Agricultural News

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

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.”

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Statement regarding U.S. District Judge Johnson’s decision in State of Wyoming v. USFWS – Nov 18, 2010

LARAMIE—“The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with the Nov. 18 decision by U.S. District Judge Johnson in the wolf lawsuit,” Perry Livingston, Wyoming Farm Bureau (WyFB) President stated.  “Judge Johnson ruled that the USFWS rejection of the Wyoming Wolf Management plan was arbitrary and capricious.”

“From the 1980s to 2009 a lot has changed in what the United States Fish and Wildlife Service says about the wolves in Wyoming,” Livingston continued.  “From the 1980s to 2009 nothing has changed in what the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation says about wolves in Wyoming.”

“Wolves were supposedly going to stay in the Park,” Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau executive vice president, said.  “The federal government sold the public on the idea that wolves were supposedly going to stay in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.  The recovery numbers and requirements by the USFWS have been a moving target and when you throw the judiciary in there it becomes even more confusing.”

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U.S. District Judge Johnson: USFWS rejection of Wyoming Wolf Management plan was arbitrary and capricious

CHEYENNE, Nov. 18, 2010–In a Nov. 18, 2010 ruling, United States District Judge Alan Johnson ruled that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) rejection of the Wyoming Wolf Management plan was arbitrary and capricious.  The court remanded the issue back to the USFWS to fix.

“We are pleased with the decision,” Harriet Hageman, attorney for the Wyoming Wolf Coalition, stated.  “We have felt all along the USFWS actions weren’t based on science.”

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Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year – Nov 17, 2010

Laramie— Policies dealing with perpetuities, government budgeting, capital gains, and health care were among the many policies adopted at the 91st annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB).  Held Nov. 11-13, 2010 in Cody, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau.

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UW’s Ben Berry wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet

LARAMIE–University of Wyoming (UW) student Ben Berry discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and a trip to Orlando, Florida.  Berry competed Nov. 16 with other University of Wyoming students in the event held at the UW College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

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Perry Livingston elected to sixth term as Wyoming Farm Bureau President – Nov 13, 2010

CODY—Perry Livingston, of Sundance, was elected to his sixth term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 91st annual meeting in Cody.  Livingston and his family run a cow/calf operation in Crook and Weston Counties.

“It is a real privilege to continue serving agriculture and Wyoming Farm Bureau members,” Livingston said.  “It is an honor to serve our members who make this grassroots organization a strong voice for agriculture.”

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Senator Barrasso addresses Wyoming Farm Bureau Nov. 11, 2010

Cody–United States Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) received the “Friend of Farm Bureau” award at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 2010 annual meeting in Cody.  Wyoming Farm Bureau President Perry Livingston presented the award to Senator Barrasso on Nov. 11.

“We thank and recognize Senator Barrasso for his work in Washington D.C.,” Livingston stated.  “We appreciate the work he does on behalf of Wyoming citizens and specifically the Wyoming agriculture industry.”

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EQC rejects Very Rare or Uncommon Petition for Sand Creek area in Crook County – Nov. 3, 2010

The value of multiple-use in the Sand Creek area was retained October 28 when the Environmental Quality Council (EQC) voted 5 to 1 to not designate the Sand Creek area as “Very Rare or Uncommon.”   This vote was the culmination of a three year process in which the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance petitioned the EQC to designate the Sand Creek area “Very Rare or Uncommon.”  The Sand Creek area is located in Northeastern Wyoming, just south of Beulah, Wyo. and near the South Dakota border.

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America has a culture because of agriculture – Oct. 28, 2010

“There is no culture without agriculture.”–Dr. Gary Sides commented at the “Today’s Agriculture, Feeding the World” Forum in Torrington.  Take a moment to think about how far technology has brought us in America.  We can golf, go to movies, take a vacation, drive our kids to soccer games or go watch a football game with friends because we don’t have to work day and night to grow our own food thanks to agriculture!  Because of technological advances, we don’t have to worry about our kids dying from childhood diseases.

“Advancements in agriculture have freed up people to develop things like replacement knee surgery,” Dr. Sides, Pfizer Animal Health, said.  “Or eradicate diseases like polio.”

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Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet Nov. 16 in Laramie – Oct. 25, 2010

–$300 cash prize and eligibility for national competition

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. 16, 2010 the YF&R Committee will host the seventh 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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