Agricultural News

New Rules Mean Real-World Species Protection – August 12, 2019

August 12, 2019–“Today’s Endangered Species Act reforms serve the needs of imperiled species as well as the people most affected by implementation of the law’s provisions. This makes real-world species recovery more likely as a result,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall.

Wyoming Farm Bureau: Delisting of gray wolf nationwide is warranted

July 26, 2019—The gray wolf has far exceeded recovery numbers and wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountains have been managed by state wildlife agencies for two or more years, thus delisting the species nationwide is long overdue, the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) recently told the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Wyoming Farm Bureau joined the American Farm Bureau Federation and State Farm Bureaus and Farm Bureau members representing 39 states in responding to the USFWS proposal to delist the gray wolf nationwide.

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.

“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.”

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Farm Bureau Releases Strategic Action Plan Goals for 2019 – Feb. 1, 2019

The American Farm Bureau Federation today released its top public policy goals for the year. The AFBF board approved its 2019 Strategic Action Plan following delegate action during the organization’s 100th annual convention in New Orleans.

AFBF will use the goals as a guide for strategic planning and grassroots activity throughout 2019. The five top issues are:

  • 116th Congress: Build relationships to educate and work with members of Congress, with support from Farm Bureau’s grassroots leaders and lobbying programs, to promote policies that benefit farmers, ranchers and rural communities.
  • Agricultural Labor: Enact legislation that helps farmers and ranchers meet their labor needs.
  • Infrastructure: Work for greater investment in rural and agricultural infrastructure, including broadband internet access; rural roads and bridges; inland waterway locks and dams; sea ports; and agricultural research.
  • Regulatory Reform: Work for reform of the rulemaking process to ensure that federal rules are supported by science and created in a transparent manner, while identifying specific regulations and regulatory opportunities that improve the ability of farmers and ranchers to remain productive and competitive.
  • Trade: Defend and expand trade opportunities for U.S. agriculture.

The AFBF board also approved a set of “watch-list” issues at the New Orleans meeting. AFBF will monitor these issues as part of its ongoing strategic planning process. These include:

  • Animal Agriculture: Increase efforts to defend animal agriculture production and promote meat consumption, as well as work for policies to enhance animal ag producers’ productivity and profitability, such as transportation issues unique to livestock and poultry production, aquaculture and apiculture.
  • Energy: Ensure policy that enhances the availability and affordability of energy for farmers and ranchers and encourages the growth of renewable energy production. Monitor climate legislation to ensure it does not unduly burden or restrict agriculture.
  • Farm Policy: Monitor implementation of the 2018 farm bill to ensure farmers’ and ranchers’ needs are met.
  • Labeling: Monitor rules and practices dealing with labeling of food and agricultural products, including milk and milk substitutes, cell-based food and food containing ingredients that are products of biotechnology.
  • Mental Health: Promote resources for farmers and their families who are struggling with substance addiction, depression and other mental health challenges.
  • Taxes: Continue working to eliminate the estate tax, promote other tax policies that benefit farmers and ranchers, and preserve the Unrelated Business Income Tax exemption that allows Farm Bureau to be a voice for farmers and ranchers.

The priorities and watch-list issues are only some of the topics the organization will address in 2019. AFBF continues to identify opportunities to take action consistent with the policies set forth by the organization’s farmer and rancher delegates from across the country. 

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown – Jan. 16, 2019

(Washington, D.C., January 16, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition to Tuesday, January 22, during normal business hours. The offices will be closed for the federal Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 21. (more…)

Duvall Reviews Achievements, Plots Course as Farm Bureau Moves Toward Centennial – Jan. 13, 2019

In front of a celebratory gathering of approximately 7,000 farmers and ranchers from across the nation, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall opened AFBF’s 100th Annual Convention by outlining a few of the organization’s many historic accomplishments – from leading the way on the nation’s first farm bill in the 1930s to helping develop the Food for Peace Program in the 1950s. As AFBF heads toward a new century of service to America’s farm and ranch families, Duvall said the organization will continue to be guided by the honorable principle that “farmers want to feed people.” (more…)

American Holiday Symbolism and Traditions Have Deep Rural Roots – December 20, 2018

By Robert Giblin

Christmas and other December holidays have changed a lot over the years, but even amidst wide-scale, rapid transformation, many holiday season traditions and ideals that have been influenced by farm communities and rural America still endure. Rural America continues to symbolize the American ideal of what the Christmas and holiday seasons are all about, as it has since the early days of our country. (more…)

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Applauds Clean Water Rule Proposal – Dec. 11, 2018

Laramie, Dec. 11, 2018—The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) supports clean water and clear rules. WyFB is pleased with today’s new water rule proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Army Corp of Engineers. “Farmers and ranchers need a common-sense water rule that protects water quality and gives them clear rules they can follow,” said Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President. “The 2015 WOTUS rule was a land grab that put property rights of Wyomingites at risk and would have done nothing to benefit water.” (more…)

Wyoming Ranchers Clash with Tribal Hunters at the U.S. Supreme Court – Nov. 21, 2018

Lakewood, CO. – November 21, 2018 – Eight agricultural associations joined forces yesterday to file an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court. The eight associations, represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, seek to protect land usage rights from American Indian tribes that wish to hunt, out-of-season and without a license, on nearly all federal lands, including those leased and permitted to farmers and ranchers in the State of Wyoming. (more…)

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