WyFB 102nd Annual Meeting Nov. 11-13, 2021 in Cody

Neighbors helping Neighbors.  It’s what we do in agriculture and in the great state of Wyoming. For the 102nd year, agricultural neighbors will gather at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Annual Meeting to help their neighbors in the grassroots policy development process.   The WyFB 102nd Annual Meeting is Nov. 11-13, 2021 at the Holiday Inn in Cody. (more…)

Tax Proposals Put Future of American Farms at Risk – September 8, 2021

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation along with the American Farm Bureau Federation and 45 state Farm Bureaus and 280 organizations representing family-owned agribusinesses, sent a letter September 8 to congressional leaders urging them to leave important tax policies in place as they draft legislation implementing President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda. The letter addresses four key tax provisions that make it possible for farmers and ranchers to survive and pass their businesses on to the next generation: estate taxes, stepped-up basis, 199A small business deduction and like-kind exchanges. (more…)

EPA Should Keep “Navigable” in New WOTUS Rule – September 3, 2021

The American Farm Bureau Federation submitted recommendations September 3 on the definition of “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The comments were filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corps of Engineers. In June 2021, the EPA announced its intent to revise the definition of WOTUS and solicited pre-proposal recommendations. (more…)

AFBF Urges USDA to Address Supply Chain Issues – September 3, 2021

The American Farm Bureau Federation today sent a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack detailing a list of solutions to address critical supply chain issues facing America’s farmers and ranchers. AFBF details seven priorities for USDA to consider in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains. (more…)

Farm Bureau Supports Bipartisan Infrastructure Legislation – August 6, 2021

The American Farm Bureau August 6 sent a letter to all 100 U.S. senators expressing support for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The following statement may be attributed to AFBF President Zippy Duvall:

“Modernizing America’s transportation infrastructure continues to be a priority for our members, which is why we are supporting this bipartisan legislation. The investments in our nation’s roads, bridges, ports and inland waterways are not just necessary, they are long overdue. This legislation also provides critical investments that will expand broadband internet access and repair and upgrade aging western water infrastructure that is, in many cases, 50 to 100 years old and not adequate to meet today’s needs. (more…)

AFBF Applauds Hearings on Beef Supply Chain – July 28, 2021

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented July 28 on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and U.S. House Agriculture Committee hearings on the current state of the beef supply chain.

“American Farm Bureau appreciates the work of the committees in both houses of Congress to investigate the strengths and weaknesses of our country’s food systems, specifically livestock markets. (more…)

WyFB statement on loss of Senator Mike Enzi

July 27, 2021–The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is deeply saddened to learn of Senator Mike Enzi’s passing.

“We want to pass along our condolences to his family,” said WyFB President Todd Fornstrom.  “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

“Senator Enzi represented Wyoming well and gave unstintingly of his time to represent our citizens.

“He was one of the advocates of the 80/20 principle where you looked for the 80 percent of the items you could agree on and worked to advance the policies which helped all our citizens and did not worry about the 20 percent on which people could not agree.

“He will certainly be missed.


Governor Gordon Responds to Drought Conditions on Colorado River, Convenes Working Group – July 16, 2021

July 16, 2021, Cheyenne –  Governor Mark Gordon is convening a Colorado River Working Group that will meet regularly to discuss important Colorado River matters and monitor potential impacts to Wyoming. The action comes in response to drought conditions in the Colorado, Green and Little Snake River basins that have led the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to announce drawdowns from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in order to maintain minimum levels at Lake Powell. At this time no restrictions on Wyoming water users are proposed. (more…)

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