American Holiday Symbolism and Traditions Have Deep Rural Roots – December 20, 2018

By Robert Giblin

Christmas and other December holidays have changed a lot over the years, but even amidst wide-scale, rapid transformation, many holiday season traditions and ideals that have been influenced by farm communities and rural America still endure. Rural America continues to symbolize the American ideal of what the Christmas and holiday seasons are all about, as it has since the early days of our country. (more…)

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Applauds Clean Water Rule Proposal – Dec. 11, 2018

Laramie, Dec. 11, 2018—The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) supports clean water and clear rules. WyFB is pleased with today’s new water rule proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corp of Engineers. “Farmers and ranchers need a common-sense water rule that protects water quality and gives them clear rules they can follow,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President. “The 2015 WOTUS rule was a land grab that put property rights of Wyomingites at risk and would have done nothing to benefit water.” (more…)

Wyoming Ranchers Clash with Tribal Hunters at the U.S. Supreme Court – Nov. 21, 2018

Lakewood, CO. – November 21, 2018 – Eight agricultural associations joined forces yesterday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The eight associations, represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, seek to protect land usage rights from American Indian tribes that wish to hunt, out-of-season and without a license, on nearly all federal lands, including those leased and permitted to farmers and ranchers in the State of Wyoming. (more…)

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. (more…)

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 a need for leadership is where you will find them. Advocating for farmers and ranchers of all ages to join Farm Bureau and be a part of the voice for agriculture through membership in Farm Bureau has been an important component of their leadership.

Fellow volunteers say Tim’s quiet and laid-back leadership style makes him an effective leader. Many will tell you he is a “doer” and not a “talker.” And Dawn’s support is unwavering.

“There has never been a question of not being actively involved in Farm Bureau,” Tim said. “If I am going to attend meetings and support an organization I am going to speak up with my ideas and work to at least sustain the group and hopefully make it better; it becomes a duty.”

“Membership in Farm Bureau is valuable because it connects us to a lot of really great people who share the same goals and ideals, who face the same trials and tribulations, and who speak the same language. This is true at the local level as well as on a national level,” he continued.

Some of Tim’s earliest memories are of attending Farm Bureau meetings where his Dad John served as county president, as well as other positions, and his Mom Noramae served as secretary and Women’s Chairman.

Tim’s direct involvement began in the early 1970s. He and Dawn were married in 1979 and Dawn has attended nearly every annual meeting with Tim. Whether it be serving as county president or county membership secretary or serving as the co-pilot for one another on the long drives across the state to Farm Bureau meetings they are the epitome of leadership in Farm Bureau.

Tim serves as the Central District Director on the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors. He also serves as the Wyoming Farm Bureau Membership Committee Chair; a position he has held for 20 plus years.

Tim’s involvement with the Farm Bureau Membership Committee was sparked by his Uncle Charles Pexton. Charles firmly believed in Farm Bureau and was not afraid to ask anyone, anywhere or anytime if they would consider paying their dues or to join if they weren’t already a member. Tim places high value in working to preserve and improve that system of membership acquisition and retention.

In addition to Farm Bureau, Tim has volunteered and served on many boards including the “Fair Posse” in Converse County which supports the Wyoming State Fair. He has been active on the Eastern Wyoming College Foundation Board for the Douglas Campus. He served as chairman of the Wyoming Rural Development Council until its dissolution in 2016.

His involvement in a Young Farmer Organization in his early years provided interaction and leadership opportunities including a couple of overseas trips to learn about agriculture in other countries.  He has always been an avid supporter of Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer & Rancher program providing ideas and guidance. Tim’s love of Farm Bureau shows when he is mentoring new young members to get involved in the organization.

Dawn is always by his side supporting Tim. The nominators wrote: “Dawn’s unwavering support and cheery attitude amidst Tim’s crazy schedule is a testament to her strength of character. A meeting without Dawn’s smiling face is just not the same.”

Tim is a 4th generation rancher south of Douglas near Esterbrook. Their children are now married and have given Tim and Dawn four beautiful grandchildren with which they love to spend their time.

“Leadership is not necessarily a conscious thing,” Pexton concluded. “Maybe just by showing up with an open mind and a dedication through good times and bad to do what needs to be done, you are a leader.”

“The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is proud to honor Tim and Dawn Pexton with the WyFB Leadership Award,” Fornstrom concluded. “We thank Tim and Dawn for their dedicated leadership on behalf of the Converse County Farm Bureau, the Central District and the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and Wyoming agriculture.”

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization. Members work together from the grassroots to develop agricultural policy, programs and services to enhance the rural lifestyle of Wyoming. On the web,

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. (more…)

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