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How Consumers Purchase Food Is Changing


Reviewing the impact of Covid-19 on expenditures for food at home and away-from-home

State Department Clears the Way for Agriculture Workforce


U.S. Consular officers can now waive the visa interview requirement for eligible first-time and returning H-2A and H-2B applicants, making more workers in the H-2 program available while prioritizing public health.

What is the impacts of the CARES Act for Food and Agriculture?


The Senate passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which provides a number of food- and agriculture-related benefits, ensure farmers have the financial resources they need to offset the more immediate economic impacts of the virus

USMCA Countries Working on Implementation


The U.S., Mexico and Canada are working towards implementing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, now that all countries have approved the deal, however, the current coronavirus outbreak could delay implementation if it continues to escalate.

Students and Employees Go Online, Highlighting Critical Need for Broadband Access


Unfortunately for many in rural America, an already troubling situation is being made worse by lack of the critical connections only high-speed internet can provide.

Farmers and Ranchers Rise to the Call


Empty shelves can be frightening, but empty fields and barns would be devastating.

Agriculture Groups Call on Lawmakers to Support Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic


Farmers, ranchers and the supply chain that support them will not let Americans down during this unprecedented crisis

New Coronavirus Page Created on


A new page dedicated to providing information on how COVID-19 is impacting agriculture is now active on

Utah Farm Bureau Responds to Covid-19 Challenges


A summary of how the Utah Farm Bureau Federation is responding to the challenges of the Covid-19 epidemic, and its impact on services for our members.

Farm Bureau Highlights Immediate Challenges Facing the Agriculture Sector


American Farm Bureau has released its first assessment of the impact on farmers and ranchers in the wake of the national mitigation efforts to combat COVID-19. å

No Taste for Waste Guide While You Shelter-In-Home


Make this an opportunity to check your consumption, rather than ramp it up.

Coronavirus Emphasizes Challenges for Rural Communities


With schools and offices throughout the country closed to stem the spread of COVID-19, access to broadband is critical as students and employees transition to online classrooms and teleworking and the general public tries to stay connected and informed.

Fun Ag Activities for Children While You Shelter-in-Home


Fun and educational Ag activities for children during social distancing

Strong February Jobs Report Belies Economic Effects of COVID-19


With these caveats in mind, the report shows a strong economy as of the middle of February. Where we go from here is anybody’s guess.

Utah Farm Bureau encouraging end the stigma around mental health


Times are tough in rural America, but if the agricultural community comes together to have the hard conversations about things that might make us uncomfortable, we can end the stigma around mental health.

Largest Decline in U.S. Dairy Farms in 15-Plus Years in 2019


Since the end of 2014, dairy farmers have struggled with low prices resulting from large supplies outweighing demand, in the U.S. and around the world

Farm State of Mind Campaign to Expand Impact in Rural Mental Health


American Farm Bureau Federation welcomes the opportunity to build-on Bayer’s Farm State of Mind campaign

Farm Bureau Survey: Farmers Cautiously Optimistic About the Future of the Farm Economy


American Farm Bureau Federation conducted an informal online survey to evaluate producers’ expectations on several farm economy indicators for 2020 and over the next five years.

Record Production, Higher Prices Anticipated for Most Livestock


The Agriculture Department is expecting record production in nearly all livestock categories in 2020

2020 Outlook Projects Principal Crops Rebound


The Agriculture Department’s recent Agricultural Outlook Forum presented a first look at the supply and demand projections for cotton and grains and oilseeds for the 2020/2021 crop year.

AFBF President Duvall on Fox Business: Farmers Need Free Trade


AFBF President Zippy Duvall recently appeared on Fox News Business to discuss farm bankruptcies and the potential opportunities of the China Phase 1 trade agreement.

USDA and USTR Announce Progress on Implementation of U.S.-China Phase One Agreement


The landmark U.S.-China Phase One Economic and Trade Agreement was entered into force on February 14, 2020.

Farm Bureaus Gear up for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, March 1-7


Farm Bureaus across the nation are mobilizing for Agricultural Safety Awareness Program Week, which takes place March 1-7.

A Tough Nut to Crack: Southern Utah’s Farmers Make Pistachios a Family Affair


With a climate similar to that of the Middle East, Washington County has become a niche market for producing one of America’s favorite snacks – pistachios.

Utah Farm Bureau Participates in Trade Meeting With U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer


U.S. Trade Ambassador Robert Lighthizer spoke at the Orrin Hatch Foundation symposium on international trade with industry leaders from Utah, including Utah Farm Bureau President Ron Gibson

Utah Farm Bureau Leaders Visit Capitol Hill & Visit with Candidates for Governor


Utah Farm Bureau members were able to make visits on Utah's Capitol Hill, as well as with many of the candidates for Governor.

Technology in Agriculture Tour


Farm Bureau hosts a "Technology in Agriculture" tour for the spouses of Utah legislators.

Farm Bureau Hopeful for Infrastructure Legislation


There is constant talk on Capitol Hill about improving U.S. infrastructure and agriculture stands to benefit from infrastructure investments.

On the Farm STEM Events Create Lasting Connection Between Educators and Farmers


Through its On the Farm STEM events, the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has connected more than 215 educators with beef farmers and ranchers, researchers, nutritionists and veterinarians.

North American Meat Institute (NAMI) makes forecasts on consumer trends


North American Meat Institute (NAMI) President and CEO Julie Anna Potts recently spoke to the amassed members of the National Western Stock Show’s Red Meat Club, about the future that she sees for meat in this country.

Reviewing ARC, PLC and SCO Commodity Safety Net Programs


The cutoff date for completing the program election and enrollment process for the 2019 crop year is March 16, and the closing date for the 2020 crop year is June 30.

Foundation for Agriculture Working to Close Urban-Rural Divide


The Foundation for Agriculture is leading the way in educating consumers about modern farming.

Love at First Sight – My Two Families


I married into agriculture. From the day I said 'I do' we moved forward in life and into the Farm Bureau family together, as it was the organization my husband was a part of already.

Good news gone bad: ITC rules against cherry industry in dumping case


The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) determined on Jan. 14 that dried tart cherries from Turkey are not injuring the U.S. industry. This means no anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders will be issued against Turkey.

Realities of industrial hemp production & contracts discussed at FUSION conference


Industry expert Mike Laca was invited to the conference to lead two presentations – the first dealing with how to get started and what to expect in the industrial hemp market, the second were more advanced topics outside of the simple growing of the crop.

A Tale of Two Farm Incomes


Reviewing USDA's February 2020 Farm Income Forecast

Utah Farm Bureau Offers New Risk Management Benefit for Members


INTL FCStone offers exclusive discounts to Farm Bureau Members on their catalog of agricultural risk management tools.

New Clean Water Rule Provides Clarity, Certainty to Farmers and Ranchers


We appreciate the commitment of the agencies involved and this administration to crafting a new regulation that achieves important regulatory oversight while allowing farmers to farm.

Women's Conference Registration Now Open


Registration for the 2020 Women's Conference is now open.

AFBF Voting Delegates Set 2020 Policy Priorities


Delegates from across the country met during the American Farm Bureau Federation Convention and set policy priorities for the organization in 2020. Micheal Clements has more.

WOTUS Replacement Provides Needed Clarity, Water Protection


The Waters of the U.S. replacement rule gives farmers and ranchers the clarity they need to comply with federal regulations while protecting the nation’s waterways. Micheal Clements has more.

The Adverse Effect of the H-2A Wage Rate


Compared to 1980, the U.S. imports 10 times more fruit into our nation’s marketplace, and vegetable imports have almost quadrupled.

How Farmers Can Make the Most of the Winter Off-Season


What can farmers do in the winter to make the most of the off-season? These quick projects can help you organize and plan for planting season.

The Verdict Is In: Farm Bankruptcies Up in 2019


Reviewing 2019 Farm Bankruptcies

Early Registration Deadline Approaching for Bird Damage Management Conference


Researchers estimate that blackbirds, starlings, corvids and vultures cause billions of dollars in damage to agriculture commodities and livestock facilities

USMCA Signing Increases Optimism


Today’s signing of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by President Trump increases hopes that 2020 will begin a stronger decade for America’s farmers and ranchers.

Something smells foul in Millard County


Sadly, one of the largest agricultural counties in Utah seems to be launching an all-out attack on animal agriculture.

Utah Leopold Conservation Award seeks nominees


Know a Utah farmer, rancher or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2020 Utah Leopold Conservation Award

Join us for FUSION Ag Conference, January 30-31, 2020 in St. George


The Utah Farm Bureau and DairyWest are again joining together at the 2020 FUSION Conference to offer powerful breakouts and the largest agriculture tradeshow in Utah.

Food Insecurity Higher in Rural Areas


Department of Agriculture data shows food insecurity is more prevalent in major cities and rural areas

U.S. Faces Global Competition Under Phase 1 Agreement with China


The United States may have to compete with other nations to gain additional market share promised in an upcoming trade agreement with China.

BLM takes steps to improve administration of grazing regulations on public lands


Public scoping meetings scheduled on proposals covering nearly 18,000 permits, leases on 155 million acres

Cold Weather Tips for Outdoor Work and Animal Care


Many precautions can easily be taken to mitigate the risks of working and living in the cold, as well as practices for protecting animals.

Food Bloggers Share how Food Connects us all


Food connects us at a deeper level than most activities. Why is that, you ask? Because food is something we can all relate to

Grant Available for Value-Added Producers


Up to $250,000 available for small agricultural business owners.

Farm Bureau Names 2020 Farm Dog of the Year


Utah Farm Bureau members Rhett & Beth Crandall's Australian shepherd wins award at American Farm Bureau Convention

USMCA Clears the Way to Fire Up Ag’s Economic Engine


At a time when farmers continue to face strong economic headwinds, the agreement is expected to increase U.S. agriculture exports by $2 billion.

The Zipline: It’s Time for Farm Bureau’s Family Reunion


Sometimes we call our annual convention a Farm Bureau family reunion, because that is what it feels like when we see each other again.

Farmers Welcome Opportunities from China Agreement


The United States and China today signed a “Phase 1” trade agreement that both countries say will lead to increased purchases of U.S. agricultural products by China.

UDAF Commissioner Kerry Gibson Announces Run for Congress


Weber County Farm Bureau member and Utah Commissioner of Agriculture & Food (UDAF) Kerry Gibson announced his intentions to run for Utah’s first congressional seat.

President Trump to Speak with Farmers and Ranchers at Farm Bureau’s Annual Convention


President Donald J. Trump, for the third year in a row, will address farm and ranch families at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 101st Annual Convention.

Participants Needed for National Survey on Agritourism and Direct Sales


Results will be used to develop tools and resources for farmers. The survey will close January 31.

5 Ways to Ward Off Farm Theft


With longer nights coming, there is more opportunity for criminals to target farms and rural businesses.

What You Need to Know About Farm Succession Planning


As the new year dawns, consider carving out some time for farm succession planning

Growing A Lasting Food Source - Deseret In The Florida Panhandle


A commitment to natural resource conservation as well as food production is the focus of the Deseret Cattle Company in central Florida. Deseret Cattle & Timber is owned by Ag Reserves, an investment affiliate of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

What's on the Road Ahead in 2020?


As the discussion around how best to care for our environment rages on in DC and among 2020 presidential candidates, farmers and ranchers are taking more steps to improve soil health, reduce runoff and conserve energy.

Farm Bureau Expecting Trade, Regulatory Progress in 2020


2019 is in the rearview mirror and the American Farm Bureau is hoping for progress on trade negotiations and regulatory changes which will help agriculture in 2020.

Support USMCA: Tell the Senate Now is the Time to Support US Agriculture Through Trade


Ask your senators to follow the House and send USMCA to the President’s desk without delay!

Agriculture Workforce Coalition Urges Senate Action on Ag Labor Crisis


The Adverse Effect Wage Rate will immediately increase farmers’ labor costs at a time when revenue for agricultural goods is declining

You can Learn Something from Everyone you Meet—Especially Children


I’ve always been a firm believer you can learn something from everyone you meet if you are open enough to listen.

USU adds a Little ‘Willy Wonka’ to its Campus with Chocolate Factory


No other university in the U.S. has a lab that teaches students to make chocolate from “bean-to-bar”

I’m not a farmer, but… Olympian Shares her Love of Food and Family


Utah Farm & Fork caught up with local Utahn and former Olympian Noelle Pikus-Pace to talk about her time growing up in Utah, her Olympic adventures, and her connections to food.

Federal Spending Bill Repeals HIT, Extends Key Tax Provisions


Legislation to fund the U.S. government in 2020 included several tax provisions important to farmers and ranchers.

Driving the Future of Agriculture with Innovation


Farmers are innovators—by nature and necessity.

Broadband Map Fix Will Reveal Needs


Farm Bureau-backed legislation will improve the accuracy of broadband coverage maps to better identify needs.

Farm Bureau Reflects on Challenging 2019


American Farm Bureau Federation looks back at a challenging 2019 and reflects on victories for agriculture

Farm Bureau Gives Back: Fighting Hunger in Local Communities


Despite progress at reducing food insecurity in recent years, work remains to be done, which is why state and county Farm Bureaus across the nation continue to fight hunger in local communities

What To Do With Your Christmas Tree After the Holiday is Over


Once the holidays are over, many folks wonder what they should do with their Christmas Tree.

Utah Farm Bureau members step up and give back during AFBF 100th anniversary


Farmer and rancher members of Utah Farm Bureau ramped up charitable outreach in their local communities to commemorate the American Farm Bureau Federation's (AFBF) 100th anniversary year.

Utah Farmers, Ranchers Grow More, Far More, than Food


Without question, Utah’s farm and ranch families grow far more than food for humanity. They are equally effective at growing men and women.

Farm Bureau: New Grassroots Members Appointed to National Committees


Engaging with consumers to build trust and share the story of agriculture is an important part of national program committee work

USMCA Passage Is a Victory for Farmers and Ranchers


The USMCA will provide continuity in the growth of the North American market and will strengthen our trading relationships with Canada and Mexico, which are our number-one and number-two export markets

What is a ‘Factory Farm?’


What’s more, USDA data shows that 89% of farms are classified as small. Sure takes some of the air out of that “factory farm” term, right?

NPPC, AFBF File Legal Challenge to California’s Proposition 12


Proposition 12 revolves around a set of arbitrary standards that lack any scientific, technical or agricultural basis, and will only serve to inflict further harm on U.S. hog farmers

Carrying our Farm Values Into the Future


Farmers and ranchers are the lifeblood of our communities.

Gene Editing: It’s an Evolution, not a Revolution


The top three gene editing benefits that consumers care about most are the environment, disease resistance and animal well-being.

Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress


Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train individuals who interact with farmers and ranchers to recognize signs of stress and offer help.

Farm Bureau: Farmers Need Meaningful Ag Labor Reform


Farmers need meaningful reform that addresses the concerns of both workers and growers

Farm Bureau Hopeful Congress Passes USMCA Next Week


The American Farm Bureau Federation is asking Congress to quickly pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, following a deal reached between House Democrats and the White House to move forward

2019 H-2A Sets Records, While a 2020 AEWR Wage Increase Approaches


The number of H-2A farm labor positions reached record highs this year, and wages paid under the program will increase again in 2020



The Utah Farm Bureau Federation convened its 103rd annual convention, November 20-22, at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.

Outlook Improves for 2019 Farm Economy, but Uncertainty Remains


Net Farm Income Projected at $92.5 Billion

Iron County rancher wins Utah Farm Bureau Discussion Meet


Dave Cox of Iron County won the 2019 Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet.

Seven Children, Thousands of Sheep and a Famous Ski Resort


Hard work, vision, wisdom, and a strong sense of family and stewardship are fibers woven into the very fabric of this four-generation farm family, a family and legacy that will be a part of the Park City landscape for generations to come.

Millard County ranching family wins Utah Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture award


Whitt & Erin Sorenson of Delta, Utah were recognized as the winners of the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher 'Excellence in Agriculture' award.

Box Elder County farming family wins top farming award


Riggin and Laura Holmgren of Box Elder County were named the winners of the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher ‘Achievement Award’.

5 Farmers to Thank on Thanksgiving


While many are already looking forward to the Christmas holidays, don’t overlook Thanksgiving and the occasion it provides to reflect on our lives and the much we have been given.

JY Ferry & Son Receives 2019 Utah Leopold Conservation Award


The Ferry family was presented with the $10,000 award and a crystal award November 22 at the Utah Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention in Layton.

Farm Bureau Calls for Improvements to Ag Labor Bill


While modifications were made in response to concerns raised are welcome, these changes unfortunately fall short of assuring that American producers will be able to keep their farms going

Finalists Selected for Utah Leopold Conservation Award


Three finalists have been selected for the prestigious 2019 Utah Leopold Conservation Award