Agriculture

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Utah Farmers now have the rules and regulations in place to grow industrial hemp. Lawmakers in this year’s legislative session passed two bills giving the Department of Agriculture and Food the task of organizing an industrial hemp program for local producers.

It’s widely known that large agriculture producers of pork and soybeans are struggling because of overseas tariffs. Producers of smaller operations in Utah are also struggling.

In today’s economic news, agriculture is taking over the headlines. Trade disputes have farmers and ranchers uncertain about the future of their businesses, but one small group of people specializing in complex agriculture economics are working to keep up with the fast-paced markets.

The contract that allows low-income families to use SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, to buy food  from farmers markets was set to expire at the peak of summer and the growing season for farmers.
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The contract that allows low-income families to use SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, to buy food  from farmers markets was set to expire at the peak of summer and the growing season for farmers. The tight knit community of farmers markets came together to find a way for low-income families to continue receiving fresh produce from local markets.

Utahns Working To Meet The Demand For Locally Sourced Food

Jul 29, 2018
Trends of locally sourced food and sustainable practices have some Utahns working to create a grocery store owned by the customers. 250 cooperative grocery stores are in operation across the U.S. and 150 are in development, including one in Utah.
Moon Flower Co-op

Trends of locally sourced food and sustainable practices have some Utahns working to create a grocery store owned by the customers. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a $12 billion package is being implemented to shield the US agriculture industry from recent trade disputes.

The Number Of West Nile Cases In Horses Is On The Rise

Jul 23, 2018

Mosquito pools in Box Elder, Davis and Uintah counties have been tested positive for West Nile Virus. State health officials are warning people to take precautions. Veterinarians are warning people to take precautions for horses and other animals.

People who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could lose the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers markets by the end of the month. Officials in Utah are working to avoid impacts on farmers and SNAP customers.
Downtown SLC Farmers Market

People who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could lose the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets by the end of the month. Officials in Utah are working to avoid impacts on farmers and SNAP customers.

Farmers use information and data used in safflower trials on their own operations
Bronson Teichert

Experimenting with new crop varieties adds to the many risks farmers already face, according to experts at Utah State University. USU research farms throughout the state are working with farmers to eliminate risks by creating a more efficient food system.

The Reading Corral is designed to improve literacy skills, life lessons and how to treat and care for horses.
Mckay Jensen CAAS Marketing

The Reading Corral program at North Logan Library is a literacy project aimed to help young children improve reading skills while learning about horses. During each session, two miniature horses come to the library and the children are able to interact with them.

Utah State University focuses on teaching, research and extension
Bronson Teichert

Utah State University researchers are studying and testing varieties of grass for beauty and efficiency. Lawns and golf courses have more than sprinklers and lawnmowers keeping them green in the hot summer months. 

Livestock Haulers Asking For Less Regulation In Farm Bill

Jun 25, 2018

Earlier this year the Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented ELD’s or electronic logging devices to regulate the amount of time truckers are driving and resting. Truckers can drive 11 hours then have to rest for 10.

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Native Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. While more producers are participating every year, much of the data is still missing.

Fresh produce stand
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According to the United States census, almost 15 percent of Utah senior citizens are facing hunger. With seniors making up 10 percent of Salt Lake County’s population, one program is providing fresh produce to fight hunger with over 3,800 pounds of fresh produce were distributed in 2017. All that fresh produce was enough to feed over 1,500 senior citizens. 

The Utah Farmworker Program is reaching out to people working in agriculture throughout the state. The program is designed to help workers and their families become self-sufficient.

Elise Teichert

The Tripp family has been farming in Cache Valley since the 1860s. The 1,000-acre farm is home to cows, chickens, ducks, sheep and of course the llama named Bob that stands guard at the edge of the pasture.

The Three Creeks Project will implement cattle and sheep grazing on designated areas of land for short amounts of time. The grazing allotments are designed to limit large amounts of fuel for wild fires and maintain plant and soil health.
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The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are working with livestock operators on the Three Creeks Project in northern Utah. The project is an effort between federal agencies and locals to improve rangeland health for over 135,000 acres in Cache and Rich Counties.

Farmers and ranchers are working with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to reach the ninety-five percent of the word’s consumers who live outside the U.S.
Brian Champagne

Farmers and ranchers are working with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to reach the 95 percent of the world's consumers who live outside the U.S.

Chinese tariffs have some producers worried, but trade with other countries show promise for the future.

Utah State University Equine Student Breaking Barriers

Apr 26, 2018
Jack Charlesworth is a USU equine science major breaking barriers for people with unique challenges
Jack Charlesworth

One Utah State University student in the Equine Science Program has unique challenges, but he is changing the way people like him work with horses. This student is not letting any challenges get in the way of his love for horses and life.

Utah farmer fights to keep his farm from being turned into a soccer field.
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A fourth-generation farmer is fighting to save his farmland from city officials in Farmington who want to buy 0.02 square miles (0.05 square kilometers) to make new soccer fields.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Alan Bangerter contends there are other parcels where soccer fields could be placed without harming "a productive farm" and is seeking to save his property as an Utah Agricultural Protection Area.

The Utah Farm Bureau is focusing on farm safety. This week has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. The bureau identified safety risks while focusing on the theme, “No One Can Take Your Place.”

People in Cache Valley working against food waste
Bronson Teichert

Next time you find yourself scraping your plate into the garbage, you might consider how much you’re throwing away.  

Utah Working To Improve Specialty Crop Production

Feb 13, 2018
Grant applications will allow farmers to grow more specialty crops
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Utah is one of the top producers of tart cherries in America, but that’s the only specialty crop the state is known for. One agriculture group is working to help local farmers  grow more produce and increase their profit.

Photo by Ron Nichols / USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Cattle digest their food through bacteria-aided fermentation, creating methane as a byproduct that’s exhaled by the animal. According to research by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the cattle industry accounts for about 20 percent of total human-associated methane emissions.

Planning Will Save The Family Farm

Dec 21, 2017
westerndairyassociation.org

96 percent of the 2.2 million farms in the United States are considered “family farms,” according to one planning and tax expert. Passing down those family farms to future generations is not an easy task.

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