College students in Wyoming and Wyoming Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35 a are invited to participate in the 2015 Discussion Meet competitions. There are two different competitions that will be held during the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Annual Meeting in Cody. The competitions will be Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015 in Cody.Full Article
LARAMIE, Sept. 30, 2015—University of Wyoming (UW) Cowboy football fans donated the equivalent of 4,402 meals at Saturday’s Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) “Wyoming Needs Agriculture” event in Laramie.Full Article
Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation statement on announcement that Greater Sage Grouse will not be listed under the ESA - Sept. 22, 2015
LARAMIE, WY, Sept. 22, 2015--The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced on Sept. 22, 2015 that protection under the Endangered Species Act for the Greater Sage Grouse is not warranted and is withdrawing the species from the candidate species list.Full Article
Farm Bureau: More Maps Show how EPA’s Overreach Imperils U.S. Agriculture, Housing and Industry - Sept. 3, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2015 – The American Farm Bureau Federation on Sept. 3 released still more maps that show how the Environmental Protection Agency intends to radically expand its jurisdiction over land use via the newly issued Waters of the United States rule. Implementation of the rule in at least 13 states was recently halted by a court in North Dakota pending further hearings.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 (UW) Cowboy Football game vs. New Mexico on Sept. 26 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
Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Injunction Against EPA Water Rule - Aug. 28, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 28, 2015 – “Last night Chief Judge Ralph Erickson of the District Court of North Dakota issued an order to stop the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule in its tracks. He found strong evidence that the EPA was arbitrary and capricious in its rulemaking. He saw no connection between key provisions of the rule and science that was presented to support it. Based on evidence presented so far, he ordered that the rule be stopped while the litigation continues to a conclusion," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.Full Article
Aug. 27, 2015--A preliminary injunction was issued today by a federal district court judge in North Dakota, blocking implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) controversial “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule. The injunction keeps the rule from taking effect tomorrow, Aug. 28.Full Article
Farm Bureau: Maps Show Massive Increase in EPA Authority, Regulatory Uncertainty for Everyone Else - Aug. 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 2015 – A series of maps released today by the American Farm Bureau Federation show how the Environmental Protection Agency will radically expand its jurisdiction over land use if its controversial Waters of the United States rule takes effect as expected Aug. 28. That expansion comes even as major parts of the rule remain largely incomprehensible to experts and laypeople, alike.Full Article
Army Corps Memos Reveal Dysfunction, Secrecy and Misconduct at EPA, American Farm Bureau Says - July 31, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 31, 2015 – A cache of internal memos that federal regulators intended to keep private reveals a culture of secrecy, falsehood and dysfunction that permeated the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking process.Full Article
Senate Finance Committee Introduces Tax Bill to Help Agriculture, Other Small Businesses - July 21, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 21, 2015 – The Senate Finance Committee responded to the concerns of farmers and ranchers across America as it put forward a bill today to extend important tax provisions through 2016.Full Article
American Farm Bureau, Agriculture and Industry Groups Ask Court to Ditch EPA’s Unlawful Water Rule - July 2, 2015
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 2, 2015 – The American Farm Bureau Federation, Texas Farm Bureau, Matagorda County Farm Bureau, and 11 other agricultural and industry groups today asked a federal court to vacate the controversial new rule redefining the scope of federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The complaint, filed in federal district court in Texas, claims the new rule grants EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broad control over land use far beyond what Congress authorized in the Clean Water Act. The lawsuit also claims vagueness and over-breadth of the rule violate the U.S. Constitution. The groups also challenged EPA’s aggressive grassroots advocacy campaign during the comment period, which reflected a closed mind to concerns expressed by farmers and others.Full Article
Wyoming Farm Bureau applauds State of Wyoming for joining lawsuit against the “Waters of the U.S.” rule - July 1, 2015
LARAMIE, WY, JULY 1, 2015--The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation applauds the State of Wyoming for joining in a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers over the agencies’ Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.
On June 29, 2015, the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers finalized one of the most significant environmental regulations in our nation’s history. The final WOTUS rule expands the agencies’ regulatory footprint far beyond what they have historically regulated or are authorized to regulate.Full Article
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Join us, along with the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country, as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe.
For farmers and ranchers today, an off-road side-by-side utility vehicle, such as the RANGER from Wyoming Farm Bureau Member Benefits partner Polaris, is the Swiss Army knife of vehicles; you find yourself using it everywhere. And there's nothing that families look forward to more than off- roading for recreation with ATVs like the Polaris Sportsman. Whether you’re leaving the blacktop behind for family fun and adventure, or to meet the day-to-day needs of your operation, the number one goal of every ride should be to make sure you can do it again tomorrow. That’s what makes off-road vehicle safety such an essential topic.Full Article
Commit to Safety this June
Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses attention on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Join us, along with the National Safety Council and thousands of organizations across the country, as we work to raise awareness of what it takes to stay safe.Full Article
WASHINGTON, DC., June 11, 2015 -- The American Farm Bureau Federation released documents outlining how the EPA’s Waters of the U.S. rule will give the agency sweeping powers to regulate land use despite a body of law clearly prohibiting such overreach.
The Farm Bureau analysis, now available online, makes available to the public details the EPA has refused to address in public meetings over the past year.Full Article
Students from across Wyoming learned more about agriculture and were recently recognized for their participation in the 2015 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) “Ag Books for Kids” contests. The 2015 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.
This year county Farm Bureaus across the state donated 605 “Extra Cheese, Please!” books by Cris Peterson to Wyoming elementary schools as part of the WyFB Young Farmer & Rancher Committee “Ag Books for Kids” project. The students then had the opportunity to participate in a contest to show what they learned about agriculture.Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., May 27, 2015 – “We are undertaking a thorough analysis of the final WOTUS rule to determine whether the Environmental Protection Agency listened to the substantive comments farmers and ranchers submitted during the comment period,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. “Based on EPA’s aggressive advocacy campaign in support of its original proposed rule—and the agency’s numerous misstatements about the content and impact of that proposal—we find little comfort in the agency’s assurances that our concerns have been addressed in any meaningful way.”Full Article
The Wyoming Farm Bureau welcomes Julie Johnson as the membership coordinator. Johnson began with WyFB May 26.
Julie graduated from the University of Wyoming with degrees in Agricultural Communication and Farm and Ranch Management. She has two kids (8 and 6) and is passionate about the agriculture industry. Julie enjoys hiking, being outside with her kids and dogs, writing poetry and stories and keeping up with her kids’ activities.Full Article
Wyoming Dept. of Transportation, Cheyenne--The head of the Federal Highway Administration toured WYDOT’s Transportation Management Center (TMC) in Cheyenne May 14 and discussed the need for continued federal investment in Transportation infrastructure and safety.Full Article
Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Membership Coordinator Dominique Giroux has accepted a position in Colorado. Her last day with WyFB is May 22.
“It is difficult when a valued member of your team moves on, but we wish Dominique the best in her new position,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President. “We will certainly miss Dominique’s contributions to the organization.”Full Article