Agricultural News

Wyoming Farm Bureau members donated the equivalent of 12,413 meals to help Wyoming families in need – Nov. 22, 2019

LARAMIE, Nov. 22, 2019--Wyoming families facing hunger received a boost mid-November with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee “Harvest for All” project. The annual fund drive and raffle to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies raised $3,103.35 which is the equivalent of 12,413 meals for Wyoming families.

Laramie County Community College student Kathi LaPoint wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet – Nov. 22, 2019

November 22, 2019—Laramie County Community College (LCCC) student Kathi LaPoint discussed agriculture issues at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and an expense-paid trip to Louisville, Kentucky. LaPoint competed Nov. 12 in Laramie. Twelve competitors representing LCCC, Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming (UW) entered the competition. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected.

Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year; elects leaders – Nov. 21, 2019

November 21, 2019— Irrigation infrastructure, taxes, private property rights, and migration corridors were among the many topics included in policies adopted at the 100th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 13-15 in Laramie, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau. “County Farm Bureau members start the policy development process at the local level,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President. “The process continues through the district, state and national levels as members discuss a wide variety of policy issues that are of concern to them.” Infrastructure

Todd Fornstrom elected to fourth term as Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President – Nov. 15, 2019

LARAMIE, Nov. 15, 2019—Todd Fornstrom, of Laramie County, was elected to his fourth term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 100th annual meeting in Laramie.

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 100th Annual Meeting Nov. 13-15 in Laramie

LARAMIE, WY–“Honoring Our Past, Growing Our Future” is the theme of the 100th Annual Meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). The meeting will be Nov. 13-15, 2019 in Laramie at the Hilton Garden Inn/UW Conference Center.

“We are about to celebrate a century of improving our way of life in farming and ranching by way of policy development,” WyFB President Todd Fornstrom said. “Annual meeting is the culmination of a year’s worth of grassroots efforts. We as farmers and ranchers harvest our crops and livestock each year. We must also harvest the resolution process to guide our policy work each year.” (more…)

Regular YF&R and Collegiate Discussion Meet competitions in November

–Competitions in Laramie

Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35 and college students in Wyoming are invited to participate in the 2019 Discussion Meet competitions. There are two different competitions that will be held during the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Annual Meeting in Laramie in November. (more…)

WyFB 100th Annual Meeting Nov. 13-15, 2019 in Laramie

Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development is the strength of the Federation. Wyoming farmers and ranchers will grow the policy to the next grassroots level, the state level, at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) 100th Annual Meeting Nov. 13-15, 2019 in Laramie. The Centennial Celebration will be one you don’t want to miss as we will be “Honoring Our Past, Growing Our Future.” (more…)

Water again running in irrigation canal – August 27, 2019

The loss of irrigation water in Southeastern Wyoming and the Panhandle of Nebraska has been devastating for the farmers who were watching their crops grow mid-July. Seed, fertilizer, equipment and time investments had already been made and July is a critical time in the growing season with high temperatures and low precipitation in the area. The tunnel collapse on the Fort Laramie Canal on July 17, 2019 caused a breach in the canal and a stop to water delivery for the nearly 107,000 acres of farm ground in Wyoming (52,000 acres) and Nebraska (55,000 acres) that rely on the irrigation water. Seeing the magnitude of the situation, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon declared a state of emergency on July 22. (more…)

Statement by Todd Fornstrom, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President, Regarding USDA Coverage of Crop Losses from Irrigation Tunnel Collapse – Aug. 23, 2019

LARAMIE, WYO, August 23, 2019 – “We are thankful that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Risk Management Agency (RMA) has announced today that federal crop insurance will cover crop losses resulting from the July 17 tunnel collapse that stopped irrigation water to farms for the Goshen Irrigation District in Wyoming and the Gering-Ft. Laramie Irrigation District in Nebraska. This is great news for many farmers who have invested so much into their crops and now face devastating losses due to loss of irrigation water that is out of their control.” (more…)

Wyoming, Nebraska Farm Bureaus Urge USDA to Cover Crop Losses Associated with Irrigation Tunnel Collapse – August 19, 2019

LARAMIE, WYO. – The Nebraska and Wyoming Farm Bureaus are urging USDA to ensure crop insurance will cover crop losses experienced by farmers impacted by the July 17 irrigation tunnel collapse that has prevented irrigators on the Goshen Irrigation District in Wyoming and the Gering-Ft Laramie Irrigation District in Nebraska from receiving irrigation water during a critical time in the growing season. (more…)

New Rules Mean Real-World Species Protection – August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019–“Today’s Endangered Species Act reforms serve the needs of imperiled species as well as the people most affected by implementation of the law’s provisions. This makes real-world species recovery more likely as a result,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. (more…)

Wyoming Farm Bureau: Delisting of gray wolf nationwide is warranted

July 26, 2019—The gray wolf has far exceeded recovery numbers and wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains have been managed by state wildlife agencies for two or more years, thus delisting the species nationwide is long overdue, the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) recently told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Wyoming Farm Bureau joined the American Farm Bureau Federation and State Farm Bureaus and Farm Bureau members representing 39 states in responding to the USFWS proposal to delist the gray wolf nationwide. (more…)

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