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WyFB Looks Forward to Annual Meeting

Written by Ken Hamilton

The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting will be in Laramie Nov. 10-12 to talk about issues that county Farm Bureaus feel are important to their membership. In conjunction with the Wyoming Farm Bureau’s annual meeting, the Wyoming Farm Bureau Foundation will hold a symposium on poisonous plants.

The WyFB Foundation Symposium on Nov. 10 begins at 8:30 a.m. and will feature scientists from the USDA Poisonous Plants Lab in Logan, Utah. Dr. Kip Panter, Dr. Kevin Welch and Dr. Clint Stonecipher will present ongoing research and solutions to problems caused by poisonous plants. Some of the research and work that is being done at this facility is pretty exciting.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Farm Bureau members will also be electing a new president to head up our organization since President Perry Livingston, who has lead the Wyoming Farm Bureau for 11 years, will be retiring. Having dedicated leaders to work on behalf of Wyoming’s farmers and ranchers is something for which all of us in agriculture can be thankful. We certainly are grateful when someone dedicates the time that President Livingston has to work for agriculture at the state and national levels.

Of course, the entire purpose of our meeting is to discuss and vote on resolutions sent in by our counties on policy issues that concern these grassroots members. Naturally, these cover a broad range of topics including proposed policies on special tax districts, shed antler hunting, speed limiting devices on vehicles and a host of other topics.

In addition to policy discussions, members will also hear a variety of updates. Ryan Yates, director of Congressional Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation, will talk about policy and priorities for the lame duck session and the new Congress and Administration. Ryan also deals with a lot of the federal lands issues for the American Farm Bureau, so he will also discuss various federal lands issues.

Katelyn McCullock, who is in the Economics Division with the American Farm Bureau, will bring her perspective on the economic outlook for livestock for the coming year.

Cole Coxbill, chair of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Young Farmer and Rancher Committee and AFBF board member, will also update the members on all of the activities of the American Farm Bureau, as well as the activities of the Wyoming Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer and Rancher program.

Fall is a busy time of year with harvest activities. We are thankful for the many volunteers who take the time from their busy schedule to travel to the Farm Bureau annual meeting and finish the process that started at the counties in developing direction for the Federation in the coming year. These are your neighbors and you can support them through your membership or by getting involved at the local level.

This is our 97th annual meeting, and for the 97th year in a row, Farm Bureau will continue working to keep agriculture strong in Wyoming.