SHERIDAN — Sheridan is hosting a plethora of ranchers from around the state next weekend as the Wyoming Stock Growers Association will host its summer convention and trade show on June 3-6 at the Holiday Inn.
With the theme of “The Nuts and Bolts of Your Industry,” ranchers will hear presentations from local legislators, leaders in the livestock industry and academic scholars.
The focus of the convention will be geared toward understanding the behind-the-scenes work done by national and state associations and will also address many issues in Wyoming agriculture.
“It’s a great informational opportunity,” said Haley Lockwood, with the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. “We try to make the convention a place where people can meet the people behind the agencies … they often hear about the things they do, many don’t get to meet and know the people behind (the agencies).”
Panel speakers will include Director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture Doug Miyamoto, Director of the Wyoming Livestock Board Steve True, Wyoming State Engineer Patrick Tyrell and Director of the Wyoming DEQ Todd Parfitt.
On June 5, presentations will be held by several Wyoming livestock associations like Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust, Wyoming Beef Council, Wyoming Cattle Women and WSGA.
Additionally, National Beef Cattlemen’s Association President and Chugwater rancher Philip Ellis will give a national perspective and speak about the work being done at NCBA.
Many state and national legislators will visit for the convention as well. State Treasurer Mark Gordon will address the WSGA membership and will be followed by Gov. Matt Mead, who will speak at the annual awards luncheon.
U.S. Rep. Cynthia Lummis will speak at the luncheon and Sen. John Barrasso will be in attendance. A representative from Sen. Mike Enzi’s office will give a presentation.
State Sen. Dave Kinskey, R-Sheridan, will speak to attendees on opening day.
“For the most part, we are lucky that they can come to the convention. The legislators really like coming and talking with the people who are visiting with various state agencies,” Lockwood said.
Other topics will include sage grouse conservation and generational transfers.
The summer convention is one of two conventions put on during the year by the WSGA. It tries to place the convention in a different part of the state every year. This is the first time Sheridan has hosted the event in more than five years.
Despite a busy time of the year for ranchers, around 250 to 300 people are expected to attend the event.
More than 30 booths will be set up for the trade show as well.