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

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 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

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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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Albany County rancher Stacy Berger wins Wyoming Farm Bureau YF&R Discussion Meet - Nov. 18, 2016

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Albany County rancher Stacy Berger discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet and earned $500 cash and a trip to Phoenix, Ariz. Berger competed Nov. 12 with other young farmers and ranchers in the event held at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Laramie.

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

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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. Full Article

Wyoming Farm Bureau members donated the equivalent of 11,079 meals to help Wyoming families in need - Nov. 15, 2016

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LARAMIE--Wyoming families facing hunger received a boost mid-November with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee “Harvest for All” project. The annual food and fund drive to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies raised the equivalent of 11,079 meals for Wyoming families.

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

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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.” Full Article

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

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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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Todd Fornstrom elected Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President - Nov. 12, 2016

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LARAMIE, Nov. 12, 2016—Todd Fornstrom, of Laramie County, was elected to his first term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 97th annual meeting in Laramie. Full Article

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

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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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Poisonous Plants Symposium Nov. 10 in Laramie

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--Free event, open to public.  Sponsored by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation

 LARAMIE--Ranchers are no stranger to the risks poisonous plants pose to livestock. Have you ever questioned the exact toxicology behind how these plants affect livestock? Are you looking for innovative solutions to managing these risks?

A free informational symposium on poisonous plants is being presented by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Laramie. Held in conjunction with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting, the symposium will be at the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center in Laramie.

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

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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

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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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Governor Mead and Secretary of State Murray Announce New Website - Oct. 13, 2016

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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.

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

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           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

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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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“Wyoming Needs Agriculture” event at UW Football Game raises awareness - Sept. 19, 2016

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--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.

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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

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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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EPA Violated Personal Privacy of Farmers, Ranchers - Sept. 12, 2016

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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.

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

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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

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         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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