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Farm Bureau Statement on Agricultural Relief


The Trump Administration’s agricultural assistance package is welcome relief to an economic sector that has been battered by foreign competitors and retaliatory tariffs.

Why We Observe Memorial Day


The stories of military heroism, of sacrifice, and of patriotism remind us what is best in ourselves, and they teach our children what is best in America.

Chinese Tariffs Disrupt Utah Farmers


What impact are retaliatory tariffs from China having on Utah agriculture?

House approves disaster bill


The bill provides $3 billion for farm disaster assistance administered through USDA’s Wildfires and Hurricanes Indemnity Program, which will help farmers hurt by natural disasters in 2018 and 2019 with expenses related to losses of crops (including on-farm stored commodities), trees, bushes, vines, milk and harvested adulterated wine grapes.

The Zipline: Meeting the challenge of rural stress and suicide


There is no challenge too great for America’s tough, resilient farmers and ranchers. We are meeting this challenge head-on, and together we will overcome it.

Dairy Delight: Travelers Find New Farm-inspired Food Stop Southern Utah


The experience aspect of the ‘Creamery’ store aims to connect with consumers in a new way

Farm Bureau Welcomes Trump Immigration Reform Proposal


Nowhere is reform more critical than in the agricultural sector

More Tariffs on the Chinese Horizon


The increase in these particular tariffs was delayed twice since the investigation determination was published in the Federal Register on Sept. 21, 2018.

Women count in agriculture


Participants will be entered to receive one of five $100 gift cards after the survey closes on June 21.

150th anniversary of Golden Spike celebrates Utah’s piece of history


More than just creating a meeting point that would become a tourist destination and historical footnote, the location of the ‘Golden Spike’ as it would become known has had prolonged impact on Utah.

Toward Better Food Plants: The Promise of Gene Editing


Traditional plant breeding can achieve a desired result, but the process may take many years of trial and error to complete and nurture unwelcome traits.

Utah Rancher Turns Waste Wool into Nourishing Plant Pellets


Along with 2,800 sheep, Wilde, his father and two brothers raise cattle and irrigated crops, primarily alfalfa, on land that’s been in the family since the 1860s.

Agriculture, Natural Resources Groups Support Multi-Stakeholder Proposal to Manage Wild Horses and Burros


The proposal focuses on the congressional appropriations process and does not recommend any amendments to the Wild and Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act.

Utah and Michigan cherry growers file dumping case against Turkey


The petition claims Turkey is flooding the U.S. market with dried tart cherries, which is lowering domestic product prices.

New national poll shows impacts of rural economy on farmer mental health


A strong majority of farmers and farmworkers say financial issues, farm or business problems and fear of losing the farm impact farmers’ mental health

Utah Farm Bureau Welcomes Brian Steed as Director of Utah Department of Natural Resources


The Utah Farm Bureau welcomes the appointment of Brian Steed to lead the Utah Department of Natural Resources.

USMCA to Increase Ag Exports by $2.2 Billion


Agricultural exports are expected to increase by $2.2 billion under the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement

Farm Bureau Calls for Quick Passage of Rural Electric Co-op Bill


The recently introduced legislation will ensure that electric cooperatives will not jeopardize their tax-exempt status when they accept government grants for activities like expanding broadband or restoring power after storms and disasters.

Story and Video Contest Winners Announced


2019 Story and video Contest Winners

The 2017 census of agriculture, our first take


The Census of Ag is a herculean effort undertaken by USDA every five years by a staff of dedicated professionals intent on asking the right questions, in the right way, in order to paint the most accurate picture of U.S. agriculture at the time the data is collected.

Don't Forget to Enter the Ford Sweepstakes!


Ford Sweepstakes

Farm Bureau Selects 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership Class


The American Farm Bureau Federation recently selected an outstanding group of young farmer and rancher leaders as the organization’s 10th Partners in Advocacy Leadership class, including another leader of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation.

Farm Groups Ask President, Congress for Disaster Relief


Farms across the country endured an incredibly difficult year in 2018 and the trend continues in 2019 with challenging market prices and destructive weather conditions

Egg Prices Decline in Time for Passover and Easter


With Passover and Easter approaching, Americans across the country are focusing on eggs.

Failure Means You’re Trying


Failure happens, both on and off the farm. And it’s hard to shake.

The Great Utah Shake Out


Utah earthquake preparedness

Utah Farm Bureau Applauds Nomination of Kerry Gibson to Lead Utah Department of Agriculture & Food


The Utah Farm Bureau Federation applauds the nomination of Kerry Gibson to lead the Utah Department of Agriculture & Food as its next commissioner.

H-2A Wage Changes Increase Cost of Ag Labor


Increases in the minimum wages mandated under the H-2A program present a challenge to farmers who are already facing tight margins

Legislation would help farmers improve irrigation systems


Legislation would help farmers improve irrigation systems

Farm Bureau Helps Hungry Americans Through ‘Harvest for All’


In addition to raising food and funds for the initiative, farmers and ranchers tallied 22,500 volunteer hours assisting local hunger groups in 2018.

Nebraska, Missouri Farm Bureaus launch flood relief funds


Nebraska, Missouri Farm Bureaus launch flood relief funds

Utah Farm Bureau Statement on Confirmation of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt


Utah Farm Bureau Statement on Confirmation of Interior Secretary David Bernhardt

New chapter 12 bill would provide debt relief to more family farmers


The recently introduced Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019 (S.897) will help family farmers reorganize after falling on hard times,

USDA releases Census of Agriculture Data


The data, which is reported at the national, state and county level, will help farmers, ranchers, local officials, agribusiness and others make decisions for the future.

AFBF calls on congress to provide disaster relief now


Farmers and ranchers enduring billions of dollars in losses need Congress to pass disaster assistance immediately.

Iowa Farm Bureau Unites Farming Neighbors, Friends with Online Exchange to Help Flood Victims


Iowa Farm Bureau Federation has launched the Farming Community Disaster Exchange

Clean water rule comment period ending soon


Time is running out for farmers and ranchers to tell EPA how the proposed Clean Water Rule impacts them.

Now is the Time to Weigh in on Proposed Clean Water Rule


Don’t miss this chance to let your voice be heard on clean water rules. Submit your comments online today at

USDA Census of Agriculture to be released April 11


Videos on how to use Census data are now available

County Ag Promotion Grants


Utah Farm Bureau offering every county a $200 grant to promote agriculture/

Madsen & Sunderland families premiere on 'The American Farm' docu-series April 4 on History


Utah Farm Bureau's own Brett & Jenna Madsen, and Jenna's father Scott Madsen, will make their television debut with a new docu-series "The American Farm", premiering tonight (April 4) on History at 10pm ET, 8 p.m. MT.

Check out USFRA’s Farm, Food, Facts Podcast


The discussions are real-time and focus on the top questions surrounding sustainability and food production

USDA Gathers Data about On-Farm Labor


The survey will collect information about hired labor from more than 3500 farmers and ranchers in the Mountain Region states, including Utah

USDA releases planting projections for grains and forage in Utah & U.S.


A summary of USDA projections for planting in Utah

Horse Owners Told to Take Caution as EHM Cases Emerge from Nevada


Nevada officials are reporting multiple cases of an often-fatal neurological form of Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) in horses that have recently traveled in regional rodeo circuits, some of which have been in Utah.

Suzzy Rowley - Sowing the Young Seeds


March is Women’s History Month and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation & American Farm Bureau are taking the time to highlight women in agriculture.

Setting the Stage


When things don’t go as planned, we too learn new ways of doing things and find out what is possible to accomplish within the farm and within ourselves.

Vicky Osguthorpe -- Better Than Diamonds


March is Women’s History Month and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation & American Farm Bureau are taking the time to highlight women in agriculture.

Farm Bureau Helps Hungry Americans Through ‘Harvest for All’


The farm and ranch families of Farm Bureau donated 32.4 million pounds of food and raised more than $362,000 to assist hungry Americans in 2018 as part of the organization’s “Harvest for All” program.

Taking Care of the Ranch and the Rancher


March is Women’s History Month and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation & American Farm Bureau are taking the time to highlight women in agriculture.

Broad coalition urges Congress to protect farm program funding


The American Farm Bureau Federation and several state Farm Bureaus are urging congressional budget writers to reject calls for additional cuts to farm bill programs.

Maria Nye -- "I was NOT going to marry a dairy farmer."


March is Women’s History Month and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation is taking the time to highlight women in agriculture. #Womeninag

Take a Stand for Clean Water and Clear Rules


Farmers and ranchers need to make their voices heard that we support a clear rule that protects agriculture AND clean water.

DEADLINE APPROACHING: Women's Communications Boot Camp


Women's Communications Boot Camp

Utah Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees


In Utah, the $10,000 award is presented with Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Western AgCredit, and Utah Cattlemen’s Association.

Utah Farm Bureau has Two Graduates Recognized in Partners in Advocacy Leadership Class


The American Farm Bureau Federation recently honored 10 outstanding young farm and ranch leaders as graduates of the organization’s ninth Partners in Advocacy Leadership class, two of which came from Utah.

Utah Farmers & Ranchers Need Congressional Leaders to Fight for Free Trade


Simply put, it’s high time to put aside costly disputes and get back to business with our allies in Canada and Mexico.

Let us ‘Dare Mighty Things’ for the future of Utah agriculture


With the continual increase in demand for local food and a limited amount of good farm and ranch land to grow that food, I believe that there is a wonderful future in Utah agriculture.

How do Weather and Drought Impact Ag?


The Foundation for Agriculture recently partnered with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to create a free curriculum on how weather and drought impact agriculture

More than 50 Groups Indicate Their Support for Estate Tax Repeal Bills


Repeal is the most effective way to protect family-run businesses from the estate tax

Utah releases updated greater sage grouse conservation plan


The updated greater sage grouse conservation plan will guide the management of bird in Utah for the next five years.

Farm Bill Offers Glimmer of Hope for the New Year


What do I see as promising in the new farm bill? The opportunities for growth, trade and individualization within our farming businesses.

Is U.S. Agriculture Ready for Generation Z?


Gen Z already is showing its independence and economic power in driving food trends

Federal Agencies Recommend Deepening Data Set for Determining Broadband Access


Lack of access to broadband is a major problem in rural America, with 30 percent of rural Americans without it, while only 2 percent of urban Americans are disconnected.

How are farm animals not freezing in winter weather?


When temperatures drop, the health and well-being of the herd are on the forefront of a rancher’s mind.

Culver’s Supports Agriculture Through ‘Thank You Farmers’ Project


Since 2013, Culver’s has helped make a difference by donating nearly $2 million to agricultural education programs

Have You Watched “The Voice of Agriculture 1919-2019” Video?


Watch the special centennial documentary takes a look at the history of the American Farm Bureau

Farm Bankruptcies in 2018 – The Truth is Out There


Farm debt is record-high, but there are options before bankruptcy relief

Horses officially categorized as livestock, thanks to 2018 Farm Bill


The 2018 Farm Bill, overall, was a big win for the agriculture industry. Even more so, the horse industry is counting the recently passed bill as a huge win, thanks to the official designation of horses as livestock.

DOT Accepting Comments on Hours of Service Flexibility Through March 8


The Department of Transportation is accepting comments through March 8 on a petition requesting additional flexibility on hours of service requirements for truck drivers.

American Farm Bureau, Utah Farm Bureau File Brief Supporting Ranchers’ Access to Public Lands


The brief explains how changes made by the proclamations will protect ranchers’ livelihoods by enhancing their ability to graze livestock in and around the monuments

Some Decisions Don’t Matter, and Some Do


I can’t imagine the total number of decisions a person makes in their lifetime, but my guess is that the overwhelming majority of them don’t matter much.

5 Ways to Spend Quality Time with Your Family This Winter


We’ve compiled some indoor family activities to get your family members to unplug and have a great time.

Farm Bureau urging support for trade deal by State's governors


The United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal is a win for farmers and ranchers in Utah and throughout the country.

Utah Family Bringing Farm Experiences to the National Audiences


Farmers Brett and Jenna Madsen of Chester, Utah are being featured as part of a new reality television show called The American Farm, set to premiere later in 2019 on History (formerly known as The History Channel).

What Little Red Hen Knew


Because most Americans don’t have the opportunity to see the process of how our food gets from the farm to our plates, we may lack both the understanding and appreciation for those people who do help get our food from the fields to our dinner tables.

Farm Bureau Supports Senate Bills to Alleviate Health Insurance Tax


Farm Bureau supports two Senate bills in Congress designed to give farmers and ranchers relief from the Health Insurance Tax.

Who Holds Farm Debt?


USDA’s 2018 Farm Sector Income Forecast projected farm sector debt at a record-high

 Cultivating Collaboration for Sustainable Food Systems


We need the support of agriculture, food industry professionals, health experts, scientists, economists and academics to ensure sufficient, healthy and sustainably produced food for all.

Farmers, Ranchers Need USMCA


Farmers need the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, and the sooner the better

Senator Offers Bill to Eliminate Estate Tax


The Death Tax Repeal Act would give farmers, ranchers and others permanent relief from the estate tax

Utah Farmers Want Clean Water and Clear Rules


Farmers and ranchers in Utah support clear rules that will protect water quality in our nation’s waterways

Navigating the H-2A Guest Worker Program


Efforts to overhaul the current system received a major blow when Congress failed to pass H.R.4092 in 2018

Utah Farm Bureau Lists ‘Issues to Watch For in 2019’


The Utah Farm Bureau Federation (UFBF) has released a list of ‘Issues to Watch For in 2019’ as we implement our policy priorities during the 2019 Utah general legislative session.

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown


Beginning January 24, however, all FSA offices will open and offer a longer list of transactions they will accommodate.

Reviewing Dairy Margin Coverage


The 2018 farm bill builds on the improvements made in the Bipartisan Budget Act to significantly enhance the commodity support from the Agriculture Department’s Farm Service Agency

Farm Bureau Distinguished Service and Founders Awards: Sen. Orrin Hatch and Dick Newpher


The American Farm Bureau presented its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Sen. Orrin Hatch

Western states struggle with self-governance due to challenges of public lands


The heart of the challenge farmers and ranchers in western states have when it comes to dealing with public lands has its roots back in the revolutionary war, when states were fighting for self-governance

Utah Farm Bureaus Recognized for Outstanding Member Programs and Achievement


The awards recognized excellence in implementation of outstanding member programs and membership achievement in 2018.

Peterson, Conaway Introduce Resolution Honoring American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Anniversary Convention


Lawmakers introduced a resolution this week honoring the 100th anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown


Many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices (including 17 in Utah) will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers

USDA Extends Deadline for Trade Mitigation Package


USDA recently announced it would extend the deadline for farmers to apply for Market Facilitation Program payments

Farm Bureau adopts policies on government shutdown, trade, opioids, cell-based foods and broadband


Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 100th Annual Convention adopted policies to guide the organization’s work during its centennial year

Targeted business tax credit encourages investment in Utah’s rural communities


Businesses with projects that meet established criteria may receive up to $100,000 in a refundable tax credit

Farm Bureau Distinguished Service and Founders Awards: Sen. Orrin Hatch and Dick Newpher


The American Farm Bureau Federation will be presenting its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, to Sen. Orrin Hatch at its 100th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Utah Farm & Ranch Leaders Travel to New Orleans for National Agriculture Conference


Approximately 80 agricultural leaders and Utah Farm Bureau members will be traveling to New Orleans, for the 100th American Farm Bureau Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show, January 11-15, 2019.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to Address 100th AFBF Annual Convention


U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will give the closing general session keynote address at the 100th American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention and IDEAg Trade Show in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Jan. 14, 2019.

A Refreshing Start to the New Year


Who knows the importance of renewed optimism better than farmers and ranchers?

Foundation’s Online Silent Auction Offers Greater Opportunity to Support Ag Literacy


All the proceeds from the Silent Auction support the Foundation's mission of building awareness, understanding and a positive public perception of agriculture through education

Farm Bureau asks DOL to keep newspaper ad requirement under H-2A


Farm Bureau Federation is urging the Department of Labor to continue allowing farmers to satisfy their legal obligations under the H-2A guest worker program by recruiting U.S. workers through print advertisements