Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting Feb. 27-28

Legislative issues, health insurance, telecommunications, Wyoming water strategy and estate planning are a few of the topics that will be presented at the 2014 Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Meeting.

The meeting will be Feb. 27-28 at the Holiday Inn 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.

The meeting begins at 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 with registration. If their schedules permit, House Agriculture Committee Chair Representative Mark Semlek and Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Gerry Geis will address the members during the noon luncheon. Schedule pending, Senator Eli Bebout will then provide an overview of interim activities and recommendations of the Select Federal Natural Resource Management Committee.

At 1:30 p.m. Keith Kennedy with Custom Ag Solutions will present "Protecting Your Profits – Strategies for Navigating Turbulent Markets."

Thursday's afternoon activities also include legislative briefings from WyFB lobbyists and membership awards.

Thursday evening at 6:30 p.m. provides the one-on-one visits with the legislators during a joint "Legislative Reception" sponsored by the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and the Wyoming Rural Electric Association.

Friday's agenda includes a speaker's forum. Beginning at 8 a.m., Wyoming Department of Insurance Commissioner Tom Hirsig will discuss "Options for Health Insurance in Wyoming's Agriculture Industry."

At 9 a.m., a panel discussion will look at "The Wyoming Telecommunications Act-What do we need for the future?" The panelists include: Alan Minier, Public Service Commission; Kristin Lee, Century Link; and Jason Hendricks, Range Telcos and Wyoming Telecommunications Association president.

Following a break, the next speaker begins at 10:15 a.m. Nephi Cole, Policy Advisor to Governor Matt Mead, will make a presentation on "Wyoming Water Strategy – What we heard in the listening sessions."

"Estate planning with your Farm Bureau agent" will be presented by Jason Bell, Farm Bureau Financial Services (Cheyenne office) at 11:15 a.m.

The meeting will conclude with a noon luncheon.

Meeting registration

Visit www.wyfb.org for on-line meeting registration and agenda or you may call 307.721.7723 or e-mail dgiroux@wyfb.org to pre-register by Feb. 17.

Hotel information

Room reservations may be made by calling the Holiday Inn at 307-635-1282 or 307-640-2481. Please make reservations under the WFB block code by Feb. 14.

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