Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation News Release–February 18, 2011
Laramie—Concern about the cost of a healthy diet being out of reach remains on the minds of many Americans as the nation continues to work through serious economic woes. However, according to an Agriculture Department study, the cost of eating healthy hasn’t changed as much as some less-healthy alternatives. Eating healthy food while on a budget does require strategic shopping.
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 9, 2011 – America’s farmers and ranchers will receive a “double economic jolt” from the Environmental Protection Agency’s regulation of greenhouse gases, the American Farm Bureau Federation told a House subcommittee today.
Philip Nelson, president of the Illinois Farm Bureau, testified on behalf of AFBF before the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power. “First, any costs incurred by utilities, refiners, manufacturers and other large emitters to comply with GHG regulatory requirements will be passed on to the consumers of those products, including farmers and ranchers,” Nelson explained. “As a result, our nation’s farmers and ranchers will have higher input costs, namely fuel and energy costs, to grow food, fiber and fuel for our nation and the world.”
LARAMIE–Children of Farm Bureau members are encouraged to apply for one of nine college scholarships offered by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. The applications are available at county Farm Bureau offices, on the web at www.wyfb.org (click on calendar tab) or by calling 800.442.8325 ext. 719.
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 28, 2011—“The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased by Agriculture Secretary Vilsack’s announcement that the Agriculture Department will fully deregulate Roundup Ready alfalfa. The decision follows the completion of the comprehensive environmental impact statement (EIS) conducted by USDA that analyzed the potential environmental impact of Roundup Ready alfalfa, and concluded that it is safe and does not represent a plant pest risk. The action is consistent with the department’s statutory authority and the United States’ commitment to a science and risk-based regulatory system for agricultural biotechnology. Decisions based on sound science are the underpinning of U.S. domestic and international biotech policy.
“This week’s action by USDA clears up uncertainty for producers and allows them to move forward with planting decisions. Ensuring farmers and ranchers have access to the latest, proven-safe technology for food production is vital to their productivity in meeting the world’s growing food demand.”
–Joint with WyFB Legislative Meeting
Exploring the Wyoming State Legislature and gaining realistic skills and strategies for making an influence is the focus of the 2011 Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Legislative Conference. Wyoming young farmers and ranchers are invited to attend the “YF&R Legislative Conference” Feb. 14-15 in Cheyenne. The conference is open to all young agricultural producers (between the ages of 18-35) and all Farm Bureau members. Children are welcome.
–Joint with WyFB YF&R Conference
Legislative issues, drought, energy, and weather modification are a few of the topics that will be presented at the 2011 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting Feb. 14-15. Wyoming Governor Matt Mead is scheduled to address Farm Bureau members on Monday. The meeting will be at the Holiday Inn in Cheyenne.
Wyoming families facing hunger received a boost this past week with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee “Harvest for All” project. The annual food and fund drive to benefit Feeding America food bank affiliates in Wyoming raised the equivalent of 6,608 meals for Wyoming families.
LARAMIE—Scott George, of Cody, was awarded the 2009 Farm Bureau Leadership Award at the 91st annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Presented last Friday, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their agricultural leadership service in the organization. Due to unforeseen circumstances, George was unable to attend the 2009 meeting so the award was saved for a presentation in 2010.