Year: 2017

Ditch the Rule for Good

On June 27, 2017, EPA proposed to do what we’ve wanted for years—DITCH the RULE! Farmers and ranchers support clean water and work hard to protect our natural resources. But the WOTUS rule had more to do with land than water.   Learn More Read Full Article

Tax Reform Crucial for America’s Farmers, Ranchers

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2017 — Congressional leaders and administration officials have released a statement on tax reform that addresses many issues of importance to America’s farm and ranch families. The following statement about that action may be attributed to Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation: “America’s farmers and ranchers are encouraged to see that key congressional leaders and the administration understand how important tax reform is to all Americans. Fixing our tax system now is crucial to creating economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers and other family-owned businesses. This is especially important as farmers continue to face down tough Read Full Article

Garie and Karen Henry, Uinta County Ranchers

Garie and Karen Henry raise beef cattle on the family ranch that has been in the Henry family for over 100 years. It is a family operation with their son and his wife as full partners in the ranch with them. “We pass it down from generation to generation,” Karen said. “Garie is the 4th generation and we have great-grandkids that will be the 7th generation. “Being a Wyoming rancher means the world to us.” Karen served as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation from 1994-2005. As state president, Karen believed in working on agriculture issues to make sure Read Full Article

Chalsey Kortes, Carbon County Rancher

Chalsey Kortes feels fortunate to be a 4th generation cattle rancher in Northern Carbon County. She, along with her parents, G.G. and Kim Kortes, run a cow/calf ranch that has been in their family for nearly a century. “Being able to provide a high quality beef product for our nation’s dinner table is really dear to my heart,” Kortes said. Here what Chalsey has to say about ranching and get a glimpse of her love of ranching in her video.                         Read Full Article

Perry Livingston, Crook County Rancher

Perry Livingston operates a centennial ranch along with his sister Janice and his family.  They run a cow/calf operation and raise dryland hay and some irrigated hay in northeastern Wyoming. Livingston graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1974 with an animal science degree.  He has two married sons with a granddaughter and a grandson.  He shares his life with his wife Suzette and her three children and three grandsons. Livingston feels strongly about the need to be involved with the issues that affect ranching and farming.  He served as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation from 2005-2016.  He Read Full Article

Glen Reed, Park County Farmer

Park County Farmer Glen Reed farms along with his family near Cody.  They farm sugar beets, barley and hay.  Their crops are all flood irrigated.  Check out this video to see some farming photos and hear from Glen.                           Read Full Article

Todd and Laura Fornstrom, Laramie County Farmers

Todd works with his father on the Fornstrom Farm near Pine Bluffs, Wyo. The diversified farm consists of irrigated corn, wheat, alfalfa, dry beans and a cattle and sheep feedlot. They also run a trucking business, custom harvest and Todd is in a partnership and runs Premium Hay Products, an alfalfa pellet mill. Laura is a special education paraprofessional at Pine Bluffs High School. She also is the head junior high track coach and an assistant high school basketball coach. Todd and Laura have four children; Taylen, Wyatt, Maddie and Sydnie. The Fornstroms have been involved in Farm Bureau since Read Full Article

Hyperbole should not drive political discussions – July / Aug. 2017

It is said that politics is the art of compromise and that may have been true, but in recent years politics appears to be the art of hyperbole.  The truth is stretched to the breaking point in order to characterize a position.  With the advent of social media, we see hyperbole as the tool that drives the conversation.  Look at the posts on Facebook and then you’ll see what I mean. Unfortunately, with this type of political discussion the issues get lost in the effort to create a soundbite.  When EPA director Scott Pruitt came out with the announcement that Read Full Article

Trichomoniasis Special Focus Area Board Order – July 13, 2017

The Wyoming Livestock Board met July 11, 2017 to discuss renewing and updating a March  2013 board order that created a Trichomoniasis Special Focus Area. Due to the threat of Trichomoniasis remaining in Uinta, Lincoln, and Sweetwater counties, the board amended and renewed the board order. Trichomoniasis is a venereal disease of cattle that causes cows to abort early in pregnancy and become temporarily infertile. The disease is incurable in bulls. Read Full Article

New law changes ag requirements for driver’s license – July 5, 2017

–FARM sticker clarification A new law went into effect July 1, 2017, that affects Wyoming Farm Bureau members and all farmers and ranchers in Wyoming. “Now farmers and ranchers can haul their own products, with their own trucks and trailers throughout the State,” said Brett Moline, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Director of Public and Government Affairs. “They may also haul out-of-state within 150 air miles of their residence. These loads will have to meet the weight limits allowed for specific roads and states.” This new law was passed by the 2017 Legislature. The Federal Motor Carrier Act allows states to Read Full Article