agfood_web.jpg

Wyoming culture is steeped in ranching and farming. Heck, the iconic bucking-horse-and-rider logo adorns our license plates. Agriculture is the state’s third-largest industry, contributing $1.8 billion per year to the Wyoming economy.

Increasingly, Wyoming producers and entrepreneurs are adding value to Wyoming ag and food products, from all-natural gourmet beef to gluten-free oats product manufacturing using Wyoming-grown grains.

We offer a variety of programs focused on reaching new markets and adding value to products.

 

New and existing value-added businesses face many challenges in the new global economy. The Wyoming Business Council aligns with the Western United States Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) to assist ag and food companies looking to enter or expand in the international market.

WUSATA provides export seminars, trade missions, marketing research projects, trade show activities, point-of-sale promotions and access to federal government marketing grants.

Links

WUSATA

The Wyoming Business Council developed two fact sheets explaining the regulatory requirements and key contacts for agricultural producers interested in diversifying their operations.

Meat Processing

Ranch Recreation

The Wyoming Business Council has been awarded a Specialty Crop Grant from the USDA under the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. The grant is intended to support specialty crop growers in attending marketing events such as the Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, California. The grant will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis for eligible producers and events. 

USDA Specialty Crop Grant

Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program

The Wyoming Meat Processing Expansion Grant Program was created to support Wyoming meat processing facilities and Wyoming citizens to address supply chain disruptions and regional shut-downs of processing facilities as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency.

 

The grant is based on the need to increase capacity of Wyoming’s local food supply chain and to address meat shortages at retail locations and food banks within Wyoming. Increased capacity will add resilience to the food for human consumption supply chain and will ultimately benefit consumers. Grant applications should be made for capacity-related improvements since April 1, 2020 through Dec. 15, 2020. Grants will be reviewed by a group from the Wyoming Business Council, Wyoming Department of Agriculture, and the Governor’s Office.

 

For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the website: http://wyagric.state.wy.us/divisions/chs/meat-processing-expansion-grant-program. 

Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

 

USDA’s Farm Service Agency will accept CFAP 2 applications from September 21 through December 11, 2020.

 

President Donald J. Trump and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced on September 17 that USDA will implement an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2, CFAP 2, will provide producers with financial assistance that gives them the ability to absorb some of the increased marketing costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

For more information and to apply visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap.