Agricultural News

Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference Jan. 19-21 in Thermopolis

“Springing Outward and Upward” is the theme of the Jan. 19-21, 2018 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Thermopolis.   The conference is open to young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 (no membership necessary) and all Farm Bureau members. 

Tax Reform Package to Benefit Farmers, Ranchers – Dec. 20, 2017

“The tax reform package passed by Congress this week will result in lower taxes for the vast majority of farmers and ranchers. This tax overhaul includes many changes to the tax code, most notably lower individual tax rates, that will benefit farmers and ranchers. Ninety-four percent of farmers and ranchers pay taxes as individuals, and those rates are coming down. The bill also maintains all of the important deductions and credits that farmers rely on. So, thanks to a lot of hard work by Congress and the administration, farmers will have both lower rates and all the tools they’ve always

Delinquent brand period ends Dec. 31

The Wyoming Livestock Board wants to remind people that the delinquent brand period is about to draw to a close on the 2017 renewal period. Any delinquent brands that were not renewed by December 31, 2017, will be declared abandoned and be available to be applied for by other applicants. As part of the abandoned process all delinquent brands not renewed before December 31, 2017, will be moved to the abandoned brand category January 8, 2018.

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 97th Annual Meeting Nov. 10-12 in Laramie

LARAMIE–“Agriculture…Keeping Wyoming Strong” is the theme of the 97th Annual Meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). The meeting will be Nov. 10-12, 2016 in Laramie at the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center.

Policy development

Policy discussions are the main purpose of the meeting and guide the work of the federation. According to Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President, resolutions cover a broad range of topics including special tax districts, shed antler hunting, speed limiting devices on vehicles, the beef check-off, and open range accident liability.

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Leading Farm Organizations Challenge Dannon and Other Food Companies on Retreat from Sustainable Agriculture Practices – Oct. 17, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 17, 2016 – Leaders of the nation’s top farming organizations joined together today in urging food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary.

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Regular YF&R and Collegiate Discussion Meet competitions Nov. 10

           Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35 and college students in Wyoming are invited to participate in the 2016 Discussion Meet competitions. There are two different competitions that will be held during the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Annual Meeting in Laramie. The competitions will be Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 in Laramie.

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The Unbelievable Reality of Regulation – Sept. 28, 2016

By Blake Hurst

Why should that be a top priority of the new Congress? Well, let’s talk about Charlie and John. Charlie owns a small fertilizer plant. It supplies anhydrous ammonia to Charlie’s farm and to the rest of his family as well. He has about four non-family customers. New regulations, in response to a terrible explosion in Texas, will mean that Charlie will have to spend about $30,000 on various safety updates. Charlie can also expect to spend a lot more time filling out reports and showing inspectors around his tiny fertilizer plant.

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Statement by Zippy Duvall, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Senate Report on Federal Overreach Under Clean Water Act – Sept. 20, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 20, 2016 – “The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works today released a report that exposes the administration’s reckless and unlawful actions in enforcing the Clean Water Act. The report shows in detail how the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have used an overly expansive interpretation of their authority to regulate ‘waters of the U.S.’

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“Wyoming Needs Agriculture” food drive at the Sept. 17 UW Football Game

ü  Celebrate Agriculture.  Cheer on the Pokes.   Help Fight Hunger in Wyoming.   Get a free t-shirt.

Cowboy Fans headed to the University of Wyoming (UW) Cowboy Football game vs. UC Davis on Sept. 17 can check all items off this list above. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation has partnered with UW Sports to hold a “Wyoming Needs Agriculture/Harvest for All” event to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (WFBR). WFBR, Wyoming’s only food bank, serves hunger relief agencies in all of Wyoming’s 23 counties.

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Trespassing to stop under settlement – August 18, 2016

         Nearly two years after filing suit against anti livestock grazing organization, Western Watershed Projects, Wyoming landowners and WWP have reached an agreement to settle the Landowners’ trespass claims against WWP employee Jonathon Ratner and the organization.

         Western Watershed Projects has trespassed on these private lands over 60 times since 2005. Western Watershed Projects conceded to a Consent Decree in which they have stipulated to not trespass again on these lands and other lands owned by the landowners, amounting to over 50,000 acres, or they will face paying damages and attorney fees to the Landowners.

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