In a press conference on Friday, Governor Gary Herbert called for a directive called “Stay Safe and Stay Home” for all of Utah. This directive will go into place this evening, while guidelines for businesses will start Monday.
With blood drives being canceled all over the country, The American Red Cross is beginning to experience a “crisis within a crisis” -- a dangerously low blood supply. People throughout Utah have been wondering how they can help during this pandemic. One way is by taking the time to donate blood.
With schools closing and people being asked to restrict social gatherings, people have started to prepare for self-quarantining. As people are flocking to stores all at once, some supplies are starting to become scarce. Some members of the community that have decided to take matters into their own hands and hand out toilet paper to those in need.
Each year, tourists that come into Utah infuse about $9.5 billion into the state’s economy, which provides each household in the state $1,286 of tax relief. With the increase in restrictions due to COVID-19, this number could be affected in 2020.
In Governor Gary Herbert’s press conference today, members of the COVID-19 Community Task force gathered to make recommendations to Utah’s institutions of public and higher education. Updates were also given about how Utah plans to go about testing people for the virus.
According to the American Lung Associations State of the Air 2019 report, Utah ranked number seven in the worst air quality in the United States. One solution legislators are considering to improve Utah’s air quality is tier three gasoline.
As concern over coronavirus continues to grow, Govern Gary Herbert said officials in the state are working to ensure Utah is prepared. Although there are currently no confirmed cases of cornoavirus in Utah, people are wondering what would happen if the outbreak began to spread rapidly in the United States.
Industrialized hemp seemed to pop up out of nowhere back in 2018 and even still, the industry is referred to as the wild west. As Utah is getting ready to go into its second growing season for hemp, its important to understand what risks farmers are taking when planting this crop.
This past week, countries all over the world saw an increase in cases of corona virus. Iran has not been an exception. It’s first cases were reported a week ago and the number has spiked. The sanctions the United States Government has on Iran, individuals in Utah who want to provide aid are limited in what they can do.
Findings that child sexual abuse reports in Idaho went up in 2019 have made headlines, but advocates for child welfare say more reports could be a good sign. The Idaho Attorney General's annual report said there were 696 reported cases of child sexual abuse in 2019, up 103 from 2018.
Wolves are a pillar of the image of the “wild west." Throughout the years, wolves have been going on and off the endangered species list . In November, a citizen initiative in Colorado will be voted on to decide whether or not to introduce a wolf pack into the state’s wild. If passed, we could see the effects of it here in Utah.
Both the House and Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment Committees are working to create what they believe is smart ag policy this legislative session. One of these measures is a bill to allow water banking in the state.
Shortly after Chinese officials pledged to buy $200 billion worth of United States goods as part of a trade agreement signed between the two countries in January, quarantines began in an effort to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
During his opening remarks to the Utah State Senate on Monday, Senate President Stuart Adams committed to working to maintain Utah’s high economic ranking. Adams said according to Harvard University, the state is number one in the country for upper mobility.
In an effort to increase transparency on food labeling, the USDA implemented a new national bioengineered food disclosure standard at the beginning of the year. Over the next few years, customers will start to seem more labeling that identifies bioengineered food.
After years of experience in local and state government, former Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Commissioner Kerry Gibson is ready to take his knowledge and experience to Washington. Gibson announced his campaign for Utah's First Congressional District earlier this week while stepping down from his position as comissioner.
The United States Department of Agriculture has proposed new regulations for hemp farmers around the country. Currently there is a comment period going on until December 30 on the proposed regulations. And farmers throughout the country are speaking out on how these regulations could affect their operations.
Over the past few years, hemp has become an up-and-coming commodity in agriculture. Here in Utah, farmers are just starting to grow industrialized hemp. Industrial hemp is a cannabis plant with below .3% THC. Anything above this .3% threshold is considered to be a marijuana plant and would be destroyed.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utilities Service announced that they will be investing $5.13 million in rural broadband in Utah and Western Colorado by connecting some 675 households in the area. This funding will come from the first round of the USDA’s ReConnect Pilot Program, which is working toward connecting rural America.
Early members of the Church of Jesus Christ and Latter-day Saints found refuge in the territory of Utah in 1846 after being forced out of the state of Missouri by the governor. Nearly 175 years later, Utah’s governor has asked President Donald Trump to allow more refugees to locate in Utah.