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Wyoming Data Trespass Laws Challenged in Federal Court


A federal lawsuit was filed Tuesday against the State of Wyoming by activist groups over recently enacted data trespass laws in the Cowboy State. State data trespass laws make it illegal to collect resource data on private lands for the purpose of sharing it with the government. The plaintiffs say the laws they are concerned about “are… Continue Reading

Letter From the Editor: No ‘Ag-Gag’ in Wyoming



“I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail.” — Abraham Maslow, American psychologist, 1962 The woman who taught this ink-stained journalist how to excel in public affairs for about 20 years taught me about the parade. It’s really a simple… Continue Reading

Missouri Bill Seeks End to State and Local Regulation of Direct Farm Sales


A Missouri state legislator wants to give people the right to sell farm-produced products directly to the consumer without any interference from state or local regulatory agencies. House Bill 866 is similar to the fast-moving Wyoming “Food Freedom Act,” which unanimously passed the House in Cheyenne late last month and is now in line for… Continue Reading

Tour of State Legislatures Finds Spotty Interest in Food Safety Issues


Since 2010, there have been waves of bills involving food and food safety washing through state capitals on subjects such as cottage foods, agricultural security, raw milk, and labeling food products containing genetically modified ingredients. The 2015 legislative sessions underway in 47 of the 50 states are different. In this second part of our look… Continue Reading

Wyoming House Ready for Final Vote on ‘Food Freedom’ Bill


A Wyoming “Food Freedom” bill is about to come to a final vote in the House of Representatives in Cheyenne. It has already survived a first floor vote, having gained approval Friday from the House Committee of the Whole. Wyoming House Bill 56, which also cleared the House Agriculture, State and Public Lands & Water… Continue Reading

Wyoming Lawmaker Sue Wallis, Raw Milk and Horse Slaughter Advocate, Found Dead at Age 56


Wyoming State Rep. Sue Wallis (R-Recluse) was found dead early Tuesday at a Gillette hotel. She was 56. An autopsy is planned, according to Campbell County Coroner Tom Eekhoff. Governor Matt Mead ordered state flags at the Wyoming Capitol Building in Cheyenne and in Campbell County lowered to half-staff from now until sunset of the… Continue Reading

Indiana Joins Wyoming in Moving ‘Ag-Gag’ Closer to Law


A second state legislative body has passed more legal protection for those who wish to practice animal agriculture in relative secrecy. In a 30-to-20 vote, the Indiana Senate passed Senate Bill (SB)-0373, making it unlawful to photograph or make a video recording or motion picture of agriculture operations without the written consent of the owner. And… Continue Reading

Wyoming House Passes “Ag-Gag” for Farm & Ranch Protection


Just before she had to go Laramie for the Wyoming Legislature’s two month session, libertarian Republican Sue Wallis had to bury her husband of 19 years, cowboy poet Rod McQueary. But the Recluse rancher has not slowed her pace. She was one of the most passionate advocates of a domestic partnership bill for the Cowboy… Continue Reading

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Golden Corral Outbreak


A class action lawsuit was filed last Friday against the Golden Corral restaurant, charging the buffet-style restaurant was negligent in last December ‘s norovirus outbreak in Casper, WY. Jason Ochs of the Casper-based Ochs Law Firm brought the case with Seattle attorney William Marler as co-counsel. Marler is managing partner of the nationally known food… Continue Reading

Wyoming Norovirus Spread Mostly in Golden Corral


The norovirus outbreak that spread like wildfire through Casper, Wyoming last December sickening several hundred people was a restaurant-associated event, meaning the illnesses were not acquired in the community at large. Instead, the virus got a push from 31 sickened food handlers at the restaurant who mostly kept working their normal shifts. Those facts led… Continue Reading