Farmers

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.
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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.

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

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.

USU Researchers Testing Viability Of Cow Chip Technology

Jun 11, 2018
Less farmland and a growing population has farmers turning to technology to produce more with less.
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Farmland has decreased by 72 million acres in the last 30 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less farmland and a growing population have farmers turning to technology to produce more with less.

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.

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.
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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.

Spring weather in Utah can be unpredictable, creating frustration for people looking forward to summer weather. But for farmers, the up and down weather could impact the health of fruit trees. Experts are trying to warn people before it’s too late.

Wildfires overtaking acres of rangeland and sagebrush country in the West
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Federal officials have launched a two-pronged plan to stop a vicious cycle of rangeland wildfires in a wide swath of sagebrush country in the West that supports cattle ranching, recreation and is home to an imperiled bird. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Friday says it will create an Environmental Impact Statement concerning fuel breaks and another on fuels reduction and restoration for Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, California, Utah, and Washington.

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Farmers and ranchers spend most of their day in the fields and with their animals. When it comes to issues and policies that impact the agricultural industry, they don’t have much time to voice their concerns. In November, things slow down just enough for farmers and ranchers to gather at the annual Utah Farm Bureau convention.

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Only 2% of America’s population work in the agricultural industry according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers are picking up the pace to strengthen relationships with the other 98% of the population.

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A federal judge has struck down the “agriculture operation interference” law which was approved in 2012 by the Utah legislature. What is also known as the “ag-gag” law, prohibited lying to gain access to a livestock operation. The law also required permission from the property owner for anyone who wanted to film. Legal experts are looking at ways for those in the agriculture industry and animal rights activists to find a compromise.

Budget Cuts To Affect Life-Saving Farm Equipment

Jun 29, 2017
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In the proposed budget for 2018, cuts are being considered to a federal program that helps farmers afford safety equipment. Funding to reduce tractor roll-over deaths could be especially hard for farmers.

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Last week Donald Trump released his proposed budget plan for 2018. According to the budget, the U.S Department of Agriculture would take one of the biggest cuts with a decrease of $4.7 billion in funding.