Agriculture…Food for Life — March 19, 2018

Farmers and ranchers are really good at what they do…they’ve done it for generations and continue to adapt to changing technologies that enable them to grow more food with less inputs. The hardest part of their work is the reality that consumers are two and three generations removed from farming and ranching. This makes it tough when those consumers want to regulate farming, ranching and food. (more…)

Transportation Department Extends ELD Waiver for Ag Haulers – March 15, 2018

The Department of Transportation has again extended the deadline for agricultural haulers to comply with the electronic logging device mandate. DOT’s initial agricultural exemption was set to expire on March 18. The new extension, which carries the exemption through another 90 days, allows the department additional time to issue guidance on the newly interpreted 150 air-mile agricultural commodity exemption and the hours of service regulations. (more…)

Wyoming ranchers win right to be heard to defend against grizzly bears predation – March 14,2018

–Mountain States Legal Foundation represents Wyoming ranchers who support scientific management of the fully recovered grizzly bear population in the rural West.

March 14, 2018 – DENVER, CO.–On March 14, a federal judge agreed that Wyoming ranchers add an important voice to the discussion over how to deal with the rebounded grizzly bear population around Yellowstone National Park. For decades, ranchers such as Charles C. Price and Mary E. Thoman have dealt with the deadly and dangerous effects of the growing grizzly bear population in their backyards but will finally be able to join with the court in ensuring all parties know the true effects of the grizzly bear. Mr. Price and Ms. Thoman, and their fellow ranchers lose countless numbers of livestock due to grizzly bear kills every year. Mr. Price and other ranchers in the Upper Green River Valley lost 71 cattle to confirmed grizzly bear kills in 2017 alone. Ms. Thoman and her family have not only lost countless sheep to grizzly bear kills, but also one of the family’s shepherds was mauled by a female grizzly bear in 2010. Those trying to make an honest living in rural western Wyoming are forced to expend a vast amount of money to try to protect themselves, their employees, and their livelihoods from the unrestrained predation by the ever-growing grizzly bear population. (more…)

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting Feb. 28-March 1 in Cheyenne

Legislative agriculture issues will be presented at the 2018 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting. The meeting will be Feb. 28-March 1 at the Radisson Hotel in Cheyenne. Held annually to coincide with the legislative session, the meeting provides Farm Bureau members the opportunity to meet with their legislators one-on-one and hear about current issues. (more…)

Farm Bureau Statement on WOTUS Jurisdiction Decision – Jan. 22, 2018

“The U.S. Supreme Court ruled correctly today that federal district courts—not federal courts of appeals—have jurisdiction to review the 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule,” said Ellen Steen, General Counsel of the American Farm Bureau Federation.  “This Supreme Court decision brings greater clarity to an important issue that has bogged down the litigation over this and other Clean Water Act regulations for years. That is a positive result, but it also creates uncertainty and confusion in the short term, because the Sixth Circuit must soon lift its nationwide stay of the 2015 rule.” (more…)

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