SHERIDAN— Trespass and illegal data collection and transportation were among the many policies adopted at the 95th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 13-15, 2014 in Sheridan, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau.Full Article
SHERIDAN—Sharleen Castle, of Albany County, was awarded the 2014 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Leadership Award at the 95th annual meeting of the organization. Presented Nov. 14, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their agricultural leadership service in the organization.
“Promoting agriculture is a priority to Sharleen,” said WyFB President Perry Livingston. “She is passionate about her work for agriculture and has a great vision for the future of agriculture.”Full Article
SHERIDAN—Representative Mark Semlek, of Crook County, was awarded the 2014 Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award at the 95th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Presented Nov. 14, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to agriculture.
“Openness, honesty, integrity and hard work are the dominant traits shown by Mark Semlek in his service to agriculture and Wyoming,” said Perry Livingston, WyFB President. “Mark has the ability to collaborate with diverse people and organizations to find practical solutions to issues that impact Wyoming and its citizens.”Full Article
SHERIDAN—Perry Livingston, of Sundance, was elected to his tenth term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 95th annual meeting in Sheridan. Livingston and his family run a cow/calf operation in Crook and Weston Counties.
“Agriculture continues to be one of the economic forces that drives the private industry in the state of Wyoming,” WyFB President Perry Livingston said. “It is a real privilege to serve Farm Bureau members and represent the agriculture industry.”Full Article
Wyoming producers are reminded of the November 15 sales closing date for the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Program, administered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). The PRF Pilot Program is available in all Wyoming counties and in all adjoining states. Because November 15 falls on a Saturday in 2014, the effective sales closing date for the 2015 crop year is November 17. Interested producers are encouraged to soon visit with their crop insurance agent to learn additional program details. Producers should also ask their agent about recent program changes and seek help in reviewing their historical grid information. An agent locator tool is available on the RMA website at http://www.RMA.USDA.gov.Full Article
“Celebrating our Heritage…Pursuing our Future” is the theme for the 95th Annual Meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). The meeting will be Nov. 13-15, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan.
Policy discussion is the main purpose of the meeting and guides the work of the organization. According to Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President, the resolutions range from support for CDL driver’s license changes to groundwater control areas; and from trespass laws to Big Horn and Domestic Sheep issues.Full Article
Wyoming college students are invited to participate in the 2014 Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Collegiate Discussion Meet competition during the annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) in Sheridan. The competition will be Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at Sheridan College.
Being an advocate for agriculture is more important now than ever and should be a part of everyone’s business plan. Participating in the YF&R Discussion Meet competitions will help develop leadership and advocacy skills and provide networking opportunities with other young farmers and ranchers from around the state.Full Article
Trick or Truth: What the EPA Isn’t Telling You About Its Latest Clean Water Act Rule - Oct. 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 30, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation today released a legal analysis, “Trick or Truth? What EPA and the Corps of Engineers Are Not Saying About Their Waters of the U.S. Proposal.” The seven-page paper shows how a recent Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “Q&A” misleads the public about their proposed expansion of federal jurisdiction over waters.Full Article
Celebrate Agriculture. Cheer on the Pokes. Help Fight Hunger in Wyoming. Get a free t-shirt.
Cowboy Fans headed to the University of Wyoming Cowboy Homecoming Football game vs. San Jose State on Oct. 18 can check all items off this list. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation has partnered with UW Sports to hold a “Celebrate Agriculture/Harvest for All” canned food drive to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. The first 1,000 Cowboy Fans to donate canned food items will receive a game day t-shirt.Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 7, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Senate to tell the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule and restore the integrity of the rulemaking process.Full Article
Agency Pounds Chest on Blog, Tucks Tail in Court
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2014 -- The EPA’s decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda, the American Farm Bureau said today.Full Article
Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Passage of H.R. 5078 WOTUS Regulatory Overreach Protection Act - Sept. 9, 2014
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.
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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 Commerce, Partnership for a New American Economy, Business Roundtable and other groups are urging Congress and the administration to work together to enact immigration reform.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article