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Guide to the Wyoming State Department of Agriculture records

Identifier: RG0010

Scope and Content Note

Records covering agricultural related committees and councils, drought procedures, hay distribution, emergency feed program applications, predator control program. Also includes records from the following divisions and organizations: Dairy, Food and Drug Division; Markets and Industry Division; Plant Industry Division; Real Estate Board; Wyoming State Fair; State Soil wand Water Conservation Committee/Board; Weights and Measures Division; Beef Council and Rural Development Council


  • 1893-Present


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Restrictions on Access

Access to security microfilm rolls and building plans is restricted

History of the Department

The Seventeenth State Legislature created the Department of Agriculture in 1923. As established by law, the department acted as both an information gathering and disseminating agency, and a regulatory and enforcement agency. This department took over the responsibilities of the State Board of Horticulture, the State Board of Immigration, and the State Dairy, Food and Oil Commissioner. The legislature created the position of Commissioner of Agriculture, who would have a number of deputies to assist him in his duties, and the State Board of Agriculture, a five member group appointed from set districts.

In 1925, the Eighteenth State Legislature enacted three laws which assigned new functions to the department: collection and dissemination of agriculture statistics; oversight of a potato program for carload lots; and control over the Office of State Entomologist. The department underwent internal organizational changes in the late 1920s, and the legislature created the State Real Estate Board and a commissioner of same.

During the 1930s, the department and commissioner continued to gain duties. The 1931 legislature created the Office of Grain and Seed Storage Commissioner. In the 1930s, the Diary, Food and Oil division undertook the greatest number of new responsibilities, including the regulation of oleomargarine. Over the decade, many new laws arose that affected the Weed and Pest Program.

The organization of the department remained constant during the 1940s, but enactments of the legislatures continued to add new functions for the commissioner and department. This decade saw the creation of the State Soil Conservation Committee, the process for regulating and selling vegetable seed, and the regulation of tractor fuel sales. Thirteen laws over the ten year period concerned the department, affecting the state fair, the weed and pest program, the bean storage regulatory program, the management of commercial feed stuffs, the apiary inspection program, and the sale of nursery stocks.

From 1950 to 1980 this pattern continued- the legislature enacting many laws to amend existing laws so as to change agricultural programs administered by the department and how the department should administer them. During these three decades, the legislature also enacted laws which placed new responsibilities on the department, such as the 1961 Wyoming Agricultural Marketing Act that established a control committee to provide cooperation between state and federal agencies to enforce marketing laws and regulations.


58 cubic feet

15 rolls of microfilm


The Wyoming State Agriculture Department records as maintained by the Wyoming State Archives consist of 58 cubic feet of files including official correspondence, reports, administrative and subject files. Records concern Wyoming drought, crops, predator control, marketing, real estate, state fair, soil water conservation, and various general agricultural issues.


The collection is divided into twelve subgroups including: General Records, Administrative Records, State Board of Agriculture Records, Division of Consumer Services, Division of Dairy Food and Drugs, Division of Markets and Industry, Division of Plant Industry, Real Estate Board, State Fair, State Soil and Water Conservation Committee/Board, Division of Weights and Measures, Beef Council

Physical Location

See Detailed Description section for box location


MA 909, transferred to Wyoming State Archives on December 4, 1959. Subsequent records were transferred periodically.

Guide to the Wyoming State Agriculture Department Records
Edited Full Draft
Carl Hallberg
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the Wyoming State Archives, Wyoming Cultural Resources Division, Wyoming Department of State Parks & Cultural Resources Repository

Barrett Building
2301 Central Avenue
Cheyenne Wyoming 82002 United States
(307) 777-7826