Ancient crops may find a new niche in Wyoming agriculture

Wednesday, September 05, 2018


The State of Wyoming's Economic Development Agency   l   September 4, 2018

Ancient crops may find a new
niche in Wyoming agriculture

First Grains

Wyoming consumers may soon get a taste of ancient civilization — literally.  

Researchers at the University of Wyoming are in the first stages of studying the viability of “first grains” as a crop and market in Wyoming. Specifically, they are growing spelt and emmer wheat, two of the first crops that were ever domesticated and cultivated by humans as they transitioned from roaming hunter-gatherers to sedentary farmers some 12,000 years ago. 

Tom Foulke, a research scientist at the UW Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics, is leading the charge on this project. At a recent open-house event at UW’s Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC) in Lingle, he conducted a tour of the growing field and answered questions about the project.


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Business Council board meets Sept. 5-6

The Wyoming Business Council Board of Directors will consider seven Business Ready Community (BRC) funding requests during its Sept. 6 meeting beginning at 8 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Cody. 

The Business Council will also hold an executive session on Sept. 5 to discuss personnel matters. // READ STORY

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Evanston among top 10 Great American Main Street contenders

Evanston’s dedication to historic preservation and the revitalization of its downtown has earned it a semifinalist nod for a prestigious national award from the National Main Street Center.

“It is an incredible honor for Evanston to receive this recognition,” said Jane Law, manager of Evanston Urban Renewal/Main Street. “I believe Evanston is a great American Main Street. I was determined to apply on behalf of Evanston, Jim Davis, our organization, our volunteers, and everybody’s support and dedication for so many years.”  // READ STORY

Video MyFntDoor

Nonprofit organization helps Wyoming families become first-time homeowners

My Front Door is a non-profit organization serving Wyoming families on their quest to build the financial skills and know-how required to purchase their first home. 

The Wyoming Business Council is highlighting successful approaches to delivering affordable housing where it's needed throughout Wyoming. Learn more at:



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