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Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation offers nine scholarships

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--March 1 application deadline

            Farm Bureau members and their family are encouraged to apply for one of nine college scholarships offered by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation scholarship deadline is March 1, 2017. One scholarship is valued at $1,500 and eight scholarships are valued at $500 each. Full Article

2017 Brand Renewal--Jan. 9, 2017

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Jan. 9, 2016, Cheyenne--Wyoming Livestock Brands due for renewal in 2017 are now expired as of December 31, 2016. However, a grace period has been granted until midnight March 1, 2017 to renew brands. Please remember to make sure brand renewals are postmarked by midnight March 1, 2017 in order to avoid a late fee on your renewal. All brands renewed after midnight on March 1, 2017 will cost an additional $150.00 on top of the $300.00 renewal fee. They Wyoming Livestock Board will be sending a certified letter containing a second brand renewal notice to those producers who have a brand due for renewal and did not renew their brands prior to January 31, 2016. Full Article

Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting Feb. 2-3 in Cheyenne

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Legislative and agriculture issues will be presented at the 2017 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting. The meeting will be Feb. 2-3 at the Little America 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 receive updates on current issues.

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2017 State of the State Address - January 13, 2017

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By Holly Kennedy, WyFB

On January 11th at the State of the State Address Governor Matt Mead welcomed new and returning legislators, stating “there is a new energy that comes with adding new people to the mix… as always I look forward to working with this body on the important work ahead.”

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Farm Bureau, NASDA Seek Delay of Unlawful EPA Rule - Dec. 22, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C., December 22, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture have petitioned the Environmental Protection Agency to delay the January 2017 start date of its worker protection safety rule. AFBF and NASDA cited EPA violations of federal law as well as incomplete and undelivered compliance and enforcement tools to support their petition.

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Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Conference Jan. 20-21 in Jackson

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--Featuring “Hard Work and Harmony” by Dave Pratt

             “Your Future. Your Family. Your Farm Bureau” is the theme of the Jan. 20-21, 2017 Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Conference in Jackson, Wyo.   The conference is open to all young agricultural producers between the ages of 18-35 (no membership necessary) and all Farm Bureau members. Children are welcome.   

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Veterinary Feed Directive takes effect Jan. 1, 2017

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As the full implementation of the Veterinary Feed Directive approaches on Jan. 1, 2017, here are a couple of resource links for farmers and ranchers to review the new requirements for feed-grade medications. 

List of Affected Applications

Veterinary Feed Directive Overview Video

More information on Veterinary Feed Directive

Veterinary Feed Directive will require enhanced communication between vets and producers - Dec. 16, 2016

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Industry professionals say the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) that will take effect at the end of this year will require stronger communication between ranchers who use feed-based antibiotics and their veterinarians. The VFD is intended to encourage judicious use of antibiotics within the industry, addressing concerns some people have that antibiotics are becoming less effective in treating human illness. Full Article

“Wyoming Needs Agriculture” food/fund drive at UW Basketball Game Nov. 30

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 ü  Celebrate Agriculture.  Cheer on the Pokes.  Help Fight Hunger in Wyoming.   Get a t-shirt.

Cowboy Fans headed to the University of Wyoming (UW) Cowboy Basketball game vs. Denver University on Nov. 30 can check all items off this list above. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation has partnered with UW Sports to hold a “Wyoming Needs Agriculture/Harvest for All” event to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies (WFBR). WFBR, Wyoming’s only food bank, serves hunger relief agencies in all of Wyoming’s 23 counties.

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Eastern Wyoming College student Chelsea Baars wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet - Nov. 18, 2016

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Eastern Wyoming College student Chelsea Baars discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Collegiate Discussion Meet and earned $300 cash and an expense-paid trip to Pittsburgh, Penn. Baars competed Nov. 10 in the event held in Laramie. Seventeen competitors representing Sheridan College, Eastern Wyoming College, and the University of Wyoming entered the competition.

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Albany County rancher Stacy Berger wins Wyoming Farm Bureau YF&R Discussion Meet - Nov. 18, 2016

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Albany County rancher Stacy Berger discussed agriculture issues at a recent Wyoming Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Discussion Meet and earned $500 cash and a trip to Phoenix, Ariz. Berger competed Nov. 12 with other young farmers and ranchers in the event held at the Wyoming Farm Bureau Annual Meeting in Laramie.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for coming year; elects leaders - Nov. 17, 2016

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LARAMIE—Dissolution of special districts, penalties for wanton destruction of livestock, trespassing for shed antler hunters, and speed limiting devices were among the many topics included in policies adopted at the 97th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Held Nov. 10-12, 2016 in Laramie, Wyo., the meeting is an important step in the grassroots policy development process of Farm Bureau.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau members donated the equivalent of 11,079 meals to help Wyoming families in need - Nov. 15, 2016

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LARAMIE--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 food and fund drive to benefit the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies raised the equivalent of 11,079 meals for Wyoming families.

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Crook County’s Frank Hawken receives Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award - Nov. 15, 2016

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LARAMIE—Frank Hawken, of Crook County, was awarded the 2016 Wyoming Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award at the 97th annual meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). Presented Nov. 11, the award is given to those who have gone above and beyond in their service to agriculture.

“Frank is the epitome of a true servant leader who has dedicated his life to serving Farm Bureau in any manner possible,” the Crook County Farm Bureau Federation wrote in their nomination letter. “He leads by example and hard work.”

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Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher Committee elects Stacy Berger as State Chair - Nov. 15, 2016

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LARAMIE—The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) Committee elected Albany County Rancher Stacy Berger to her first term as the WyFB YF&R State Committee Chair.

“I am really excited for this opportunity,” Berger said. “I’m hoping to be the kind of leader that will inspire others to take the next step of involvement and really ask the question of what can I do for agriculture through Farm Bureau.”

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Todd Fornstrom elected Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President - Nov. 12, 2016

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LARAMIE, Nov. 12, 2016—Todd Fornstrom, of Laramie County, was elected to his first term as President of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB) at the organization’s 97th annual meeting in Laramie.

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Government and Industry Groups Ask Court to Overturn EPA Water Rule - Nov. 1, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 1, 2016 – The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with dozens of agricultural, business and municipal entities, today asked a federal court to vacate the EPA’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the United States” rule. The brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lays out in detail the substance of the groups’ allegations. It follows a year of litigation over which court had jurisdiction to hear challenges to the expansive and unlawful rule.

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Poisonous Plants Symposium Nov. 10 in Laramie

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--Free event, open to public.  Sponsored by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation

 LARAMIE--Ranchers are no stranger to the risks poisonous plants pose to livestock. Have you ever questioned the exact toxicology behind how these plants affect livestock? Are you looking for innovative solutions to managing these risks?

A free informational symposium on poisonous plants is being presented by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. in Laramie. Held in conjunction with the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Annual Meeting, the symposium will be at the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center in Laramie.

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Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 97th Annual Meeting Nov. 10-12 in Laramie

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LARAMIE--“Agriculture…Keeping Wyoming Strong” is the theme of the 97th Annual Meeting of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation (WyFB). The meeting will be Nov. 10-12, 2016 in Laramie at the Hilton Garden Inn and UW Conference Center.

Policy development

Policy discussions are the main purpose of the meeting and guide the work of the federation. According to Ken Hamilton, WyFB Executive Vice President, resolutions cover a broad range of topics including special tax districts, shed antler hunting, speed limiting devices on vehicles, the beef check-off, and open range accident liability.

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Leading Farm Organizations Challenge Dannon and Other Food Companies on Retreat from Sustainable Agriculture Practices - Oct. 17, 2016

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WASHINGTON, D.C., October 17, 2016 – Leaders of the nation’s top farming organizations joined together today in urging food companies to recognize that their sustainability goals, intended to reduce the use of natural resources, cannot be achieved without the use of modern agricultural practices, despite any misleading assertions to the contrary.

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