Fremont County Extension Agent Chance Marshall watched as U.S. Senator John Barrasso delivered the keynote address to the 2023 Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days Thursday at the fairgrounds in Riverton. (Wyotoday photo by Ernie Over)

By Ernie Over


In the closing keynote address at the 2023 Fremont County Farm and Ranch Days at the fairgrounds, Wyoming U.S. Senator John Barrasso, in a taped video message, said one of his priorities for the new Congress is forestry and wildfire management, along with reducing red tape for energy development and to promote research on chronic wasting disease and Brucellosis.

The closing luncheon sponsored by the Fremont County Cattlewomen was a full house to hear the senator’s remarks. He said his work in Washington is to help build the future of agriculture in Wyoming for those who grow food and fiber. He said the new Farm Bill is being worked on and he will strive to ensure Wyoming’s priorities are included in it.

Barrasso said it is time for the United States to protect and expand America’s energy. He also said one priority of his is the effective management of range and grazing lands through the Ranch Act. The senator said he would also work to cut the red tape to increase mitigation for wildfires and the health of the nation’s forests.

Some 200 farmers, ranchers and others attended the two-day-long event at the fairgrounds in Riverton, sponsored by the University of Wyoming Extension Service for the 39th year.