Agricultural News

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.”

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.

Sheridan College student Madison Anderson wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet – Nov. 16, 2018

November 16, 2018—Sheridan College student Madison Anderson discussed agriculture issues at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and an expense-paid trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Anderson competed Nov. 7 in Sheridan. Seven competitors representing Sheridan College and the University of Wyoming entered the competition. The competition is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected.

Wyoming Farm Bureau members donated the equivalent of 11,176 meals to help Wyoming families in need – Nov. 16, 2018

LARAMIE, Nov. 16, 2018-–Wyoming families facing hunger received a boost mid-November with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee “Harvest for All” project. The annual fund drive to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies raised the equivalent of 11,176 meals for Wyoming families.

Converse County’s Tim and Dawn Pexton receive the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Leadership Award – Nov. 15, 2018

November 15, 2018— Tim and Dawn Pexton, of Converse County, were awarded the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Leadership Award at the organization’s 99th annual meeting. Presented Nov. 8, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their agricultural leadership service in the organization. “Tim and Dawn’s leadership and dedication to the Farm Bureau Federation at the local, district and state level is unrivaled,” said Todd Fornstrom, WyFB President. Serving in leadership roles to represent farmers and ranchers is part of Tim and Dawn’s agricultural life. And it isn’t about the title either…wherever there is

Wyoming’s Congressional Delegation all receive Friend of Farm Bureau Award – Nov. 15, 2018

November 15, 2018—United States Senators Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Congresswoman Liz Cheney, all R-Wyo., were each named a “Friend of Farm Bureau” for the 115th Congress for their support of America’s farmers and ranchers and food security for consumers. This award, presented by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), is given to members of Congress who have supported Farm Bureau’s position on policy issues as demonstrated by their voting records.

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation honors Ken Hamilton with Distinguished Service Award – Nov. 15, 2018

November 15, 2018–Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Executive Vice President Ken Hamilton was awarded the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Distinguished Service Award at the 99th annual meeting of the organization. Presented Nov. 8, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to agriculture.

Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year; elects leaders – Nov. 13, 2018

November 13, 2018—Food issues and labeling, regulatory overreach, taxes, and voting procedures were among the many topics included in policies adopted at the 99th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 7-9 in Sheridan, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau.

Todd Fornstrom elected to third term as Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President – Nov. 9, 2018

SHERIDAN, Nov. 9, 2018—Todd Fornstrom, of Laramie County, was elected to his third term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 99th annual meeting in Sheridan. “Serving as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is very rewarding and I appreciate the opportunity to serve,” Fornstrom stated. “Advocating for agriculture is something Farm Bureau members do every day and I’m honored to be counted in that group as your Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President.”

Supreme Court Win for Wyoming Farmers and Ranchers – June 25, 2018

Appeals Court opinion vindicating the rights of rural Westerners allowed to stand
June 25, 2018, DENVER, CO. — The Supreme Court of the United States on June 25 declined to hear the appeals of two Indian tribes to the Tenth Circuit’s December 2017 opinion rejecting the tribes’ claims to jurisdiction over 1.48 million acres of Wyoming. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, represented by Mountain States Legal Foundation, had challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) 2013 decision to grant the Northern Arapahoe Tribe and the Eastern Shoshone Tribe—of the Wind River Indian Reservation— jurisdiction over large swaths of state and private land, including the town of Riverton. (more…)

What has agriculture done for Wyoming lately? – June 18, 2018

Wyoming’s farms and ranches account for approximately 30.4 million acres of land and $22 billion in investments in land, buildings, machinery and equipment.
Families, individuals, partnerships and family-held corporations account for 96 percent of the approximately 11,700 farms and ranches in the state. (more…)

“Ag Books for Kids” winners announced – May 31, 2018

“Sharing our stories as farmers and ranchers is more important in today’s day and age than ever,” said Raenell Taylor, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Promotions Sub-Committee Chair. “The “Ag Books for Kids” program gives us an opportunity to make a difference for agriculture in Wyoming.”

The state winners in each of the three contests all received a $50 gift card from the Wyoming Farm Bureau and an agriculture book titled “Ranching…It’s All About Family.” The book was signed by the Honorable Governor Matt Mead. The state runner-ups in each of the contests received a $25 gift card from the Wyoming Farm Bureau and an agriculture book. (more…)

What’s Behind the Label on a Bag of Seed?

The seed label, or tag as it is often referred, is like the inside jacket of a novel. It tells you everything that’s important about your bag of seed. The United States is frequently cited as one of the most reliable producers of food in the world. One of the reasons for that is because we have some of the most stringent seed laws in the world. The seed label reflects those laws. Strong seed laws provide the means to ensure plant breeder’s rights, encourage biodiversity, and greater opportunity for financial success by the grower community. Of course, the ultimate benefit is the consumer. (more…)

“Top the Market” seminar May 17th

–Sponsored by the Goshen County Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee

“Top the Market” a live cattle presentation and interactive panel discussion will be presented May 17, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the Torrington Livestock Market in Torrington. The event is sponsored by the Goshen County Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee and hosted by Torrington Livestock Markets. (more…)

Grizzlies, guns and guile

Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) defends constitutional liberties and the rule of law. This non-profit, legal foundation has represented the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and its members in many cases over the decades. MSLF President William Perry Pendley spoke to Farm Bureau members March 1 at the WyFB Legislative Meeting.

“Grizzlies, guns, and guile are what I’m here to talk about especially as they relate to federal agencies and their attorneys,” Pendley stated. (more…)

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