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New law changes ag requirements for driver’s license - July 21, 2017

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A new law went into effect July 1, 2017, that affects Wyoming Farm Bureau members and all farmers and ranchers in Wyoming.   Full Article

Trichomoniasis Special Focus Area Board Order - July 13, 2017

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The Wyoming Livestock Board met July 11, 2017 to discuss renewing and updating a March
2013 board order that created a Trichomoniasis Special Focus Area. Due to the threat of Trichomoniasis remaining in Uinta, Lincoln, and Sweetwater counties, the board amended and renewed the board order. Trichomoniasis is a venereal disease of cattle that causes cows to abort early in pregnancy and become temporarily infertile. The disease is incurable in bulls. Full Article

Farm Bureau Applauds EPA Move to Ditch Flawed WOTUS Rule - June 27, 2017

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LARAMIE, WY, JUNE 27, 2017--The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) applauds the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposal today to rescind the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. “The proposal to rescind this flawed rule is a step in the right direction,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President. “This rule was a land grab that put property rights of Wyomingites at risk and would have done nothing to benefit water.” Full Article

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Statement on Grizzly Bear Delisting—June 22, 2017

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June 22, 2017 – The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today that grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE) have sufficiently recovered and will be returned to state management.  According to a news release from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, there are approximately 700 bears in the GYE which includes Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) is pleased to see the FWS take this action. 

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Wyoming Farm Bureau Awards Nine College Scholarships - June 15, 2017

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            Laramie--The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) awarded nine college scholarships valued at $5,500 to young Farm Bureau members.

“Education of any type is important to our members and funding is not always easy. Our scholarship offerings help bridge that gap and our organization is proud to be able to provide support,” said WyFB President Todd Fornstrom.

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“Ag Books for Kids” 2017 winners announced - June 5, 2017

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LARAMIE, June 5, 2017--“Sharing our stories as farmers and ranchers is more important in today’s day and age than ever,” said Raenell Taylor, WyFB YF&R Promotions Sub-Committee Chair. “The “Ag Books for Kids” program gives us an opportunity to make a difference for agriculture in Wyoming. It is very rewarding as we look at the contest entries and see what these young Wyomingites are learning about agriculture.”

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“Ag Books for Kids” winners announced - June 5, 2017

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LARAMIE, June 5, 2017--“Sharing our stories as farmers and ranchers is more important in today’s day and age than ever,” said Raenell Taylor, WyFB YF&R Promotions Sub-Committee Chair. “The “Ag Books for Kids” program gives us an opportunity to make a difference for agriculture in Wyoming. It is very rewarding as we look at the contest entries and see what these young Wyomingites are learning about agriculture.”

            Students from across Wyoming learned more about agriculture again this year and were recently recognized for their participation in the 2017 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) “Ag Books for Kids” contests. The 2017 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 delays implementation of Worker Protection Standard Rule- May 31, 2017

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Worker Protection Standard rule will be delayed by EPA. The American Farm Bureau Federation was among the farm groups who had joined the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture in requesting a delay in implementation. AFBF and NASDA cited EPA violations of federal law as well as incomplete and undelivered compliance and enforcement tools to support their petition.  The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with this decision. “We support this effort because it not only makes economic sense, it will lead to clearer information being provided when everyone fully understands the rules," said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President.

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Tax Reform Central to Improving Economy, Farm Bureau Tells Congress - May 18, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2017 – Farmers and ranchers need the economic benefits that will follow from tax reform, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress in testimony submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee today.

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Stop Federal Water Extortion, Farm Bureau Says - May 18, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2017 – Land managers in the West increasingly demand that ranchers who work federal land surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range. It’s extortion and a form of unconstitutional taking that simply has to stop, Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau’s vice president of national government affairs, told the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. Full Article

Farm Bureau Applauds Regulatory Accountability Act - April 26, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2017 – The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supports the bi-partisan Regulatory Accountability Act introduced today by Senators Portman and Heitkamp. This bipartisan effort is one that should be welcomed by all stakeholders – farmers, ranchers, policymakers, state officials, environmentalists, scientists – anyone who wants a system that is open, transparent, and fair and who recognizes the current system fails to live up to our expectations.

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Farm Bureau Applauds EPA’s Water Rule Outreach - May 9, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2017 – American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall today praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to collaborate closely with governors regarding revision of the Waters of the United States rule. Full Article

WY AG Matters Photo Contest

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--Contest deadline May 10, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Share your "WY AG Matters" photos and tell us how you feel connected to Wyoming Agriculture!  All connections matter!  Contest is open to members and non-members.  The grand prize winner will receive $100 cash, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50 and 4th place $25.  An added bonus for current Farm Bureau members, if the grand prize winner is a current member their next year's membership dues will be paid. 

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Wolves Returned to State Management in Wyoming - April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017--“After a long and torturous trek we are pleased that the legal wrangling for wolf management has concluded,” stated Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President. “We certainly believe Wyoming has stepped up to the plate on this issue and we are glad a three judge panel saw it the same way.”

“Wyoming met its commitment for wolf recovery in 2003 and almost a decade and a half later we can now manage wolves as outlined by the wolf recovery plan,” Hamilton continued.

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WyFB 2017 Legislative Review

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The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 2017 Wyoming Legislative Review looks at the bills which were of interest to the members of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation based on the policies set forth and passed by the membership.  Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process guides the work of Farm Bureau lobbyists.

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Ag Groups Call for Estate Tax Repeal, Continuation of Stepped-up Basis - March 30, 2017

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As congressional lawmakers turn their attention to taxes, farmers and ranchers are urging them to include estate tax repeal in any tax reform legislation they consider this year.                                                                                                                                          

“The estate tax is especially damaging to agriculture because we are a land-based, capital-intensive industry with few options for paying estate taxes when they come due. Unfortunately, all too often at the time of death, farming and ranching families are forced to sell off land, farm equipment, parts of the operation or take out loans to pay off tax liabilities and attorney’s fees,” 32 agriculture organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, wrote to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.).

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Ag Groups Reiterate Call for Rulemaking Reform - March 31, 2017

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Encouraging continued bipartisan negotiations on meaningful regulatory reform legislation, the American Farm Bureau Federation and 47 other agricultural organizations again pledged their readiness to work with lawmakers on much-needed improvements to the rulemaking process.       

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Is your local government prepared - March 26, 2017

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By Karen Budd-Falen, Budd-Falen Law Offices

President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke have made promises about moving federal agency decision making back to the local level, putting Americans back to work and ensuring that the public lands are managed for “multiple use.”  While that sounds wonderful, making those promises means more than a directive from Washington D.C., it means that your local governments have to take the lead in dealing with the federal agencies. Local decision making is not just for counties with federal lands, but federal decisions can impact the use of private property as well.

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Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy - March 28, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2017 -- The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council yesterday closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA’s release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states.

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Congressional Resolution to Halt BLM Planning Rule Signed by President - March 27, 2017

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On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a Farm Bureau-supported resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to stop an Obama administration rule that would weaken the influence of local and regional input on Bureau of Land Management decisions. The Senate in early March joined the House in approving this resolution.

Known as “Planning 2.0,” the far-reaching rule incorporated numerous Obama-era presidential and secretarial orders, along with internal agency guidance and policy documents. By reducing the opportunity for public comment, minimizing federal requirements to coordinate with state and local governments and imposing new mitigation requirements, Planning 2.0 would have caused significant problems in the federal land use planning processes.

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