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Farm Bureau Asks Senate Subcommittee to Rein in Out-of-Control EPA - April 12, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 12, 2016 – Congress should hold the Environmental Protection Agency accountable for its repeated violations of open government laws, American Farm Bureau Federation board member and Oklahoma Farm Bureau President Tom Buchanan told a Senate subcommittee today.

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AFBF: In failing to move voluntary GMO labeling measure, senators abandon farmers, consumers - March 16, 2016

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Calling the Senate's failure to move forward with debate on a voluntary GMO labeling bill "inexcusable," American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said farmers will continue their fight to secure a law that supports consumers, America's farmers and ranchers and our nation's system of affordable, productive agriculture.

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Farmers and Ranchers are Stewards of the Planet - March 15, 2016

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 Agriculture: Stewards of a Healthy Planet and working to Keep Wyoming Strong! Farmers and ranchers are truly stewards of the planet. Rather than spout out statistics, I challenge you to see for yourself. Ask a farmer or rancher in your community to tell you the true story about how they are stewards of a healthy planet.

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Farm Bureau and Allies Ask Federal Court to Stop Federal Overreach on Greater Sage Grouse - March 10, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 10, 2016 –The American Farm Bureau Federation and Idaho Farm Bureau Federation have asked a federal court to stop federal land use management plans aimed at excluding grazing from millions of acres of federal lands to provide habitat for the greater sage grouse. The Public Lands Council, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association and Idaho Cattle Association joined with the Farm Bureau in filing their friend of the court brief in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on March 8. The brief lends support to a lawsuit brought by Idaho Governor Butch Otter challenging revised federal land management plans issued in November 2015, by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service for federal lands in Idaho. Other states have brought similar lawsuits challenging the revised plans as applied to federal lands within their borders.

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Senator Eli Bebout receives Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award

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CHEYENNE--Senator Eli Bebout, of Fremont County, was awarded the 2015 Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Legislative Meeting. Presented Feb. 25, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to agriculture.

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“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 7-12

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“It is important for kids to learn that food in fact does not come from the grocery store, it is a stop on the way,” Wyoming Governor Matt Mead stated during a February meeting with Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation members. “It (food production) requires not only the ability to have generations in agriculture, but then to have the lands and the means and the policies to allow farmers and ranchers to grow food.”

            Recognizing the importance of Wyoming agriculture and educating school children through reading, the week of March 7th has been designated by Governor Mead as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.”

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American Farm Bureau Federation Joins Initiative To Give Farmers Control of Data They Collect - March 3, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 3, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Federation and a host of other agricultural groups today revealed a ground-breaking data repository that supporters say will give farmers ultimate control over the ever-increasing business data gathered and transmitted by high-tech farm machinery.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau offers college scholarships

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--March 1 application deadline

            Farm Bureau members and their family are encouraged to apply for one of nine college scholarships offered by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation scholarship deadline is March 1, 2016. One scholarship is valued at $1,500 and eight scholarships are valued at $500 each.

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Cole Coxbill of Wyoming serving as AFBF National YF&R Chair - Feb. 16, 2016

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Members of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers & Ranchers (YF&R) Committee elected Cole Coxbill, of Goshen County, as the committee’s chairman for 2016. He began his one-year term at the conclusion of the AFBF YF&R Conference held mid-February. He will also serve a one-year term on the AFBF board of directors.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting Feb. 25-26 in Cheyenne

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           Legislative issues and current agriculture issues will be presented at the 2016 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting. The meeting will be Feb. 25-26 at the Radisson Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) in Cheyenne. Held annually to coincide with the legislative session, the meeting provides Farm Bureau members the opportunity to meet with their legislators one-on-one and receive updates on current issues.

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Wyoming Needs Agriculture Day at UW Basketball Game Feb. 24

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“Wyoming Needs Agriculture” Day is coming to a University of Wyoming Cowboy Basketball game on Feb. 24, 2016 and the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) is proud to sponsor the game day event. The Cowboys play San Diego State University with tip-off at 8 p.m. in Laramie. Fans are encouraged to visit the WyFB booth prior to the game.

Promoting Wyoming farmers and ranchers and Farm Bureau’s “Harvest for All” program will be the premier focus of the event. Cowboy fans are asked to bring a canned food item or two to donate to the Farm Bureau “Harvest for All” program. Canned goods and monetary donations will be collected at the WyFB booth on the concourse of the Arena Auditorium.

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Farm Bureau Urges House Support for Resolution Disapproving EPA’s WOTUS Rule - Jan. 11, 2016

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA, January 11, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support S.J. Res. 22, a resolution to disapprove the Waters of the U.S. rule finalized by the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers.

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Balance Sought for Landowners Dealing with Environmental Regulations - Jan. 11, 2016

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA, January 11, 2016—The breadth, vagueness and punitive nature of many environmental laws provide challenges and uncertainty for farmers, ranchers and other property owners when it comes to navigating today’s environmental landscape in their farming and ranching activities.

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Outgoing Farm Bureau President Tells Farmers and Ranchers to Stand Up and Be Counted - Jan. 10, 2016

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA, January 10, 2016 – Farmers and ranchers need to adopt technology and they need to stand up for their rights. But most of all, they need to share their stories, American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman told members at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 97th Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show.

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Cole Coxbill of Wyoming elected AFBF National YF&R Chair - Jan. 10, 2015

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA, January 10, 2016 – Members of the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee elected Cole Coxbill of Goshen County, Wyoming, as the committee’s chairman for 2016. He will take over as chairman in February, at the end of the committee’s leadership conference, and serve for one year. He will also serve a one-year term on the AFBF board of directors.

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Video Highlights California Farmer's Struggles With Federal Regulators on Water Issues - Dec. 22, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 22, 2015 -- A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation highlights the struggles a California farm family has encountered with federal water regulations. The video also illustrates how the climate regarding water regulations will likely become much worse and encompass the entire nation under the widely-reviled Waters of the U.S. rule.

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Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference Jan. 22-23 in Deadwood, S.D.

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--Peterson Farm Brothers are keynote speakers

             “YF&R: Shaping Tomorrow’s Future” is the theme of the Jan. 22-23, 2016 Joint Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Deadwood, S.D.   The Wyoming Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farm Bureau are joining together for another joint conference you won’t want to miss. The conference is open to all young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 (no membership necessary) and all Farm Bureau members. Children are welcome.  

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GAO Legal Opinion Finding EPA Violated Law Regarding WOTUS - Dec. 14, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 14, 2015 – “A legal opinion today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office finds that the Environmental Protection Agency broke the law with its social media and grassroots lobbying campaign advocating for its own Waters of the U.S. rule," stated Bob Stallman, American Farm Bureau Federation President.  "It’s clear from this report that EPA orchestrated this matter in a biased fashion. Now it’s up to Congress to clean up this mess by including a corrective measure in the omnibus bill now taking shape on Capitol Hill."

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Members of Congress, States and Business Urge Supreme Court to Review EPA’s Latest Clean Water Act Overreach - Dec. 10, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 10, 2015 – A crush of supporters yesterday filed friend-of-the-court briefs, joining the American Farm Bureau Federation in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to micromanage state land-use and development decisions under the guise of the Chesapeake Bay water quality “blueprint.”

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WOTUS Guidance Would Result in Continued Confusion, Chaos - Nov. 18, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 18, 2015 – If federal agencies are left the task of developing implementation guidance for the Waters of the U.S. rule, the result will be a continuation of the rule’s “liabilities, confusion and chaos.” Issuing guidance can’t fix a broken rule, according to a letter the American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups sent to members of the Senate who voted to oppose bipartisan legislation (S. 1140) seeking to revise the rule.

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