2019 News Archives

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…)

Short term fix for tunnel collapse in Goshen County – July 26, 2019

–GID holds informational meeting on July 24
Torrington, July 26, 2019–“The only thing we have to live on is optimism and we are running on a get ‘er done attitude,” Goshen County Farmer and Goshen Irrigation District Board President Bob Coxbill told fellow farmers at a July 24th Goshen Irrigation District informational meeting. The meeting provided an update regarding efforts to restore the canal to service following the July 17th tunnel collapse that has left 107,000 acres (52,000 in Wyoming and 55,000 in Nebraska) without irrigation water during a critical time in the growing season. (more…)

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