So WY is actually going to surpass CO with their food freedom act that is currently in legislation. It essentially opens up any product that is grown on a farm or ranch (which I'm interpreting the bill language here as having ag tax status) can be sold directly to an "informed end consumer" with no regulation or licensure. The way I interpret that is that all raw milk products, vegetable products, home processed meats, home processed canned goods can all be done at the farm and picked up by the consumer....including! farmers markets. The only stipulation is is that somewhere at the point of sale there is a disclaimer stating that the consumer is purchasing unregulated product from an unlicensed producer. HOW COOL IS THAT!!! Welcome back to agriculture how it should be!
This is the version that has passed the house and has been accepted to the senate for introduction. The senate will get through their three reading by the end of next week or the week after I think. So by March we will have an answer, and the bill is to go into effect on July 1 of this year.
I had been watching that Bill with interest. More interesting to me are the ag gag bills. As someone with fracking all around me it terrifies me that they want to stop people from keeping companies accountable.
Got to sit in on the Senate Ag Committee for their review of the bill. After some passionate testimony from the public, some discussion by the committee, and a brief amending of simple grammar, the bill has passed to the senate floor on a 3 to 2 vote. So it will be heard and debated on the senate floor in coming weeks, and if passed will go to the governor for final signature.
Another update on Food Freedom Act (I know, this thread is different, but since the wyoming folks are all here might as well throw it up real quick). The senate president has signed the bill today, so it should go to the governor for final approval.
Did you see the editorial the WTE put out against it? Is there a reason the paper only employs stupid people? While I didn't like their dissent the way it was written just made me sad. It was all over the place and never really proved a point. Just pathetic.
I did read the WTE editorials and articles. Funny enough, there were contradicting articles reporting a win and a failure from the Senate.
Either way, the Governor did sign it and the Food Freedom act is now law. So a great win for Wyoming!!
I guess to bring it all back to the original thread. The PBS Farm to Table show is going to have a lot more content as soon as the producers catch up to the new law!!
A new episode ! This time a CSA farmer, Scott Richard, in Cody Wyoming. He is building the soil of an old dairy farm. He talks about biodynamics and soils.
Also shows a resturant that uses his produce.
I am going to e-mail Scott and see if he knows about permies !
Wyomatoes!! I never knew these guys were in my old stomping grounds. They are growing organic produce in the sagebrush desert of south west Wyoming. I think some of you Wyoming bee keepers need to visit, they need some reliable bees. And they need some good young permies to help out.
Apples in Wyoming! A university of Wyoming Professor is trying to locate and catalog all of the old orchards and bring back some of the hardy apple varieties ! Might be a good resource for cold area permies !
Thanks for posting the Wyoming Farm to Fork Chicken Wrangler video and the invite to say, Hi. If anyone has any question I'd be happy to share anything I can. You can see what we're up to on our web page beckerfamilystockfarm.com, which you linked or our Becker Family Stock Farm Facebook page.
"We’ll visit a mother/daughter operation in Lovell raising crossed Dorper/ Katahdin hair sheep, both relatively new breeds, but gaining in popularity in Wyoming. We’ll also visit the homestead of the Spear S Ranch in Red Canyon where they work to restore the oldest domestic breed of sheep in the Americas, the Navajo-Churro. "