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Why take the time to attend the WyFB YF&R Conference

By Kailey Barlow, Sublette County Rancher and WyFB YF&R Committee Member Every time I check Facebook, read a newspaper, or just listen to the talk around town, I’m quickly reminded that the agriculture industry is facing what can seem like unsurmountable challenges. That is why I choose to be active in the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and attend the Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers conference every year. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers conference has a different focus every year, so it always provides new learning opportunities. A couple years ago we learned about farm and

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting Feb. 27-28 in Cheyenne

Legislative agriculture issues will be presented at the 2020 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Legislative Meeting. The meeting will be Feb. 27-28 at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Cheyenne. Held annually to coincide with the legislative session, the meeting provides Farm Bureau members the opportunity to meet with their legislators one-on-one and hear about current issues. This year the WyFB Young Farmer & Rancher Conference begins on Feb. 26th and will be held jointly with the WyFB Legislative Meeting.

WyFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference Feb. 26-28 in Cheyenne

Make plans to travel to the Capitol City in February for 2.5 days packed with educational and informational speakers, a day at the Capitol, a meeting with Wyoming’s Governor and more. “Liberty and Justice for Ag” is the theme of the Feb. 26-28, 2020 Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Cheyenne, Wyo. The conference is hosted by the WyFB YF&R Committee for farmers and ranchers of all ages. Children are welcome. No membership required to attend. Whether you farm or ranch, work in ag business or have family in agriculture—this conference is for you!

Farm Bureau Establishes 2020 Policies – Jan. 21, 2020

January 21, 2020–Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention adopted policies on January 21 to guide the organization’s work in 2020 on key topics ranging from dairy to labor and climate change to conservation compliance.

New Clean Water Rule provides clarity – Jan. 23, 2020

January 23, 2020–The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) applauds today’s announcement of a new Clean Water rule that brings much-needed clarity and certainty to enforcement of the Clean Water Act. The new rule issued by the EPA and Corps of Engineers brings clarity to which level of government – federal or state – oversees dry land that is sometimes wet. The new rule does not change who oversees permanent waterways, such as lakes, rivers, streams and other bodies that always or usually contain water. It does make clear that usually dry areas should not be considered federal waters. The new

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Cole and Sammie Coxbill appointed to AFBF YF&R Committee – Dec. 17, 2014

A passion for farming, family, friends and Farm Bureau leads Cole and Sammie Coxbill in the work they do for agriculture.  This young couple, members of the Goshen County Farm Bureau, have been appointed to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee for 2015-17.  The committee is comprised of 16 positions representing all regions of the U.S. Read Full Article

The Energy Council urges EPA to withdraw proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule

           The expansion of federal jurisdiction, broader definitions and regulation of new areas that are not jurisdictional and the increase in regulatory uncertainty were stated in a recent policy statement by The Energy Council as some of the reasons the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) should withdraw the proposed “Waters of the U.S.” rule.  In the December 2014 policy statement, The Energy Council calls for a replacement proposed rule to reflect the necessary consultations that should take place with the States.           Read Full Article

Western Watersheds Project says they can’t afford attorney fees

–WWP has four staff attorneys and as of 2011 had received over $2.3 million in EAJA funds In June 2014, fifteen landowners in Fremont County, Wyoming and Lincoln County, Wyoming filed a civil trespass lawsuit against Western Watersheds Project (WWP) and Jonathan Ratner WWP Director for Wyoming, Utah and Colorado, and John Does 1-10 with the Western Watersheds Project, Inc. for intentionally and without landowner permission trespassing and entering private property.  In a July response filed by Western Watersheds Project, the group alleges the case is an attempt to silence the group.  According to the landowners’ attorney, Karen Budd-Falen, this Read Full Article

Young Farmers and Ranchers Joint Conference Jan. 16-17 in Deadwood, S.D.

           “All in with Farm Bureau YF&R” is the theme of the Jan. 16-17, 2015 Joint Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Deadwood, S.D.   The Wyoming Farm Bureau and the South Dakota Farm Bureau are joining together for a joint conference you won’t want to miss.  The conference is open to all young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 (no membership necessary) and all Farm Bureau members.  Children are welcome.         Read Full Article

Public Hearing on Bat Listing Tuesday December 2 at 6:00 pm

A public hearing on the proposed listing of the Northern Long-Eared Bat as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act will be held Dec. 2 in Sundance, WY.  The United States Fish and Wildlife Service will hold an informational meeting from 6-7 p.m. followed by a public hearing from 7-8 p.m.  The Crook County Commission encourages attendance at this meeting as the potential listing will impact not only Crook, but Weston and Campbell counties as well.  The public hearing will be at the Crook County Courthouse basement. Read Full Article

Northwest College’s Bryce McKenzie wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet – Nov. 21, 2014

           Northwest College student Bryce McKenzie discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and a trip to Nashville, Tenn.  McKenzie competed Nov. 13 in the event held at Sheridan College.  Fifteen competitors representing Sheridan College, Eastern Wyoming College, Northwest College and the University of Wyoming entered the competition.           Read Full Article

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