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In the past, the United States Department of Agriculture, USDA, has allowed farmers and ranchers to choose what identification method they prefer to use to mark their cattle. Recently the USDA issued a formal notice requiring the use of Radio Frequency Identification -- or RFID.

As COVID-19 Rent Protections End, Some Utahns May Be Facing Evictions

Jul 7, 2020
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The COVID-19 crisis has led to thousands of Utahns losing their jobs or having their hours cut, but most have been able to stay in their homes, thanks to an eviction moratorium and assistance programs put in place by the state. 

Food Safety Tips For This Grilling Season

Jul 3, 2020
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Millions of Americans celebrate the Fourth of July every year by having a backyard barbeque. While this year’s holiday weekend may not look like past years, its still just as important to keep food safety practices in mind to prevent foodborne illnesses. 

The primary  election voting process in Utah looks pretty different this year thanks to the coronavirus. During one of the special legislative sessions this year, a bill was passed saying there would be no in person voting, unless counties chose to offer drive-through sites. 

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Summertime usually means occupying children by sending them out to summer camps, however with COVID-19, this may not be a viable option. Some organizations have decided to shift their camps to an online platform to keep kids engaged. Weber County 4-H is one of those groups transitioning summer camps to remote learning opportunities.

The second Farmers Feeding Utah “miracle project” happened in Northern Utah on Tuesday. Food pantries in Cache, Box Elder, and Rich Counties all benefited from the project.

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Multiple meat packing plants in Utah have been hit with recent influxes of coronavirus cases and some consumers are concerned about what this means for the products from these plants.  The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food released a statement saying they are confident in the quantity and quality of the meat that is produced in Utah. 

Details Utah Leads Together Volume Four Plan Announced

Jun 17, 2020

In the governor’s press conference on Wednesday, local leaders joined Gov. Gary Herbert to announce the details of the Utah Leads Together Plan Volume 4. According to Herbert, this version of the plan focuses on recovery, investment, and personal responsibility. To do this, the plan outlines benchmarks to achieve over the next 100, 250, and 500 days.  

Curds + Kindness is an initiative created by Dairy West redistribute surplus diary to people at risk of hunger across Utah and Idaho. As part of June, National Dairy Month, Dairy West is celebrating frontline workers by distributing grilled cheese sandwiches and cheese curds.  

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Now that the weather is warming up, farmers markets around Utah are beginning to open up. However, they don’t look the same as past years. Some markets have been positively effected by pandemic mitigation efforts, while others, not so much.

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Monday night’s Republican gubernatorial debate took place at the same time as the second round of protests that took place in Salt Lake City demanding justice for George Floyd of Minnesota.

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Horses and trainers all over Utah have worked toward competing this spring, but with the coronavirus pandemic resulting in numerous cancelled events, people were unsure whether or not competitions would still be held.

Utah Coronavirus Update- Friday, May 22

May 22, 2020

On Friday, May 22, the Utah Department of Health announced the number positive coronavirus cases was 8,057, up 183 cases from Thursday. During this time, the number of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 rose by 13 to a new total of 660.  There was one death in this time, bringing the total number to 93. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, Thursday, May 21

May 21, 2020

On Thursday, May 21, the Utah Department of Health announced the number of positive coronavirus cases in Utah has increased by 164 cases since Wednesday, bringing the new total to 7,874. Of the 7,874 cases, there have been 647 hospitalizations. Two people died in this time, bringing the total deaths due to COVID-19 to 92. One of these deaths occurred in a long- term care facility, making 40 resident deaths due to the coronavirus.

Utah Coronavirus Update- Wednesday, May 20

May 20, 2020

As of 1 p.m., the Utah Department of Health announced a total of 7,710 cases of the coronavirus in the state — an increase of 192 from Tuesday. Two people have died in this time, bringing the total deaths due to COVID-19 to 90 people. Of these deaths, 39 come from residents in long-term care facilities.

'Heroes Act' Could Help Feed Hungry Utahns

May 19, 2020
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The newest COVID-19 relief bill, the “Heroes Act”, that just passed in the U.S. House of Representatives would — if passed by the U.S. Senate and signed into law by President Trump — provide low-income Utah families and individuals with nearly $45 million extra over the next 16 months to purchase groceries or food at farmers markets. 

Does Utah Have A Meat Shortage?

May 15, 2020
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All over the country, states have been impacted by meat shortages due to processing plants being shut down and the change in the supply and demand chain. 

Gov. Herbert Moves Most Of Utah To 'Yellow' Risk

May 14, 2020
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At 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, most areas of Utah will be making the transition to the low-risk, "yellow" category of coronavirus mitigation efforts. However, Grand County, Summit County, Wasatch County, Salt Lake City, and West Valley City will continue to be in the moderate "orange" risk category.

Utah Coronavirus Update, Wednesday, May 13

May 13, 2020

As of 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Utah Department of Health announced the total coronavirus cases was 6,626, an increase of 188 from yesterday. Of the 6,626 confirmed cases, an estimated 3,406 people have recovered. The number of hospitalizations increased 18 people from Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 553. Two more Utahns have died due to the virus, bringing the state total to 75. 

Since Gov. Gary Herbert announced the state's transition to "orange," or moderate risk, according to the Utah Leads Together 2.0 plan on May 1, counties in rural Utah have asked to move directly into the "yellow" risk category. However, according to the state epidemiologist Angela Dunn, it is more difficult to determine a case trend for rural counties when determining whether they can make this transition.

To help Utahns who fall into the high-risk category for contracting diseases associated with the coronavirus—or those who care for high-risk individuals — Dr. Angela Dunn, the state epidemiologist, introduced a hotline to offer assistance. The hotline has been put into place to help people get meals, groceries, and medications dropped off at the houses of high-risk individuals. 

Utah Coronavirus Update, May 11th

May 11, 2020

As of 1 P.M. on Monday, the Utah Department of Health announced the total coronavirus cases was 6,362.  This is an increase of 111 cases from Sunday. Of the 6,362 cases, an estimated 3,181 people have recovered, and 517 hospitalizations have occurred. The death toll in Utah has increased by one from yesterday — bringing Utah’s total to 68.  

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On Thursday, Utah Farm Bureau Federation announced it was launching its Farmers Feeding Utah program to help both farmers and people in financial need throughout the community. Through this program, people in the community can donate money to buy food from farmers and distribute it to families in need.

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All around the country, county fairs are being canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, but that won’t stop 4-Hers from continuing to learn and compete. While some counties have already cancelled their fairs, efforts are still being made to still hold livestock shows.

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With schools being closed for the rest of the year, some students are taking that extra time to give back to the community. 4-H members throughout the state have taken this opportunity to help local hospitals by printing face shield and mask connectors. 

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