Legislative issues and current agriculture issues will be presented at the 2016 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting. The meeting will be Feb. 25-26 at the Radisson Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn) 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.

            The meeting begins Thursday, Feb. 25 with registration at 11 a.m. and a noon luncheon. If their schedules permit, House Agriculture Committee Chair Representative Robert McKim and Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Gerry Geis will address the members during the noon luncheon.

            Thursday’s afternoon activities also include legislative briefings from WyFB lobbyists and membership awards. Rhonda Brandt with the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service will discuss “where does your data go?” at 1:30 p.m. Current and pending EPA and USDA regulatory actions will be previewed by Keith Kennedy with the Wyoming Ag-Business Association at 2:15 p.m.

            Thursday evening at 6 p.m. provides the one-on-one visits with the legislators during a joint “Legislative Reception” sponsored by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and the Wyoming Rural Electric Association.

            Friday morning’s agenda includes a speaker’s forum beginning at 8 a.m. The speakers are: Doug Miyamoto with the Wyoming Department of Agriculture; Jessica Crowder, Policy Advisor for Governor Matt Mead; Rebecca Larson with Western Sugar; and Brett Hess with the UW Ag Experiment Station.

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