The Ash Creek Complex fire has burned almost 300,000 acres of ranch land ( it is the largest wild fire in US right now for 2012) and has displaced approximately 8,000 mother cows with calves at side. Folks there are desperately searching for pasture and hay. If you know of anything, anywhere please let them know (see contacts at end of this article).
PROPOSED WYO AG DEPT’s NEW FOOD REGULATIONS COULD SEVERELY LIMIT WYOMING FARMER’S MARKETS AND FAMILY FARMS
In a surprise move to many, late in May 2012 the Wyoming Department of Agriculture very quietly proposed some new regulations for Wyoming that, if they had gone unchallenged, would have severely crippled small family farms, farmer’s markets and the buy local food programs. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture said the changes would just “make things easier for Wyoming producers” but Wyoming Representative Sue Wallis (R ) from Campbell County (and a member of the WyoAg Sustainable Agriculture Coalition) said the new regulations would have the effect of law, and would basically shut down small growers and livestock ranchers.
Sheridan, WYO — Sheridan County, Wyoming, has long been known for its scenery, for “beautiful valleys in their virgin purity and richness,” as city of Sheridan founder John Loucks wrote rather dramatically in 1882. Nestled on the east flank of the Bighorn mountains on the Montana border, Sheridan County’s topography ranges from the rugged and dry Powder River breaks to 11,000-foot spires on the edge of the Cloud Peak Wilderness Area. It contains some of the best grazing land in the state. With an average elevation of 3,742, it has a longer growing season than many Wyoming counties. Gardens actually include tomatoes.
“The ‘placemaking dividend’ is about creating a place where people want to stay, spend money, and come back.” It’s an old concept with a new look to it – a new name for real estate folks to throw at us. But it means that place – being a part of a place – is a dividend that many companies want. They don’t want the old stress and driving 40-50 minutes to work or to shop. That’s where Main Street comes in and returns to the heart of what the American dream is all about – time with family and friends and work that is close by to maximize that time. The ‘placemaking dividend’, as McMahon calls it, is the concept that highlights what we want in our lives and futures and where we are willing to put our dollars to make that happen. It is, he says, our future.