“Classic Traditions, New Solutions” is the theme of the Jan. 18-20, 2019 Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Sheridan, Wyo. The conference is geared towards young farmers and ranchers over the age of 18 (no membership necessary). Children are welcome. WYFB YFR 2019 Agenda and Registration The conference kicks-off at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18. The keynote presentation “Profitable Ranching—Is it Possible” with Burke Teichert begins at 1 p.m. Farming and ranching is an amazing way of life, but keeping it profitable is essential to keeping it your way of life. This dynamic session will focus on areas of your farm/ranch to manage; three ways to improve profit; and five essentials for successful ranch/farm management. This interactive session encourages questions and discussion and will get to the key drivers of profitability. Following a networking break, the next session will be at 3:30 p.m. with American Farm Bureau Federation Director of Media and Advocacy Training Johnna Miller. Miller will explore how we can have “Conversations with EASE.” Conversations about how food is grown and raised happen every day. But, over the years, the voices of farmers and ranchers have been less than adequately represented in those conversations. This workshop, based on the model by USFRA, will prepare participants to ENGAGE in conversations about food production – rather than trying to defend it. Real conversations with consumers will help farmers and ranchers understand and ACKNOWLEDGE what consumers want; give farmers and ranchers a chance to SHARE their insight into how food is produced and EARN the trust of those consumers. Friday evening’s dinner will provide networking time with District Breakout groups. Saturday begins with a 7 a.m. breakfast. Following breakfast will be a discussion panel on “Wilderness Study Areas.” From 9-11 a.m. Tris Munsick with the Plank Stewardship Initiative will present “Ranch/Farm Profitability.” Profitability discussions is one of the most requested topics we receive for YF&R Conferences. This session will be a great follow-up to Friday’s profitability session. Munsick will take a look at enterprise accounting and unit cost of production to help farmers and ranchers in their decision making. Breakout sessions at 11:30 a.m. will provide attendees the opportunity to learn more about Farm Bureau and opportunities available through the Farm Bureau YF&R program. Sessions include: 1) “Ag Advocacy and Ag Books for Kids”; 2) “Resolutions and Lobbying”; and 3) “Competitive Events.” At 12:15 p.m. attendees will learn how they can win $500 and a national trip by competing in Farm Bureau’s Discussion Meet competition which is held each year in November. A mock Discussion Meet will showcase the experience. Saturday afternoon will be filled with tours of agriculture in the Sheridan County region. The tours will conclude with an evening dinner. Sunday morning will begin with devotions at 8:30 a.m. At 9 a.m. the “Outward Succession: Taking Steps to Advance Your Own Ag Operation” session will begin. Most all succession planning workshops have one thing in common; they all hinge on decisions that may be made years down the road. This workshop will focus on what the younger generation can do on their own right now to advance their agricultural pursuits. Following this discussion peer groups will be formed to brainstorm and think creatively about ideas you can pursue now and set goals on how to take information from this conference (and previous conferences) to move forward implementing ideas. New participants as well as past participants are encouraged to attend. Registration The registration fee is $100/adult. The agenda and registration form are available at www.wyfb.org or you may call 307.532.2002. The registration deadline is Jan. 10, 2019. Late registrations may be accepted based on availability after Jan. 10 at $125/adult. For room reservations, please call the Holiday Inn in Sheridan at 307-672-4012 and mention “Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers” (or block code “wyf”) to receive the room rate of $79 plus tax per night. Reservation deadline is Jan. 10, 2019.