--Free event, open to public.  Sponsored by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation

 LARAMIE--Ranchers are no stranger to the risks poisonous plants pose to livestock. Have you ever questioned the exact toxicology behind how these plants affect livestock? Are you looking for innovative solutions to managing these risks?

A free informational symposium on poisonous plants is being presented by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Laramie. Held in conjunction with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting, the symposium will be at the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center in Laramie.

Dr. Kip Panter, Dr. Kevin Welch and Dr. Clint Stonecipher from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Poisonous Plants Laboratory will present their ongoing research and solutions to problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.

The Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory focuses on the effects of poisonous plants and natural toxins on livestock. According to Dr. Panter, “Our mission in the USDA goes from coast to coast, wherever poisonous problems occur, and we have a significant international impact also.” Some of their most significant accomplishments in this field include: determining locoweed’s effects on reproduction in livestock; determining the structure activity relationship of larkspur alkaloids; determining the mechanism of action in lupine-induced “crooked calf syndrome”; and their research has even led to biomedical advancements.

In addition to sharing some of their fascinating research, Dr. Panter and his team will present management strategies to reduce livestock losses and methods to reduce the impact of invasive species.

The symposium is free and open to the public. Visit www.wyfb.org for a promotional flyer.

Members of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation formed the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation to fund agricultural education opportunities and support scientific research needed by Wyoming's agricultural producer. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation also supports legal efforts to protect agricultural producers. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization. The primary goals of the federation are to protect private property rights and help members achieve an equitable return on their investment. On the web, www.wyfb.org