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Sustainability Grows on the American Farm
When it comes to conservation and sustainability, farmers and ranchers are literally the boots on the ground leading these efforts.
New Book Gives Kids Glimpse of a ‘Barn at Night’
This heartwarming yet true-to-life tale invites readers along as a father and daughter go out to the barn on a cold winter night and are welcomed with an enchanting scene
Increasing Freight Rail Rates Put Additional Pressure on Farm and Ranch Income
Tightening margins due to increasing production costs across the spectrum put the solvency of farms and ranches at risk.
September is National Honey Month!
Below are some fun ways to learn more about honey, bees and other pollinators.
The Challenges Facing Young Farmers
Current tax proposals in Congress present major roadblocks for the next generation.
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Offers Free Pesticide Collection and Disposal
UDAF is offering two free pesticide waste collection events in Green River and Roosevelt this October
Colorado River Water Shortage Declaration Means Water Cuts
Farmers and ranchers who depend on the Colorado River face water cuts following a water shortage declaration. Micheal Clements shares what this means for those producers.
Sadie Sweat hired as Event Planner and Administrative Assistant for Utah Farm Bureau Federation
Sadie Sweat has recently been hired for the role of Administrative Assistant and Event Planner for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation (UFBF).
USDA Expands Assistance to Cover Feed Transportation Costs for Drought-Impacted Ranchers
USDA recently announced its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for livestock that rely on grazing.
First-Ever Colorado River Water Shortage Declaration Spurs Water Cuts in the Southwest
The Department of the Interior declared the first-ever Colorado River Basin water shortage on August 16. Moving forward, drought mitigation approaches must consider the crucial role Western agriculture plays in a secure domestic food supply.
Justin Shirley named new DWR Director
Utah Department of Natural Resources Director Brian Steed named Justin ("J") Shirley as the new director for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
UDAF Celebrates Agency’s Centennial at Interactive Utah State Fair Exhibit
Through an exhibit, UDAF will invite fair visitors to learn more about the farm-to-fork process and UDAF’s role in the food production process.
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Announces Disaster Relief Fund
To help producers stay in business, the Governor's Office of Economic Opportunity (Go Utah) is providing $5,000,000 to fund a loan program administered by UDAF, where eligible agricultural producers can apply for EDR loans of up to $100,000 to help reimburse financial and other losses they have experienced due to the drought, such feed costs or loss of livestock
I'm Not a Farmer, But... News Anchor Shares Her Family History With Food
When not meeting deadlines and sharing the news of the day, Wimmer loves the outdoors and we learned has a great connection and appreciation of local food.
USDA Projects Increase for 2021 Farm Income
A new forecast from USDA projects increased net farm income in 2021.
Farm Bureau Raises Concerns about Partisan Reconciliation Package
Farm Bureau urged lawmakers to avoid tax increases on America’s farmers and ranchers and ensure transparency and stakeholder involvement throughout the legislative process
Farmers, Ranchers Face Tough Decisions as Drought Continues
There is no magic silver bullet in this case to make things better.
Farmers Urge EPA to Keep Water Protection Rules Clear
AFBF details seven priorities for USDA to consider in response to President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on America’s Supply Chains
Fish Tales: Trout farmer shares fish stories from generations on the river
When you work in a community as aptly-named as Paradise, and spend your days along a beautiful, lazy river, is it really considered work? For Grant White and the folks behind Sportsman’s Paradise, the story of hard work and constant innovation is a fish story you can definitely believe!
Deadline Today for WOTUS Public Comments
Today is the deadline to submit comments on the Waters of the U.S. rewrite effort.
Republican, Democratic Lawmakers Unite With Farmers on Stepped-Up Basis
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are joining farmers and ranchers in calling for the preservation of stepped-up basis
Ruling Threatens Progress Made in Clean Water Efforts
This ruling casts uncertainty over farmers and ranchers across the country and threatens the progress they’ve made to responsibly manage water and natural resources.
Western Drought, Part 1: Utah Farmer Trying to Stay Afloat
The drought in the western United States is hitting farmers and ranchers hard. Utah farmer Tyson Roberts is trying to stay afloat.
Crazy About Quality
One thing they really focus on in their retail business is the connection to the farmer.
USDA Announces $1 Billion in CFAP 2.0 Funds for Contract Growers
The Department of Agriculture updated the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2.0 for contract growers of hogs and poultry
Elimination of Stepped-Up Basis a Threat to Future Generations of Family Farmers
Stepped-up basis allows a farmer to pay capital gains taxes only on the property’s increase in value since the land was inherited, not on the full increase in value since it was purchased by that farmer’s parents or grandparents.
Farmers Feeding Utah Making Delivery of Food to Flood Victims and others in need in Enoch & Cedar City
The event will provide direct food donations to approximately 500 families in Enoch & Cedar City and will take place in the parking lot of a church building for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The donations will include beef, pork, milk, cheese, eggs, sweet corn, and other seasonal produce.
"Big Ag" and Water Drive Consumer Climate Change Chatter
The topic of agriculture and climate change is on the minds of many consumers, with more than 10 million online consumers writing about it
It is All About Connection
The start of farmers markets throughout Utah provides a great opportunity for farmers and consumers alike to build relationships centered around our food. Take up the opportunity today!
Your Voice is Essential to Our Country’s Success
We are now seeing policies that recognize the leadership and work farmers have put in for generations to leave their farms in better shape than they found them.
Utah State Veterinary Medicine Professors Warn of Heatwave Dangers for Animals
Animals in most parts of Utah have been under pressure from high temperatures this summer. Timely treatment can help animals recover when heat stress is discovered and treated in time.
Utah fruit farmers visit with congressional leaders on harvest tour
Fruit farmers in Utah County visited with congressional staff and County Leaders to showcase tart cherry harvest and highlight issues of concern
Sweet Summertime Melons!
What does it take to bring that perfect melon from the farm to your table?
USDA Celebrates National Farmers Market Week
Local and regional food systems – including farmers markets – are critical to the future of the nation’s food system.
Man Cannot Live By Sego Lilly Alone, Or Can He?
Sego lilies and their impact on Utah food culture.
AFBF Survey Assesses How Farmers and Ranchers are Dealing with Drought
Given the West’s vital role in providing a third of agricultural production by value, ensuring effective drought mitigation objectives are discussed and enacted are of upmost relevance to a secure domestic food supply and protecting our farm and ranch families.
First-of-its-Kind Map Pulls From Various Data Sources to Highlight Broadband Needs
A new digital map provides more detail about broadband needs across the country than any other publicly available resource.
Survey Reveals Severity of Western Drought
A survey by the American Farm Bureau Federation shows how severe drought conditions are in the west.
Farmers Feeding Utah Making Delivery of Food to Individuals in West Valley on July 28
The event will provide direct food donations to approximately 1,500 families in West Valley and will take place in the parking lot of Granger High School
New Subscription Box Gives a “Touch of Utah” While Also Touching Lives
A New Utah-only food subscription box was created to make buying Utah products convenient and reasonable.
Time to Harvest Ag Labor Reform That Works for All
Keeping our farms and ranches running is critical in all seasons to protect our nation’s food supply.
The Ag Census Counts
For the Census of Agriculture, the goal is to account for any place where $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold -- for even the smallest plots – urban or rural
Wisdom of Our Fathers
George Washington shared his political beliefs and philosophy in his Farewell Address with the hope they would continue to guide the nation.
Happy Independence Day
The Utah Farm Bureau honors the founding of America and the freedoms it represents
July 4th Cookout Cost Stable Compared to Year Ago
Due to the pandemic, almost two-thirds of shoppers report cooking and eating at home far more. This increase in supermarket demand led to higher retail food prices in 2020 and 2021, compared to pre-pandemic prices in 2019.
Reminder: Utah Leopold Conservation Award Nominations Due Aug. 5
The award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land
Farmers Feeding Utah Makes Delivery of Food to Price & Moab
The Miracle of Agriculture Foundation delivered food to more than 900 families in Price and Moab
Over 1,000 Counties Approved for Emergency Haying and Grazing on CRP Acres
In just a week, the number of counties designated for emergency haying and grazing on CRP acres has grown 4%
Western Drought Reveals Cracks in Infrastructure
Modernizing our water infrastructure is just as critical to our farms and communities as repairing our roads and bridges.
UDAF Announces $112,500 Startup Grant for the Development of Local Food Hub
Examples of how funding may be used include, but are not limited to cooler and freezer space, manufacturing and packaging equipment, etc.
Senate Ag Hearing on Cattle Markets a Good First Step
The recent Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on cattle markets starts a much-needed discussion.
Supreme Court Ruling Upholds Private Property Rights
Farm Bureau believes private property rights are foundational to our nation and critical to ensuring secure and well-managed farms.
Farmers Feeding Utah Making Delivery of Food to Individuals in Price, Moab on June 24
The Farmers Feeding Utah campaign will hold its next ‘Miracle Project’ and delivery of food on Thursday, June 24th in Price and Moab.
How Can Farm Families Make Succession Planning Easier?
Farm logs and notebooks in the glovebox are interesting nostalgia pieces, but far from a complete picture of operations.
Congestion at West Coast Seaports Hinders Trade Boom
Persisting delays at some of the most economically valuable seaports for U.S. agricultural commodities threaten the bottom lines of farmers and ranchers who rely on foreign outlets to sell their products.
A Hot Summer – and Even Hotter Red Meat Demand – Forecasted
When we saw the beef and pork cutouts spike last year as a result of COVID-19, many assumed it would be a long time before we saw beef and pork prices at those levels again. Fast forward just 12 months and we are seeing historic levels for both the beef and pork cutouts, except this time it is without the pandemic-induced decline in slaughter numbers.
The Farmer’s Best Friend
What sets farm dogs apart is their helpfulness, playfulness and the role they play in making life more enjoyable on the farm or ranch.
Utah Farm Bureau’s Ron Gibson Shares Devasting Drought Impacts with CBS News
Utah Farm Bureau President Ron Gibson told CBS News reporter Jonathan Vigliotti about how farmers and ranchers across Utah are wondering if they’ll have enough water to grow their crops
Sakia White Hired as new Regional Manager
White will assist County Farm Bureaus in their advocacy goals, and make sure concerns of farmers and ranchers throughout the countryside are heard.
Fire Restrictions Begin for all BLM Public Lands in Utah
Restrictions will help protect public lands, communities, and visitors
Explain to them the difference between value and price. That value isn't what is paid, it's what is sacrificed
Though Largely Recovered, JBS Cyberattack Highlights Need for Robust Food Supply
JBS, one of the world’s largest meatpackers, was hit by a cyberattack the end of May.
Utah Farm Bureau Members Featured in Media Coverage on Drought
Currently, 100 percent of the state is in drought, with 64 percent of land listed as "exceptional drought" -- the most severe classification -- and 93 percent in the second most severe classification -- extreme drought.
New Cattle Market Bill Aims to Increase Transparency
The bill would also require USDA, in consultation with the department’s chief economist, to establish mandated minimums for regional negotiated cash and negotiated grid live cattle trade.
UDAF Urges Extreme Caution with Agricultural Burns Amidst Exceptional Drought Conditions
UDAF is urging all Utahns, including those in the agricultural community, to avoid burning fires, whether they be recreational or prescribed burns for agricultural purposes
Water Rule Reversal a Blow to Agriculture
The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers this week announced intent to repeal and replace the Navigable Waters Protection rule.
The Power of Technology on Today’s Dairy Farms
Using technology can help us bridge gaps in location and even time zones.
Farm Bureau Urges Administration to Address Surge of Undocumented Immigrants
Letter sent to Biden administration concerning the surge of undocumented immigrants entering the United States
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.
Room at the Table
If it’s on your plate, chances are there’s a Farm Bureau member to thank.
Fire Up the Grill!
Nothing screams the good times of summer more than a flame-grilled hamburger.
Severe Drought Leads to Record Levels of Negative Pasture and Rangeland Conditions
Pasture and range conditions are starting the summer season off in a bad spot and unless most of the country sees much-needed moisture, it will only get worse.
Celebrating Beef Month Goes Beyond Good Brisket
Livestock husbandry has been a fundamental part of humanity since the Neolithic Revolution. Our species can feed itself because animals thrive on land that can’t be cultivated.
Miracle of Agriculture Marks One Year Anniversary, Delivers Food in Eight Utah Cities
To commemorate the first anniversary of the Creation of its Farmers Feeding Utah Campaign, the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation held its latest ‘Miracle Project’, but with a twist – delivering food to eight cities in Utah on May 19.
Western Drought Highlights need for Water Infrastructure Improvements
Drought conditions in the western U.S. are a big problem for farmers and ranchers.
Nominations Sought for Local & National Beef Boards
The USDA is accepting nominees for the Cattlemen’s Beef Promotion and Research Board, while the Utah Beef Council is seeking applicants for its one at-large council position.
Miracle of Agriculture Marking One Year Anniversary by Making Delivery of Food to Individuals & Food Pantries in Seven Utah Cities on May 19
The Miracle of Agriculture Foundation will be doing a ‘Miracle Project Blitz’ in seven cities in Utah on May 19.
New Gov't Incentive Program to Benefit Children & Utah Farmers
This program aims to improve school meal quality and support Utah farmers during the 2021-2022 school year.
Utah Farm Bureau Calls for Day of Fasting & Prayer for Water
On behalf of farmers and ranchers in the state of Utah and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, we respectively invite you to join us in prayer and fasting this Sunday (May 16) so that we might have the necessary moisture to take care of our animals and nurture the crops.
Reapportionment’s Impact on the 2022 Midterm Elections
Reapportionment and redistricting will have a decade-long election impact.
Utah Farmer Answers Questions About Where Potato Seeds Come From?
Get your kids to ask their questions about farming and get answers from real farmers!
Farm Bureau Launches Farm State of Mind Resource Directory to Support Mental Health Month
Farm Bureau has launched a comprehensive, easy-to-use online directory of resources for farmers, ranchers and their families who are experiencing stress and mental health challenges
Cooking Up Healing at Nephi Hospital Kitchen
While most people are looking for ways to stay out of the hospital, a unique approach to healing at the Central Valley Medical Center in Nephi is changing the way many see hospital food.
I’m Not a Farmer But…National civil rights leader, educator, and man of faith shares his love of food and its importance in our communities
National civil rights leader, educator, and man of faith shares his love of food and its importance in our communities
Lessons Learned From 2020
To say the least, 2020 was a very emotional year for the Family Farm all across America – especially right here in Utah.
Using Social Media Polls for Market Research
Social media has become an important tool for small farm and direct to consumer marketing, especially for communicating and staying in touch with customers
USU Extension Website Offers Drought Information and Resources
Utah State University Extension is providing drought information and resources for farmers & ranchers at extension.usu.edu/drought
Family Farm Legacy Threatened by Proposed Tax Increase
Eliminating stepped-up basis will affect small, family-owned businesses across the country.
Conservation Advances Must Do No Harm
Three key requests are outlined in a letter to President Biden: that the administration provide clarity on the initiative; that the effort recognizes voluntary conservation efforts already underway; and that the administration seeks input from farmers and ranchers.
Legislation Would Encourage More Veterinarians to Practice in Rural Areas
The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program may repay part of student loan debt each year in exchange for up to three years of service in a designated veterinary shortage area
Study Shows Repealing Stepped-Up Basis Would Damage the Economy
Repealing the step-up in basis tax provision would damage the gross domestic product (GDP) and significantly decrease job creation
Sorenson Sheep Co. – Building a Future in Agriculture
All of the farms and ranches in the United States, big and small, work together to feed the world.
Snider Brothers Meats – Serving Up Quality for Generations
While experts may debate over the best method of cooking – smokers, charcoal or gas grill, sous vide and the like, all aspiring and pro chefs agree that quality ingredients play a large role.
The Zipline: Agriculture’s Earth Day Story
Environmental stewardship is central to our calling as farmers and ranchers.
Bipartisan Growing Climate Solutions Act Makes it Easier for Farmers, Ranchers and Forest Owners to Benefit from Voluntary Carbon Markets
The Growing Climate Solutions Act would ensure agricultural producers and forest owners of all sizes looking to enter the carbon market for the first time have access to reliable information, qualified technical service providers and third-party verifiers.
Elimination of Stepped-up Basis Poses Hazards to Family Farms
Potential Capital Gains Taxes Are Significantly Larger than Cash Rental Rates