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Farmers Feeding Utah looks to give Northern Utah a hand up through its second ‘Miracle Project’

5/28/2020

After making the first delivery of what will be more than 100,000 pounds of food to Utah’s Navajo neighbors, Farmers Feeding Utah is launching its second miracle project: Miracle Project Northern Utah.

As Processing Facilities Struggle with Labor, Spread Between the Wholesale Price of Meat and Livestock Prices Widens

5/21/2020

The global pandemic has injected never-before-seen uncertainty into the animal protein markets.

Application Deadline Extended to May 29 for UDAF COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

5/21/2020

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has opened the application process for the UDAF COVID-19 Relief Grant Program to Utah agriculture operations that qualify.

Reviewing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program Details

5/20/2020

The $16 billion in direct payments will financially assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand due to COVID-19. Utah State University Extension and Utah USDA Farm Service Agency are providing a seminar on the Coronavirus Farm Assistance Program (CFAP) that provides direct payment to farmers.

Staying Connected During a Pandemic

5/19/2020

If there are any silver linings to the challenges we face right now, it may be the increased awareness of the need to increase broadband access in rural America.

Farmers Feeding Utah identifies first ‘Miracle Project’, delivering lamb to Navajo Nation

5/14/2020

With the project identified, Farmers Feeding Utah has set a project-specific goal of $100,000 in online donations by May 20th

Utah Farm Bureau Launches New Program to Sustain Farmers and Help Utah Families

5/8/2020

Farmers Feeding Utah--Giving Utah Farmers and Families a Hand Up

Story Contest Winners Announced

5/7/2020

The Women's Committee Story Contest winners announced.

Keeping Your Food and Families Safe

5/5/2020

Consumers can rest assured that fresh fruits and vegetables purchased at the grocery store or from the local farmers’ market are safe.

Farming and Ranching is a Business

5/4/2020

If any type of business needed help to weather this latest storm, it was farms and ranches.

An Open Letter to Consumers About Milk

5/3/2020

Dairy industry representatives, including Farm Bureau, have been very vocal about asking stores to remove dairy product limits because the supply chain backlog is a temporary challenge.

Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act Signed Into Law

4/25/2020

Congress recently passed the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and it was signed into law by the President on April 24, providing an additional $320 Billion in funding for the PPP.

What’s in USDA’s New Coronavirus Food Assistance Program?

4/23/2020

While the details of this package are still not fully known, the $16 billion in direct support to livestock, specialty and non-specialty crops will help to offset COVID-19-related losses as well as $3 billion in commodity purchases

Farm Bureau Encourages Farmers to Participate in USDA Labor Survey

4/23/2020

The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging farmers to respond to a USDA survey about farm workers’ hours and wages.

Farmers and ranchers Working to Make Every Day ‘Earth Day’

4/22/2020

No matter the scale, location, or type of agriculture they’re involved with, Utahns can rest assured that local farmers and ranchers are committed to the wise use of natural resources.

Agriculture’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks

4/20/2020

The report identifies agriculture’s and other economic sectors’ contributions to greenhouse gas emissions for 2018 and earlier years.

Rural Americans’ Health Depends on Broadband Access

4/19/2020

Due to a lack of broadband access, rural patients and health care providers alike are unable to utilize the newest technologies.

USDA Announces Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

4/18/2020

President Trump directed USDA to craft this $19 billion immediate relief program to provide critical support to our farmers and ranchers, maintain the integrity of our food supply chain, and ensure every American continues to receive and have access to the food they need.

Farm Bureau Named to Economic Revival Group

4/18/2020

President Donald Trump created 17 groups, including one on agriculture, to help shape plans to reopen the economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.

PPP Out of Funds, But Impact on Agriculture was Minimal

4/17/2020

In order for additional funds to be helpful for agriculture, however, many outstanding questions need to be answered.

Farm Bureau Urges Close Examination of Livestock Markets

4/16/2020

Extreme volatility in livestock markets is raising red flags across the country

Food Safety and Availability During the Coronavirus Pandemic

4/15/2020

Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of the coronavirus.

Focus on Gratitude

4/10/2020

A focus on gratitude brings greater happiness.

Coronavirus Sends Crop and Livestock Prices into a Tailspin

4/10/2020

The economic uncertainty related to the impact of COVID-19 on the global economy and the demand destruction for many agricultural products contributed to significant price declines for ethanol, crops and animal proteins. While these commodity futures have declined significantly, one thing is certain, these futures prices are going to change

Farmers Prioritize Worker Health and Safety

4/10/2020

Farm Bureau is urging farmers to take all the precautions possible to protect themselves, their workers and their communities.

Farm Families Worry About Coronavirus’ Lasting Impact

4/10/2020

Generations have done their best to keep their business going, yet many feel like they have no control over whether they can recover from these losses

Oakdell Eggs: An Incredible, Edible Family Tradition

4/9/2020

Green thumbs get excited about the prospect of new adventures in the yard and many families celebrate the Christian holiday of Easter. Closely associated with Easter are family traditions involving eggs.

Century Farm and Ranch Application Deadline Extended

4/8/2020

Deadline Extended on 2020 Century Farm and Ranch applications.

The Best Laid Plans: Remote Learning from the Farm Office

4/8/2020

May we all remember that a mix of grace, flexibility and humor will go a long way as we move forward into this new, temporary normal.

AFBF Offers a Free Online Farm Stress Training Program

4/6/2020

American Farm Bureau is offering an online farm stress training program.

Agriculture Must Be Included in Disaster Loan Program

4/5/2020

Farmers must have access to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, as Congress intended, to ensure America continues to have access to healthy, affordable food.

Coronavirus Impact Ripples Across Farm Country

4/4/2020

From dairy farmers with nowhere to send their milk and cattle ranchers reeling from plummeting beef prices, the impact of the coronavirus is rippling through farm country.

How Farmers & Ranchers can use the SBA's Payroll Protection Program

4/3/2020

Starting tomorrow (April 3), small businesses and sole proprietorships can apply for the guaranteed loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

Utah County Farmer Selected as 2020 Agriculture Advocate of the Year

4/2/2020

Utah County Farm Bureau's Sara Harward was selected by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Organization (NAITCO) and National Grange as its Advocate of the Year.

Communicating COVID19 Farm Safety and Farm Worker Health on the Farm

4/1/2020

Safety remains a top priority across the food chain, with everyone—from the farm to the grocery store—doing their part to take great care and precautions to get food safely to your tables.

From Wheat to Flour--A Kitchen Staple

4/1/2020

Utah grain farmers provide the wheat

How Consumers Purchase Food Is Changing

3/28/2020

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

State Department Clears the Way for Agriculture Workforce

3/27/2020

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?

3/27/2020

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

3/27/2020

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

3/26/2020

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

3/25/2020

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

Agriculture Groups Call on Lawmakers to Support Farmers During Coronavirus Pandemic

3/25/2020

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

New Coronavirus Page Created on FB.org

3/23/2020

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

Utah Farm Bureau Responds to Covid-19 Challenges

3/20/2020

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

3/18/2020

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

3/17/2020

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

Coronavirus Emphasizes Challenges for Rural Communities

3/17/2020

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

3/16/2020

Fun and educational Ag activities for children during social distancing

Strong February Jobs Report Belies Economic Effects of COVID-19

3/9/2020

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

3/8/2020

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

3/7/2020

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

3/4/2020

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

3/3/2020

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

3/2/2020

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

2020 Outlook Projects Principal Crops Rebound

3/1/2020

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

2/29/2020

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

2/28/2020

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

2/27/2020

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

2/26/2020

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

2/25/2020

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

2/24/2020

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

2/19/2020

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

Farm Bureau Hopeful for Infrastructure Legislation

2/19/2020

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

2/18/2020

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

2/17/2020

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

2/16/2020

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

2/15/2020

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

Love at First Sight – My Two Families

2/14/2020

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

2/14/2020

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

2/13/2020

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

2/13/2020

Reviewing USDA's February 2020 Farm Income Forecast

Utah Farm Bureau Offers New Risk Management Benefit for Members

2/7/2020

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

2/6/2020

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

2/5/2020

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

AFBF Voting Delegates Set 2020 Policy Priorities

2/4/2020

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

2/4/2020

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

2/3/2020

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

2/3/2020

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

2/2/2020

Reviewing 2019 Farm Bankruptcies

Early Registration Deadline Approaching for Bird Damage Management Conference

1/31/2020

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

USMCA Signing Increases Optimism

1/29/2020

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

1/29/2020

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

1/29/2020

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

1/27/2020

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

1/26/2020

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

1/25/2020

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

1/23/2020

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

1/22/2020

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

1/21/2020

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

1/21/2020

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

Farm Bureau Names 2020 Farm Dog of the Year

1/20/2020

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

1/17/2020

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

1/17/2020

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

1/15/2020

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

1/14/2020

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

1/13/2020

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

1/10/2020

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

5 Ways to Ward Off Farm Theft

1/10/2020

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

1/9/2020

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

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