Agricultural News

WyFB disappointed in court decision to return grizzly bears to ESA – Sept. 25, 2018

September 25, 2018—The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is disappointed by the Sept. 24 ruling by a federal judge to return the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear to the endangered species list and thus federal management–contrary to the recommendation of 20 years of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service research. “This shows that the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is never about science but rather it is about emotion,” said Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President. “Anytime recovery goals are established you know that those goals are going to be rejected by the judicial branch and some well-heeled environmental lawyers/groups.”

Grizzly Bears Are Not Always Good Neighbors – September 5, 2018

By Cyndi Johnson I farm grain in Montana on the Rocky Mountain Front. Sixty miles to the west are mountains with gorgeous rolling hills, but the rest of our landscape is flat—not exactly prime grizzly bear habitat. However, someone forgot to tell the bears. The Endangered Species Act lists the grizzly bear as threatened in the Mountain Prairie region of the American West, except for right around Yellowstone Park. The federal government controls the management of this bear although the original intent of the ESA was to include state and local governments, as well as farmers and ranchers, in the

Yellowstone grizzly bears are not an endangered species — but ranchers like me are – Aug. 30, 2018

What is worse: Bears or bureaucrats? Mountain States Legal Foundation’s client and Farm Bureau member, Mary A. “Mickey” Thoman, raises that question in an op-ed published this morning in USA Today. Mickey is an 88-year-old great-grandmother whose family has been raising sheep in western Wyoming for generations. However, a swelling population of grizzly bears has killed hundreds of her sheep and forced her to give up her family’s long-held grazing land. Read opinion editorial here

Western Farmers and Ranchers Urge Administration Toward Better Land Management Policies – August 30, 2018

As wildfires ravage parts of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming—sending smoke clear across the country to New England—farmers and ranchers in 13 Western states are calling on the federal government to put in place more effective land management practices and policies.

American Farm Bureau Coalition Fights to Stop Illegal 2015 WOTUS Rule – August 17, 2018

WASHINGTON, August 17, 2018 – The American Farm Bureau Federation and a broad coalition of business organizations have notified the federal district court in South Carolina they will appeal that court’s ruling yesterday that revived the overbroad, vague and illegal 2015 Waters of the United States Rule and made it the law of the land in 26 states. In a separate filing, the same coalition also notified a federal district court in Texas of the ruling by the court in South Carolina, urging the Texas-based court to issue a nationwide injunction against the illegal 2015 WOTUS Rule. (more…)

Wyoming Ranchers Ask Court To Uphold Original Purpose Of Endangered Species Act – July 25, 2018

July 25, 2018 – DENVER, CO. A group of Wyoming ranchers who, for years, have been forced to deal with the ever-increasing Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear population today asked a federal district court in Montana to stop radical environmental groups and Indian tribes from forcing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to retain management control over the grizzly bear. The environmental groups and tribes, relying on faulty science and fabricated procedural claims, demand the court set aside the agency’s final rule removing the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem grizzly bear from the Endangered Species Act list. (more…)

Legislation Would Provide Ag Haulers Some Relief – June 25, 2018

Recently introduced bills address some of the unique challenges of transporting agricultural products and livestock. Both the Modernizing Agricultural Transportation Act and the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act would provide some fixes for hours of service regulations and the electronic logging device mandate. (more…)

Supreme Court Win for Wyoming Farmers and Ranchers – June 25, 2018

Appeals Court opinion vindicating the rights of rural Westerners allowed to stand
June 25, 2018, DENVER, CO. — The Supreme Court of the United States on June 25 declined to hear the appeals of two Indian tribes to the Tenth Circuit’s December 2017 opinion rejecting the tribes’ claims to jurisdiction over 1.48 million acres of Wyoming. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, had challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2013 decision to grant the Northern Arapahoe Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe—of the Wind River Indian Reservation— jurisdiction over large swaths of state and private land, including the town of Riverton. (more…)

What has agriculture done for Wyoming lately? – June 18, 2018

Wyoming’s farms and ranches account for approximately 30.4 million acres of land and $22 billion in investments in land, buildings, machinery and equipment.
Families, individuals, partnerships and family-held corporations account for 96 percent of the approximately 11,700 farms and ranches in the state. (more…)

“Ag Books for Kids” winners announced – May 31, 2018

“Sharing our stories as farmers and ranchers is more important in today’s day and age than ever,” said Raenell Taylor, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Promotions Sub-Committee Chair. “The “Ag Books for Kids” program gives us an opportunity to make a difference for agriculture in Wyoming.”

The state winners in each of the three contests all received a $50 gift card from the Wyoming Farm Bureau and an agriculture book titled “Ranching…It’s All About Family.” The book was signed by the Honorable Governor Matt Mead. The state runner-ups in each of the contests received a $25 gift card from the Wyoming Farm Bureau and an agriculture book. (more…)

What’s Behind the Label on a Bag of Seed?

The seed label, or tag as it is often referred, is like the inside jacket of a novel. It tells you everything that’s important about your bag of seed. The United States is frequently cited as one of the most reliable producers of food in the world. One of the reasons for that is because we have some of the most stringent seed laws in the world. The seed label reflects those laws. Strong seed laws provide the means to ensure plant breeder’s rights, encourage biodiversity, and greater opportunity for financial success by the grower community. Of course, the ultimate benefit is the consumer. (more…)

“Top the Market” seminar May 17th

–Sponsored by the Goshen County Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee

“Top the Market” a live cattle presentation and interactive panel discussion will be presented May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Torrington Livestock Market in Torrington. The event is sponsored by the Goshen County Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and hosted by Torrington Livestock Markets. (more…)

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