Laramie— Policies dealing with conservation easement funding, trespass issues, eminent domain, and wildlife damages were among the many policies adopted at the 93rd annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 15-17, 2012 in Laramie, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau.
“Farm Bureau policy is founded on the protection of private property rights, constitutional government and individual freedoms,” WyFB President Perry Livingston said. “The policy discussions focused on many different issues relating to our founding principles.”
LARAMIE—Perry Livingston, of Sundance, was elected to his eighth term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 93rd annual meeting in Laramie. Livingston and his family run a cow/calf operation in Crook and Weston Counties.
The WTA Council of Safety Supervisors is sponsoring several seminars from December 2012-March 2013. The seminars include a CVSA Level I Inspection and Load Securement seminar and DOT Compliance/Required Paperwork and Training, CSA and Hours of Service seminar. Other seminars in the planning stages include a Basic Hazardous Materials Regulation training and Cargo Tank Regulations along with Drug & Alcohol Regulations and Supervisor Training. Read more for registration form and details.
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Wyoming livestock producers are reminded of the November 15 sales closing deadline for the Pasture, Rangeland, Forage (PRF) Pilot Program offered by the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA).
The PRF pilot program is available in all Wyoming counties and in all adjoining states. The PRF Program is designed to give forage and livestock producers the ability to buy protection for losses of forage produced for haying and/or grazing. In Wyoming, the PRF program is based on a vegetative index that allows producers to personalize their policy by choosing a specific 3-month coverage interval, a coverage level between 70 to 90 percent, and a productivity factor anywhere between 60 and 150 percent of the county base value. When applying for coverage, producers will also need to allocate the percentage of the total value for their operation.
–Free event, open to public
Private property rights are the foundation of America. Protecting private property rights is the primary goal of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. With so many issues surrounding property rights, the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation will be hosting a Symposium featuring a Private Property Rights Panel.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday Nov. 15 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie, the panel will consist of three speakers and will include question and answer time. The Symposium will conclude at 11 a.m.
Featured speakers are Alan Romero, Stacia Berry and Olen Snider, Jr. The panelists will discuss private property rights and the importance of the “bundle of sticks” in regards to property rights.
LARAMIE–The 93rd annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Laramie Nov. 15-17, 2012; preceded by the WyFB Foundation Symposium.
The WyFB Foundation Symposium on Nov. 15 will feature a private property rights panel and is open to the public. The panelists are University of Wyoming Law Professor Alan Romero; Attorney Stacia Berry, Hageman and Brighton; and Olen Snider, Jr.,Summit Title General Counsel.
Featured speakers at the annual meeting include American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Chief Economist Bob Young and AFBF Director of Congressional Relations Mary Kay Thatcher.
LARAMIE–University of Wyoming (UW) student Kaitlynn Glover discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and a trip to Phoenix, Arizona. Glover competed Oct. 16 with other University of Wyoming students in the event held at the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
“I am humbled to have won this competition, but I am more excited that discussions of this type are occurring around the nation with young individuals,” Kaitlynn Glover said. “The current collegiate generation has the ability to shape agriculture policy for the next 50 years, and I hope that when we begin to do so we are able to work efficiently and collaboratively to the most desirable end.”
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 11, 2012—The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia has ruled that the American Farm Bureau Federation has a right to join in a lawsuit over the scope of the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate poultry and livestock farms under the Clean Water Act. In July, AFBF asked for permission to join on the side of West Virginia poultry grower Lois Alt, who brought suit to challenge an EPA order demanding that she obtain a CWA discharge permit for stormwater runoff from her farmyard. The West Virginia Farm Bureau has also joined the lawsuit. EPA aggressively opposed the Farm Bureaus’ participation.
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 5, 2012 – Attorneys for the American Farm Bureau Federation delivered legal arguments Thursday explaining why the Environmental Protection Agency violated the Clean Water Act when it issued its “Total Maximum Daily Load” regulation for the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed.
AFBF believes that states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, not the federal government, are authorized by law to decide how best to achieve water quality goals. “The Clean Water Act put states in the driver’s seat when it comes to decisions about how to achieve clean water and restrictions on land use and development,” according to Don Parrish, senior director of regulatory relations for AFBF.
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