2011 News Archives

You Can Stretch Your Grocery Dollars and Eat Healthy, Too – Feb. 18, 2011

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.

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Moving to the Country—
Some things you should know

A brochure, Moving to the Country—Some things you should know, has been developed to provide resources for those who are thinking about moving to the country here in Wyoming. Developed by the Wyoming Farm Bureau as a resource tool, the brochure highlights the importance of understanding water rights, easements, landscapes, livestock and farming operations and how these issues relate to living in the country

Analysis of Taxes Paid by the Agriculture Industry in Wyoming

Over 48 million dollars in state and local taxes were paid by agriculture in Wyoming based on data from the 2002 Census of Agriculture. A study compiled by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation shows the significant impact agriculture has on the state’s economy.


EPA GHG Regulations Brings ‘Double Economic Jolt’ to Ag–Feb. 9, 2011

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.”

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AFBF President Stallman Statement Regarding USDA Decision to Deregulate Roundup Ready Alfalfa–Jan. 28, 2011

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.”

Young Farmers and Ranchers Legislative Conference Feb. 14-15 in Cheyenne–Jan. 24, 2011

–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.

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