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The Wyoming Bean Commission (WBC) is scheduled to meet in Powell on February 6-7, 2020 at the Park County Fairgrounds.

The meeting will begin on Thursday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. and is scheduled to recess for the day at 4:00 p.m. During the first day of the meeting, the Wyoming Bean Commission will hear a budget update, an update on lobbying by the Commission, and an update on “Dry Bean Revenue Protection” insurance in Wyoming. Along with this, they will hear 2019 research presentations, discuss non-research projects/funding, and determine total funding for 2020 research projects. On Friday, February 7th, the meeting will continue at 8:00 a.m. and the board will discuss USDBC DC fly-in trip, RMBDA annual meeting, 2021 USDBC meeting/BeanCon21, DOT plane costs to WCIA, WBC attendance at trade shows/WBC marketing materials, and provide authorization to the WDA to sign on behalf of the WBC, as well as any other business as needed.  There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting.

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The members of the Wyoming Bean Commission are Beau Fulton ( grower) of Park County, Jeffery Chapman (handler) of Goshen County, Jerrod Lind (grower) of Platte County, Pascual Aguilar (grower) of Big Horn County, Wayne Hort (grower) of Goshen County, Cortney Allen (handler) of Big Horn County, and Dale Heggem (ex-officio member from the Wyoming Department of Agriculture).

The Bean Commission is comprised of six members initially appointed by the Governor. Four members are growers, and two members are handlers with facilities located in Wyoming. One member must reside in Laramie, Platte or Goshen County, Wyoming.  The Bean Commission is funded through assessments collected on dry bean sales and is housed within the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. The commission will meet no less than two times each year and will keep a permanent record of its proceedings and report its activities to the Governor and Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands, and Water Resources interim committee. Along with this, the commission may conduct or contract scientific research,  disseminate information on dry edible beans based on research, study state and federal legislation with respect to matters concerning the dry edible bean industry, appoint advisory groups, make grants to research agencies for financing special or emergency studies, and a variety of other activates.

The Park County Fairgrounds are located at 655 East 5th Street in Powell, WY. For more information on the Wyoming Bean Council and the meeting, visit http://agriculture.wy.gov/divisions/ts/wyoming-bean-commission or contact the Wyoming Department of Agriculture at 307-777-7321.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, special assistance or alternate formats will be made available for individuals with disabilities upon request in advance of the meeting.

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