Foundation Programs

Poisonous Plants Symposium

2016 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium

Ranchers are no stranger to the risks poisonous plants pose to livestock. Dr. Kip Panter, Dr. Kevin Welch and Dr. Clint Stonecipher from the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Poisonous Plants Laboratory presented their ongoing research and solutions to problems that affect Americans every day, from field to table.

The Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory focuses on the effects of poisonous plants and natural toxins on livestock. According to Dr. Panter, “Our mission in the USDA goes from coast to coast, wherever poisonous problems occur, and we have a significant international impact also.” Some of their most significant accomplishments in this field include: determining locoweed’s effects on reproduction in livestock; determining the structure activity relationship of larkspur alkaloids; determining the mechanism of action in lupine-induced “crooked calf syndrome”; and their research has even led to biomedical advancements.

In addition to sharing some of their fascinating research, Dr. Panter and his team presented management strategies to reduce livestock losses and methods to reduce the impact of invasive species.

Plan Success:  Five Keys to Effective Succession Planning

2013 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium

Succession is the watershed issue facing America’s family farmers and ranchers.  Planning for a smooth transition and preparing the next generation to lead is tough.  Providing financial security and eliminating the estate tax can be complex and confusing.  Through the five keys, participants learned about the planning process, good communication strategies, and how to overcome obstacles.

DVD recordings of the Symposium are available to purchase (while supplies last).

Private Property Rights Panel

2012 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium

Private property rights are the foundation of America.  With so many issues surrounding property rights, the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored this educational forum to help inform landowners of their legal rights.  Featured speakers were Alan Romero, UW College of Law; Olen Snider, Jr., Summit Title Services; and Stacia Berry, Attorney at Hageman Law.  The panelists discussed private property rights, the importance of the “bundle of sticks” in regards to property rights, easements and eminent domain.

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DVD recordings are available to purchase for $10 (while supplies last).

Today' Agriculture, Feeding the World

Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium 2011

Agriculture is one of the top industries in Wyoming.  Agriculture keeps Wyoming strong in so many ways.  Strength in open spaces, strength in wildlife habitat, strength in economy, strength in its people…the list goes on and on.  To help people gain a better understanding of one of the largest industries in Wyoming, the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation sponsored an event during the Wyoming Farm Bureau Annual Meeting.  The Foundation Symposium was held on Nov. 10, 2011 in Cheyenne.  Dr. Gary Sides presented an entertaining, science based and global view of how we use technology to feed the world.  Over 180 people listened to the presentation and gained a new appreciation for agriculture as well as a new way to communicate about the food we eat.  One participant stated that he didn’t have a background in agriculture at all.  He went on to say that he learned so much about the industry and gained a whole new appreciation.  Attendees included legislators, lobbyists, community leaders, business people and Farm Bureau members.

Congressional Insight

2010 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium

“Congressional Insight” was an interactive program presented by American Farm Bureau Federation Grassroots/Political Advocacy Director Cody Lyon Nov. 11, 2010 in Cody.  Participants transported themselves to the marble halls of the U.S. Capitol to learn what affects the decisions made by our representatives.  In this workshop, participants assumed the role of a freshman Congressman for a two-year term.  Participants made decisions in a fishbowl with their jobs at stake, while their constituents, political friends and foes and the media provided continuous feedback.  The program showed participants what affects the decisions and they also gained a better understanding of the environment in which legislators and government affairs officers work.

Agriculture Issues

2009 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium

The 2009 WyFB Foundation Symposium provided educational information on four different topics important to agriculture.  The symposium included a look at county government involvement in issues; animal diseases; endangered species issues; and how to tell agriculture’s story through speaking out and utilizing social media.

County Government Panel
State Veterinarian:  Livestock Diseases

Wyoming Attorney General:  Wolves

Wolf Coalition Attorney Harriet Hageman:  Wolves

Join the Conversation—Who will tell your story?

NEPA: An Overview and Applications in Wyoming

2008 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation held its National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Forum in Casper on May 30, 2008.   Presenters at the forum explored the history of the Act which was passed in 1969; examined the impacts of the law on federal land management agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); energy development; generation and transmission of electricity, and the development of water resources.

Documents from the Forum for download:

National Environmental Policy Act: An Overview

Participating in the NEPA Process

NEPA from an Oil & Gas Industry Perspective

NEPA and Water Development

NEPA and Siting of Electric Facilities

NEPA in the BLM Range Program

Water 101

2007 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium

Wyoming water law has a lot of history associated with its development dating back to territorial days in 1868.  That history, along with different components of Wyoming’s water law, were presented at a “Water 101” seminar presented by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation June 5-6, 2007.

Water 101 provides important facts about Wyoming’s precious resource

Wolves, Wyoming’s Reality:  Messages from the Front Line

2006 Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation Symposium

Wolves: Wyoming’s Reality: Messages from the Front Line brought together landowners, outfitters, state and federal agencies, local governments, research professionals, lawyers and state legislators to discuss the impacts of wolf introduction on Wyoming’s natural resource industries.

The seminar opened channels of communication between agricultural producers and state and federal wildlife management agencies. Those attending the seminar received valuable information concerning the history of wolf introduction into Wyoming; the impacts of the wolf population since their introduction into Wyoming via Yellowstone National Park over a decade ago; as well as discussing Wyoming’s Wolf Management Plan and the future of wolf management in Wyoming.

Data gathered by landowners, outfitters, local governments and wildlife management agencies was disseminated to the broader public through publications of Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and media outlets across the state.

Wolves:  Wyoming’s Reality Seminar Overview
Landowners share their wolf impacts

Predation: Lies, Myths and Scientific Fraud

Legal panel addresses Wolf Seminar

Local governments impacted by wolves

Insuring Success for Wyoming Agriculture

This program provides opportunities to learn strategies and technologies that can lead to greater success in Agriculture.  Experts, such as University professors, Cooperative Extension Specialists and other specialists in the agriculture industry, present the latest tools and information in interactive sessions that create opportunities for communication between researchers and agricultural producers.

Some of the topics addressed in the Insuring uccess program include: energy crops; manure management; irrigation management; crop insurance; risk management; resource management during drought; weed control in row crops; and dryland crop rotations.   Articles/information are featured in various issues of Wyoming Agriculture.

This ongoing program offers valuable information to the producer who has spent a lifetime in production agriculture, as well as the newcomers to the industry.