Looking to the future of our region’s economy, the Lander Chamber of Commerce is encouraging the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration to approve funding for Central Wyoming College’s Rocky Mountain Complex for Ag & Equine Sciences (RMC).

The vision of the RMC is to be an agriculture innovation center and exchange, sharing the generations of knowledge on Wyoming’s farms and ranches. Researching and teaching the best of traditional practices alongside new livestock production and health methods and technologies, the RMC will explore new techniques in farm-to-table, food production, agribusiness, and entrepreneurship.

The Chamber’s letter pointed out that Fremont County and the Wind River region are well suited for such a facility, as our region’s growing agriculture and equine industries already support many small businesses and jobs: farms and ranches produce high-quality hay and beef cattle for the commodity market, and small to mid-scale value-added ag businesses grow food for our local communities.

By leveraging local resources and the RMC, CWC aims to educate and equip the agriculture workforce; train the leaders essential for building a robust agriculture economy for the region; attract regional events to enhance existing agriculture and equine operations; and be a catalyst for opportunities within our tourism corridor for local food, culinary, agriculture, and equine economic development and advancement. To learn more about CWC’s Rocky Mountain Complex for Ag & Equine Sciences, visit cwc.edu/rmc/.