WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 18, 2015 – If federal agencies are left the task of developing implementation guidance for the Waters of the U.S. rule, the result will be a continuation of the rule’s “liabilities, confusion and chaos.” Issuing guidance can’t fix a broken rule, according to a letter the American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups sent to members of the Senate who voted to oppose bipartisan legislation (S. 1140) seeking to revise the rule. Full Article
Wyoming Farm Bureau members donated the equivalent of 5,685 meals to help Wyoming families in need - Nov. 20, 2015
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 5,685 meals for Wyoming families.Full Article
CODY—Fire damage to private property, federal mandates and pesticide registration were among the many topics included in policies adopted at the 96th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 12-14, 2015 in Cody, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau. Full Article
University of Wyoming student Sarah Falen discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and a trip to Kansas City, Missouri. Falen competed Nov. 12 in the event held in Cody. Twenty competitors representing Northwest College, Sheridan College, Eastern Wyoming College, and the University of Wyoming entered the competition.
The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each committee member. The competition was open to all Wyoming college students with an interest in agriculture. Full Article
“The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule regulates small isolated wet spots, ditches, and low areas where water only flows when it rains. Congress never granted EPA the authority to regulate these areas or authorized the agencies to require permits for ordinary farming and ranching,” Don Parrish, American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Regulatory Relations Director, said while speaking at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Nov. 13 in Cody.
“There is broad bi-partisan understanding that this rule is broken and there is a tremendous need for Congress to intervene in this process,” Parrish continued. Full Article
CODY—Perry Livingston, of Sundance, was elected to his eleventh term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 96th annual meeting in Cody. Livingston and his family run a cow/calf operation in Crook and Weston Counties.
“We all face challenges from the county, state or federal level and we (Farm Bureau) have to be prepared to help members address those issues,” stated WyFB President Perry Livingston. “We have policy on the ground and can step in at a moment’s notice and give a member the knowledge base and direction to help them have a voice to share and hopefully find some relief.” Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., November 6, 2015 –The American Farm Bureau Federation and a coalition of agricultural and builder groups today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that allows the Environmental Protection Agency to micromanage local land use and development decisions under the guise of implementing the federal Clean Water Act. The lower court’s ruling, according to the petition, “opens the door for a dramatic expansion of federal power” and must be overturned.Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 9, 2015 – “A federal court today ordered the EPA to stop enforcement nationwide of the Waters of the United States rule. The American Farm Bureau Federation is pleased the Sixth Circuit recognizes that this rule has serious flaws and cannot go forward until the courts have had an opportunity to understand its effect on farmers, ranchers and landowners of all kinds.
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