CHEYENNE – The Wyoming Bean Commission (WBC) is scheduled to meet for a video and teleconference meeting on Tuesday, January 4, 2022.
The meeting will start at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. During the meeting, WBC will approve minutes from previous meeting, hear budget update, discuss rating rate changes, discuss WBC logo / branding, hear update on Chapter 1 Bean Commission Rules and will discuss “bean seed” insurance in Wyoming. Along with this, WBC will discuss USDBC Board Winter Meeting, RMBDA Annual Meeting, BeanCon22 and cover any other matters as needed. There will be an opportunity for public comments at the end of the meeting.
The members of the Wyoming Bean Commission are Beau Fulton (producer) from Park County, Jeffery Chapman (manager), Jerrod Lind (producer) from Platte County, Pascual Aguilar (producer) from Big Horn County, Wayne Hort (producer) from Goshen County, Cortney Allen (manager) and Dale Heggem (ex officio member of the Wyoming Department of Agriculture).
The Bean Commission is made up of six members initially appointed by the Governor. Four members are producers and two members are material handlers with facilities located in Wyoming. A member must reside in Laramie, Platte or Goshen County, Wyoming. The Bean Commission is funded by assessments collected from dry bean sales and is housed within the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. The commission will meet at least twice a year and keep a permanent record of its deliberations and report on its activities to the governor and the interim joint committee on agriculture, public and public lands and water resources. Along with this, the commission may conduct or subcontract scientific research, disseminate information on dry edible beans based on research, study state and federal legislation regarding matters concerning the dry edible bean industry, appoint advisory groups, providing grants to research agencies for special or emergency studies funding, and a variety of other activities.