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About 15 people circled a giant notepad at Casper College. They had already filled several pages and stuck them to the wall, and they were still brainstorming.

“So, do we have any other big ideas for twenty years from now in agriculture?” asked Deena McDaniels of the Natrona County Farm Service Agency.

McDaniels was leading a public discussion searching for links between agriculture and economic development in Wyoming. Three other groups like this one spread across the top floor of the Student Union, all hoping to contribute recommendations to the Economically Needed Diversity Options for Wyoming (ENDOW) committee. As the group broke for lunch, Agricultural Experiment Station Director John Tanaka said he was pushing for one idea in particular. 

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Upton is located 70 miles east of thirteen open pit coal mines, including the Thunder Basin Coal Mine, the nation's largest. You can arrange to have guided tours to learn more about this critical industry in northeast Wyoming. Upton and Newcastle are on the railroad right-of-way that ships most of the coal to midwestern and eastern markets. There is an average of 75 Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad trains that pass through Weston County daily. This is a train watchers heaven!