Farm Bureau Views

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

Science doesn’t support GMO fears – February 2016

Every year, right after the new year begins, Farm Bureau delegates from all 50 states as well as Puerto Rico meet at the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting to discuss and debate policy issues for the coming year. We had an added twist when Bob Stallman, who has served as president of the AFBF for 16 years, announced earlier in the year he would not seek the position. 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

Agencies need to talk with less regulations to do more for our country – May 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is continuing to push the “Waters of the US” rules for the country.  The American Farm Bureau has been working hard to convince Congress that EPA has overstepped their legal bounds and many in Congress have heard.  Last fall thousands of county Farm Bureau members sent in comment cards opposing EPA’s rule, but apparently the agency still continues to go forward with this ill-conceived rule. Read Full Article

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