“The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule regulates small isolated wet spots, ditches, and low areas where water only flows when it rains. Congress never granted EPA the authority to regulate these areas or authorized the agencies to require permits for ordinary farming and ranching,” Don Parrish, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Regulatory Relations Director, said while speaking at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Nov. 13 in Cody.
“There is broad bi-partisan understanding that this rule is broken and there is a tremendous need for Congress to intervene in this process,” Parrish continued. Full Article
Wyoming Farm Bureau members donated the equivalent of 5,685 meals to help Wyoming families in need - Nov. 20, 2015
Wyoming families facing hunger received a boost mid-November with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee “Harvest for All” project. The annual food and fund drive to benefit Feeding America food bank affiliates in Wyoming raised the equivalent of 5,685 meals for Wyoming families.Full Article
CODY—Fire damage to private property, federal mandates and pesticide registration were among the many topics included in policies adopted at the 96th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 12-14, 2015 in Cody, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau. Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 18, 2015 – If federal agencies are left the task of developing implementation guidance for the Waters of the U.S. rule, the result will be a continuation of the rule’s “liabilities, confusion and chaos.” Issuing guidance can’t fix a broken rule, according to a letter the American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups sent to members of the Senate who voted to oppose bipartisan legislation (S. 1140) seeking to revise the rule. Full Article
University of Wyoming student Sarah Falen discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and a trip to Kansas City, Missouri. Falen competed Nov. 12 in the event held in Cody. Twenty competitors representing Northwest College, Sheridan College, Eastern Wyoming College, and the University of Wyoming entered the competition.
The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member. The competition was open to all Wyoming college students with an interest in agriculture. Full Article
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