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AFBF President Duvall visits Wyoming – August 22, 2022

“Getting out to meet with grassroots members helps me better understand the issues they are facing so I can share their stories with members of Congress and officials in the executive branch,” said American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Zippy Duvall. “These visits are also a great opportunity for me to remind our members of the power their voices have when they engage with consumers and lawmakers at every level of government.” Read Full Article

Third AFBF Survey Reveals Stark Reality of Western Drought – August 15, 2022

Persistent drought continues to hammer farmers and ranchers in Western, Central and Southern Plains states, with far-reaching implications for not only farmers’ and ranchers’ bottom lines, but also food availability and affordability. The third edition of AFBF’s Assessing Western Drought Conditions survey illustrates many ground-level drought impacts, including expected reduction in yields, removing or destroying orchard trees or multi-year crops, and selling off portions of herds and flocks. Read Full Article

High Fuel Prices Squeeze Farms and Ranches – June 28, 2022

Rising fuel prices are putting growing pressure on farmers and ranchers as they grapple with increased costs of growing food and fiber. USDA estimates show that the cost of fuel, lube and electricity is expected to increase 34% in 2022 compared to 2021. American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyze the factors contributing to rising fuel prices in the latest Market Intel. Read Full Article

Proposed SEC Rule Requirements Nearly Impossible for Family Farms – June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON, June 17, 2022 – The American Farm Bureau Federation warned the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) June 17 about the consequences to rural America of the SEC’s proposed rule, “The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors.” The proposal would require public companies to report on Scope 3 emissions, which are the result of activities from assets not owned or controlled by a publicly traded company but contribute to its value chain. While farmers and ranchers would not be required to report directly to the SEC, this regulation would impose additional burdens as they provide almost every raw product Read Full Article

AFBF Welcomes Comment Deadline Extension for Concerning SEC Rule – May 9, 2022

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) comment period extension for the proposed rule, “The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate Related Disclosures for Investors.” The proposal would require public companies to report on Scope 3 emissions, which are the result of activities from assets not owned or controlled by a publicly traded company but contribute to its value chain. While farmers and ranchers would not be required to report directly to the SEC, they provide almost every raw product that goes into the food supply chain. Read Full Article

Inflation Expected to Burden Economy for Several Years – May 12, 2022

Overall consumer prices in April were 8.3% higher than a year ago, and America’s families can expect inflation to continue putting pressure on their wallets for the next few years. American Farm Bureau Federation economists analyzed the inflation numbers in the latest Market Intel. They expect inflation to stay above 5% or 6% for the foreseeable future. Read Full Article

NEPA Changes Signal Return to Outdated, Cumbersome Regulations – April 20, 2022

American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall commented today on the final phase 1 revisions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). “AFBF is disappointed that the Biden administration has decided to reverse commonsense reforms to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Farmers and ranchers share the goal of caring for the natural resources they’ve been entrusted with and were pleased that the updated 2020 regulations allowed them to protect the environment while meeting the demands of a growing nation. “Continued challenges from the pandemic, supply chain issues and the drought in the West are impacting farmers, ranchers and the Read Full Article

Agriculture: Growing a Climate for Tomorrow – March 22, 2022

By Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President O beautiful for spacious skies; For amber waves of grain; For purple mountain majesties; Above the fruited plain! The 1895 lyrics for “America the Beautiful” start out by celebrating the abundance of food for our nation.  With less than two percent of our population producing food, most Americans don’t think about where their next meal will come from.  We’ve been extremely lucky here in the U.S. when you consider how some nations have struggled to provide food for their population.  Today a U.S. farm feeds 166 people annually, according to Read Full Article

“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is February 28-March 5

The importance of reading and agriculture are highlighted when we celebrate “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” February 28-March 5, 2022. Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon has issued an official proclamation declaring the week of February 28 as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.” While we recognize the value of reading and agriculture during this designated week it goes without saying that each of these are vital every day of the year. Read Full Article

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