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American Farm Bureau, Agriculture and Industry Groups Ask Court to Ditch EPA’s Unlawful Water Rule - July 2, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2015 – The American Farm Bureau Federation, Texas Farm Bureau, Matagorda County Farm Bureau, and 11 other agricultural and industry groups today asked a federal court to vacate the controversial new rule redefining the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The complaint, filed in federal district court in Texas, claims the new rule grants EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broad control over land use far beyond what Congress authorized in the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit also claims vagueness and over-breadth of the rule violate the U.S. Constitution. The groups also challenged EPA’s aggressive grassroots advocacy campaign during the comment period, which reflected a closed mind to concerns expressed by farmers and others.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau applauds State of Wyoming for joining lawsuit against the “Waters of the U.S.” rule - July 1, 2015

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LARAMIE, WY, JULY 1, 2015--The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation applauds the State of Wyoming for joining in a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies’ Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. 

On June 29, 2015, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized one of the most significant environmental regulations in our nation’s history. The final WOTUS rule expands the agencies’ regulatory footprint far beyond what they have historically regulated or are authorized to regulate.   

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Riding Off-Road, Staying On-Track For Safety - June 2015

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Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Join us, along with the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country, as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe.

For farmers and ranchers today, an off-road side-by-side utility vehicle, such as the RANGER from Wyoming Farm Bureau Member Benefits partner Polaris, is the Swiss Army knife of vehicles; you find yourself using it everywhere. And there's nothing that families look forward to more than off- roading for recreation with ATVs like the Polaris Sportsman. Whether you’re leaving the blacktop behind for family fun and adventure, or to meet the day-to-day needs of your operation, the number one goal of every ride should be to make sure you can do it again tomorrow. That’s what makes off-road vehicle safety such an essential topic.

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Reducing risk on the road - June 2015

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Commit to Safety this June

Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.  Join us, along with the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country, as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe.

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Farm Bureau Releases Detailed Analysis of Waters of the U.S. Rule - June 11, 2015

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WASHINGTON, DC., June 11, 2015 -- The American Farm Bureau Federation released documents outlining how the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule will give the agency sweeping powers to regulate land use despite a body of law clearly prohibiting such overreach.

The Farm Bureau analysis, now available online, makes available to the public details the EPA has refused to address in public meetings over the past year.

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“Ag Books for Kids” winners announced - May 2015

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Students from across Wyoming learned more about agriculture and were recently recognized for their participation in the 2015 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) “Ag Books for Kids” contests.  The 2015 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 605 “Extra Cheese, Please!” books by Cris Peterson 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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American Farm Bureau Federation Statement Regarding EPA’s Final WOTUS Rule - May 27, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 27, 2015 – “We are undertaking a thorough analysis of the final WOTUS rule to determine whether the Environmental Protection Agency listened to the substantive comments farmers and ranchers submitted during the comment period,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.  “Based on EPA’s aggressive advocacy campaign in support of its original proposed rule—and the agency’s numerous misstatements about the content and impact of that proposal—we find little comfort in the agency’s assurances that our concerns have been addressed in any meaningful way.”

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Julie Johnson joins WyFB team - May 26, 2015

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The Wyoming Farm Bureau welcomes Julie Johnson as the membership coordinator. Johnson began with WyFB May 26.

Julie graduated from the University of Wyoming with degrees in Agricultural Communication and Farm and Ranch Management.  She has two kids (8 and 6) and is passionate about the agriculture industry.  Julie enjoys hiking, being outside with her kids and dogs, writing poetry and stories and keeping up with her kids’ activities. 

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Federal Highway Administration head tours WYDOT’s Transportation Management Center - May 15, 2015

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Wyoming Dept. of Transportation, Cheyenne--The head of the Federal Highway Administration toured WYDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Cheyenne May 14 and discussed the need for continued federal investment in Transportation infrastructure and safety.

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WyFB thanks Dominique Giroux - May 22, 2015

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Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Membership Coordinator Dominique Giroux has accepted a position in Colorado.  Her last day with WyFB is May 22.

“It is difficult when a valued member of your team moves on, but we wish Dominique the best in her new position,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President.  “We will certainly miss Dominique’s contributions to the organization.”

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Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Passage of House WOTUS Legislation - May 12, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2015 – “Members of the House today sent a strong, bipartisan message that the flawed Waters of the U.S. Rule is unacceptable and should be scrapped. Furthermore, it was refreshing to see members of Congress order regulators back to the drawing board, with an admonition to listen to the very real concerns of people who would have their farm fields and ditches regulated in the same manner as navigable streams," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.

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WyFB welcomes Carolyn Hageman - May 11, 2015

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The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) is pleased to announce Carolyn Hageman will join the staff as Administrative Assistant mid-May.  In this position, Hageman will provide professional administrative support to WyFB staff.   

Hageman graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelors degree in Agriculture Communications, with an Agricultural and Applied Economics minor.  She completed her masters degree in Agricultural Sciences from Colorado State University this May.

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Farm Bureau Applauds Senate Move to Stop EPA Overreach - April 30, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2015 – The American Farm Bureau Federation praised the bipartisan leadership of Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) today as they introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which would put in check the Environmental Protection Agency and its attempt to broaden the definition of “waters of the U.S.”

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Ellen Westbrook retires after 36 years with Farm Bureau - April 30, 2015

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“Farm Bureau has been my home, helped me raise my girls, make lots of friends, learn many skills and become a professional,” said Ellen Westbrook, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Secretary, when thinking about her April 30 retirement. 

Ellen started her Farm Bureau career with Mountain West Farm Bureau on April 9, 1979.  “Mountain West Farm Bureau gave me a chance in 1979 when I applied for a job having only one skill, I could type,” Ellen remembered.  “That was the beginning.  I had moved to town from the ranch and was a single mother of two so that job was critical for me.”

Ellen then joined the Wyoming Farm Bureau staff on Aug. 1, 1991 as the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Executive Secretary.  Over the years, Ellen has applied her organizational skills to keep the office running smoothly.  Along with office management and accounting, Ellen has coordinated the state scholarship program, board meetings, awards and helped with membership.  This just skims the surface of the daily tasks Ellen has worked on over the years to serve Farm Bureau members around the state. 

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American Farm Bureau Appeals Flawed Privacy Decision - April 24, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015— The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release to environmental groups of personal details about the home locations and contact information of tens of thousands of farm and ranch families was unlawful. A lower court ruling that upheld the EPA action failed to address key privacy issues and should be reversed, according to court documents filed today by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Prairie Potholes Stuck in EPA’s WOTUS Spin

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By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation

While the Environmental Protection Agency continues to court America’s farmers to support the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), the messages of the agency’s charm offensive could actually be telegraphing a regulatory nightmare for many farmers across wide swaths of prime farm and ranch country.

Based on messages recently delivered by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, coupled with language in the proposed WOTUS rule, the EPA appears ready to make prairie potholes a categorical “water of the United States.” That would subject owners of prairie potholes to an unnecessary, punishing and patently duplicative blanket of bureaucracy.

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Passage of SF12 strengthens private property rights and adds integrity to data collection

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The ability of landowners to protect their property rights was strengthened as a result of Senate File 12 (Trespassing to Collect Data) passed by the Wyoming Legislature and signed into law by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead on March 5.

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“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 9-14

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 “The opportunity for young people to have literacy in agriculture is not only good for general learning it is also good for the basic understanding they need to have of where things come from, most importantly food,” Wyoming Governor Matt Mead stated during a February meeting with Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Committee members.

Recognizing the importance of the Wyoming agriculture industry and educating school children through reading, the week of March 9th has been designated by Governor Mead as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.” 

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March 16 Crop Insurance Sales Closing Date Quickly Approaching

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For the 2014 crop year, crop insurance programs administered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) covered nearly $110 million in crop liability for Wyoming farmers and ranchers.  The state had over 2,400 policies in force for 2014, and those policies covered over 2 million Wyoming crop acres.  Over 21 percent of Wyoming’s insured producers suffered a loss and received an indemnity in 2014; in fact, the average indemnity per indemnified policy for 2014 was nearly $20,000.

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Notice Regarding Transition from Use of Wyoming Green ID Tag to Silver Official ID Tag - March 5, 2015

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The Wyoming Livestock Board is moving away from the use of the Wyoming green tag as official identification for cattle due to federal official identification requirements.

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