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Local food systems offer consumers alternatives to traditional buying outlets and they support local tastes, traditions, and producers, as well as the environment and local economies. For instance, Wyoming farmers’ markets generated more than $2.1 million of direct sales throughout Wyoming during 2013, and generated secondary sales of more than $654,000, for a total economic contribution to the Wyoming economy of nearly $2.8 million. This economic activity supported the equivalent of more than 25 annual jobs with labor income of more than $650,000. If you’d like to know more about local food issues, as either a producer, consumer or economic developer, check out these sources.
In addition to these topics, UW Extension is happy to provide presentations on marketing at a farmers market, and (for farmer’s market managers) marketing the market, as well as presentations on food safety, venture management, and growing and selling food products.
UW Extension offers trainings to improve the skill of Wyoming’s agriculturalists in managing their endeavors. These programs can be offered in all areas of the state, so contact your local Extension office about one near you.
Regular conferences and shows organized by UW Extension include Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days (in Riverton every February – contact Chance Marshall for more information at 307-332-2363), WESTI Ag Days (in Worland every February – contact Dr Caitlin Youngquist for more information at 307-347-3431), the Commercial Pesticide Applicator Short Course - contact Jeff Edwards for information at 307-837-2000, and other programs. Also look for field days at UW’s four Agricultural Research stations.
UW Extension’s county-based educators and state-based specialists are available for consultations with individual land managers and owners (whether small or large).