Wyoming’s agriculture industry is trying its hand at blockchain technology. Beefchain.io, a private company, is one of those businesses that started after Wyoming passed a number of pro-blockchain laws. The goal is to use blockchain technology to track data points about cattle and share the information with consumers: pasture to plate.
Trade disputes, flattening yield curves, higher inflation… these all have economists worried a recession may soon be coming. A report from Goldman Sachs put the likelihood at 17.6 percent in the next two years. As Wyoming recovers from a recent energy downturn, we ask whether the state is ready to handle another economic slowdown. Wyoming Public Radio’s Cooper McKim has more.
Wyoming’s lawmakers in Washington are looking for ways to decrease Russia’s influence in Europe, and they think they may be able to do it with good ole fashioned Wyoming natural resources.
Democrat Greg Hunter is a geologist who’s based in Laramie and he’s running for the U.S. House of Representatives. Hunter has worked in the energy industry and as a consultant for the federal government on a range of environmental issues and he’s very concerned about Wyoming’s natural resources. He joins Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck.
A deadly fungus is fast wiping out bats in the eastern U.S. The Northern long eared is even facing extinction. But the Black Hills in Wyoming and South Dakota have been a kind of oasis of safety for the species. Or it was…now the fungus is headed this way. Wyoming Public Radio’s Melodie Edwards went out with researchers who are trying to protect the bat to learn more.
The federal government says there are too many wild horses in the U.S. So they are upping the number of captured horses people can buy. But as the Mountain West News Bureau’s Nate Hegyi explains, critics feel that’s a slippery slope to the slaughterhouse.
Hay prices are spiking this year, driven up by a drought-induced shortage of the crop. It’s affecting ranchers across the board, but horse owners in particular are feeling the pinch. Horses eat higher quality hay, so it’s harder to get. It’s forcing horse owners in Colorado to buy more hay from neighboring states like Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana and that’s driving the cost up even more.
Football season kicks off soon with the sport still mired in controversy over whether players should stand for the national anthem. A new NFL policy that would force them to do that is now in limbo while the league negotiates with its players. But the underlying debate over whether political protest belongs on the football field is a familiar story to the University of Wyoming.
This month, hundreds of game wardens and conservation officers from around the country and Canada gathered in Cheyenne for the North American Wildlife Enforcement Officers Association’s annual conference. While serious conversations about poaching, large carnivore attacks, and stress were important, the most anticipated event was the Warden Skills Competitions.