Serious issues headline breakout sessions at the Wyoming Natural Resources Rendezvous taking place this week in Casper.

Executive Director of the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, Bobbi Frank, says management of the effects of drought, wildfire, and climate change on natural resources are cyclical issues for agricultural producers and land managers.

"This year given the drought conditions and the significant impact that can have, as well as the impact to the producers and the resource health due to the wildfires, those are big issues this year, because of what we saw this past year."

The joint convention and trade show held every five years brings together farmers and ranchers and the range land scientists and conservation districts who work with them. Frank says the event provides networking and a chance to share what they know, "as well as the knowledge that they gain in these sessions. I mean, we bring in what we hope are some really valuable topics and information that they can take home and apply."

Governor Matt Mead addressed the 500 some participants at Tuesday's Luncheon. The Wyoming Natural Resources Rendezvous continues through Thursday.