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Future of Ag industry topic of upcoming conference in Evanston
How to address challenges
by Wyoming Business Council
September 20, 2010

The future of the agriculture industry and how to address the challenges it faces will be the focus of an upcoming conference in Evanston, Wyoming.

The AgriFuture conference will be held Oct. 13-15 at the Roundhouse in Evanston. The conference is open to producers, processors, policy makers and future ag leaders and is designed to measure, discuss and tackle the most pressing ag issues at present.

The registration deadline for the conference is Oct. 2 with a registration fee of $100. The fee includes conference registration, breakfast on both days of the conference and one lunch.

"The event also showcases innovative speakers who are moving the agriculture industry toward the opportunity we all see in the future," said Jason Fearneyhough, director of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture.

Speakers include:
• Dr. Jay Lehr, conference keynote speaker. Lehr is an economist and futurist who combines five decades of expertise and experience in agricultural economics, agronomy, environmental science and business. Lehr’s topic will be "How we can ensure a bright future for American ag".
• Dr. Weldon Sleight of Nebraska, will cover the development of a return plan for our youth to revitalize rural communities
• Troy and Stacy Hadrick of South Dakota, will discuss how to "share with the world without leaving the ranch"
• Joel Huesby of Idaho, will talk about controlling destiny through mobile slaughter
• Ron Hansen of Nebraska, who will talk about the intergenerational transfer of land
• Ron Rabou and Steve Bahmer of Wyoming will discuss breaking the mold and innovations in agriculture

"These speakers are just the tip of the iceberg for what this conference will hold for participants," said Fearneyhough. "We have invited folks from all over the Western United States to come and participate in the conference and share their ideas. The wide variety of experiences, locations and backgrounds will make the breakout sessions an incredible chance for networking, interactivity, discussions and innovations that will help propel agriculture to the heights we all know it can reach in the United States."

For more information about the conference or to register, please contact Mary Randolph, director of the Wyoming Main Street/Wyoming Rural Development Division at the Wyoming Business Council at 307-777-6430 or

The mission of the Business Council is to facilitate the economic growth of Wyoming. The Business Council, a state government agency, concentrates its efforts on providing assistance for existing Wyoming companies and start-ups, helping communities meet their development and diversification needs, and recruiting new firms and industries targeted to complement the state’s assets. For more information, please visit

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