--WDA asking for assistance in monitoring rainfall; offering hay/pasture availability list on website
June 14, 2016--Weston, Crook, and Niobrara counties are currently facing severe drought conditions. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture has been collaborating with Governor Mead’s office, USDA Farm Service Agency, and County Commissioners to find ways to help more accurately portray drought severity within the U.S. Drought Monitor. The U.S. Drought Monitor is a model that uses many variables to indicate drought severity across the country and in turn, make available the United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency’s drought assistance programs based on severity. Current data used by the US Drought Monitor, however, may not be accurately capturing how dry it actually is in some rural areas of Wyoming. Full Article
Laramie--The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation recently awarded nine college scholarships to the children of Farm Bureau members.
“Providing opportunities for our members’ children to receive a college education is what the Farm Bureau scholarship program is about,” Wyoming Farm Bureau President Perry Livingston said. “This year the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation will provide $5,500 in college scholarships to children of Farm Bureau members. Additionally, most county Farm Bureaus also offer scholarships.”
The primary goal of the Wyoming Farm Bureau is to take appropriate actions to protect private property rights and help members achieve an equitable return on their investment.
The American Farm Bureau Federation is the unified national voice of agriculture working through our grassroots organizations to enhance and strengthen the lives of rural Americans and to build strong, prosperous agricultural communities.