Todd Fornstrom elected to seventh term as Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation President
Written by Caleb Nelson on November 15, 2022
“Being trusted to be a representative for what I believe to be best agricultural organization in our country, if not the world, is an extreme honor,” Fornstrom says. “I’m ready to continue working for our farmers and ranchers in Wyoming.”
Todd and his family farm in Laramie County. He and his wife, Laura, have four children. Fornstrom runs Premium Hay Products, an alfalfa pellet mill, and runs a trucking business and custom combining business. Fornstrom also works with his father farming near Pine Bluffs. The diversified farm consists of irrigated corn, wheat, alfalfa, and dry beans.
Voting delegates elected Cole Coxbill, of Goshen County, to his seventh term as WyFB Vice President. Coxbill and his wife, Sammie, have three children. They run a trucking business, a commercial row crop spraying business, raise cattle and manage a farm.
“The strength of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation comes from the individual member, and this is where the power of the grassroots federation shines,” Coxbill explains. “It’s an honor and privilege to serve the membership of this great organization and be their representative as we work to keep agriculture strong.”
Lane Hageman, of Goshen County, was elected to his second term as the Director-At-Large. Hageman lives and works on his family’s cow/calf ranch in southeastern Wyoming. Hageman is also a Goshen County Farm Bureau Federation Board Member.
“We really need to unite, stand up for and defend agriculture from the blatant attacks that we see every day,” Hageman says. “I believe in the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation and our mission to protect agriculture. I am proud to be a part of the organization.”
In addition to the three statewide elections, five District Directors and the Young Farmer & Rancher Committee State Chair serve on the state board.
The Young Farmer & Rancher Committee elected Carbon County Rancher Quade Palm as state YF&R Chair. This position has a seat on the WyFB Board of Directors.
Rounding out the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors are District Directors Raenell Taylor, Northeast District Director; Kevin Baars, Southeast District Director; Tim Pexton, Central District Director; Thad Dockery, Northwest District Director; and Justin Ellis, Southwest District Director.
The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is the state’s largest general agriculture organization. The purpose of the 103rd annual meeting held Nov. 10-12, 2022, was to develop policy to guide the organization in the coming year.
The mission of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation is to represent the voices of Wyoming farmers and ranchers through grassroots policy development while focusing on protecting private property rights, strengthening agriculture, and supporting farm and ranch families through advocacy, education, and leadership development.