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His Heart Is in Agriculture

Neil and Vic McMurryWyoming's heart is in agriculture. The state was settled by cattlemen and homesteaders, and many of us are still ranchers and farmers, growing beef cattle and alfalfa or wheat and sugar beets.

Victor McMurry's heart is also in agriculture. Though Vic's father was in the construction business, when Vic came to UW he chose to attend the College of Agriculture.

"It was a wonderful place. I was entirely comfortable," says Vic. "And it's now even more focused on trying to provide what people across the state need. The UW College of Ag is the top in the country as far as I'm concerned."

The UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the meeting place for the state's agricultural interests. It serves traditional functions such as research into crops and production and outreach and extension services to farmsteads throughout the state. It also is an agent of change, researching and introducing new techniques and technologies. Its scope is much broader than you might realize-in addition to the traditional areas of animal, plant, and veterinary science, the college encompasses applied economics, ag communications, family and consumer science, microbiology and molecular biology, renewable resources, and the Wyoming Reclamation and Restoration Center.

Right now, land use, stewardship of natural resources, community development, and sustainability are issues that are on people's minds, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources-with the help of the Dean's Excellence Fund-is addressing these challenges through research and outreach. The fund supports speaker presentations, panel discussions, guest lectures, short courses, and public forums that make science-based information available to the public.

"This generous support from Vic McMurry is the lead gift for the Dean's Excellence Fund in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources," says Frank Galey, dean. "Thanks to Vic, the college will be able to pursue new initiatives to address important issues facing Wyoming's agriculture, renewable resource base, and rural communities."

"I think Frank Galey is doing a great job," says Vic. "He is a great asset to the university and to the College of Ag, and he's truly someone I've enjoyed getting to know."

The goal of the college is to create vibrant sustainable rural communities in order to "Build the Wyoming We Want," and the Dean's Excellence Fund is a huge step in the right direction.

"I asked Frank, what do you need?" says Vic. "I wanted to help provide funds utilized by people on the ground, where it would do the most good. Every generation has to do their part as part of the human race. I learned that from my father."

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Neil and Vic McMurry

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