2017 News Archives

Farm Bureau Applauds Regulatory Accountability Act – April 26, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2017 – The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supports the bi-partisan Regulatory Accountability Act introduced today by Senators Portman and Heitkamp. This bipartisan effort is one that should be welcomed by all stakeholders – farmers, ranchers, policymakers, state officials, environmentalists, scientists – anyone who wants a system that is open, transparent, and fair and who recognizes the current system fails to live up to our expectations.

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WY AG Matters Photo Contest

–Contest deadline May 10, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Share your “WY AG Matters” photos and tell us how you feel connected to Wyoming Agriculture!  All connections matter!  Contest is open to members and non-members.  The grand prize winner will receive $100 cash, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50 and 4th place $25.  An added bonus for current Farm Bureau members, if the grand prize winner is a current member their next year’s membership dues will be paid. 

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Wolves Returned to State Management in Wyoming – April 26, 2017

April 26, 2017–“After a long and torturous trek we are pleased that the legal wrangling for wolf management has concluded,” stated Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President. “We certainly believe Wyoming has stepped up to the plate on this issue and we are glad a three judge panel saw it the same way.”

“Wyoming met its commitment for wolf recovery in 2003 and almost a decade and a half later we can now manage wolves as outlined by the wolf recovery plan,” Hamilton continued.

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WyFB 2017 Legislative Review

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 2017 Wyoming Legislative Review looks at the bills which were of interest to the members of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation based on the policies set forth and passed by the membership.  Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process guides the work of Farm Bureau lobbyists.

WyFB 2017 Wyoming Legislative Review

Ag Groups Call for Estate Tax Repeal, Continuation of Stepped-up Basis – March 30, 2017

As congressional lawmakers turn their attention to taxes, farmers and ranchers are urging them to include estate tax repeal in any tax reform legislation they consider this year.                                                                                                                                          

“The estate tax is especially damaging to agriculture because we are a land-based, capital-intensive industry with few options for paying estate taxes when they come due. Unfortunately, all too often at the time of death, farming and ranching families are forced to sell off land, farm equipment, parts of the operation or take out loans to pay off tax liabilities and attorney’s fees,” 32 agriculture organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, wrote to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

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Is your local government prepared – March 26, 2017

By Karen Budd-Falen, Budd-Falen Law Offices

President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke have made promises about moving federal agency decision making back to the local level, putting Americans back to work and ensuring that the public lands are managed for “multiple use.”  While that sounds wonderful, making those promises means more than a directive from Washington D.C., it means that your local governments have to take the lead in dealing with the federal agencies. Local decision making is not just for counties with federal lands, but federal decisions can impact the use of private property as well.

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Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy – March 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2017 — The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council yesterday closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA’s release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states.

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Congressional Resolution to Halt BLM Planning Rule Signed by President – March 27, 2017

On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a Farm Bureau-supported resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to stop an Obama administration rule that would weaken the influence of local and regional input on Bureau of Land Management decisions. The Senate in early March joined the House in approving this resolution.

Known as “Planning 2.0,” the far-reaching rule incorporated numerous Obama-era presidential and secretarial orders, along with internal agency guidance and policy documents. By reducing the opportunity for public comment, minimizing federal requirements to coordinate with state and local governments and imposing new mitigation requirements, Planning 2.0 would have caused significant problems in the federal land use planning processes.

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