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Sublette County Conservation District wins Agriculture Award
August 24, 2014

During the 102nd Wyoming State Fair, the Wyoming Department of Agriculture honored individuals and groups around the state who have made significant contributions to agriculture during the Directorsí Reception.

On August 15, Sublette County Conservation District was presented with the Friend of Agriculture Award by the Natural Resource and Policy Division of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture (WDA). This award is presented to a person or group who has gone above and beyond to promote sustainable agriculture in Wyoming. The recipient has worked with the Department of Agriculture, particularly the Natural Resources & Policy Division, and demonstrated an expertise and passion for agricultural values.

Sublette County Conservation District went above and beyond these standards in their work with the WDA on numerous projects over the past few years. Energy development, shifting priorities by agencies from traditional uses like livestock grazing, and an increase in large predators have created immense pressures on public and private lands throughout Sublette County. Sublette County Conservation District board proactively recognized the increased pressures by hiring additional staff to meet the growing needs of local constituents and by cooperating and collaborating with agencies experiencing reductions in funding and staff.

Their range staff has cooperatively worked with multiple groups on a number of high profile grazing allotments, built the trust and respect of many Sublette County agricultural producers, and have communicated effectively with local agriculture operators and grazing permittees to learn their concerns and seek solutions. They also successfully secured water quality grant funding to collect vast amounts of data on waters throughout the county and have completed numerous other projects.

Other recipients of Excellence in Agriculture awards during the Directorsí Reception include Kelcey Christensen (Outstanding Service Award), Wanda Manley (Science Cooperator Award), Converse County (Outstanding Fair Supporter), Don Bryant (Agriculture Industry Supporter Award) and Bob Budd (Pacesetter Award).

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