United States Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), United States Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and United States Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) all received the 2012 American Farm Bureau Federation “Friend of Farm Bureau” award. The awards were presented at the 2013 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting Feb. 18-19 in Cheyenne.
“Senator Enzi, Senator Barrasso and Representative Lummis all expressed their appreciation for the Farm Bureau’s input on agriculture issues and the work we do to keep agriculture strong and protect private property rights,” WyFB President Livingston said. “We are fortunate to have strong representation of our Wyoming way of life in Washington D.C. through our Congressional Delegation.”
WASHINGTON, D.C., February 26, 2013—A new, modern guestworker program for agricultural workers is needed so that U.S. farmers and ranchers can continue growing food, tending livestock and contributing to the nation’s economy, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told Congress today.
“We want to keep these jobs in America for U.S. workers, not outsource them,” Stallman testified to the House’s Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. Farm Bureau urged lawmakers to implement a new, market-based labor program administered by the Agriculture Department.
The 2013 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting was held Feb. 18-19 in Cheyenne. Members heard from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, U.S. Senator John Barrasso and U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis. A legislative banquet provided the opportunity to visit one-on-one with legislators. An informative speaker’s forum included a report on the final USDA Animal Disease Traceability Rule; a transportation panel and a presentation on working with your local law enforcement on livestock theft. Visit the WyFB Facebook page (link on the left column of this page) to view photos from the meeting.
—Deadline March 1, 2013
Farm Bureau members and their family 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 education tab) or by calling 800.442.8325.
Recognizing the importance of the Wyoming agriculture industry and educating school children through reading, the week of February 11th 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. 2013 marks the ninth year of the project. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee organizes the project and the county Farm Bureaus across the state donate agriculture books each year to the elementary school libraries across Wyoming.
During the proclamation signing and meeting with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Committee and YF&R Conference participants on Jan. 17, the Governor emphasized the importance of educating about agriculture through literacy. “One of the great things about our country is because of agriculture most of us go to bed with full bellies,” Governor Mead said. “The problem is so many people don’t understand where our food comes from and the political decisions that are made in a vacuum hurt agriculture. The sustainability of agriculture is a big deal to me.”
Legislative issues, USDA’s final traceability rule, agriculture transportation and agriculture livestock theft are a few of the topics that will be presented at the 2013 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting. United States Senator Mike Enzi will address members on Monday afternoon. United States Representative Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and United States Senator John Barrasso will speak to the group on Feb. 19.
The meeting will be Feb. 18-19 at the Plains Hotel in Cheyenne. Held annually to coincide with the legislative session, the meeting provides Farm Bureau members the opportunity to meet with their legislators one-on-one and receive updates on current issues. Click here for final agenda.
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2013 – Following the delegate session of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 94th Annual Meeting, which wrapped up Jan. 16 in Nashville, the organization’s board of directors met to establish priorities for AFBF’s strategic action plan for 2013.
“This plan represents those issue areas where we believe the American Farm Bureau Federation and its grassroots members will have real opportunities to achieve success this year, as well as challenges we will need to tackle to help safeguard our members’ ability to operate their farms and ranches,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman.
“While much work remains on addressing the spending side of the ledger, the fiscal cliff package that was just approved injected a good dose of certainty into our nation’s tax policy. That is a major achievement. The measure restored the $5 million exemption level for the estate tax, which was in danger of falling to just $1 million,” Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation President said. “On the minus side, the top estate tax rate increased from 35 percent to 40 percent. Permanent capital gains tax provisions that retain lower rates was a positive point, as was the inclusion of enhanced expensing provisions for businesses.”