WyFB 103rd Annual Meeting Nov. 10-12, 2022 in Casper
Our Agriculture. Our Future. Chart the course for our future in agriculture by attending the 103rd Annual Meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) November 10-12, 2022 in Casper. For the 103rd year in a row, farmers and ranchers will gather to participate in the grassroots policy development process and make a difference for our future. Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development is the strength of the Federation. Voting delegates from the county Farm Bureau Federations participate in policy discussion, elect officers and ultimately chart the policy course for the coming year. Members also enjoy networking with other farmers and ranchers, seeing old friends and making new friends. Foundation Seminar to kick-off meeting The WyFB Foundation is hosting a speaker series for members the morning of Nov.10 to kick-off annual meeting festivities. The series will tentatively begin at 8:00 am feature farmers, ranchers and University of Wyoming professors presenting their latest agricultural technology information. Meeting schedule snapshot The annual meeting begins Thursday, Nov. 10 at noon with a luncheon. WyFB’s four standing committees will meet Thursday afternoon to discuss resolutions pertaining to their areas and make recommendations. The committees include: Natural and Environmental Resources (NER), State Government Affairs (SGA), Agriculture Tax and General Issues. The committees consist of one representative per county (county committee chairs), the state chair and state vice-chair. Following the afternoon committee meetings, several events will be offered. The WyFB YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet begins at Casper College at 4 p.m. An invitational guest speaker “Meet and Greet” will be held at 4:15 p.m. Rounding out the day will be a Trivia Night led by Northern Ag Network at Gruner Brothers Brewing. With appreciation and thanks to America’s Veterans, we will begin the day on Friday, Nov. 11 with a county president’s meeting. The general and business sessions of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation will begin at 8:30 am. Members will hear reports from the WyFB president and the executive vice president. Voting delegates will begin discussing the resolutions and determining what is in the best interest of farmers and ranchers. Two guest speakers from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) will address the membership. AFBF Vice President Scott VanderWal and AFBF Senior Economist Veronica Nigh will join the meeting and speak on national agriculture issues. After a day of business work, Friday evening’s banquet is a time to celebrate our farmers and ranchers. The Distinguished Service and Farm Bureau Leadership Awards will be presented. The evening will conclude with music entertainment by Tris Munsick. Resolutions consideration, elections, and a WyFB YF&R report conclude the meeting on Saturday. Foundation Fundraiser Also new this year, the WyFB Foundation will be holding a silent and live auction at the awards banquet on Friday, Nov. 11. All proceeds from the auction will go to the Foundation. Make sure to come and enjoy this new event with us! Additionally, a knife raffle will be held again this year for a Don Pavack custom knife. “Harvest for All” Fundraiser The WyFB Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) nineteenth annual “Harvest for All” fund drive will take place at annual meeting. Monetary donations (we are unable to accept food donations) will benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, a credentialed Feeding America Harvest affiliate serving Wyoming communities. Please bring your monetary donations to the registration desk at annual meeting. Additionally, the WyFB YF&R Committee will hold their annual playing card raffle so plan to buy your playing card raffle chances from any WyFB YF&R Committee member during annual meeting. Hotel Reservations A room block has been secured at the Best Western Downtown Casper. To make a reservation, call the Best Western at 307.439.2074. To receive the group discount rate of $93/night (plus taxes and fees), refer to “Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation” and group code 0122 to be eligible. The reservation deadline is October 26. After that date, reservations will be subject to availability. Registration Pre-registration forms are requested by October 31. Please email Brooke Roes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 307-721-7723 to register for the meeting. You may also contact your county Farm Bureau Federation president to learn more about attending the state annual meeting.