By Holly Kennedy, WyFB
On January 11th at the State of the State Address Governor Matt Mead welcomed new and returning legislators, stating “there is a new energy that comes with adding new people to the mix… as always I look forward to working with this body on the important work ahead.” Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., December 22, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the January 2017 start date of its worker protection safety rule. AFBF and NASDA cited EPA violations of federal law as well as incomplete and undelivered compliance and enforcement tools to support their petition.Full Article
--Featuring “Hard Work and Harmony” by Dave Pratt
“Your Future. Your Family. Your Farm Bureau” is the theme of the Jan. 20-21, 2017 Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Jackson, Wyo. 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. Full Article
Veterinary Feed Directive will require enhanced communication between vets and producers - Dec. 16, 2016
Industry professionals say the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that will take effect at the end of this year will require stronger communication between ranchers who use feed-based antibiotics and their veterinarians. The VFD is intended to encourage judicious use of antibiotics within the industry, addressing concerns some people have that antibiotics are becoming less effective in treating human illness. Full Article
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.Full Article
Eastern Wyoming College student Chelsea Baars wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet - Nov. 18, 2016
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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
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.Full Article
Crook County’s Frank Hawken receives Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award - Nov. 15, 2016
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
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.”Full Article
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
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.Full Article
--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.Full Article
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 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.Full Article
Leading Farm Organizations Challenge Dannon and Other Food Companies on Retreat from Sustainable Agriculture Practices - Oct. 17, 2016
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article