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.Full Article
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.Full Article
--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.Full Article
“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.Full Article
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
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
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.Full Article
“Celebrating our Heritage…Pursuing our Future” is the theme for the 95th Annual Meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). The meeting will be Nov. 13-15, 2014 at the Holiday Inn in Sheridan.
Policy discussion is the main purpose of the meeting and guides the work of the organization. According to Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President, the resolutions range from support for CDL driver’s license changes to groundwater control areas; and from trespass laws to Big Horn and Domestic Sheep issues.Full Article
Wyoming college students are invited to participate in the 2014 Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Collegiate Discussion Meet competition during the annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) in Sheridan. The competition will be Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 at Sheridan College.
Being an advocate for agriculture is more important now than ever and should be a part of everyone’s business plan. Participating in the YF&R Discussion Meet competitions will help develop leadership and advocacy skills and provide networking opportunities with other young farmers and ranchers from around the state.Full Article
Trick or Truth: What the EPA Isn’t Telling You About Its Latest Clean Water Act Rule - Oct. 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 30, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation today released a legal analysis, “Trick or Truth? What EPA and the Corps of Engineers Are Not Saying About Their Waters of the U.S. Proposal.” The seven-page paper shows how a recent Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers “Q&A” misleads the public about their proposed expansion of federal jurisdiction over waters.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 Cowboy Homecoming Football game vs. San Jose State on Oct. 18 can check all items off this list. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation has partnered with UW Sports to hold a “Celebrate Agriculture/Harvest for All” canned food drive to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies. The first 1,000 Cowboy Fans to donate canned food items will receive a game day t-shirt.Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 7, 2014 – The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Senate to tell the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its proposed Waters of the U.S. Rule and restore the integrity of the rulemaking process.Full Article
Agency Pounds Chest on Blog, Tucks Tail in Court
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 22, 2014 -- The EPA’s decision not to appeal a key federal ruling in favor of West Virginia farmer Lois Alt highlights the cynicism that drives the agency’s water agenda, the American Farm Bureau said today.Full Article
Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Passage of H.R. 5078 WOTUS Regulatory Overreach Protection Act - Sept. 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C., September 9, 2014 –“The House of Representatives today stood with farmers and ranchers and against the regulatory overreach of the EPA," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. "Passage of H.R. 5078 isn’t just a clear rejection of the overreach that lies in the EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule. Today’s action is an unmistakable signal that the tide is turning against those who ignore the constitutional separation of powers in the United States. We will ditch this rule.
Washington, D.C., September 10, 2014 – The Forest Service’s latest attempt to take water rights from farmers and ranchers violates fundamental constitutional protections, the Colorado Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation said today. The proposed Forest Service Groundwater Directive, they said, would circumvent state water rights and give the agency unprecedented control over water use in the West.Full Article