2013 News Archives

American Farm Bureau Appeals Chesapeake Bay Ruling – October 8, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 8, 2013—The American Farm Bureau Federation took action Monday to appeal a recent court decision that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s “pollution diet” for the 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake Bay watershed.  AFBF filed a notice to appeal the Sept. 13 federal district court ruling, seeking reversal of a decision that gives EPA wide latitude to dictate local land-use and development decisions.

“This is a wrongly decided case that has dangerous implications for farmers and many others in the Chesapeake Bay area and nationwide,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “This case isn’t about whether or not to protect the Chesapeake Bay – we all share that goal. This case is about whether EPA can dictate where farming will be allowed, where homes can be built, and where businesses can be established. By taking over decisions like that, EPA has turned the whole concept of cooperative federalism out the barn door.”


Canned food drive at Oct. 12 UW Football Game

  • Celebrate Agriculture.
  • Cheer on the Pokes.
  • Help Fight Hunger in Wyoming. 
  • Get a free t-shirt.

Cowboy Fans headed to the University of Wyoming Cowboy Homecoming Football game vs. New Mexico on Oct. 12 can check all items off this list.  The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation has partnered with UW Sports to hold a “Celebrate Agriculture/Harvest for All” canned food drive to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies.

Cowboy fans are asked to bring canned food items to the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation tent at Tailgate Park from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on game day.  The first 1,000 Cowboy Fans to donate canned food items will receive a game day t-shirt.  The food will benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (WFBR); Wyoming’s only food bank.  The WFBR serves hunger relief agencies in all of Wyoming’s 23 counties. 


Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet Oct. 8 in Laramie

–$300 cash prize and eligibility for national competition; Oct. 1 application deadline

            Wyoming college students have the opportunity to apply what they are learning at college and help develop their communication skills for agriculture through the 2013 Wyoming Farm Bureau YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet. 

           The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee invites all undergraduate students (attending the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming Junior College) majoring (or with a minor) in agriculture to talk their way towards $300 cash and an expense paid trip to the national competition.  On Oct. 8, 2013 the YF&R Committee will host the ninth annual WyFB YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet.  The competition will be at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Laramie.


AFBF Expresses Disappointment With Court’s Bay Ruling – Sept. 16, 2013

The American Farm Bureau Federation expressed disappointment with the district court’s recent ruling upholding the Environmental Protection Agency’s total maximum daily load for the Chesapeake Bay. “We believe the ruling is incorrect and has huge implications for farmers and many others in the Bay area and nationwide,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman in a statement.

Further, according to Stallman: “Win or lose in this lawsuit, farmers care deeply about our natural environment and want to do our part to improve water quality. But Congress did not authorize EPA to dictate how farmers, builders, homeowners and towns would share the responsibility of achieving clean water. That is the states’ job. We believe EPA’s approach wrongly puts federal agency staff in charge of intensely local land use decisions.

AFBF and allies in the case are reviewing the decision and evaluating next steps.

POSTPONED UNTIL OCT. 12–Canned food drive at Sept. 14 UW Football Game

 **This event has been postponed until October 12.   Due to the incredible rain, Tailgate Park outdoors has been moved indoors.  Watch for details on the October 12 event.**

  • Celebrate Agriculture.
  • Cheer on the Pokes.
  • Help Fight Hunger in Wyoming. 
  • Get a free t-shirt.

Cowboy Fans headed to this Saturday’s (Sept. 14) University of Wyoming Cowboy Football game vs. Northern Colorado can check all items off this list.  September 14 is “Celebrate Agriculture Day” at Cowboy Football.  The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation has partnered with UW Sports to hold a “Harvest for All” canned food drive to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies.


WRDA Critical to Improving Water Transportation – August 28, 2013

By Stewart Truelsen 

There’s hardly a school kid who is not familiar with the American folksong, “Fifteen Years on the Erie Canal.” The song went by a number of names including “Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal.” If you remember your American history, you’ll recall that the Erie Canal from Albany to Buffalo, N.Y., was a marvelous engineering feat. Work commenced in 1817 and the 363-mile canal was finished by 1825, just eight years later. 

Today, it would take the entire eight years just to study whether the canal should be built and that is no exaggeration. The canal cost $7 million to construct. Nowadays, the rehabilitation of one lock on an inland waterway can cost $50 million.  

Farmers were some of the strongest supporters of building the Erie Canal while President James Monroe opposed it. The New York legislature went ahead without federal support and costs were recovered from tolls. 


Oregon Blueberry Farmers Struggle with Labor Availability – August 26, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 26, 2013 – As a life-long farmer and an employer, Doug Krahmer has experienced the difficulty of finding enough pickers to harvest his 500 acres of blueberries and to help with the year-round maintenance of the plants. In a new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation, Krahmer explained that he needs up to 250 pickers to harvest blueberries during their peak ripening season.

The video, released as part of AFBF’s “Bring the Heat” grassroots campaign to engage with members of Congress during August recess, is available in broadcast quality for download at http://bit.ly/15cDgD2 or viewing at http://bit.ly/19Iin0u.

As the story points out, Krahmer and his daughter Annie operate a blueberry farm in Saint Paul, Ore. As much as 40 percent of the workers they employ are new to the fields each year due to immigration issues. Along with migrant workers, Krahmer aims to employ as many unemployed Americans and young people as he can.


Sheep Wagon Contest to be held at Wyoming State Fair on Aug. 11

–Entries accepted thru the morning of the contest, August 11 (judging begins at 10 a.m. for sheep wagons; 8 a.m. for dutch oven cook off)

The Wyoming State Fair takes pride in offering this special showcase of Wyoming Agriculture and History.  The Sheep Wagon is a unique part of western history in the Rocky Mountain states and the sheep industry.  The contest will be Sunday, August 11 at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds in Douglas.  The sheep wagons will be displayed throughout the state fair week.  In conjunction with the sheep wagon contest, a dutch oven cook off will be held on Sunday, August 11.  It is open to contestants with or without sheep wagons.   The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is proud to serve as a sponsor of these two events. 

Click here for entry form and schedule.  Please note:  the WSF will be accepting entries thru the morning of the contest.

Help stop bureaucratic overreach- July 16, 2013

Help Wyoming fight back – www.StopEPAWY.com

Wyoming, along with the industries that work to provide energy to the state and the nation, are committed to clean air, clear visibility, and continued protection of the state’s natural areas. To accomplish that, Wyoming has a state implementation plan for regional haze. According to the Wyoming Coalition for Affordable Power, to date, Wyoming’s total reduction of NOx tons brought about through its state implementation plan is among the highest in the nation. Despite that, a federal agency has said that it wants to set aside the state’s regional haze program in order to implement a federal program. But when it comes to a federal takeover of the state’s visibility decisions, the benefits are hazy and the huge costs are crystal clear.  Go to www.StopEPAWY.com to tell the EPA to take its hazy federal mandate and replace it with a clear solution for Wyoming.

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