Agricultural News

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.

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

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.

“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

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…)

Grizzlies, guns and guile

Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law. This non-profit, legal foundation has represented the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and its members in many cases over the decades. MSLF President William Perry Pendley spoke to Farm Bureau members March 1 at the WyFB Legislative Meeting.

“Grizzlies, guns, and guile are what I’m here to talk about especially as they relate to federal agencies and their attorneys,” Pendley stated. (more…)

Agriculture…Food for Life — March 19, 2018

Farmers and ranchers are really good at what they do…they’ve done it for generations and continue to adapt to changing technologies that enable them to grow more food with less inputs. The hardest part of their work is the reality that consumers are two and three generations removed from farming and ranching. This makes it tough when those consumers want to regulate farming, ranching and food. (more…)

Transportation Department Extends ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers – March 15, 2018

The Department of Transportation has again extended the deadline for agricultural haulers to comply with the electronic logging device mandate. DOT’s initial agricultural exemption was set to expire on March 18. The new extension, which carries the exemption through another 90 days, allows the department additional time to issue guidance on the newly interpreted 150 air-mile agricultural commodity exemption and the hours of service regulations. (more…)

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