Year: 2015

Video Highlights California Farmer’s Struggles With Federal Regulators on Water Issues – Dec. 22, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 22, 2015 — A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation highlights the struggles a California farm family has encountered with federal water regulations. The video also illustrates how the climate regarding water regulations will likely become much worse and encompass the entire nation under the widely-reviled Waters of the U.S. rule. Read Full Article

Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference Jan. 22-23 in Deadwood, S.D.

–Peterson Farm Brothers are keynote speakers              “YF&R: Shaping Tomorrow’s Future” is the theme of the Jan. 22-23, 2016 Joint Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Deadwood, S.D.   The Wyoming Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farm Bureau are joining together for another joint conference you won’t want to miss. The conference is open to all young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 (no membership necessary) and all Farm Bureau members. Children are welcome.   Read Full Article

GAO Legal Opinion Finding EPA Violated Law Regarding WOTUS – Dec. 14, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 14, 2015 – “A legal opinion today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds that the Environmental Protection Agency broke the law with its social media and grassroots lobbying campaign advocating for its own Waters of the U.S. rule,” stated Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation President.  “It’s clear from this report that EPA orchestrated this matter in a biased fashion. Now it’s up to Congress to clean up this mess by including a corrective measure in the omnibus bill now taking shape on Capitol Hill.” Read Full Article

Members of Congress, States and Business Urge Supreme Court to Review EPA’s Latest Clean Water Act Overreach – Dec. 10, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 10, 2015 – A crush of supporters yesterday filed friend-of-the-court briefs, joining the American Farm Bureau Federation in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to micromanage state land-use and development decisions under the guise of the Chesapeake Bay water quality “blueprint.” Read Full Article

Policy discussions and a look forward at state funding – Dec 2015/Jan 2016

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th annual meeting recently concluded in Cody, Wyoming. I would like to thank the folks from the Northwest District for hosting our meeting and the folks from the Cody Holiday Inn for making it a successful meeting. The amount of work that goes into putting together one of these meetings is amazing and we had a dedicated staff that worked long hours to help put it together. Read Full Article

WOTUS Guidance Would Result in Continued Confusion, Chaos – Nov. 18, 2015

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. Read Full Article

University of Wyoming’s Sarah Falen wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet – Nov. 17, 2015

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. Read Full Article

WOTUS rule is broken; need for Congress to intervene – Nov. 17, 2015

“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. Read Full Article