Agricultural News

“Top the Market” seminar May 17th

–Sponsored by the Goshen County Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee “Top the Market” a live cattle presentation and interactive panel discussion will be presented May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Torrington Livestock Market in Torrington. The event is sponsored by the Goshen County Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and hosted by Torrington Livestock Markets.

Grizzlies, guns and guile

Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law. This non-profit, legal foundation has represented the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and its members in many cases over the decades. MSLF President William Perry Pendley spoke to Farm Bureau members March 1 at the WyFB Legislative Meeting. “Grizzlies, guns, and guile are what I’m here to talk about especially as they relate to federal agencies and their attorneys,” Pendley stated.

Wyoming Livestock Board redefines Brucellosis Area of Concern boundaries – March 22, 2018

Now excluding Sheridan County and a large portion of Big Horn County, the boundaries of the Brucellosis Area of Concern have been redefined by the Wyoming Livestock Board (WLSB) to include only Wyoming Game & Fish Department (WGFD) Hunt Areas 39, 40, and 41, located in Big Horn County.

Omnibus bill included permanent CERCLA fix – March 26, 2018

March 26, 2018, Washington, D.C.–H.R. 1625, the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill that was signed into law on Friday, March 23, included a permanent fix for CERCLA reporting requirements for farmers and ranchers.

Transportation Department Extends ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers – March 15, 2018

The Department of Transportation has again extended the deadline for agricultural haulers to comply with the electronic logging device mandate. DOT’s initial agricultural exemption was set to expire on March 18. The new extension, which carries the exemption through another 90 days, allows the department additional time to issue guidance on the newly interpreted 150 air-mile agricultural commodity exemption and the hours of service regulations.

Veterinary Feed Directive will require enhanced communication between vets and producers – Dec. 16, 2016

Industry professionals say the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that will take effect at the end of this year will require stronger communication between ranchers who use feed-based antibiotics and their veterinarians. The VFD is intended to encourage judicious use of antibiotics within the industry, addressing concerns some people have that antibiotics are becoming less effective in treating human illness.

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“Wyoming Needs Agriculture” food/fund drive at UW Basketball Game Nov. 30

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

Cowboy Fans headed to the University of Wyoming (UW) Cowboy Basketball game vs. Denver University on Nov. 30 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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Eastern Wyoming College student Chelsea Baars wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet – Nov. 18, 2016

Eastern Wyoming College student Chelsea Baars discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and an expense-paid trip to Pittsburgh, Penn. Baars competed Nov. 10 in the event held in Laramie. Seventeen competitors representing Sheridan College, Eastern Wyoming College, and the University of Wyoming entered the competition.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year; elects leaders – Nov. 17, 2016

LARAMIE—Dissolution of special districts, penalties for wanton destruction of livestock, trespassing for shed antler hunters, and speed limiting devices were among the many topics included in policies adopted at the 97th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 10-12, 2016 in Laramie, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau.

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Crook County’s Frank Hawken receives Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award – Nov. 15, 2016

LARAMIE—Frank Hawken, of Crook County, was awarded the 2016 Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award at the 97th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Presented Nov. 11, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to agriculture.

“Frank is the epitome of a true servant leader who has dedicated his life to serving Farm Bureau in any manner possible,” the Crook County Farm Bureau Federation wrote in their nomination letter. “He leads by example and hard work.”

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Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher Committee elects Stacy Berger as State Chair – Nov. 15, 2016

LARAMIE—The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee elected Albany County Rancher Stacy Berger to her first term as the WyFB YF&R State Committee Chair.

“I am really excited for this opportunity,” Berger said. “I’m hoping to be the kind of leader that will inspire others to take the next step of involvement and really ask the question of what can I do for agriculture through Farm Bureau.”

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Government and Industry Groups Ask Court to Overturn EPA Water Rule – Nov. 1, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with dozens of agricultural, business and municipal entities, today asked a federal court to vacate the EPA’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the United States” rule. The brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lays out in detail the substance of the groups’ allegations. It follows a year of litigation over which court had jurisdiction to hear challenges to the expansive and unlawful rule.

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