(Above Scott Mangold of KPOW (left) and Taylor Brown of the Northern Ag Network addressing the crowd at the KPOW Harvest Festival in Powell.)
Friday evening, August 11, at their 2017 Summer Harvest Festival in downtown Powell, KPOW Radio AM1260 put the spotlight squarely on local farmers and ranchers!
As the Basin’s long-time Ag News station, KPOW organized the entire Festival, and then broadcast the event live from Plaza Diane in downtown Powell. Scott Mangold emceed the program, that started with Mayor John Wetzel speaking about the importance of agriculture to the Powell community, providing over 1,000 jobs and annual revenue over $105 million to Park County.
With displays of Farm Equipment and live animals blocking off the streets, local ag leader Ric Rodriguez provided an update on the sugar beet industry, and Representative Dan Larsen gave a recap of the political issues agriculture is facing in Cheyenne. Northern Ag Network’s Taylor Brown also addressed the crowd on the challenges that production agriculture faces and the importance of supporting our farmers and ranchers, and the businesses on which they depend.
The Powell Chamber Ambassadors served a great meal of Brats and all the fixings, and families enjoyed wagon rides, and photos with the miniature Donkeys, a pet Raccoon, and even a Camel!
For over 100 years the Shoshone Irrigation Project has provide a huge agricultural base for the north part of the Big Horn Basin. Construction began in early 1904 of four-part Project that includes the Garland, Frannie, Willwood, and Heart Mountain Divisions. Buffalo Bill Dam was completed in 1910, and today its reservoir provides the water storage for the entire Shoshone Project.
Northern Ag Network is proud to join KPOW in saluting and serving Agriculture every day!
(Pictured above left to right: Taylor Brown – NAN, Colter Brown – NAN, April Rodriguez – KPOW, Donna Merkel – KPOW, Scott Mangold – KPOW, Russ Graham – KPOW, Ric Rodriguez – Local Area Farmer, Rep. Dan Larsen, Alyssa Payne – KPOW)