SHERIDAN — Farming has long played a key role in Wyoming’s history, and it remains one of the driving forces of the state’s economy and culture.
According to Wyoming’s Economic Analysis Division, there were 14,781 jobs at farms in the state in 2019 — an increase of more than 1,700 since the turn of the millennium. And in a state where cattle outnumber humans 3 to 1, the work of local ranchers is still the state’s heartbeat, according to U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyoming.
“I want to thank you for everything you do every day to serve the families of this state,” Lummis said in an address to the Wyoming Stockgrowers Association Friday. “As I frequently like to point out, you’re on the school boards, you’re on the county commissioners, you’re running your cities. And you make Wyoming’s culture significant. Agriculture and culture are one and the same in Wyoming so we’re just so grateful for what livestock producers in our state do for our state…It’s not just our livelihood, but our way of life that you are taking care of and protecting.”
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