Agricultural News

Sheridan College student Madison Anderson wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet – Nov. 16, 2018

November 16, 2018—Sheridan College student Madison Anderson discussed agriculture issues at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and an expense-paid trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Anderson competed Nov. 7 in Sheridan. Seven competitors representing Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming entered the competition. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected.

Wyoming Farm Bureau members donated the equivalent of 11,176 meals to help Wyoming families in need – Nov. 16, 2018

LARAMIE, Nov. 16, 2018-–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 to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies raised the equivalent of 11,176 meals for Wyoming families.

Converse County’s Tim and Dawn Pexton receive the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Leadership Award – Nov. 15, 2018

November 15, 2018— Tim and Dawn Pexton, of Converse County, were awarded the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Leadership Award at the organization’s 99th annual meeting. Presented Nov. 8, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their agricultural leadership service in the organization. “Tim and Dawn’s leadership and dedication to the Farm Bureau Federation at the local, district and state level is unrivaled,” said Todd Fornstrom, WyFB President. Serving in leadership roles to represent farmers and ranchers is part of Tim and Dawn’s agricultural life. And it isn’t about the title either…wherever there is

Wyoming’s Congressional Delegation all receive Friend of Farm Bureau Award – Nov. 15, 2018

November 15, 2018—United States Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congresswoman Liz Cheney, all R-Wyo., were each named a “Friend of Farm Bureau” for the 115th Congress for their support of America’s farmers and ranchers and food security for consumers. This award, presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), is given to members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau’s position on policy issues as demonstrated by their voting records.

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation honors Ken Hamilton with Distinguished Service Award – Nov. 15, 2018

November 15, 2018–Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Executive Vice President Ken Hamilton was awarded the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Distinguished Service Award at the 99th annual meeting of the organization. Presented Nov. 8, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to agriculture.

Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year; elects leaders – Nov. 13, 2018

November 13, 2018—Food issues and labeling, regulatory overreach, taxes, and voting procedures were among the many topics included in policies adopted at the 99th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 7-9 in Sheridan, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau.

Todd Fornstrom elected to third term as Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President – Nov. 9, 2018

SHERIDAN, Nov. 9, 2018—Todd Fornstrom, of Laramie County, was elected to his third term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 99th annual meeting in Sheridan. “Serving as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is very rewarding and I appreciate the opportunity to serve,” Fornstrom stated. “Advocating for agriculture is something Farm Bureau members do every day and I’m honored to be counted in that group as your Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President.”

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 99th WyFB Annual Meeting Nov. 7-9 in Sheridan

“Saddle Up for the Next Century” is the theme of the 99th Annual Meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). The meeting will be Nov. 7-9, 2018 in Sheridan at the Holiday Inn.

“Annual meeting is a lot like harvest…the culmination of a year’s worth of grassroots efforts,” WyFB President Todd Fornstrom said. “We work through the year dealing with Mother Nature, markets and government regulation with an idea in the back of our minds on how to improve our way of life by way of policy development.” (more…)

Regular YF&R and Collegiate Discussion Meet competitions in November

–Competitions in Sheridan, Application Deadline Oct. 25, 2018

Farm Bureau members between the ages of 18-35 and college students in Wyoming are invited to participate in the 2018 Discussion Meet competitions. There are two different competitions that will be held during the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Annual Meeting in Sheridan in November. (more…)

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.” (more…)

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 decision-making. (more…)

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

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…)

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