Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Agriculture Officials and Public Land Managers from Several Western States to Meet in St. George May 1, 2


The Western States Policy (WSP) group will hold its annual meeting in St. George, Utah May 1 & 2, 2019 to discuss a variety of issues related agriculture on public lands.

“We are excited to welcome agriculture policy leaders from throughout the Intermountain West to join us in St. George to discuss many of the important public land issues that impact agriculture,” said Kerry Gibson, Commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

Some of the issues on the agenda include:

  • State Sage Grouse rule amendments
  • Wild horse rangeland impacts
  • Bighorn sheep and domestic sheep herd interaction and management
  • Watershed health issues
  • Land use plans
  • Invasive weed species management

The purpose of the WSP is to provide a forum where western states policy professionals can collaborate on successes and challenges for agriculture on public land in each of their respective states.

“Meeting together gives each state an opportunity to learn about what’s working in other states and what isn’t working. I believe the collaboration and interaction is critical to each state’s success,” Commissioner Gibson added.

Members of the WSP are:

  • Utah
  • Colorado
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Idaho
  • Wyoming

The WSP policy meetings will be held at the Washington County Water Conservancy District Boardroom. 533 Waterworks Dr. Saint George, UT  84770. The two days of meetings will be preceded by a natural resources projects tour on April 30.