A meeting to train for and improve planning for agricultural disasters in southeast Wyoming is Wednesday, May 23, near Laramie.

            The free training is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Laramie Research and Extension Center, 470 Highway 230. The program is a collaborative effort between the extension services of the University of Wyoming, Colorado State University and Montana State University, and the USDA, said Scott Cotton, UW Extension educator and delegate to the Extension Disaster Education Network.

            He said the training is focused toward agricultural producers, law enforcement, firefighters, public health officials, county commissioners, veterinarians and others related to agriculture or emergency management.

            The meeting addresses emergencies and disasters that could affect agriculture and rural communities.

            The program includes:

            * Disaster issues specific to the region.

            * Livestock transportation accident response.

            * Information on working with the emergency manager.

            * Animal identification and diseases related to disasters.

            * FEMA training on disease outbreaks at fairs and exhibitions.

            The program is one of several this spring across Wyoming. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association and Wyoming Wool Growers Association are among groups supporting the meetings that look at agriculture in individual counties to develop better emergency mitigation efforts, said Cotton.

            The seminar includes FEMA-certified exercises for emergency responders and peace officer credit hours. To register and for more information, go tohttps://www.eventbrite.comand type in Laramie, Wyoming, in the “City or location” search field to find “Ag Disaster Training for County Agencies in Laramie, WY”.

            Contact Cotton at 307-235-9400 orsecotton@natronacounty-wy.govfor more information.