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Wasatch County Issues 'Stay Safe. Stay Home' Order

Mar 30, 2020
Wasatch County

Wasatch County issued a stay-at-home public health Oorder that is effective  as soon as possible but no later than 7:00 A.M on April 1. This order will be in effect until April 14th, 2020.

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.


On Wednesday, officials from USDA Rural Development announced a number of immediate actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities that have been affected by the coronavirus outbreak. 

Blood Donations Still Needed During Pandemic

Mar 23, 2020

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. 

On Wednesday, the Logan School district began their school lunch pick-up program to provide children food during school closures.

Could Toilet Paper Bring Utah Communities Together?

Mar 16, 2020

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. 

COVID-19 Affects Tourist Season For Southern Utah

Mar 13, 2020

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.

Economist's Discuss The Risks With Growing Hemp

Feb 27, 2020

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. 

Sanctions Might Be Making Coronavirus Worse In Iran

Feb 27, 2020

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.


Wyoming took a big first step toward blazing a new trail on managing big game migration corridors when Gov. Mark Gordon signed an executive order last week.

Greater Awareness Could Help Children Come Forward about Abuse

Feb 20, 2020

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. 

How A Colorado Wolf Iniative Could Effect Utah

Feb 12, 2020

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.

A Glimpse Into 2020 Agricultural Legislation

Feb 6, 2020

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.

Utah Dog Receives Farm Dog Of The Year Award

Jan 30, 2020

The title of Farm Dog of the Year was awarded to a Utah dog named Flint at the 2020 American Farm Bureau Convention.

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  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.

Kerry Gibson Leaves UDAF To Run For Congress

Jan 18, 2020

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. 

Art And Literature In The #MeToo Movement

Jan 10, 2020

The Me-Too movement has been widely seen on social media platforms as a way to empower women who have experienced sexual harassment and assault by showing survivors they are not alone. 

Art and literature have always played a big role in how people share stories and ideas with one another. The social movement “Me Too” is no exception.


This year, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is expanding its focus to include economic development, as part of its vision to be a service organization with regulatory responsibilities.

Christmas Trees: A Pathway For Invasive Species

Dec 17, 2019

Oh, Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree, please don’t infect Utah with these species. 

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.

The Liabilities With Agritourism

Dec 7, 2019
Staheli Family Farm

As the number of farms dwindles, those still in operation are looking for ways to maintain viability. One solution some farms are trying is agritourism.

Getting Into The Hemp Industry: Advice From A Farmer

Nov 30, 2019

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.

USDA Invests In Broadband For Rural Utah

Nov 30, 2019

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.  

The Effects Of The Dean Foods Bankruptcy On Utah

Nov 25, 2019

Dairy producer Dean Foods has filed for bankruptcy protection. In Utah, St. George Ice Cream is a division of Dean Foods and is the manufacturer of branded and private label ice cream products.


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.