LARAMIE--“Agriculture…Keeping Wyoming Strong” is the theme of the 97th Annual Meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). The meeting will be Nov. 10-12, 2016 in Laramie at the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center.

Policy development

Policy discussions are the main purpose of the meeting and guide the work of the federation. According to Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President, resolutions cover a broad range of topics including special tax districts, shed antler hunting, speed limiting devices on vehicles, the beef check-off, and open range accident liability.

Farm Bureau’s grassroots action begins at the county level when members discuss issues important to agriculture. Resolutions must be passed at both the county and district level before being considered by voting delegates at the state annual meeting.

Speakers and events

In addition to policy discussions, members will also hear updates on a variety of issues.

U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) will attend the Friday banquet to visit with attendees.

The featured speakers from the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) will be Katelyn McCullock, Economist and Ryan Yates, Director, Congressional Relations. McCullock will provide a cattle, sheep and wool market outlook at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11. Yates will provide an election analysis as it relates to AFBF policy and priorities for the lame duck session and new Congress and Administration at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Wyoming Ag in the Classroom Executive Director Jessie Dafoe will speak at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11.

Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) events will also showcase some of the many opportunities available for our younger leaders in the agricultural community of Farm Bureau. Among the YF&R events, college students from around Wyoming will compete in the YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet on Thursday evening, Nov. 10.  

Elections, awards, and a “Harvest for All” food drive round out the meeting events.

Agenda and registration

The agenda is available at Pre-registration is requested and strongly encouraged by Nov. 1, 2016.  Reservations made after this date will be honored based on availability.  Members may submit registrations to Julie Johnson-Doyle at or 307-721-7723.  

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization. The primary goals of the federation are to protect private property rights and help members achieve an equitable return on their investment.