Recognizing the importance of Wyoming agriculture and educating school children through reading, the week of March 5th has been designated by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.” (more…)
Legislative agriculture issues will be presented at the 2018 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting. The meeting will be Feb. 28-March 1 at the Radisson Hotel in Cheyenne. Held annually to coincide with the legislative session, the meeting provides Farm Bureau members the opportunity to meet with their legislators one-on-one and hear about current issues. (more…)
The American Farm Bureau Federation on Jan. 18 released its 2018 strategic action plan goals. The goals, which identify the organization’s top public policy issues for 2018, were approved in Nashville by the AFBF Board of Directors following delegate action during the organization’s 99th annual convention. (more…)
“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled correctly today that federal district courts—not federal courts of appeals—have jurisdiction to review the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule,” said Ellen Steen, General Counsel of the American Farm Bureau Federation. “This Supreme Court decision brings greater clarity to an important issue that has bogged down the litigation over this and other Clean Water Act regulations for years. That is a positive result, but it also creates uncertainty and confusion in the short term, because the Sixth Circuit must soon lift its nationwide stay of the 2015 rule.” (more…)
“Springing Outward and Upward” is the theme of the Jan. 19-21, 2018 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Thermopolis. The conference is open to young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 (no membership necessary) and all Farm Bureau members. (more…)
“The tax reform package passed by Congress this week will result in lower taxes for the vast majority of farmers and ranchers. This tax overhaul includes many changes to the tax code, most notably lower individual tax rates, that will benefit farmers and ranchers. Ninety-four percent of farmers and ranchers pay taxes as individuals, and those rates are coming down. The bill also maintains all of the important deductions and credits that farmers rely on. So, thanks to a lot of hard work by Congress and the administration, farmers will have both lower rates and all the tools they’ve always had to manage their businesses,” said Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau Federation President. (more…)
On December 18, 2017, the Department of Transportation (DOT) released details on the initial 90-day waiver from the requirement for agricultural and livestock haulers to obtain Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs). The 90-day waiver begins December 18th and allows the agency time to further examine our exemption request while developing additional guidance for agricultural haulers.
On September 12, 2017, Farm Bureau, National Pork Producers Council, National Cattleman’s Beef Association, and five other livestock, aquaculture and beekeeping organizations petitioned the Department of Transportation (DOT) for a waiver and limited exemption from the ELD mandate for drivers who haul livestock, live fish and insects.
On December 18, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) ELD mandate will go into effect except for those transporting agricultural commodities and livestock. Those haulers will be granted an initial 90-day waiver from compliance. (more…)
The Wyoming Livestock Board wants to remind people that the delinquent brand period is about to draw to a close on the 2017 renewal period. Any delinquent brands that were not renewed by December 31, 2017, will be declared abandoned and be available to be applied for by other applicants. As part of the abandoned process all delinquent brands not renewed before December 31, 2017, will be moved to the abandoned brand category January 8, 2018. (more…)
LARAMIE, Nov. 28, 2017–Wyoming families facing hunger received a boost mid-November with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee “Harvest for All” project. The annual fund drive to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies raised the equivalent of 10,021 meals for Wyoming families. (more…)
G.G. and Kim Kortes, of Carbon County, were awarded the 2017 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Leadership Award at the 98th annual meeting of the organization. Presented Nov. 17, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their agricultural leadership service in the organization. (more…)