and COOL

The USDA’s 60-day comment period, through May 12, on “Voluntary Labeling of FSIS-Regulated Products with U.S.-Origin Claims” opened with March 13 publication in the Federal Register. To read and comment, go to https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2023/03/13/2023-04815/voluntary-labeling-of-fsis-regulated-products-with-us-origin-claims.

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Green River Valley Cowbelles 2023 Ranch Woman of the Year

Mavis runs the swather all haying season and can live on a piece of bologna and an ice tea if that's all you give her. The only thing she doesn't care for is tuna fish sandwiches; although she has been known to have few of them in the hayfield she never complained. Mavis has continued working as Steve’s secretary for the ranch and the cutting horse business as well as doing odds and end jobs around the ranch doing whatever needed to be done. As her two kids grew up and attended college she started working at Obo’s Food and Market. As many of you know, Mavis loves to cook so she really enjoyed that job, especially working the mornings and cooking breakfast for the community. She met several people and has gained many friendships because of that job.

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Happy Valentine’s Day to my ‘sweethearts’

Today is an odd Valentine’s Day because I am right now in the act of flying to El Paso to see my mom, joining up with my back-east sister at Denver International (although I am writing this before I catch my early-morning flight out of Jackson).

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Laramie lands SLIB grant for new vertical research center

“Wyoming is proud to invest in the continued success of a business that was first innovated here in Wyoming by one of our own and demonstrated at the 2015 World Expo,” said Gov. Gordon. “The level at which Plenty will be operating in this new facility will truly advance Wyoming’s preeminence as a global center of indoor agricultural research. This center gives us a tremendous opportunity to promote a state-of-the-art R&D cluster and further diversify our state’s economy.”

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Sublette County – Conservation in action

We have gleaned that there are over 3,000 miles of fence in Sublette County. That’s a lot of fences! Of those, we estimate 690 miles have been addressed for wildlife passage to date. That’s a pretty good feat, yet we need to decide the best path forward to accomplish fence-conversion projects in the most appropriate locations. Thus, the partnership and the projects selected are continuing to evolve.

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YF&R members encouraged to ‘think outside the box’

The Wyoming organization is one of many across the nation, founded by the American Farm Bureau Federation and supported by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, with the goals of peer relationships and mentors to find solutions and share agricultural successes – and failures.

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WyFB renews concerns about ‘navigable waters’ of the U.S.

“As farmers and ranchers, we share the goal of protecting the nation’s water,” said Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) President Todd Fornstrom. “Reverting to a rule that was unreasonable and unworkable is a threat to the nation’s water. The 2015 Rule made conservation more difficult and created huge liabilities for farmers and ranchers.”

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Final notice for brand renewal

If you are not sure of when your brand is scheduled for renewal, or are not sure if the Wyoming Livestock Board has your current address, please contact the Wyoming Livestock Board via phone, mail, email or fax at following address: Wyoming Livestock Board 1934 Wyott Drive, Cheyenne, WY 82002-0051 Office phone 307-777-7515 Fax 307-777-6561 or [email protected]

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UW’s ag internships program seeks hosts, interns

The 10-week internships pair those eager to get started in ag with experienced producers across the state. The goal is to help beginning farmers and ranchers obtain the hands-on experience and skills required to successfully manage their own operations.

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WSGLT conserves Dunham Ranch easement

The Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, in partnership with Miller Land Livestock Company, has conserved 2,004 acres of the Dunham Ranch near Big Piney through an agricultural conservation easement.

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Rangeland tools for landowners and land managers

The Sublette County Conservation District has several tools available for landowners and land managers to check out for use on natural resource projects within the county. The process is simple. There is a use agreement, waiver form and proof of insurance that need to be signed and provided for the use of any equipment the SCCD has to offer.

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Rammell's appeal could be derailed by procedure

Another delay slowed the lengthy judicial process of Wyoming veterinarian Rex F. Rammell’s appeal of his brand-inspection law convictions and his separate civil complaint that the state’s brand inspection law is unconstitutional.

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BTNF opens Dell Creek permit request for public input

The Forest Service is reviewing Wyoming Game and Fish Commission’s application submitted for a one-year special use permit to continue feeding elk at the Dell Creek Feedground this coming winter.

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New 'micro-farm' insurance option available from USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is rolling out a new insurance option specifically for agricultural producers with small, organic and specialty farms who sell locally, for example at farmers’ markets.

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Planting for conservation in Sublette County

Fall is here and that means it’s time to think trees! Yep, you heard me right! Sublette County Conservation District (SCCD) would like to remind everyone of our Seedling Tree Program that will be launching Nov. 1, 2021.

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Dell Creek elk feedground permit expired, judge rules

Feeding tons of hay to wild elk wintering around the Dell Creek feedground in Bondurant – to keep them out of privately owned haystacks – might not happen this year due to a Sept. 21 court decision and an apparent Wyoming Game and Fish oversight.

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Drought leads to changes in hay transport

Citing widespread drought, low humidity and high temperatures as factors leading to a shortage of livestock feed in pastures and baled hay, Gov. Mark Gordon signed an emergency executive order Sept. 22 that is valid through Nov. 30.

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AGO enters Rex Rammel's brand-inspection appeal

Rock Springs veterinarian Rex F. Rammell again faces the Wyoming Attorney General’s Office, this time in his civil appeal of a judge’s order to allow a deputy’s brand-inspection report and citations as evidence against him.

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Beard introduced into Cowboy Hall

Wyoming Cowboy Hall of Fame.

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Will virtual fencing come to Sublette County?

Many summers of my youth were spent building and fixing fence; now still traversing fence and no longer young, I find myself musing on fencing in the past, present and future.

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Sommers Homestead Open House this weekend

There’s a big hoopla planned for Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Sommers Ranch Homestead Museum outside Pinedale on the Green River.

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MJ Ranch conserves 600 acres of habitat

On Wednesday, Aug. 11, Mark and Renee Jones partnered with the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust to place a conservation easement on 600 acres of the MJ Ranch near Boulder.

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A mother, a daughter and a family of horses

When there’s only one thing a child wants very badly, and she can’t have it, year-after-year disappointments lead to early cynicism. Of course this child is a girl, and of course the one thing she wanted desperately more than anything else in the world was a horse.

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The best of Sublette Bred and Raised Market Beef

This year’s Sublette County Bred and Raised Market Beef contest was the largest in years with 61 fluffed and buffed steers and heifers born in the county and raised by dedicated 4-Hers.

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Always ready for the Sublette County Fair

One of the best parts about our Sublette County Fair is how well it targets and celebrates the longtime tradition of not only surviving – but also thriving – with ingenuity, resourcefulness, humor and a strong dash of neighborly cooperation and competition.

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'One Rock At A Time'

The Sublette County Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Wyoming Game and Fish Department, in partnership with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program and The Nature Conservancy, Wyoming, are offering an opportunity right here in in Sublette County to learn how to use natural processes to heal erosion on rangelands.

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Traditions of ranching and family

Some of the floats created for this year’s Chuckwagon Days parade, always on July 4, reflect Sublette County’s traditions of treasuring families and lifestyles.

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Protecting the kings of the sagebrush landscape

Their springtime mating song-and-dance makes the greater sage-grouse rooster an icon of Wyoming.

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Book on Upper Green River makes history

The history book is available at local stores, the Museum of the Mountain Man and other Sublette County Historical Society locations.

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2021 Spring Expo is around the corner

The Sublette County Conservation District is excited to host its fourth Spring Expo on June 19 at the Sublette County Ice Arena!

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Maggie Miller - 2021 Ranch Woman of the Year

Green River Valley Cattlewomen/ Cowbelles

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Susan Hoffman - 2021 Lifetime Membership Award

Green River Valley Cattlewomen/ Cowbelles

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Glenn Millard - 2021 Friend of Agriculture

Green River Valley Cattlewomen/ Cowbelles.

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John J Chrisman - 2021 Lifetime Membership

Green River Valley Cattlemen's Association

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Federal policy could undermine state's cattle ID legislation

The policy may erode a recent victory by Wyoming’s ranching industry that earned them more autonomy over tracking their animals, and industry groups are watching developments closely.

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Ranchers honored for stewardship

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon has proclaimed July 14 as Wyoming Environmental Stewardship Day. Gov. Gordon signed the proclamation on April 28 in Cheyenne.

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Secrets of the Sagebrush Sea

Did you know that the Sublette County Conservation District has partnered with Sublette BOCES to present Conservation Conversations again this year? Well, its true!

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Oh dear, oh deer – oh dear

I imagine, like me, most people who have hit a deer or antelope, elk or moose, tell themselves it will never happen again.

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Gardeners asked to take part in new "Give A Little Extra" project

Instead of reinventing the wheel, this collaboration utilizes existing resources to create a sustainable solution to hunger.

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Wyoming, R-CALF work against required RFID tags in court

Several weeks ago, the ongoing lawsuit against the USDA’s attempt to replace a final rule for traditional livestock identification with electronic eartags scored “an important win” outside the courtroom.

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BLM opens comment portion on wild horse gathers

Public input is valuable during any analysis.

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Changing of the guard at SCCD

The Sublette County Conservation District recently had our long-term employee Sno Ann Engler retire after 16 years of service to the conservation district and the citizens of Sublette County.

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Celebrate ranchers, farmers on National Ag Day

In today’s world, people are more connected to information than they have ever been before.

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G&F's Turnbull transferred to Sheridan

Turnbull worked in Sublette County for 15 years.

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Cowbelles, GRVCA 'social' set for May 22

A smaller but very cheerful group – some on Zoom – of the Green River Valley Cowbelles/Cattlewomen celebrated spring with its annual meeting on Saturday, March 6, at Marbleton Town Hall.

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Rammell's jury trial set for April 28

On Feb. 17, Dr. Rex F. Rammell’s pretrial videoconference went in two diverging directions.

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Ufford: Whiskey for my friends, tears for my horses

A midday phone call, not unusual in and of itself – but another sad one.

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G&F Commission to get elk feedground update

Public input to be considered at upcoming meeting.

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Local ranch family conserves more historic land

Longtime Bar Bar E ranching family conserves another 736 acres.

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