2012 News Archives

Farm Groups File Friend of the Court Brief in Forestry Case – Sept. 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 6, 2012 – Stormwater runoff from tree harvesting and other forestry activities, like most agricultural activities, should not be subject to federal Clean Water Act permitting requirements, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the Supreme Court by the American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups.

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Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet Oct. 16 in Laramie

–$300 cash prize and eligibility for national competition

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.  On Oct. 16, 2012 the YF&R Committee will host the eighth annual WyFB YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet.  The competition will be at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Laramie.

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Governor Applauds Interior – Now Wyoming Leads on Wolf Management – Aug. 31, 2012

CHEYENNE, Wyo., Aug. 31, 2012 –  Governor Matt Mead applauds the U.S. Department of Interior for its decision to delist wolves in Wyoming. This action will return management of wolves to the State of Wyoming. Wolves are slated to come off the endangered species list, officially, on October 1, 2012.

“Today’s announcement represents a significant achievement for the State of Wyoming,” Governor Mead said. “A remarkable effort was made by many in our state, by Secretary Ken Salazar and by his team to reach this milestone. The work and support of the State Legislature, the Congressional Delegation, ranchers, outfitters and guides, and sportsmen were instrumental in the delisting of wolves in Wyoming and I extend my appreciation.”

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DEQ announces public meetings for Shoshone River TMDL project – August 29, 2012

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public meeting forthe Shoshone River Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) project. The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012, 6-8 p.m., in Park County Weed & Pest, located at 1067 Road 13 in Powell, WY.  Public attendance and input at this meeting are vital to ensure all available data are identified and to improve the value of the watershed model.

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Drought Challenges All Aspects of Agriculture – Aug. 29, 2012

By Bob Stallman

One of the greatest attributes of a general farm organization such as Farm Bureau is that it represents farm and ranch families who raise all different types of food and fiber. At the same time, one of the biggest challenges facing a general farm organization is that it represents farm and ranch families who raise all different types of food and fiber. This summer’s drought brought that fact clearly into focus.

For the third time in four years, corn prices have topped $7 a bushel. This year, the price has shot past $8. Livestock farmers and ranchers are painfully seeing their revenues melt due to lack of forage supplies and high feed costs. Compounding their pain are low prices in the short term due to more animals going to market so they do not have to be fed.

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Property Rights and Election Year Politics – August 2012

By Karen Budd-Falen

 “No other rights are safe where property is not safe.”  Daniel Webster (1782 – 1852).

  •  “Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can.”  Samuel Adams (1722 – 1803).   
  •  “The Right of property is the guardian of every other Right, and to deprive the people of this, is in fact to deprive them of their Liberty.”   American diplomat Arthur Lee (1740 – 1792).

In this election year, it is critical to ask what your current elected representatives – or those who want to be your elected representatives – believe when it comes to private property and private property rights. 

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DEQ announces public meetings for Shoshone River TMDL project – August, 10, 2012

The Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold two public kick-off meetings for the Shoshone River Pathogen Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) project. The first public meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 in Grizzly Hall at the Park County Library, located at 1500 Heart Mountain Street in Cody. The second public meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at the Lovell Community Center, located at 1925 Highway 310 in Lovell, Wyoming.

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AFBF: Report Shows Real Harm of Estate Taxes – July 25, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2012 – The American Farm Bureau Federation today said it concurs with a Joint Economic Committee report that details the financial harm posed by estate taxes on family businesses. The JEC, a bipartisan committee composed of members from the House and Senate, issued its report, “Costs and Consequences of the Federal Estate Tax,” earlier today.

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House passes bill to Preserve Family Farms – July 25, 2012

The House on Tuesday approved H.R. 4157, the Preserving America’s Family Farms Act, by voice vote. In a letter to House members sent earlier this week, the American Farm Bureau Federation and a number of other agriculture-related organizations expressed support for passage of the bill.

The legislation preserves the ability of youth to gain training and education by working on the farm. It also protects the agricultural way of life from future child labor regulations that could limit the ability of youth to learn valuable skills by working on the farm.

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AFBF: FDA’s Livestock Antibiotic Proposals Based on Theory – July 13, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 13, 2012 – Citing a lack of data to support limiting antibiotic use in livestock, the American Farm Bureau Federation has told the Food and Drug Administration that it is concerned with proposals that would restrict antibiotic use based on unproven theory.

AFBF submitted comments to FDA on two proposals made by the agency earlier this year. According to FDA, the agency is taking action to help preserve the effectiveness of medically important antimicrobials for treating disease in humans, but FDA has not demonstrated whether the actions will have any effect on antibiotic resistance, AFBF said.

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