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Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Passage of H.R. 5078 WOTUS Regulatory Overreach Protection Act - Sept. 9, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., September 9, 2014 –“The House of Representatives today stood with farmers and ranchers and against the regulatory overreach of the EPA," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.  "Passage of H.R. 5078 isn’t just a clear rejection of the overreach that lies in the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Today’s action is an unmistakable signal that the tide is turning against those who ignore the constitutional separation of powers in the United States. We will ditch this rule.

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Farm Bureau Denounces Federal Overreach on States’ Water Rights - Sept. 10, 2014

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Washington, D.C., September 10, 2014 – The Forest Service’s latest attempt to take water rights from farmers and ranchers violates fundamental constitutional protections, the Colorado Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation said today. The proposed Forest Service Groundwater Directive, they said, would circumvent state water rights and give the agency unprecedented control over water use in the West.

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EPA Shenanigans Panned in #DitchTheRule Animated Video - Aug. 5, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., August 5, 2014 – A new animated video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation is part of the organization’s popular Ditch the Rule campaign. The two-and-a-half minute animation explores how the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule is regulatory overreach and unnecessary.

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Farm Bureau Members Act on EPA Overreach, Immigration - August 1, 2014

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Washington, D.C., August 1, 2014 – Overreach by the EPA and immigration are sure to top the agenda as Farm Bureau members prepare for serious discussions with members of Congress now in their home districts.

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Farm Bureau Decodes Water Rule Proposal, Asks EPA to Rescind - July 17, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 17, 2014–The American Farm Bureau Federation last night released to Congress a comprehensive document that responds, point by point, to numerous inaccurate and misleading comments made about the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest clean water rule. Nancy Stoner, EPA acting assistant administrator for water, made the statements in a recent agency blog post.

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Congress, Administration Must Unite on Immigration Reform - July 9, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 9, 2014—During a Day of Action with events in Washington, D.C., and in more than 60 congressional districts across 25 states, the American Farm Bureau Federation, the U.S. Chamber of CommercePartnership for a New American EconomyBusiness Roundtable and other groups are urging Congress and the administration to work together to enact immigration reform.

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Discounts on Polaris Off-Road Vehicles Offered to Farm Bureau Members - July 1, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1, 2014–Farm Bureau is pleased to announce that a new FB Member Advantage! program with Polaris Industries Inc., is available to eligible members in participating states, effective immediately. The roll-out of the new three-year program with Polaris, the leading manufacturer of off-road vehicles, demonstrates Farm Bureau’s continued investment in exceeding member expectations.

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Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP)

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The Agricultural Act of 2014 (2014 Farm Bill) makes the Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) a permanent program and provides retroactive authority to cover eligible losses back to October 1, 2011.

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Landowners file trespass lawsuit against Western Watersheds Project - June 13, 2014

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The United States and Wyoming Constitutions hold the ownership and protection of private property, including the right to exclude third parties, in the highest regard.  Regardless whether your private property is your backyard in town or rangeland in the country, trespassing is illegal.

Fifteen landowners in Fremont County, Wyoming and Lincoln County, Wyoming have filed a civil trespass lawsuit in Wyoming District Court, Fremont County, against Western Watersheds Project, Inc. (WWP) and Jonathan Ratner, WWP Director for Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, and John Does 1-10 with the Western Watersheds Project, Inc. for intentionally and without landowner permission trespassing and entering private property. 

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Farm Bureau: WRRDA Will Benefit Generations of Americans - June 10, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2014–Signing of the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 into law today puts America’s inland waterways and port infrastructure on a solid and sustainable foundation to contribute to U.S. economic growth, jobs and global competitiveness for generations to come, said the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau awards nine scholarships - June 2014

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Laramie--The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation recently awarded nine college scholarships to the children of Farm Bureau members.

“Providing opportunities for our members’ children to receive a college education is what the Farm Bureau scholarship program is about,” Wyoming Farm Bureau President Perry Livingston said.  “This year the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation will provide $5,500 in college scholarships to children of Farm Bureau members.  Additionally, most county Farm Bureaus also offer scholarships.”

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“Ag Books for Kids” winners announced - June 9, 2014

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LARAMIE--Students from across Wyoming learned more about agriculture and were recently recognized for their participation in the 2014 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) “Ag Books for Kids” contests.  The 2014 contests included:  Coloring Contest for kindergarten and first grade; Poster Contest for second and third graders; and a Creative Writing Contest for fourth and fifth graders. 

This year county Farm Bureaus across the state donated 497 “Pigs & Pork in the story of agriculture” by Susan Anderson and JoAnne Buggey to Wyoming elementary schools as part of the WyFB Young Farmer & Rancher Committee “Ag Books for Kids” project.  The students then had the opportunity to participate in a contest to show what they learned about agriculture. 

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WyFB welcomes Holly Kennedy - June 4, 2014

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The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) is pleased to announce Holly Kennedy has joined the staff as Field Services and Federal Lands Associate.  In this position, Kennedy will serve as field staff for the counties in the Northwest and Southwest Districts and Carbon and Albany counties in the Central District.  In addition, she will also work on federal lands issues on the western side of the state.

“We are certainly pleased and excited to have somebody that already has a good Farm Bureau background join our staff,” Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President, said.  “In addition to her Farm Bureau background, Holly also has a lot of skills that will help continue to build the county Farm Bureaus as well as the Wyoming Farm Bureau.” 

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EPA Greenhouse Gas Plan Harmful to Economy, Agriculture - June 2, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 2, 2014—The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest greenhouse gas proposal will harm the nation’s economy, rural communities and America’s farm and ranch families if implemented, the American Farm Bureau Federation said today.

The EPA’s attempt to impose a 30-percent reduction in carbon dioxide on the nation’s power plants will lead to higher energy prices. Farmers would face not just higher prices for electricity, but any energy-related input such as fertilizer. Rural electric cooperatives that rely on old coal plants for cheap electricity would be especially hard hit.

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Suzy Noecker retires after 19 years with WyFB

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“Who knew 19 years could go by so fast?,” said Suzy Noecker, Wyoming Farm Bureau Field Services and Public Relations Director (retired), when thinking about retirement.  “Working for you has been an honor; and more fun than anyone should be allowed to have.  Thank you for your patience, your wisdom and your love for your industry.  Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life and work all these years.  And thank you for all the memories.”

Suzy began working for the Wyoming Farm Bureau in 1995 as the information director.  Over the years, Suzy has worked on many different agriculture issues for Farm Bureau members.  Suzy served as editor of Wyoming Agriculture, prepared many displays and booths to share agriculture and Farm Bureau’s story, worked with county Farm Bureaus, provided comments on federal rules and regulations, spearheaded WyFB’s county empowerment conferences and was involved in the Wyoming Split Estate Initiative just to name a few of the projects she has worked on over the years.

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Farm Bureau Adds WRRDA Bill to Key Vote List, Urges ‘Yes’ Vote

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 20, 2014–The American Farm Bureau Federation today urged Congress to pass the Water Resources Reform and Development Act, now out of conference and awaiting a vote on the House floor.

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Water Conference June 4 to discuss Wyoming Water Strategy

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Matt Mead continues to seek a broad range of public input into a Wyoming Water Strategy. Many people across Wyoming have given thoughts on a water strategy and priorities it should include. Next, state officials will present a summary of the input received from nine listening sessions held around the state at a conference in June.

“Wyoming’s water is its most important natural resource,” Governor Mead said. “We need to continue to develop and protect that resource for the benefit of this generation and those to come. These public meetings have given us a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges we face in relation to water.”

The Water Conference will be held at 9:00 am, June 4th, 2014, at the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission, 2211 King Blvd, Casper, Wyoming.  The public is encouraged to attend and the meetings will be broadcast live on the internet. 

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Retail Meat Prices: Up, Up and Away - May 7, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 7, 2014—Summer grilling season will cost meat lovers a few more dollars this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Wholesale meat prices climbed higher during the first quarter of the year and retail meat prices quickly followed suit.

“Retail prices for beef and pork cuts have steadily pushed into new record territory,” said John Anderson, AFBF’s deputy chief economist.

“For pork, the average retail price per pound in March—$3.83—was higher than the prior four months and eclipsed the record level set last fall,” Anderson said. 

“For beef, the price move in March was more dramatic. Consumers saw the sixth straight month of new record retail prices for fresh beef products, at $5.40 per pound, which is a 23-percent increase compared to the 2010-2012 average,” he explained. 

The sharp increase in retail beef prices has not occurred in a vacuum, Anderson noted. Retail pork prices are currently 18 percent higher than in 2010-2012 while chicken is up 9 percent.

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Farm Bureau Tells Members to ‘Ditch’ EPA Water Rule - April 22, 2014

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 22, 2014The American Farm Bureau Federation today asked its members to resist a proposed rule from the Environmental Protection Agency that it says will impose unworkable regulations on the nation’s farms.

Published Monday in the Federal Register, the more-than-111,000-word “Waters of the U.S.” proposed rule reflects the EPA’s latest interpretation of the 1972 Clean Water Act. The rule could ultimately lead to the unlawful expansion of federal regulation to cover routine farming and ranching practices as well as other common private land uses, such as building homes.

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American Farm Bureau’s Stallman Calls for Tax Changes

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WASHINGTON, April 8, 2014–Farmers and ranchers need tax certainty to thrive in a modern economy, and making permanent deductions that expired in 2013 is a good first step, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the House Ways and Means Committee today.

“One of the major goals of tax reform should be to provide stable, predictable rules for businesses so that they can grow and create jobs,” American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman said. “Farm Bureau believes that Congress should end its practice of extending important business tax provisions for one or two years at a time. This practice makes it very difficult for farmers and ranchers to plan and adds immense confusion and complexity.”

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