#WyoStrong: Local woman recognized for contributions to Wyoming agriculture

(Fremont County, WY) – Fremont County resident Janet Givens was named one of the Heart of Agriculture award recipients this week by the University of Wyoming Extension.

This award is in its third year of recognizing women for their outstanding contributions to Wyoming agriculture. A total of 17 women will be honored with the award at the State Fair and Rodeo in Douglas.

“I was surprised and humbled to be honored,” Janet told County 10. “Agriculture is not an easy job; it’s 24/7/365. You have to give your heart and soul to it.”

Janet, who was born and raised in Fremont County, shared she is an active member of three cattlewomen organizations including Wyoming, Fremont County and Lander Valley.

Her award nomination came from one of Fremont County’s Extension educators, Chance Marshall.

This year, she came to mind for me, Chance shared with County 10. She is part of the Fremont County CattleWomen who are a big partner with us for the Farm and Ranch Days. Their presence is super important, and Janet has been one of our main contacts and forces to make that happen every year. She is a great lady, a big advocate for farmers and ranchers, and has a great positive attitude for adults and kids.

Janet shared her appreciation for Chance nominating her for this honor.

She plans to attend the award recipient ceremony happening from 12-3 pm on Friday, August 20th, at the Wyoming Pioneer Center during the state fair.

She also noted the Fremont County CattleWomen are saluting Fremont County ranchers as the hometown heroes for this year’s Fremont County Fair theme.

They give so much to the community and they deserve to be recognized, she said.

County 10 Photo – Fremont County CattleWomen booth in the Fremont Center at the fair

Nominations for the Heart of Agriculture awards were sought from women agricultural producers and agricultural organizations in each county to honor those for active involvement in the industry and engagement in bettering their communities, said Scott Cotton, University of Wyoming Extension educator in Natrona County.

In addition to our local recipient, the following women also received awards:

  • Albany — Janet Talbot
  • Campbell — Bobbi Geis
  • Carbon — Vickie Herring
  • Converse — Laurie Boner
  • Goshen — Jenny Conrad
  • Hot Springs — Carol Dockery
  • Johnson — Colette Camino Fenster
  • Laramie — Bobbi Frank
  • Natrona — Mary Allemand Owens
  • Niobrara — Carmen Shane
  • Park — Deanna Siggins
  • Sheridan — Terri Kane
  • Sublette — Amanda McGinnis
  • Teton — Kate Mead
  • Uinta — Karen Henry
  • Weston — Dana Tysdal

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