Feature Stories

Tunnel collapse on July 17 causes breach of Fort Laramie Canal – July 19, 2019

July 19, 2019--According to a Goshen Irrigation District news release, during the early morning hours on July 17, an apparent collapse in a tunnel on the Fort Laramie Canal, about one and a half miles south of the town of Fort Laramie, caused water to back up and breach the canal bank upstream of the tunnel. The Fort Laramie Canal provides irrigation water to approximately 107,000 acres in Wyoming and Nebraska served by the Goshen and Gering-Fort Laramie Irrigation Districts and the Wright and Murphey Ditch Company. Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Vice President/Goshen County Farmer Cole Coxbill says the magnitude

Welcome progress on Water Rule changes

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2019 – “The Administration has moved its effort to repeal the 2015 Waters of the United States rule to the Office of Management and Budget, the last step before formal issuance. This is good news and welcome news,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

Wyoming’s Todd Fornstrom Testifies Before the Senate on Waters of the U.S. Regulations – June 12, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), welcomed Todd Fornstrom, president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, to the committee. Fornstrom was testifying before the committee at a hearing titled “A Review of Waters of the U.S. Regulations: Their Impact on States and the American People.”  Click here to watch Mr. Fornstrom’s testimony.

News Articles

“Ag Books for Kids” winners announced – May 29, 2019

Students from across Wyoming learned more about agriculture again this year and were recently recognized for their participation in the 2019 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) “Ag Books for Kids” contests. The 2019 contests included: Coloring Contest for kindergarten and first grade; Poster Contest for second and third graders; and a Creative Writing Contest for fourth and fifth graders. Read Full Article

If Not Us, Who? If Not Now, When? – April 17, 2019

By Randy Dwyer “If not us, who? If not now, when?” These questions have been posed by many over the years in an attempt to draw attention to causes both large and small. For Farm Bureau farmer and rancher members, the answers to these questions should hold more meaning today than ever before. Read Full Article

Now is the Time to Weigh in on Proposed Clean Water Rule

By Cyndie Shearing, American Farm Bureau Federation “Whenever the people are well informed, they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights” has long been attributed to Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and our nation’s third president. When he wrote those words in 1789, Jefferson could not have imagined how true they would ring more than 200 years later, when the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed an overreaching “waters of the Read Full Article

Nebraska Farm Bureau Launches Disaster Relief Fund and Information Exchange Portal – March 15, 2019

LINCOLN, NEB., March 15, 2019 – The Nebraska Farm Bureau has launched relief efforts to aid Nebraska farmers, ranchers, and rural communities suffering from the natural disasters that have impacted the state. The relief efforts include the establishment of a disaster relief fund and launch of an online agriculture disaster exchange portal to connect those in need with those who can help. Read Full Article

Agriculture: Food for Life

When you think about agriculture, food is the first thing that comes to mind for most people.  Food is definitely important for life, however, farmers and ranchers provide for much more than food alone.  Plant and animal biotechnology have resulted in new antibodies for immunizations.  Agriculture has also contributed to research that has helped develop surgical techniques and pharmaceuticals that help save lives. And that is just the beginning of how agriculture is food for life.  Agriculture protects and provides for open spaces, clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and local economies.  Agriculture:  Food for Life and working to Keep Read Full Article

“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 4-9

In a room full of Wyoming farmers and ranchers, Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon signed his first proclamation as Governor designating the week of March 4th as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.”  “I can’t be more proud than to have Farm Bureau here,” Governor Gordon stated as he took pen to paper declaring the importance of agriculture literacy and Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation’s “Ag Books for Kids” program. “Ag is important to Wyoming,” Governor Gordon stated.  “There is a work ethic on the farm and ranch that is second to none.” Read Full Article

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