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Federal Highway Administration head tours WYDOT’s Transportation Management Center - May 15, 2015

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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.

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WyFB thanks Dominique Giroux - May 22, 2015

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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.”

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Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Passage of House WOTUS Legislation - May 12, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 12, 2015 – “Members of the House today sent a strong, bipartisan message that the flawed Waters of the U.S. Rule is unacceptable and should be scrapped. Furthermore, it was refreshing to see members of Congress order regulators back to the drawing board, with an admonition to listen to the very real concerns of people who would have their farm fields and ditches regulated in the same manner as navigable streams," said American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman.

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WyFB welcomes Carolyn Hageman - May 11, 2015

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The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) is pleased to announce Carolyn Hageman will join the staff as Administrative Assistant mid-May.  In this position, Hageman will provide professional administrative support to WyFB staff.   

Hageman graduated from the University of Wyoming with a bachelors degree in Agriculture Communications, with an Agricultural and Applied Economics minor.  She completed her masters degree in Agricultural Sciences from Colorado State University this May.

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Farm Bureau Applauds Senate Move to Stop EPA Overreach - April 30, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2015 – The American Farm Bureau Federation praised the bipartisan leadership of Sens. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) today as they introduced the Federal Water Quality Protection Act, which would put in check the Environmental Protection Agency and its attempt to broaden the definition of “waters of the U.S.”

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Ellen Westbrook retires after 36 years with Farm Bureau - April 30, 2015

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“Farm Bureau has been my home, helped me raise my girls, make lots of friends, learn many skills and become a professional,” said Ellen Westbrook, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Secretary, when thinking about her April 30 retirement. 

Ellen started her Farm Bureau career with Mountain West Farm Bureau on April 9, 1979.  “Mountain West Farm Bureau gave me a chance in 1979 when I applied for a job having only one skill, I could type,” Ellen remembered.  “That was the beginning.  I had moved to town from the ranch and was a single mother of two so that job was critical for me.”

Ellen then joined the Wyoming Farm Bureau staff on Aug. 1, 1991 as the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Executive Secretary.  Over the years, Ellen has applied her organizational skills to keep the office running smoothly.  Along with office management and accounting, Ellen has coordinated the state scholarship program, board meetings, awards and helped with membership.  This just skims the surface of the daily tasks Ellen has worked on over the years to serve Farm Bureau members around the state. 

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American Farm Bureau Appeals Flawed Privacy Decision - April 24, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 24, 2015— The Environmental Protection Agency’s public release to environmental groups of personal details about the home locations and contact information of tens of thousands of farm and ranch families was unlawful. A lower court ruling that upheld the EPA action failed to address key privacy issues and should be reversed, according to court documents filed today by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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Prairie Potholes Stuck in EPA’s WOTUS Spin

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By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation

While the Environmental Protection Agency continues to court America’s farmers to support the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule (WOTUS), the messages of the agency’s charm offensive could actually be telegraphing a regulatory nightmare for many farmers across wide swaths of prime farm and ranch country.

Based on messages recently delivered by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy, coupled with language in the proposed WOTUS rule, the EPA appears ready to make prairie potholes a categorical “water of the United States.” That would subject owners of prairie potholes to an unnecessary, punishing and patently duplicative blanket of bureaucracy.

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Passage of SF12 strengthens private property rights and adds integrity to data collection

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The ability of landowners to protect their property rights was strengthened as a result of Senate File 12 (Trespassing to Collect Data) passed by the Wyoming Legislature and signed into law by Wyoming Governor Matt Mead on March 5.

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“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 9-14

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 “The opportunity for young people to have literacy in agriculture is not only good for general learning it is also good for the basic understanding they need to have of where things come from, most importantly food,” Wyoming Governor Matt Mead stated during a February meeting with Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Committee members.

Recognizing the importance of the Wyoming agriculture industry and educating school children through reading, the week of March 9th has been designated by Governor Mead as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.” 

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March 16 Crop Insurance Sales Closing Date Quickly Approaching

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For the 2014 crop year, crop insurance programs administered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) covered nearly $110 million in crop liability for Wyoming farmers and ranchers.  The state had over 2,400 policies in force for 2014, and those policies covered over 2 million Wyoming crop acres.  Over 21 percent of Wyoming’s insured producers suffered a loss and received an indemnity in 2014; in fact, the average indemnity per indemnified policy for 2014 was nearly $20,000.

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Notice Regarding Transition from Use of Wyoming Green ID Tag to Silver Official ID Tag - March 5, 2015

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The Wyoming Livestock Board is moving away from the use of the Wyoming green tag as official identification for cattle due to federal official identification requirements.

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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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