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Partnership created to strengthen rural future


Understanding and strengthening Wyoming's rural communities and agriculture is the focus of a new program sponsored by the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and EnCana Oil and Gas.; 

Community Dialogues for Rural Wyoming is a pilot program that will host meetings in Baggs, Boulder, Shoshoni and Lusk this summer.

The program was created as a compliment to the recent Governor's conference on "Building the Wyoming We Want." This conference found that Wyomingites overwhelmingly value the state's agriculturists. The Community Dialogues for Rural Wyoming project was shaped to assess how Wyoming can sustain this important industry and rural communities.

"We want to encourage rural community members and leaders to be proactive about their futures," Wyoming Stock Growers

Executive Vice President Jim Magagna said. "Who will determine our futures if we don't do it ourselves?"

The project strives to engage a younger generation of agriculturists, motivate local leadership, identify indicators of healthy or at-risk rural communities and discuss topics of common ground between agriculture and other natural resource uses.

The meetings are seeking agriculturists, community leaders, emerging leaders and interested members of each community to participate in the discussions. Participants will have the unique opportunity to help legislative, regulatory and research initiatives pertaining to strengthening rural communities and sustaining agriculture.

For more information on participating in Community Dialogues for Rural Wyoming, call program manager Liz LeSatz at 307-638-3942 or visit www.wysga.org.

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