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“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 4-9

In a room full of Wyoming farmers and ranchers, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed his first proclamation as Governor designating the week of March 4th as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.”  “I can’t be more proud than to have Farm Bureau here,” Governor Gordon stated as he took pen to paper declaring the importance of agriculture literacy and Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation’s “Ag Books for Kids” program. “Ag is important to Wyoming,” Governor Gordon stated.  “There is a work ethic on the farm and ranch that is second to none.”

Farm Bureau Releases Strategic Action Plan Goals for 2019 – Feb. 1, 2019

The American Farm Bureau Federation today released its top public policy goals for the year. The AFBF board approved its 2019 Strategic Action Plan following delegate action during the organization’s 100th annual convention in New Orleans. AFBF will use the goals as a guide for strategic planning and grassroots activity throughout 2019. The five top issues are: 116th Congress: Build relationships to educate and work with members of Congress, with support from Farm Bureau’s grassroots leaders and lobbying programs, to promote policies that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities. Agricultural Labor: Enact legislation that helps farmers and ranchers meet their

Thank you

Thank you to all the farmers and ranchers of Wyoming that make this country great.  When people think about agriculture, food is the first thing that comes to mind.  Food is definitely important for life, however, farmers and ranchers provide for much more than food alone.  Your long hours and dedication are appreciated.  The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation would like to recognize you and say thank you for your work to keep agriculture strong in Wyoming!


Federal Lands and Agriculture

Dry, windy, and sagebrush covered are often the scene on the federal lands in Wyoming.  Whether situated in an infamous checkerboard pattern or a section or two here and there, these lands have stories to tell.  Habitat for cattle, sheep, and many wildlife species allows for a patchwork of complex, intricate biological systems. To farmers and ranchers, it is intuitive to use the federal lands to produce food and fiber. Are many of these lands suitable for crop production? Not a chance.  These vast expanses are an affordable way to graze domestic livestock and one of the only ways family Read Full Article

2023 National Ag Day

Growing a Climate for Tomorrow is the theme for National Ag Day.  In Wyoming if you are thinking about agriculture, you are probably thinking about cattle and sheep.  And for good reason. Wyoming farmers and ranchers sold over a billion dollars’ worth of livestock in 2020.  Grazing livestock is an important part of our state and when you drive across Wyoming, you’ll recognize how wide open our spaces are.  These expansive areas are ideal for cows and sheep to graze, which also keeps the land productive for tomorrow’s generations. Read Full Article

“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 6-11

The importance of reading and agriculture are highlighted when we celebrate “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” each year. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has issued an official proclamation declaring the week of March 6-11, 2023 as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.” While we recognize the value of reading and agriculture during this designated week it goes without saying that each of these are vital every day of the year. Read Full Article

A look at the 104th AFBF Convention through Wyoming eyes – January 12, 2023

“Being part of this grassroots organization is empowering because it gives us the knowledge to understand agricultural issues and adversities and gives us a tool to help drive policies which affect all farmers and ranchers,” said Kathy and Russ Austin of Albany County. “Attending the AFBF Convention in Puerto Rico allowed us to see the whole picture. We would love it if all members could experience this opportunity.” Read Full Article

What happens when a media story is wrong? – February 2022

Several years ago, there was a resolution which came through the policy development process advocating that a “truth in media” type of an agency should be established to police, or regulate, or do something with, the media.  One of our members who does media work reached out to the Wyoming Press Association and let them know about this resolution and during the committee process both the member and the representative from the Press Association advocated for the defeat of the policy.  Their efforts were successful in part because the cure in this case was worse than the disease.  We all Read Full Article

New water rule will create uncertainty and disruption – January 4, 2023

January 4, 2023–The administration’s December 30, 2022 announcement to replace the Navigable Waters Protection Rule with yet another Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Rule, will create uncertainty and disruption in the management of natural resources, according to the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. “As farmers and ranchers, we share the goal of protecting the nation’s water,” said Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) President Todd Fornstrom. “Reverting to a rule that was unreasonable and unworkable is a threat to the nation’s water. The 2015 Rule made conservation more difficult and created huge liabilities for farmers and ranchers.” Read Full Article

Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference January 20-21, 2023 in Pinedale, Wyoming

—Hosted by Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB)Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee for agriculturalists of all ages  “Building our Future” is the theme for a Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference, Jan. 20-21, 2023 in Pinedale, Wyoming. Sessions will take place discussing the Cattle Market, Green River Drift, Inflation, Range Monitoring, Green River Basin, Beef and Bitcoin and much more over the two-day event. Read Full Article

Political Science vs. Real Science – December 2022

The days are long, but the years are short – a good way to describe how things go in my life.  It seems almost impossible to believe that another year is heading for the rear-view mirror and a new one will be upon us. I’m always proud of myself when during those first months of a new year I manage to put the date on my check and not have to write over it a couple of times to correct the year. So, what can we expect from 2023?  Well, there are a lot of variables and trying to predict Read Full Article

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