2011 News Archives

EPA Chesapeake Bay Model Undermining Public Confidence – Nov. 3, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 3, 2011—The Environmental Protection Agency’s refusal to take the time to improve its Chesapeake Bay Watershed nutrient management model is undermining the public’s confidence. This refusal also could cause farmers and other stakeholders in the watershed to spend scarce resources on conservation measures directed to the wrong sources or the wrong areas, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

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CANCELLED–Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet Nov. 15 in Laramie

–$300 cash prize and eligibility for national competition, Nov. 9 application deadline

            The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee invites all undergraduate students (attending the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming Junior College) majoring (or with a minor) in agriculture to talk their way towards $300 cash.  On Nov. 15, 2011 the YF&R Committee will host the eighth annual WyFB YF&R Collegiate Discussion Meet.  The competition will be at the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture in Laramie.

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WyFB 92nd annual meeting Nov. 10-12 in Cheyenne

            The 92nd annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation will be at the Little America in Cheyenne Nov. 10-12, 2011.  Featured speakers include Wyoming Governor Matt Mead, United States Senator Mike Enzi, American Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher National Chair Ben LaCross, Attorney Harriet Hageman and Dr. Gary Sides. 

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“Today’s Agriculture, Feeding the World” Symposium November 10 in Cheyenne

–Free event, open to public                 

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      A global perspective on the impact of technology on agriculture will be discussed at the November 10 “Today’s Agriculture, Feeding the World” Symposium hosted by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation.  The event will be held at the Little America in Cheyenne in conjunction with the 2011 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting. 

            Dr. Gary Sides presents an entertaining, science based and global view of how we use technology to feed the world.  Dr. Sides will speak from 8:15-9:45 a.m. and the forum is open to the public. 

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FCC Must Test Technical Fixes Related to GPS – Oct. 12, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 12, 2011—The Federal Communications Commission and an independent technical company must complete comprehensive and rigorous testing on all proposed technical fixes to ensure there is no interference between broadband and GPS signals, the American Farm Bureau told Congress today. 

“It is critical that costs for resolving this issue are not passed along to farmers and ranchers through higher GPS or equipment costs,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “LightSquared should cover the expense of all technical fixes related to the interference issue to ensure the cost is not passed along to farmers and ranchers.”

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WyFB seeking high school classroom to nominate for national essay contest – Oct. 11, 2011

Do you know of a teacher in Wyoming (10-12th grades) who teaches History, Economics, Environmental Science or Agriculture?

We have a neat opportunity for high school teachers…Wyoming Farm Bureau can nominate one Wyoming high school classroom to participate in a national essay contest. The 2012 Agriculture in a Growing World Essay Contest offers cash prizes and recognition. The American Farm Bureau will provide 20 copies of “The Man Who Fed the World” by Leon Hesser and ready to use curriculum. Call 307.532.2002 or email [email protected].

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WyFB supports water rights through lawsuit – Oct. 11, 2011

The Wyoming Farm Bureau has joined with the Texas Farm Bureau, American Farm Bureau Federation, Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation, Oregon Farm Bureau and California Farm Bureau in support of water rights through a friend of court filing.  The organizations filed an amicus brief Oct. 6, 2011 in support of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 

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Jobs, jobs, jobs — farms, farms, farms – Sept. 12, 2011

This year, Labor Day must have seemed a bittersweet celebration to many, with more than 15 million Americans on the unemployment rolls. Farmers and ranchers typically don’t belong to labor unions. They can’t go on strike, because that would mean hungry livestock and potential crop losses. But, here’s one good reason to think of farmers around Labor Day: because agriculture is creating jobs at a time when our nation needs them—badly.

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