"We, like the state's ENDOW, have concluded that there is much economic and employment potential in meat and food processing in this region. CWC's Rustler Ag & Equine Complex envisions supporting superior ag and equine programs to lead this movement."
-President Brad Tyndall
The Rocky Mountain region is an important ranching, equine and agricultural production center for the state of Wyoming and the nation. By utilizing existing local resources and the Rustler Ag & Equine Complex, CWC believes it can meet the challenge of providing the educated workforce and leaders essential for building a robust economy for the region.
The total economic impact for horses in Wyoming is $286 million. Fremont County is the ninth county in the US for the number of horses and ponies in livestock inventory which supports a vibrant equine studies and rodeo industry.
Cattle and calves generate more than one billion dollars in agriculture cash receipts for Wyoming. With the ability to finish and process meats locally, producers will capture higher revenues. Fremont County is tenth in cattle production with high potential for locally finished beef.
Agriculture is Wyoming’s third largest economic sector. The value added to Wyoming’s economy by the ag sector totaled $1.72 billion in 2016. Fremont County is the largest producer of fruit, milk, honey, and eggs.
There are generations of knowledge on Wyoming farms and ranches. To share it, Wyoming needs agriculture innovation centers and exchanges. CWC’s Rustler Ag & Equine Complex will research and teach the best of traditional practices alongside new livestock production and health methods and technologies. It will explore new techniques in farm-to-table, food production, agribusiness, and entrepreneurship. Read about our latest Wyoming Works Grant Opportunity to support equipment, faculty, and a mobile meat sciences lab for our communities! Wyoming Works CWC Grant
By leveraging local resources and the Rustler Ag & Equine Complex, Central Wyoming College can:
- Educate and equip the agriculture workforce
- Train the leaders essential for building a robust agriculture economy for the region
- Attract regional event to enhance existing agriculture and equine operations
- Be a catalyst for opportunities within our tourism corridor for local food, culinary, agriculture, and equine economic development and advancement