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A Few Tasty Reasons to Reconsider GMOs

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By Dr. Steve Savage

 

 Pests are nothing new: They have often disrupted agriculture in the past. However, two unique aspects of our times exacerbate such risks.

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American Farm Bureau Federation Appeals, Secures Stay in EPA Privacy Suit

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WASHINGTON, D.C., February 9, 2015 – A federal district court in Minnesota ordered EPA late Friday not to release farmers’ and ranchers’ personal information while AFBF and co-plaintiff National Pork Producers Council appeal the court’s decision dismissing their lawsuit. By dismissing the suit, the court ruled that farmers are not harmed when the government compiles and releases a storehouse of personal information, so long as individual bits of that information are somehow publicly accessible, such as through an Internet search or on a Facebook page.

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Scholarships available for Wyoming Farm Bureau members

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--Deadline March 1, 2015

            Farm Bureau members and their family members are encouraged to apply for one of nine college scholarships offered by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation.  The applications are available at county Farm Bureau offices, on the web at www.wyfb.org (click on education tab) or by calling 800.442.8325.

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Wyoming brand renewal deadline March 1

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Wyoming Livestock Board would like to remind brand owners that all brand ID numbers ending with a dash five (- 5) must be renewed no later than midnight on March 1, 2015.  The Brand recording office will be sending certified renewal letters out very soon as a reminder to those folks who still owe renewal fees on their Wyoming brands.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting Feb. 12-13 in Cheyenne

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         Legislative issues, Wyoming’s Water Strategy, livestock health issues and wolves are a few of the topics that will be presented at the 2015 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting. 

        The meeting will be Feb. 12-13 at the Little America Hotel 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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Farm Bureau Delegates Set Public Policy Positions for 2015 - Jan. 13, 2015

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SAN DIEGO, January 13, 2015 – Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 96th Annual Convention today approved resolutions that will provide the organization grassroots authority to ask Congress to finish many measures that remain unsettled at the start of 2015.

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Trespass, telecommunications and transportation key legislative issues for WyFB - Jan. 2015

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Trespass, telecommunications and transportation are three of the key areas on which the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) will focus in the upcoming legislative session, according to Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President.  The 2015 Legislative Session will convene on Jan. 13.

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Scientists in grass height and sage-grouse nest success study say facts being misrepresented - Dec. 19, 2014

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               Scientists whose study found a positive relationship between taller grass and sage-grouse nest success are concerned environmental groups are using findings to incorrectly label livestock producers as responsible for the birds’ decline. 

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Cole and Sammie Coxbill appointed to AFBF YF&R Committee - Dec. 17, 2014

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A passion for farming, family, friends and Farm Bureau leads Cole and Sammie Coxbill in the work they do for agriculture.  This young couple, members of the Goshen County Farm Bureau, have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee for 2015-17.  The committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S.

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The Energy Council urges EPA to withdraw proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule

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           The expansion of federal jurisdiction, broader definitions and regulation of new areas that are not jurisdictional and the increase in regulatory uncertainty were stated in a recent policy statement by The Energy Council as some of the reasons the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should withdraw the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.  In the December 2014 policy statement, The Energy Council calls for a replacement proposed rule to reflect the necessary consultations that should take place with the States.          

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Western Watersheds Project says they can’t afford attorney fees

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--WWP has four staff attorneys and as of 2011 had received over $2.3 million in EAJA funds

In June 2014, fifteen landowners in Fremont County, Wyoming and Lincoln County, Wyoming filed a civil trespass lawsuit against Western Watersheds Project (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. 

In a July response filed by Western Watersheds Project, the group alleges the case is an attempt to silence the group.  According to the landowners’ attorney, Karen Budd-Falen, this lawsuit is strictly about trespass.  “Private citizens do not have the right to cross private property without permission,” said Budd-Falen. 

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Young Farmers and Ranchers Joint Conference Jan. 16-17 in Deadwood, S.D.

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           “All in with Farm Bureau YF&R” is the theme of the Jan. 16-17, 2015 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 a 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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Public Hearing on Bat Listing Tuesday December 2 at 6:00 pm

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A public hearing on the proposed listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act will be held Dec. 2 in Sundance, WY.  The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will hold an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. followed by a public hearing from 7-8 p.m.  The Crook County Commission encourages attendance at this meeting as the potential listing will impact not only Crook, but Weston and Campbell counties as well.  The public hearing will be at the Crook County Courthouse basement.

Wyoming Farm Bureau members donated the equivalent of 6,503 meals to help Wyoming families in need - Nov. 21, 2014

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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 Feeding America food bank affiliates in Wyoming raised the equivalent of 6,503 meals for Wyoming families.

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Northwest College’s Bryce McKenzie wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet - Nov. 21, 2014

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           Northwest College student Bryce McKenzie discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and a trip to Nashville, Tenn.  McKenzie competed Nov. 13 in the event held at Sheridan College.  Fifteen competitors representing Sheridan College, Eastern Wyoming College, Northwest College and the University of Wyoming entered the competition.          

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Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year - Nov. 20, 2014

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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.

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Albany County’s Sharleen Castle receives the Wyoming Farm Bureau Leadership Award - Nov. 17, 2014

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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.

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Representative Mark Semlek receives Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award - Nov. 17, 2014

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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.

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Perry Livingston elected to tenth term as Wyoming Farm Bureau President - Nov. 15, 2014

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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.  

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November 15 Sales Closing Date Approaches for Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Program

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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.   

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