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Law Family Honored as 2015 Farming Heritage Award Winner

BUCKHANNON, WV. - West Virginia Farm Bureau and the West Virginia State Fair will present the tenth annual Farming Heritage Award to the Law family of Ritchie County, West Virginia. The family operates David Law and Sons Polled Hereford Farm in Harrisville.
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Farm Credit of the Virginias Contributes $10,000 to Farm Bureau Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab

Ag Lab ContributionFarm Credit of the Virginias Chairman Charlie Leech presented a check for $10,000 to Charles Wilfong, President of West Virginia Farm Bureau, to support the purchase of a new Mobile Agriculture Education Science Lab.

First launched in 2009, the Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab travels to elementary schools across the Mountain State, teaching children about agriculture and the important roles it plays far beyond food.
Read more: Farm Credit of the Virginias Contributes $10,000
Farm Bureau Applauds Morrisey’s Leadership in Challenging EPA Waters of the U.S. Rule

MorriseyBUCKHANNON, WV – July 1, 2015 – West Virginia Farm Bureau (WVFB) commends West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey for his leadership in heading up a bipartisan coalition of nine states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s unlawful expansion of powers under the Clean Water Act.

"The EPA’s reinterpretation of its jurisdiction over the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) is nothing short of a land grab which will prevent homeowners, farmers, and other businesses from conducting ordinary practices such as digging, fertilizing, or building on their own private property," said Charles Wilfong, WVFB President.
Read more: Farm Bureau Applauds Morrisey’s Leadership
>> The entire complaint can be read HERE <<
EPA Abused Rulemaking Process, American Farm Bureau General Counsel Steen Tells Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 10, 2015 – The EPA abused and distorted the normal rulemaking process to pre-determine the outcome of its highly controversial “Waters of the U.S.” rule, American Farm Bureau Federation General Counsel Ellen Steen told the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

Instead of inviting and openly considering public input, the EPA conducted an aggressive advocacy campaign to obscure the on-the-ground impact of the rule and to smear groups, like Farm Bureau, that dared to explain those impacts to the public, Steen told the committee.
Read more: EPA Abused Rulemaking Process
Farm Bureau Endorses Bill to Sink Controversial WOTUS Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015— The American Farm Bureau Federation today asked Congress to pass legislation ordering the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to withdraw the controversial “Waters of the United States” proposal.

In a letter copied to all members of Congress, AFBF President Bob Stallman wrote that the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act of 2015 represents an opportunity for Congress to take “the first important step toward resolving this issue fairly.”
Read more: Farm Bureau Endorses Bill to Sink Controversial WOTUS Rule
Farm Bureau Donates to Ronald McDonald Houses to observe “Food Check-Out”

Ronald McDonald HouseBUCKHANNON, WV – “Food Check-Out” is West Virginia Farm Bureau’s annual celebration of the affordable, safe and plentiful food grown by America’s agriculture community. To mark the observance, county Farm Bureaus collect non-perishable foods and paper goods as well as monetary donations to support three Ronald McDonald Houses in West Virginia.
Read more: Farm Bureau Donates to Ronald McDonald House
Farm Bureau Says HB 2688 Represents Gains for West Virginia Land and Mineral Owners

BUCKHANNON, WV: Following a series of meetings with the Independent Oil and Gas Association; National Royalty Owners; West Virginia Land and Minerals; West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and West Virginia Royalty Owners, West Virginia Farm Bureau has endorsed House Bill 2688, which deals with pooling/unitization of interests in drilling units in connection with all horizontal oil and gas wells in West Virginia.
Read more: Farm Bureau Says HB 2688 Represents Gains

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WV State SealThe Fiftieth Day of the Legislature – March 4, commonly referenced as “Crossover Day,” was the last day to consider bills on third reading in their house of origin.  Accordingly, many bills have been dropped from our weekly watch lists since they died in their house of origin.
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