Farm Bureau Views

Wyoming Needs Agriculture – November 2021

Agriculture has been an anchor for Wyoming since its beginning.   A sixth-generation rancher is not uncommon.   Our Agriculture families value family, the land, the livestock, our neighbors, and the ability to grow food.   Ninety-eight percent of our nations farms and ranches are family owned.  That’s right 98 percent. Read Full Article

A long-term lens – November 2021

For some reason, fall has always been my favorite time of the year. For people in agriculture, it can mean cooler days but even longer days as everyone is busy trying to get the work done.  The crops are being harvested, the calves rounded up and sorted off, cows preg tested and all the items on your “to-do” list that you’ve put off all summer are worked into the ever-increasing number of things on the schedule. Read Full Article

Private property rights are the cornerstone of this nation – October 2021

The proposal initiated by President Biden’s January Executive Order formerly known as 30 x 30 and now rebranded, Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful, leaves too many questions unanswered.  Original concerns about future utilization of federal lands by farmers and ranchers have intensified with additional concerns of infringement on private property rights. Read Full Article

We can’t ignore what leads to food shortages – September 2021

As we head into September we have a message from Tim Pexton, WyFB membership chairman, encouraging people to stay members of their county Farm Bureau Federation.  The work Farm Bureau does on a local, state, and national level are important to all of us.  Farmers and ranchers work hard to produce food for everyone in this nation.  This task can be difficult when you consider things that impact agriculture, like the weather, that are out of our control.  Other items such as state, national, and international policies can have a major impact but with everyone banding together to amplify our Read Full Article

Interpretations of private property – July/August 2021

We’ve all been told to read the fine print, which most of us probably don’t do (especially when it relates to computer programs).  However, if we’re going to be spending a large sum of money reading the fine print is important.  Also important is knowing that your interpretation of words may not be the same as the other person’s interpretation.  That’s why we end up using attorneys for issues because courts are in the business of interpreting the meaning of words and attorneys are in the business of interpreting what the court has said. In everyday life we rely on Read Full Article

Research and facts needed – June 2021

I doubt that Bill Gates or Colorado Governor Jared Polis reads this column but if they did I would like to provide a few facts that might help them understand why their anti-meat campaign will do little to solve the problem they are accusing meat of causing.  The reason is simple.  They are blaming meat for a problem (greenhouse gas) it does not cause.  Read Full Article

Killing the Family Farm – June 2021

Current efforts to eliminate step-up basis and raise the top tax rate to 39.6 percent would be devastating.  In a study done by EY (Ernst & Young) not only would an elimination of the step-up basis have an impact on agriculture, it would also damage other sectors of our economy.  Read Full Article

Farm Bureau amplifies your voice for agriculture – May 2021

In the world of cell phones, video meetings, and isolation the American farmer and rancher is still going to work every day and producing the food, fiber and fuel needed to keep this country moving. They are still feeding the pigs, plowing the fields, milking the cows and harvesting their produce for the American public.  Like every person in this day and age, busier and busier is a common theme.  The need for an in-house lobbyist, spokesperson and attorney seems to be more and more important.  Fortunately, agriculture has all three wrapped up into one great organization.  As our population Read Full Article

30 by 30 Intiative has grave implications – May 2021

President Biden signed several executive orders soon after he took office.  One of those which has generated a lot of concern and controversy is his “30 by 30” order.  In a press release from the Department of Interior on January 27, it said the action would outline steps to achieve the President’s commitment to conserve at least 30% each of our lands and waters by the year 2030.  The release goes on to say the Biden Administration will work to achieve this goal by supporting local, state, private, and tribally led nature conservation and restoration efforts that are underway across Read Full Article

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