Farm Bureau Views

Thoughts on the government shutdown – November 2013

The federal government shutdown is now in folk’s rear view mirrors and what’s ahead is the rounds of finger pointing over whose fault the whole process was.  Did the Republicans cause it?  Did the Democrats?  Did the President?  Something evident was there wasn’t a very good process to establish what was a priority for the federal government. Read Full Article

Expectations of privacy – September 2013

I’m sure when Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone there were a lot of folks that marveled at the changes the device was making to their way of life.  Mr. Bell’s invention changed the way people communicated that continues its march today.  Another change came about with the development of the internet.  Not only can people share information in ways not even dreamed about by our grandparents, but it has opened up a whole new world for entrepreneurs.  Information sharing has allowed someone with reasonable writing skills to develop and provide online news services.  This information sharing bypasses the old Read Full Article

Food Fads – July/August 2013

Analyzing trends is something a lot of people pay good money for in hopes of getting in on the next big fad or movement.  I know we in agriculture have seen our share of some of these fads.  One of the first fads I was exposed to was an effort by some promoter to get folks to raise Jerusalem Artichokes.  I also remember hearing people talk about getting in on the ostrich and emu business and there have been any number of ideas promoted that were supposed to lift the agricultural industry out of the quagmire of year to year Read Full Article

Sequestration – June 2013

By now, all of us have heard about some of the impacts the sequestration process has allegedly caused.  The Forest Service asked for several million dollars back from the state of Wyoming because of the sequestration and the federal government is refusing to send Wyoming some money from federal mineral royalties because of the sequestration. There have been stories coming out of Washington, D.C. that tours of the White House have been canceled because money to pay tour guides was no longer there.  In February, Senator Mike Enzi mentioned that sequestration would probably be used to cut the most visible Read Full Article

Will America end up with an emperor? – May 2013

Will America end up with an emperor?  After our founding fathers came together to create our current form of government Ben Franklin was asked by an acquaintance what type of government they had created.  He told the individual that they had given America a Republic and then added, “if you can keep it.”  Read Full Article

Equal Access to Justice for a few – April 2013

Many people are aware of the efforts to reform the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) in order to bring more transparency to the process of the federal government paying attorney fees.  Based on information researched and brought to light through the Budd-Falen law offices we found out that monies were being awarded without the slightest effort by the government to keep track of who received them and why. Read Full Article

The power of working together – Feb. 2013

One of the benefits we in organizations always tell potential members or current members about is the power that we have by joining together to work on problems.  We’ve all heard the sayings like “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” Simple logic dictates that folks who work together will be able to accomplish more than trying to do it alone, but still we sometimes like to avoid the issues of coming together. Read Full Article

Remember what is important – Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013

As the year draws to a close I would like to extend, on behalf of the folks here in the office, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  It seems with the close of our annual meeting and the convening of the Wyoming Legislature, we don’t take the time to reflect on those items that are the most important.  Read Full Article

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