Farm Bureau Views

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

COOL—a food safety issue? June 2017

Is Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) a food safety issue?  During the debate on COOL, there was a lot of back and forth between proponents and opponents about various aspects of the concept.  Opponents of COOL argued that labeling a products origin was not a substitute for a products safety or wholesomeness.  The argument goes something like this.  U.S. food safety is determined through a series of processes that reviews a foreign country’s safety inspection system and if it is equivalent to a U.S. inspection, then the product is assumed to be as safe as a U.S. food product. By-and-large, Read Full Article

Grow economy with less regulations – May 2017

The Wyoming Legislature adjourned in March and a new administration took over in Washington, D.C. at the beginning of the year.  Government funding statewide will continue to be a concern.  On the national level, we are hopeful for unnecessary and even harmful regulations to be rolled-back. The Legislature will still have to struggle with how to fund state government when they meet next February in a Budget Session and there will be other topics for them to consider as well.  I would encourage you to look at the list of interim topics and if there is a joint interim committee Read Full Article

Ordinary individuals step up to serve – March 2017

Wyoming is the least populated state in the nation which for many folks is one of the benefits of living here.  Given our small population, it’s sometimes surprising how Wyoming has had great influence on national affairs.  We’ve had a lot of Wyomingites serve in important posts during our short history.  While other states have millions of people to choose from to represent them at the national level, our population, which is smaller than many cities, still seems to pick some pretty good people. Every year the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) selects one member of Congress for their Golden Read Full Article

The flag is a symbol of our country not an individual – Dec. 2016/Jan. 2017

Now that the elections are over we’re seeing some interesting responses to the outcome. There is discussion about the role social media played in the election. Certainly there were posts announcing some pretty outlandish things prior to the election and given the accuracy of many of the posts I’m familiar with, anyone who gets their information from these sources should take things with a grain of salt. Read Full Article

Thankful for volunteers who work for agriculture – November 2016

November is always a busy time for Farm Bureau members. Fall work keeps many of our folks busy where their work all spring and summer is harvested and they find out how well the calves gained over the summer or how the lack of water affected their crops. It’s also the time when your neighbors take the time from their busy schedule to travel to the Farm Bureau annual meeting and finish the process that started at the counties in developing direction for your organization. Read Full Article

Priorities need to justify government spending – July/August 2016

I must admit, I’m having trouble trying to figure out what the heck happened in Flint, Michigan with how a local municipal water system problem suddenly became a national problem. It seems one of the most basic roles of local government is to provide for the health and safety of their citizens. What is puzzling to me is how this basic role suddenly became the fault of the state of Michigan or the federal government. Read Full Article

Political science masquerades real science – June 2016

Recently a couple of our staff members participated in a program put on by a health and wellness organization about red meat and were surprised to hear them extol the benefits of red meat. After all of the negative publicity on red meat one has to wonder how come we are seeing health companies going the other way. Apparently people are now seeing what many of us have known in that past research which linked diseases to red meat had more to do with political science than real science. Read Full Article