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Tax Reform Central to Improving Economy, Farm Bureau Tells Congress - May 18, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2017 – Farmers and ranchers need the economic benefits that will follow from tax reform, the American Farm Bureau Federation told Congress in testimony submitted to the House Ways and Means Committee today. Full Article

Stop Federal Water Extortion, Farm Bureau Says - May 18, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2017 – Land managers in the West increasingly demand that ranchers who work federal land surrender their water rights to the government or get off the range. It’s extortion and a form of unconstitutional taking that simply has to stop, Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau’s vice president of national government affairs, told the House Subcommittee on Water, Power and Oceans. Full Article

Farm Bureau Applauds Regulatory Accountability Act - April 26, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., April 26, 2017 – The following may be attributed to American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall:

“American Farm Bureau Federation strongly supports the bi-partisan Regulatory Accountability Act introduced today by Senators Portman and Heitkamp. This bipartisan effort is one that should be welcomed by all stakeholders – farmers, ranchers, policymakers, state officials, environmentalists, scientists – anyone who wants a system that is open, transparent, and fair and who recognizes the current system fails to live up to our expectations.

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Farm Bureau Applauds EPA’s Water Rule Outreach - May 9, 2017

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WASHINGTON, D.C., May 9, 2017 – American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall today praised the Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to collaborate closely with governors regarding revision of the Waters of the United States rule. Full Article

WY AG Matters Photo Contest

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--Contest deadline May 10, 2017 at 4 p.m.

Share your "WY AG Matters" photos and tell us how you feel connected to Wyoming Agriculture!  All connections matter!  Contest is open to members and non-members.  The grand prize winner will receive $100 cash, 2nd place $75, 3rd place $50 and 4th place $25.  An added bonus for current Farm Bureau members, if the grand prize winner is a current member their next year's membership dues will be paid. 

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Wolves Returned to State Management in Wyoming - April 26, 2017

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April 26, 2017--“After a long and torturous trek we are pleased that the legal wrangling for wolf management has concluded,” stated Ken Hamilton, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Executive Vice President. “We certainly believe Wyoming has stepped up to the plate on this issue and we are glad a three judge panel saw it the same way.”

“Wyoming met its commitment for wolf recovery in 2003 and almost a decade and a half later we can now manage wolves as outlined by the wolf recovery plan,” Hamilton continued. Full Article

WyFB 2017 Legislative Review

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The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation 2017 Wyoming Legislative Review looks at the bills which were of interest to the members of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation based on the policies set forth and passed by the membership.  Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy development process guides the work of Farm Bureau lobbyists.

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Ag Groups Call for Estate Tax Repeal, Continuation of Stepped-up Basis - March 30, 2017

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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.).

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Ag Groups Reiterate Call for Rulemaking Reform - March 31, 2017

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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.       

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Is your local government prepared - March 26, 2017

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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.

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Judge Approves Settlement to Protect Farmers’ Privacy - March 28, 2017

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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.

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Congressional Resolution to Halt BLM Planning Rule Signed by President - March 27, 2017

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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.

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Agriculture: Food for Life

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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.

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“Wyoming Agricultural Literacy Week” is March 6-11

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“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.”

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Sen. Barrasso Honored with Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award - March 3, 2017

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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.

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House Passes Resolution to Halt BLM Planning Rule - Feb. 8, 2017

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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.

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Farmers, Ranchers Cheer Trump’s Move to Ditch Waters of the U.S. Rule - Feb. 28, 2017

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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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