2011 News Archives

Who Decides the Future of Farming, Ranching? – March 21, 2011

By Stewart Truelsen

It seems logical that the future of farming and ranching should be determined in large part by America’s farm and ranch families. Most of us would be quite satisfied because our nation’s farm and ranch families are doing a better job than any previous generation in producing food, fiber and fuel and conserving natural resources.

Knowledge and experience passed from generation to generation of farmers and ranchers and scientific and technological advances have resulted in enormous progress in production agriculture. Why would anyone want to seriously tinker with it, especially when other essentials like energy and health care have far more pressing concerns and uncertain futures?

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Form 1099 Repeal Great News for Farm and Ranch Families – April 5, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 5, 2011 – Action by the Senate today passing a bill repealing the onerous Form 1099 requirement is great news for America’s farm and ranch families, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.

“This was a costly, burdensome and unnecessary tax compliance requirement that was counterproductive to job creation and economic growth,” Stallman said. “Farmers, ranchers and small businesses are overloaded with paperwork, and we are pleased that our leaders in Washington took steps to provide relief. Farm Bureau commends the Senate for passing H.R. 4, and we urge President Obama to sign it.”

The health care law contains a provision set to begin in 2012 requiring that businesses submit a Form 1099 to the Internal Revenue Service for every vendor from which they purchase $600 or more worth of goods or services. H.R. 4, passed by both the House and the Senate, would repeal this new requirement.

Sixth Circuit gives EPA an extra seven months to implement new pesticide rules

A federal appeals court on Monday, March 28, 2011 gave federal and state water regulators more time to comply with a 2009 mandate requiring Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for pesticide discharges into U.S. waters.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati granted the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) request that the deadline for implementing the court’s ruling in National Cotton Council v. EPA be extended from April 9, 2011 to Oct. 31, 2011.

“Extending the compliance deadline does not fix this problem,” Don Parrish, American Farm Bureau Federation Senior Director of Regulatory Relations.  “Requiring permits isn’t the solution either.”

The extension was announced three days before the House of Representatives passed legislation by a bipartisan vote of 292-130 that would prohibit additional regulation of federally-approved pesticides. The bill passed with 235 Republican and 57 Democrat “yes” votes.

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“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” the week of March 20th (March 21, 2011)

Recognizing the importance of the Wyoming agriculture industry and educating school children through reading, the week of March 20th has been designated as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.”  Wyoming Governor Matt Mead made the state proclamation.

Educating Wyoming school children about agriculture is the goal of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee “Ag Books for Kids” project.   2011 marks the seventh year of the project.  The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher Committee, along with the county Farm Bureaus, donates agriculture books each year to the elementary school libraries across Wyoming.

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Agriculture is AMAZING—we have a culture thanks to agriculture – March 11, 2011

Take a moment to think about how far technology has brought us in America.  We can golf, go to movies, take a vacation, drive our kids to soccer games or watch a football game with friends because we don’t have to work day and night to grow our own food thanks to agriculture! If you stop and truly think about this it will fill you with wonder—Agriculture is Amazing!  It is astounding to think that today each United States farmer produces food and fiber for 155 people in the United States and abroad.  Compare that to only 19 people in the year 1940—Agriculture is Amazing!

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AFBF Backs Bills to Preempt EPA Greenhouse Gas Regs – March 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2010 – The American Farm Bureau Federation supports legislation introduced today in both the House and the Senate that would preempt regulation of greenhouse gases by the Environmental Protection Agency based on climate change considerations.

The Energy Tax Prevention Act of 2011 was introduced today in the House by Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.). In the Senate, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), ranking member of the Environment & Public Works Committee, introduced a companion bill.

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February 2017

  • WyFB Legislative Meeting Feb. 2-3 in Cheyenne
  • 2017 State of the State address
  • YF&R Conference a great success
  • Veterinary Feed Directive
  • Farm Bureau Convention concludes with 2017 policy roadmap
  • Worker Protection Standards–what they mean
  • County and state scholarships

December 2016/January 2017

  • Todd Fornstrom elected WyFB President
  • WyFB sets policy
  • WyFB thanks Perry Livingston
  • Crook County’s Frank Hawken receives WyFB Distinguished Service Award
  • WyFB Legislative Meeting
  • YF&R Conference
  • WyFB membership awards
  • WyFB Foundation fundraiser

November 2016

  • 97th WyFB Annual Meeting Nov. 10-12 in Laramie
  • WyFB Foundation Symposium on Poisonous Plants
  • Special district task force
  • New member benefit with Budget
  • Thank you Veterans

 

October 2016

  • WyFB 97th Annual Meeting Nov. 10-12 in Laramie
  • Wyoming Needs Agriculture event raises enough for 4,198 meals
  • EPA violated personal privacy
  • YF&R Discussion Meet competitions
  • Hard Work and Harmony workshop at YF&R Jan. Conference
  • WyFB Foundation Symposium Nov. 10

September 2016

  • Trespassing to stop under settlement
  • Wyoming Needs Agriculture event Sept. 17
  • Genetic labeling and the Commerce Clause
  • Member benefits special section
  • Ag land valuation for 2017
  • People of Farm Bureau:  The Fornstroms

July/August 2016

  • Veterinary Feed Directive will require enhanced communication between vets and producers
  • Lawsuit challenging Wyoming trespass laws dismissed
  • Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse recovery plan drafted after nearly 20 years
  • Election Issue:  Candidate Statements

June 2016

  • Grizzly bear management
  • Ag Books for Kids 2016 contest winners announced
  • WyFB thanks Carolyn Hageman
  • WyFB welcomes McKenzi Digby
  • WyFB awards nine college scholarships
  • Andy Johnson EPA case settlement

May 2016

  • Livestock investigators legislative interim topic
  • Water outlook
  • Grizzly bears: endangered or recovered?
  • WyFB YF&R at Wyoming FFA Convention
  • Life and Century Club member recognition
  • BLM planning 2.0

April 2016

  • 2016 Legislative Review
  • Legislative interim topics
  • Big Data initiative adn new tool
  • Center of the National Wool feature
  • Why the survey matters

March 2016

  • “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 7-12
  • Senator Eli Bebout receives WyFB Distinguished Service award
  • Wyoming Public Lands Initiative
  • Why all the noise about GMOs
  • WyFB Legislative Meeting

February 2016

  • Wyoming’s Cole Coxbill elected AFBF National YF&R Chair
  • Legislative preview 2016
  • WyFB Legislative Meeting Feb. 25-26
  • Science doesn’t support GMO fears
  • Farm Bureau scholarship opportunities
  • AFBF Annual Meeting photos

December 2015/January 2016

  • Perry Livingston elected to eleventh term as WyFB president
  • WyFB sets policy for coming year
  • WOTUS rule is broken; need for Congress to intervene
  • WyFB Legislative Meeting
  • Joint Farm Bureau YF&R Conference
  • WyFB donates 5,685 meals through HFA drive
  • UW’s Sarah Falen wins YF&R CDM
  • Annual meeting photo and review

November 2015

  • “Wyoming Needs Agriculture” event at UW football raises awareness
  • Nationwide stay on WOTUS rule
  • The People of Farm Bureau:  Perry Livingston
  • Gift idea section
  • wyFB Foundation knife raffle

October 2015

  • WyFB’s Ken Hamilton honored as UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Outstanding Alumni
  • Greater Sage Grouse will not be listed under the ESA
  • WyFB 96th Annual Meeting Nov. 12-14 in Cody
  • WyFB supports UAA model
  • PLF sues over EPA’s attach on stock pond
  • Highlighting technology

September 2015

  • Waters of the U.S. rule set to take effect Aug. 28
  • Wyoming Needs Agriculture day Sept. 26
  • Regulatory overeach of water
  • Special membership section
  • Ag land valuations
  • WyFB sponsors WSF beef and sheep awards

July/August 2015

  • WyFB applauds State of Wyoming for joining WOTUS lawsuit
  • Small victory in the war on water
  • WyFB replies to arguments in EPA CAA case
  • Wire and staples too?
  • WyFB Foundation Knife Raffle

June 2015

  • WyFB young farmers and ranchers visit Nation’s Capitol
  • “Ag Books for Kids” winners announced
  • New law comes into effect for Wyoming heavy vehicles on July 1
  • WyFB awards nine college scholarships
  • WyFB thanks Dominique Giroux; welcomes Julie Johnson
  • Joint Agriculture legislative meeting update
  • Magna Carta celebrates 800th anniversary

May 2015

  • Water outlook
  • Proposed 10(j) rule for black-footed ferrets
  • Ellen Westbrook retires after 36 years with Farm Bureau
  • WyFB welcomes Carolyn Hageman
  • Sage Grouse Protection and Conservation Act

April 2015

  • WyFB pleased with strengthening of property rights at 2015 Legislature
  • Reduce services or increase taxes
  • Legislative interim topics
  • Grazing management and enterprise analysis

March 2015

  • Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week March 9-14
  • Wolf management update
  • Wyoming Water Strategy
  • Endangered Species 301-ESA reform
  • Livestock health update

February 2015

  • WyFB Legislative Meeting Feb. 12-13
  • Property rights essential
  • Joint YF&R Conference
  • ESA 201-the need for reform
  • WyFB and county scholarships
  • Impact of conservation easements
  • Photo contest winners

  December 2014/January 2015

  • Perry Livingston elected to tenth term as WyFB President
  • WyFB sets policy for coming year
  • Western Watersheds Project says they can’t afford attorney fees
  • Endangered Species Act 101
  • Annual Meeting awards and photos
  • YF&R news
  • YF&R Conference Jan. 16-17

November 2014

  • Farm Bureau and Wyoming Cowboys celebrate agriculture
  • Changes to Wyoming’s trespass laws necessary
  • “Celebrating Our Heritage…Pursuing Our Future” at the 95th WyFB Annual Meeting
  • Water quality protection priority to landowners
  • Gift idea section
  • Farm Bureau Communications Boot Camp

October 2014

  • Agricultural property values
  • Water…It’s all about water
  • Wolf back on ESA list in Wyoming
  • Livestock grazing and rangeland health
  • AFBF leads delegation to reduce trade barriers abroad
  • 2015 brand renewal

September 2014

  • AFBF to Court:  Stop EPA privacy abuses
  • Celebrate Agriculture Day at UW Football Game Oct. 14
  • Climate change not a good excuse
  • YF&R Discussion Meet
  • Benefits of Farm Bureau membership

July/August 2014

  • Landowners file trespass lawsuit against Western Watersheds Project
  • Above ground fuel storage capacity increased in SPCC rules
  • Election Issue:  Candidate Statements
  • Who owns the airspace
  • Setting the record straight on Waters of the U.S.

June 2014

  • AFBF endorses state-focused sage grouse bill
  • “Ag Books for Kids” winners announced
  • Federal agency authority and state trespass laws need defined to protect private property
  • WyFB thanks Suzy Noecker as she retires after 19 years with the organization
  • WyFB welcomes Holly Kennedy
  • Noted economist finds EPA analysis of water rule flawed
  • WyFB awards nine college scholarships

May 2014

  • 2014 water outlook
  • The Cheyenne Stockyards – the livestock “hotel” with a history
  • Ride for the brand at FFA Convention
  • Farm Bureau tells members to “Ditch” EPA water rule
  • WyFB comments to BLM and Forest Service on sage grouse

April 2014

  • Review of the 2014 Legislative Session
  • Wyoming Farm Bureau filed petition for review against EPA
  • Legislative interim topics assigned
  • Should we regulate sugar?
  • Farm Bureau comments on OSHA regulations

March 2014

  • “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 10-15
  • Wyoming Water Strategy being developed
  • YF&R participants attend national conference
  • Commissioner Hirsig provides summary on Healthcare Reform
  • 2013 Photo Contest results

February 2014

  • WyFB Legislative Meeting to be Feb. 27-28
  • Farm Bureau delegates set public policy positions for 2014
  • Citizen legislature the way to go
  • YF&R Conference review
  • Economic impact of losing cattle production
  • Process to convert coal bed gas wells to water wells
  • State and county scholarship opportunities

December 2013/January 2014

  • WyFB sets policy for coming year
  • Perry Livingston elected to ninth term as WyFB President
  • Congressional Delegation address Farm Bureau members
  • Converse County’s Frank and Leslie Eathorne win WyFB Distinguished Service Award
  • YF&R Conference Jan. 23-24 in Cody
  • WyFB donated equivalent of 6,872 meals to help Wyoming families in need
  • Converse County rancher Rachel Grant wins WyFB YF&R Discussion Meet
  • Annual meeting photos and information

November 2013

  • WyFB 94th Annual Meeting Nov. 14-16
  • Celebrate Agriculture Football Event raises 1,316 pounds of food
  • MT v. WY interstate water dispute at trial
  • Collegiate Discussion Meet winner
  • Changes in brucellosis testing
  • “Plan Success” at the 2013 WyFB Foundation Symposium
  • Member Gift Idea section

October 2013

  • Ag land valuation increasing in 2014
  • Celebrate Agriculture/Harvest for All event at UW Football Game Oct. 12
  • WyFB 94th Annual Meeting Nov. 14-16 in Laramie
  • “Plan Success” at the 2014 WyFB Foundation Symposium Nov. 14
  • Telecommunications Question and Answer Series

September 2013

  • Wyoming Wolf Coalition-2013 files amicus brief in D.C. lawsuit
  • Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet Oct. 8
  • Expectations of privacy
  • Telecommunications Question and Answer Series
  • Member Benefit Insert

July/August 2013

  • Wyoming Telecommunications Act sunsets in 2015; changes to be made
  • Food fads
  • Honoring World War II Veteran David Holwell–Freedom is something we all must work to protect
  • Federal regional haze requirements have hazy benefits
  • FMCSA grants exemption request for livestock carriers

 

June 2013

  • Legislative Judiciary Interim Committee addresses landowner liability
  • Ag Books for Kids goes cow crazy in Wyoming–contest results
  • Farm Bureau Views:  Sequestration
  • Member Benefits offer savings
  • WyFB offers nine college scholarships

May 2013

  • Recent storms increase snowpack
  • Will America end up with an emperor?
  • Today’s Ag:  Friend of Wildlife
  • YF&R Committee shares Farm Bureau with FFA
  • Brucellosis update
  • ACFB holds local discussion meet

April 2013

  • Legislative Review
  • Equal access to justice for a few
  • Legislative interim topics
  • New Member Benefit with Case-IH
  • YF&R State Chair reflections
  • 2012 Photo Contest Winners

March 2013

  • Farm Bureau members attend WyFB Legislative Meeting
  • Congressional Delegation address Farm Bureau members
  • Governor Mead speaks to Farm Bureau members
  • Agriculture transportation rules discussed by WyDOT panel
  • Final animal disease traceability rule
  • Generations Nourishing Generations
  • WyFB YF&R contestant Kaitlynn Glover advances to “Sweet 16” in AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet

February 2013

  • WyFB Legislative Meeting scheduled for Feb. 18-19
  • Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week is “Feb. 11-16
  • AFBF delegates set policy
  • YF&R Conference report and Celebrating 10 Years of WyFB YF&R program
  • WyFB and county Farm Bureau scholarships

December 2012 / January 2013

  • WyFB sets policy for coming year
  • Livingston elected to eight term as WyFB President
  • Elden and Tena Baldwin receives Leadership Award
  • Hugh Thompson receives Distinguished Service Award
  • WyFB members donate the equivalent of 6,605 meals to help Wyoming families
  • Annual meeting speaker and event coverage

November 2012

  • WyFB  Annual Meeting Nov. 15-17
  • UW’s Kaitlynn Glover wins WyFB YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet
  • Honoring World War II Veteran Bill Vollman
  • Sound economic impact analysis critical component of ESA
  • Wyoming Made by Farm Bureau members Gift Idea Section
  • Governor appoints new director of DEQ

October 2012

  • WyFB 93rd Annual Meeting Nov. 15-17
  • WyFB statement on announcement to delist wolves
  • Food Preservation:  a trend making a comeback
  • Property rights and election year politics

September 2012

  • Land owner licenses concept being considered
  • Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet Oct. 16
  • Farm Bureau membership benefit insert
  • YF&R Committee elections this fall

July/August 2012

  • Special Election Issue:  Statements from candidates for U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives
  • WyFB Young Farmers & Ranchers visit Nation’s Capitol
  • Stop the Flood of Regulation
  • America’s Heartland filming comes to Wyoming

June 2012

  • Agricultural land valuations for 2013 will increase
  • Ag Books for Kids contest winners announced
  • Joint Agriculture Committee meets
  • WyFB awards nine college scholarships

May 2012

  • Water outlook for 2012
  • The food we eat
  • An itemized tax receipt
  • FCC order will impact rural telecommunications
  • Ag Books for Kids starts the conversation

  April 2012

  • 2012 Legislative Review
  • Update our ports
  • EPA regulatory overreach slapped down by Supreme Court
  • Pesticide permit information
  • WyFB 2011 Photo Contest winners

  March 2012

  • WyFB Legislative Meeting Report
  • Tax and fiscal issues
  • Announcing Farm Bureau/GM Incentive Program
  • Bridging the generational divide
  • Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week

 February 2012

  • WyFB Legislative Meeting Feb. 27-28
  • AFBF delegates approve policy
  • Legislative session preview
  • Federal money used for conservation easements
  • State and county Farm Bureau scholarship information

  December 2011/January 2012

  • WyFB sets policy for coming year
  • Senator Enzi addresses Farm Bureau and calls for one percent solution to budget
  • Livingston re-elected president
  • Annual meeting coverage
  • YF&R Harvest for All project
  • Conservation easements take away important property rights
  • America has a culture because of agriculture

November 2011

  • Whooping crane case could impact water
  • WyFB 92nd Annual Meeting in Cheyenne
  • YF&R Conference Dec. 2-3 in Casper
  • Made by Farm Bureau members–Gift Idea Section
  • EPA will not regulate agricultural dust

  October 2011

  • WyFB 92nd Annual Meeting Nov. 10-12
  • EPA SPCC plan required by Nov. 10 for operations storing more than 1,320 gallons of oil or oil products
  • AFBF’s Legal Advocacy Program
  • WyFB comments to Game & Fish on wolf plan
  • Today’s Agriculture Symposium Nov. 10, 2011

 September 2011

  • Livestock traceability
  • Changes in gasoline tax refund–hearing scheduled for Sept. 12
  • The cost of ESA paperwork
  • Member benefits insert
  • Wyoming Game and Fish Commission seeks public comments on revised wolf management plan

July/August 2011

  • Preble’s returned to ESA list; another example of flaws of ESA
  • Wyoming and Feds agree in principle on wolf management
  • WyFB names Outstanding Membership Workers
  • The general economy
  • Legislative news from the Office of State Lands & Investments

June 2011

  • Ag Books for Kids winners announced
  • What is sustainability?
  • EPA’s expanding regulation of agriculture
  • Succession planning conversations–thoughts from two generations
  • WyFB:  USFS National Planning Rule needs to include grazing and timber

May 2011

  • 2011 water outlook
  • Legislative redistricting public hearings set
  • Congress should address meaningful reform of ESA
  • WyFB scholarship winners
  • Succession planning-a banker’s view

April 2011

  • Farmers prevail in court decision on EPA livestock rules
  • Multiple links form one chain—Farm Bureau member shares experience on AFBF YF&R Committee
  • Colorado and Nebraska to require Wyoming DSA cattle to be identified before import
  • Legislative interim topics

March 2011

  • Governor says thank agriculture for what we have
  • Different standards for ruling authority
  • UW’s Ben Berry advanced to “Sweet 16” in AFBF Collegiate Discussion Meet
  • Rancher says succession planning was a success because of no secrets
  • 2010 Photo Contest winners

February 2011

  • AFBF Calls for Strong Farm Safety Net, EPA Oversight
  • Trichomoniasis research
  • Succession planning…viewpoint of a young couple
  • WyFB and county scholarship information

December 2010/January 2011

  • Livingston elected to sixth term as WyFB President
  • Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year
  • Senator Barrasso addresses Wyoming Farm Bureau
  • EQC rejects Very Rare or Uncommon Petition for Sand Creek area
  • U.S. District Judge Johnson:  USFWS rejection of Wyoming Wolf Management plan was arbitrary and capricious

November 2010

  • America has a culture thanks to agriculture
  • EPA authority moving to a watershed near you?
  • Succession Planning Series:  estate planning
  • Wyoming Made gift idea section

October 2010

  • WyFB 91st annual meeting
  • Elephants and agriculture:  what do they have in common?
  • A world view of farm succession
  • Wind energy issues

September 2010

  • Rezoning of FEMA flood maps could affect you
  • Recognizing the symptoms of rabies in livestock
  • Effective and economical approach necessary for management of wild horses
  • Membership benefits insert

July/August 2010

  • EQC accepts Very Rare or Uncommon Petition on fourth try
  • Special Election Issue
  • Renew the American Dream with Estate Tax Reform
  • WyFB names outstanding membership workers

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