2017 News Archives

Tax Reform Crucial for America’s Farmers, Ranchers

WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2017 — Congressional leaders and administration officials have released a statement on tax reform that addresses many issues of importance to America’s farm and ranch families. The following statement about that action may be attributed to Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation:

“America’s farmers and ranchers are encouraged to see that key congressional leaders and the administration understand how important tax reform is to all Americans. Fixing our tax system now is crucial to creating economic opportunities for farmers, ranchers and other family-owned businesses. This is especially important as farmers continue to face down tough economic challenges.

“This move sets the stage for Congress to put tax reform on its agenda. Not only will reform strengthen our economy, but by addressing key issues like overall tax rates, capital gains taxes and enhanced expensing, it will be good for farms and other businesses.

“Our farmers and ranchers face numerous challenges and it is important to recognize this creates special circumstances in regard to taxes. We look forward to working with Congress to move tax reform forward and do it in a way that benefits farm and ranch families and all Americans.”

Trichomoniasis Special Focus Area Board Order – July 13, 2017

The Wyoming Livestock Board met July 11, 2017 to discuss renewing and updating a March  2013 board order that created a Trichomoniasis Special Focus Area. Due to the threat of Trichomoniasis remaining in Uinta, Lincoln, and Sweetwater counties, the board amended and renewed the board order. Trichomoniasis is a venereal disease of cattle that causes cows to abort early in pregnancy and become temporarily infertile. The disease is incurable in bulls. (more…)

New law changes ag requirements for driver’s license – July 5, 2017

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A new law went into effect July 1, 2017, that affects Wyoming Farm Bureau members and all farmers and ranchers in Wyoming. “Now farmers and ranchers can haul their own products, with their own trucks and trailers throughout the State,” said Brett Moline, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Director of Public and Government Affairs. “They may also haul out-of-state within 150 air miles of their residence. These loads will have to meet the weight limits allowed for specific roads and states.” This new law was passed by the 2017 Legislature. The Federal Motor Carrier Act allows states to set these limits for agricultural producers. This new law makes the “Z” endorsement obsolete. (more…)

Farm Bureau Applauds EPA Move to Ditch Flawed WOTUS Rule – June 27, 2017

LARAMIE, WY, JUNE 27, 2017–The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal today to rescind the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. “The proposal to rescind this flawed rule is a step in the right direction,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President. “This rule was a land grab that put property rights of Wyomingites at risk and would have done nothing to benefit water.”

“We are hopeful the EPA will keep in mind the uniqueness of each state and work with the states rather than continuing to dictate rules with the goal of controlling property rights,” Hamilton continued.

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall also welcomed today’s announcement. “Farmers and ranchers across this country are cheering EPA’s proposal today to ditch its flawed Waters of the U.S. rule,” Duvall said. “We know the importance of clean water, and farmers and ranchers work hard to protect our natural resources every day.”

“But this rule was never really about clean water. It was a federal land grab designed to put a straightjacket on farming and private businesses across this nation. That’s why our federal courts blocked it from going into effect for the past two years,” President Duvall continued. “Today’s announcement shows EPA Administrator Pruitt recognizes the WOTUS rule for what it is—an illegal and dangerous mistake that needs to be corrected.”

On June 29, 2015, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized one of the most significant environmental regulations in our nation’s history. The final WOTUS rule expanded the agencies’ regulatory footprint far beyond what they historically regulated or are authorized to regulate. The rule has never been implemented because it was stayed by both a federal district court and a federal court of appeals. In issuing its nationally applicable stay of the rule on October 9, 2015, the Sixth Circuit found that the rule’s challengers had “a substantial likelihood of success” in proving the rule was illegal. According to AFBF, the rule was challenged in multiple courts by all sides (31 states and 53 non-state parties, including environmental groups, state and local governments, farmers, landowners, developers, businesses, and recreation groups).

“Farm Bureau looks forward to supporting Administrator Pruitt’s proposal,” Duvall concluded. “EPA should ditch this rule once and for all, go back to the drawing board, and write a new rule that protects water quality without trampling the rights of businesses and the states.”

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization. The primary goals of the organization are to protect private property rights and help members achieve an equitable return on their investment. Visit www.wyfb.org.

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Statement on Grizzly Bear Delisting—June 22, 2017

June 22, 2017 – The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today that grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) have sufficiently recovered and will be returned to state management.  According to a news release from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, there are approximately 700 bears in the GYE which includes Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) is pleased to see the FWS take this action. (more…)

Wyoming Farm Bureau Awards Nine College Scholarships – June 15, 2017

Laramie–The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) awarded nine college scholarships valued at $5,500 to young Farm Bureau members.

“Education of any type is important to our members and funding is not always easy. Our scholarship offerings help bridge that gap and our organization is proud to be able to provide support,” said WyFB President Todd Fornstrom. (more…)

“Ag Books for Kids” winners announced – June 5, 2017

LARAMIE, June 5, 2017–“Sharing our stories as farmers and ranchers is more important in today’s day and age than ever,” said Raenell Taylor, WyFB YF&R Promotions Sub-Committee Chair. “The “Ag Books for Kids” program gives us an opportunity to make a difference for agriculture in Wyoming. It is very rewarding as we look at the contest entries and see what these young Wyomingites are learning about agriculture.”

            Students from across Wyoming learned more about agriculture again this year and were recently recognized for their participation in the 2017 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) “Ag Books for Kids” contests. The 2017 contests included: Coloring Contest for kindergarten and first grade; Poster Contest for second and third graders; and a Creative Writing Contest for fourth and fifth graders. (more…)

EPA delays implementation of Worker Protection Standard Rule- May 31, 2017

Worker Protection Standard rule will be delayed by EPA. The American Farm Bureau Federation was among the farm groups who had joined the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in requesting a delay in implementation. AFBF and NASDA cited EPA violations of federal law as well as incomplete and undelivered compliance and enforcement tools to support their petition.  The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with this decision. “We support this effort because it not only makes economic sense, it will lead to clearer information being provided when everyone fully understands the rules,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President.

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Stop Federal Water Extortion, Farm Bureau Says – May 18, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2017 – Land managers in the West increasingly demand that ranchers who work federal land surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range. It’s extortion and a form of unconstitutional taking that simply has to stop, Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau’s vice president of national government affairs, told the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. (more…)

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