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. Full Article
CHEYENNE, Wyo – Governor Matt Mead and Secretary of State Ed Murray today announced the completion of a new administrative rules website. The website is part of an effort by the state to improve access to administrative rules with a centralized and searchable database. Full Article
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. Full Article
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.Full Article
--Putting a face on farmers and ranchers and raising donations for 4,198 meals
Ropes, tires, panels, food, t-shirts, and hard-working people. What do all of these have in common? The common factor here is farming and ranching. And when you bring them all together at a University of Wyoming Cowboy football game, you have a fantastic “Wyoming Needs Agriculture” event.Full Article
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.’Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 12, 2016 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has violated the personal privacy of tens of thousands of farmers and ranchers, according to a unanimous ruling issued by the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
On August 03, 2016 at about 1324 hours, the Wyoming Livestock Board Law Enforcement and Investigation Division concluded a criminal investigation with the arrest of Roberto Lozano FUENTES within southeastern Sublette County on the felony charges violating Wyoming Statute(s) 6-3-413, Livestock Rustling and 11-30-104, Misbranding or Altering Brand of Livestock.Full Article
By Katie Heger
For some time now, there has been steady chatter about labeling GMOs. Chatter is one thing, but uninformed chatter is quite another.Full Article
By Carla Wardin
When people talk about sustainability, I like to point to generational farms as an example. I'm the sixth generation in my family to live and farm on the same land. For 137 years, my ancestors have been taking care of the land and water in order to ensure that we can raise great crops for our cattle and preserve good pasture for their grazing. We have always taken care to make certain that the creek that flows behind our house is kept clean. My great-great grandma hauled water from it, my great grandma washed their clothes in it, and now we responsibly irrigate from it. We're not only taking care of it for us, we're doing it for future generations of farmers.Full Article
AFBF Urges Support for the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act - July 14, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 14, 2016 - Career and technical education and post-high school job training and retraining are essential to the economic viability of rural communities. For that reason, the American Farm Bureau Federation is urging congressional support for H.R. 5587, the Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.Full Article
Private property rights received a win on July 6 when U.S. District Judge Scott Skavdahl dismissed a lawsuit challenging Wyoming trespass laws. In the ruling, Skavdahl stated there is no constitutional right to trespass on private lands.
Judge Skavdahl wrote: “Plaintiffs' claims are erroneously premised upon their perceived First Amendment right to trespass upon private property to collect resource data. No such constitutional right exists. To the contrary, the United States Supreme Court "has never held that a trespasser or an uninvited guest may exercise general rights of free speech on property privately owned." Lloyd Corp., Limited, supra at 568.Full Article
--WDA asking for assistance in monitoring rainfall; offering hay/pasture availability list on website
June 14, 2016--Weston, Crook, and Niobrara counties are currently facing severe drought conditions. The Wyoming Department of Agriculture has been collaborating with Governor Mead’s office, USDA Farm Service Agency, and County Commissioners to find ways to help more accurately portray drought severity within the U.S. Drought Monitor. The U.S. Drought Monitor is a model that uses many variables to indicate drought severity across the country and in turn, make available the United States Department of Agriculture – Farm Service Agency’s drought assistance programs based on severity. Current data used by the US Drought Monitor, however, may not be accurately capturing how dry it actually is in some rural areas of Wyoming.Full Article
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.”Full Article
Farm Bureau Hails Supreme Court Victory: Farmers and Ranchers May Sue to Stop Clean Water Regulation of Ordinary Farmland - May 31, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 31, 2016 – A unanimous Supreme Court today ruled landowners may challenge the federal government whenever the Army Corps of Engineers tries improperly to regulate land with regulations designed to protect water.
Students from across Wyoming learned more about agriculture again this year and were recently recognized for their participation in the 2016 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) “Ag Books for Kids” contests. The 2016 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.Full Article
EPA, Army Corps of Engineers Violate Law, Oppress Farmers in California and Elsewhere, Farm Bureau Tells Congress - May 24, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 24, 2016 – The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have violated their own regulations and effectively invented new ones in enforcing the Clean Water Act, the American Farm Bureau Federation said today.
Don Parrish, senior director of congressional relations at AFBF, told the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife that the Army Corps’ novel interpretations of environmental law are threatening the very livelihoods of ordinary, middle-class Americans who happen to farm for a living.Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C, May 17, 2016 – Three Farm Bureau members on May 17 called on the federal government to use more carrots and fewer sticks with farmers who care for land that has often been in their families for generations. Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Richard Ebert, former Ohio Farm Bureau President Terry McClure and Florida Farm Bureau member Kate English testified before the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry.