Ag Ambassador Tour participants listen to Aaron Anderson tell about his sheep operation east of Ten Sleep, above.

Ag Ambassador Tour participants listen as Ten Sleep Hatchery’s Senior Fish Culturist Brad Hughes (far right) points to the UV water cleansing unit above a tank full of rainbow trout that will be stocked this fall somewhere in Wyoming.

Ag Ambassadors host tour in Ten Sleep area

By Susan Lockhart
Special Projects Coordinator

TEN SLEEP — Four very different agriculture-related businesses were part of Saturday’s Ag Ambassador’s Tour near Ten Sleep.
About two dozen people participated in the tour that visited the Ten Sleep Fish Hatchery, Circle J Ranch, the Anderson sheep ranch, all east of Ten Sleep, and the Ten Sleep Brewery west of town.
At the fish hatchery fish culturist Brad Hughes explained the process of collecting trout eggs and raising them to be stocked in Wyoming’s waters for fishermen to catch. Hughes said the hatchery deals mainly with Yellowstone cutthroat, a native Wyoming trout, but also handles golden trout, tiger trout, rainbow trout, brook trout and splake.
Hughes explained the hatcheries’ recent updated equipment to cleanse the water from the three springs that feed the hatchery and prevent whirling disease in hatchery fish.
The visit to Circle J Ranch in Ten Sleep canyon included a look at the new teepee that can be used for meetings or guest stays at the facility. Tour participants also viewed the apple orchard from which three varieties of apples are sold to the public.
The stop at Aaron Anderson’s sheep ranch east of Ten Sleep gave tour participants a look at a working sheep ranch. Ag Ambassador Jason Giudice said the Andersons lamb about 15- 18-thousand head of sheep and are members of a local lamb cooperative. Anderson also talked about how the ranch moved their feedlot operation off the creek for environmental reasons.
Giudice said Anderson also talked about how the family markets their wool, selling “clean wool” rather than freshly sheared wool.

Federal judge won’t give state control of wolves

By Ben Neary
Associated Press

CHEYENNE (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday denied requests from the state of Wyoming, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and pro-hunting groups to change last week’s decision that reinstated federal protections for wolves in the state.
The decision by U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington, D.C., leaves Wyoming and the Fish and Wildlife Service with the choice of either appealing or to developing a revised management plan. The planning process can take years and require more public comment, during which time Wyoming wolves would remain protected under the federal Endangered Species Act.
The Wyoming wolf plan Jackson rejected took effect in 2012. It classified wolves as unprotected predators subject to being shot on sight in most of the state. Many ranchers and hunters in Wyoming are concerned that if left unchecked, wolves will take too heavy a toll on livestock and other wildlife.
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead, a Republican, issued a statement saying he’s disappointed by the judge’s ruling. He said his administration will consider the best way to regain state wolf management.
“Wyoming has managed wolves well above the minimum and buffer population numbers,” Mead said. “Overturning the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s delisting decision on a technicality highlights Wyoming’s concerns with the Endangered Species Act.”
Jackson has agreed with the Fish and Wildlife Service that wolves in the Northern Rockies have recovered. She also accepted the agency’s finding that wolves aren’t endangered or threatened within a significant portion of their range.
A spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service said the agency hasn’t decided how to proceed.
In response to legal challenges from conservation groups, Jackson ruled last week that the Fish and Wildlife Service shouldn’t have accepted Wyoming’s nonbinding promise to maintain at least 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone and the Wind River Indian Reservation.

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