Today’s Ag: Rethink the Ranch

Participants take part in the 2017 Today’s Ag: Rethink the Ranch event. 

Members of the Albany County agricultural community are inviting the public to learn more about ranching at the Today’s Ag: Rethink the Ranch, an event where members of the agriculture community gather to discuss problems in the industry they are seeing.

The event is hosted by the Albany County Cattle Women, Monday at the Albany County Fairgrounds Activities Building for $25 a person and starts with a social hour at 5 p.m., followed by a steak dinner and presentation by the Wyoming Beef Council Executive Director Ann Wittman.

Local rancher and Today’s Ag committee member Stacy Berger said the event gives people outside the ranching and farming community a chance to learn more about agriculture and answers questions about where their food comes from.

As people are getting further removed from the actual farming and ranching process, people lose touch of what is going on at farms and ranches,” Berger said. “This is a way for people who are curious, to come and talk to people who are actually in the industry and provide information from the horse’s mouth.”

Several years ago, members of the agricultural community came together to find a way to address public perception which resulted in the creation of Today’s Ag, Albany County Fairground Foundation treasurer Sharleen Castle said.

“In 2011, a group of ranchers (and people interested in agriculture) got together to address the need of providing accurate agriculture information,” Castle said. “To help provide that information, a speaker would be chosen based on issues or challenges faced by ranchers and farmers that year.”

This year’s presentation by Wittman addresses technological changes in ranching and farming techniques that have taken place over the past couple of decades, Berger said.

“(Wittman) will be talking about how ranching has changed concerning technology over the last 20-30 years,” Berger said. “Even in my grandpa’s lifetime, he would feed cattle with a team of horses. Now, most people feed with tractors — that is just one example of how so many things have changed over the years.”

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