2012 News Archives

AFBF, Others File Sage Grouse Comments – March 27, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 27, 2012—This week, the American Farm Bureau Federation, Western Energy Alliance and Public Lands Council questioned the administration’s commitment to job and economic growth in comments submitted to the Bureau of Land Management on greater sage-grouse policies in the West.

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AFBF Statement Regarding Court Ruling in Sackett v. EPA – March 21, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2012— “The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision on behalf of property owners in Sackett v. EPA. AFBF filed amicus briefs in the case to educate the court about the legal and on-the-ground consequences of Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Act policies.

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Wyoming Game and Fish Department Revises Wolf Regulations, Seeks Public Comments – April 12, 2012

Cheyenne-The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has drafted new regulations covering wolf management and wolf hunting. The draft regulations are available on the WGFD website at gf.state.wy.us Written comments due April 23.  Comments will also be accepted at the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission Meeting April 25-26 in Casper

Promulgating regulations is the next step towards getting wolves in Wyoming removed from the federal list of threatened and endangered species in Wyoming. Last August, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar reached an agreement to move forward with delisting. Under the agreement, Wyoming will maintain at least 100 wolves and 10 breeding pairs outside of Yellowstone National Park and the Wind River Reservation.

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Agriculture is AMAZING—Keeping Wyoming Strong – Mar 5, 2012

By Kerin Clark, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation

Having food that is readily available is all most of us have ever experienced in our lifetime.  The old quote comes to mind:  “When people have food, they have a lot of problems.  When people don’t have food, they only have one problem.”  Fortunately, thanks to agriculture and the impacts of technological advances, we don’t have to worry about not having food to eat–Agriculture is Amazing!

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Court Backs Need for Science in Federal Water Rules – Feb. 24, 2012

Washington, D.C., Feb. 24, 2012 – A U.S. District Court in Tallahassee, Fla., has ruled that Environmental Protection Agency-imposed numeric nutrient criteria for Florida streams and unimpaired lakes are unlawful because they are arbitrary and have no scientific basis.

The ruling resolves several challenges to federal numeric nutrient criteria imposed by EPA on Florida waterways. The court upheld EPA’s ability to issue federal standards under the particular facts at issue in Florida and upheld some of the particular EPA standards. However, the court agreed with arguments raised by the American Farm Bureau Federation and its co-plaintiffs that two key types of restrictions were unlawful. This aspect of the ruling underscores that sound science must support such costly, federally imposed actions.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget Calls for Strategic Shopping – Feb. 19, 2012

Laramie—Eating healthy while on a tight budget is within reach for most Americans, provided they’re willing to invest some time in strategic shopping. During Farm Bureau’s upcoming Food Check-Out Week (Feb. 19-25, 2012), farmer and rancher members will focus on spreading the word about how consumers can stretch their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food.

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“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” – Feb. 13, 2012

           Recognizing the importance of the Wyoming agriculture industry and educating school children through reading, the week of February 13th has been designated by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.” 

            Educating Wyoming school children about agriculture is the goal of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee “Ag Books for Kids” project.   2012 marks the eighth 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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Farmer: Child Labor Regs Need Further Revision – Feb. 2, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 2, 2012—Young people and the contributions they make as members of farm and ranch families are vital to American agriculture, according to Missouri hog farmer Chris Chinn. Testifying on behalf of the American Farm Bureau Federation, she told the House Small Business’ Subcommittee on Agriculture, Energy and Trade that proposed Labor Department regulations on child labor would have negative impacts on rural America.

Chinn, who owns and operates a family farm with her husband, said the DOL rules could significantly limit the jobs their children (aged 14 and 10) could do on their own farm, and especially their grandparents’ farm.

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