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“Ag Books for Kids” 2023 winners announced – June 5, 2023

Nearly 11,000 agriculture books have been donated to Wyoming elementary schools through the 19-year span of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee “Ag Books for Kids” program.  In 2023 county Farm Bureau Federations across the state donated 689 “Popcorn Country” books by Cris Peterson to Wyoming elementary schools as part of the program. Read Full Article

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation awards 2023 college scholarships – May 31, 2023

Laramie-The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) awarded $5,500 in college scholarships to nine young Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation members for the 2023-24 school year. “Investing in the youth of our great state as they work to accomplish their academic goals is important to the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation,” said Todd Fornstrom, WyFB President. “We are proud to honor these outstanding individuals with college scholarships to play a small part in helping them achieve their goals.” The Livingston-King Scholarship, valued at $1,500, is given in honor of Herbert D. Livingston and H.J. King, former presidents of Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, as Read Full Article

Wall Street Rules Should Not Extend to Family Farms – April 17, 2023

Wall Street rules intended for publicly traded companies should not extend to family farms. That is the message the American Farm Bureau Federation and six other agricultural groups sent to the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC proposed a rule to require public companies to report on Scope 3 emissions, which are the result of activities not owned or controlled by a publicly traded company but contribute to its value chain. Public companies that produce goods from agricultural products would need to report emissions from the relevant agricultural operations. The farm groups’ concern is that the rule will burden family Read Full Article

Families Deserve Truth in Food Labeling – April 24, 2023

America’s families deserve to know what they’re buying when shopping in the dairy aisle. The American Farm Bureau Federation today filed comments with the Food and Drug Administration calling on the agency to enforce food labeling standards for dairy substitute products and enforce existing prohibitions on the misleading labeling of nut- and other plant-based beverage products as “milk.” The FDA requested comments on its draft Labeling of Plant-Based Milk Alternatives and Voluntary Nutrient Statements: Guidance for Industry. Read Full Article

AFBF to President Biden: You Let Farmers Down – April 6, 2023

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall on April 6 commented on President Biden’s decision to veto the Congressional Review Act (CRA) joint resolution that would have overturned the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreaching Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. The CRA was a bipartisan, bicameral effort by Congress to halt implementation of the flawed rule. Read Full Article

Federal Lands and Agriculture

Dry, windy, and sagebrush covered are often the scene on the federal lands in Wyoming.  Whether situated in an infamous checkerboard pattern or a section or two here and there, these lands have stories to tell.  Habitat for cattle, sheep, and many wildlife species allows for a patchwork of complex, intricate biological systems. To farmers and ranchers, it is intuitive to use the federal lands to produce food and fiber. Are many of these lands suitable for crop production? Not a chance.  These vast expanses are an affordable way to graze domestic livestock and one of the only ways family Read Full Article

2023 National Ag Day

Growing a Climate for Tomorrow is the theme for National Ag Day.  In Wyoming if you are thinking about agriculture, you are probably thinking about cattle and sheep.  And for good reason. Wyoming farmers and ranchers sold over a billion dollars’ worth of livestock in 2020.  Grazing livestock is an important part of our state and when you drive across Wyoming, you’ll recognize how wide open our spaces are.  These expansive areas are ideal for cows and sheep to graze, which also keeps the land productive for tomorrow’s generations. Read Full Article

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