As congressional lawmakers turn their attention to taxes, farmers and ranchers are urging them to include estate tax repeal in any tax reform legislation they consider this year.
“The estate tax is especially damaging to agriculture because we are a land-based, capital-intensive industry with few options for paying estate taxes when they come due. Unfortunately, all too often at the time of death, farming and ranching families are forced to sell off land, farm equipment, parts of the operation or take out loans to pay off tax liabilities and attorney’s fees,” 32 agriculture organizations, including the American Farm Bureau Federation, wrote to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Ranking Member Richard Neal (D-Mass.). Full Article
Encouraging continued bipartisan negotiations on meaningful regulatory reform legislation, the American Farm Bureau Federation and 47 other agricultural organizations again pledged their readiness to work with lawmakers on much-needed improvements to the rulemaking process. Full Article
By Karen Budd-Falen, Budd-Falen Law Offices
President Trump and Interior Secretary Zinke have made promises about moving federal agency decision making back to the local level, putting Americans back to work and ensuring that the public lands are managed for “multiple use.” While that sounds wonderful, making those promises means more than a directive from Washington D.C., it means that your local governments have to take the lead in dealing with the federal agencies. Local decision making is not just for counties with federal lands, but federal decisions can impact the use of private property as well. Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 28, 2017 -- The American Farm Bureau Federation and the National Pork Producers Council yesterday closed the final chapter of their lawsuit challenging EPA’s release of farmer and rancher personal information, when a federal judge approved a settlement that secures the private information of thousands of livestock and poultry farmers in 36 states.Full Article
On March 27, 2017, President Trump signed a Farm Bureau-supported resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to stop an Obama administration rule that would weaken the influence of local and regional input on Bureau of Land Management decisions. The Senate in early March joined the House in approving this resolution.
Known as “Planning 2.0,” the far-reaching rule incorporated numerous Obama-era presidential and secretarial orders, along with internal agency guidance and policy documents. By reducing the opportunity for public comment, minimizing federal requirements to coordinate with state and local governments and imposing new mitigation requirements, Planning 2.0 would have caused significant problems in the federal land use planning processes.Full Article
When you think about agriculture, food is the first thing that comes to mind for most people. Food is definitely important for life, however, farmers and ranchers provide for much more than food alone. Plant and animal biotechnology have resulted in new antibodies for immunizations. Agriculture has also contributed to research that has helped develop surgical techniques and pharmaceuticals that help save lives.
And that is just the beginning of how agriculture is food for life. Agriculture protects and provides for open spaces, clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat and local economies.Full Article
“This education (agriculture literacy) is so important whether you are in agriculture or not it is important to have an appreciation of where your food comes from,” Wyoming Governor Matt Mead stated during a meeting with Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation members. “When you look at the big picture agriculture is important and critical for national security. It really is something I hope our country focuses on.”
Recognizing the importance of Wyoming agriculture and educating school children through reading, the week of March 6th has been designated by Governor Mead as “Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week.”Full Article
Washington, D.C., March 3, 2017 – American Farm Bureau Federation Vice President Scott VanderWal presented Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) with AFBF’s Golden Plow award at this week’s annual Advocacy Conference. The Golden Plow is the highest honor the organization gives to members of Congress.Full Article
The House on Feb.. 7 approved a Farm Bureau-supported resolution (H.J. Res. 44) to stop an Obama administration rule that would weaken the influence of local and regional officials on Bureau of Land Management decisions.Full Article
Describing the flawed Waters of the U.S. rule as nothing more than a federal land grab, American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall said President Donald Trump’s executive order to ditch the rule “is a welcome relief to farmers and ranchers across the country.”
He continued, “The Environmental Protection Agency failed to listen to farmers’ and ranchers’ concerns when drafting the rule and instead created widespread confusion for agriculture. Under the rule, the smallest pond or ditch could be declared a federal waterway.”Full Article
--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
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
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.Full Article
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.”Full Article
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.Full Article
--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.Full Article
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.
Veterinary Feed Directive will require enhanced communication between vets and producers - Dec. 16, 2016
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
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.Full Article
Eastern Wyoming College student Chelsea Baars wins Farm Bureau Collegiate Discussion Meet - Nov. 18, 2016
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.Full Article