Farm Bureau Views

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

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

The Bigger Picture – November 2022

Autumn is a busy time for farmers and ranchers.  In addition to all the work needed to get their livestock and crops harvested or shipped to market, they also take the time to hold meetings to discuss policies they feel should be discussed by delegates to the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 103rd Annual Meeting.  In today’s world, one of the most precious resources is time, so we all need to take the time to thank our county Farm Bureau leaders for dedicating some of their time to the organization. While I’m at it, I need to spend a few words Read Full Article

Energy Security is Food Security – November 2022

Farmers and Ranchers are the backbone of America, putting food on kitchen tables across the nation. Food security in America is an essential component of a free country and energy security is vital as farmers and ranchers grow and distribute food. Energy security equates to food security. Food production is becoming more expensive for farmers and ranchers. Along with some of the highest energy costs we’ve seen in decades, supply chain disruptions, input unavailability/rising input prices, and skyrocketing inflation are all impacting our ability to grow food. Agriculture and energy, while different industries, are inherently linked as farmers and ranchers Read Full Article

Take the brakes off the accelerators to move forward – September 2022

Growing up all of our vehicles had a clutch pedal, brake pedal, accelerator pedal and some had the starter pedal that got everything going.  For those hard to start vehicles hitting the starter pedal while trying to get the accelerator pedal just right was kind of an art.  Of course, those vehicles that had all those things on the floorboard also had a choke on the dash you had to work with as well.  After you got the engine going, got it in gear and headed out, you were advised in strong language to keep your foot off the clutch Read Full Article

More land, less stewardship – July/August 2022

Well, that didn’t take long!  Wyoming Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau Federation have had a policy advocating doing away with the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for several years.  LWCF has been in existence since legislation passed in 1964.  The fund was created by Congress and according to the Land & Water Conservation Fund Coalition the purpose is to “conserve irreplaceable lands and improve outdoor recreation opportunities throughout the nation.” Read Full Article

NEPA changes will hinder decision making – May 2022

Many of us saw the recent announcement from the Biden Administration about the Council on Environmental Quality’s (CEQ) recent roll back of the previous administration’s revisions to our NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) process.  Both the American Farm Bureau Federation and Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation submitted comments on CEQ’s proposal to change the 2020 rules. Frankly I wasn’t too optimistic that our comments would have been adopted since many of those groups who supported this Administration were firmly on the side to reinstate the rules back to the 1978 version. Read Full Article

Reality needs to drive decisions – April 2022

Under capitalism companies compete with each other and when one company gains a competitive edge, it can, and sometimes does gobble up its competition.  In the U.S., it seems, the trend is for this to happen until there are only a few giant companies manufacturing or producing products consumed by our citizens.  As our transportation networks have become more advanced, we see this translating into the same issue worldwide.  For a number of years there were three U.S. car manufacturers building cars for U.S. consumers.  This changed when Fiat came along and purchased Chrysler to create Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, one Read Full Article

Two Versions of the Golden Rule – March 2022

We’ve all heard about the two versions of the Golden Rule.  The first, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is taught to our children at a very early age.  Most people agree that as an overall precept of how we should behave, this rule is the best. Read Full Article

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