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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.

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

1/10/2020

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.

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.

2020 Utah FUSION Conference

1/9/2020

2020 FUSION Conference to be held January 30 - February 1, 2020 at the Dixie Center in St. George, UT.

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

Growing A Lasting Food Source - Deseret In The Florida Panhandle

1/9/2020

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?

1/9/2020

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

1/8/2020

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

1/7/2020

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

1/6/2020

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

1/5/2020

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

1/4/2020

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

1/3/2020

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

1/3/2020

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

1/3/2020

Farmers are innovators—by nature and necessity.

Broadband Map Fix Will Reveal Needs

1/2/2020

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

Farm Bureau Reflects on Challenging 2019

12/31/2019

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

12/31/2019

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

12/30/2019

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

12/23/2019

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

12/23/2019

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

12/23/2019

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

12/19/2019

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?’

12/19/2019

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

12/17/2019

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

12/16/2019

Farmers and ranchers are the lifeblood of our communities.

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

12/15/2019

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

12/14/2019

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

12/13/2019

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

Farm Bureau Hopeful Congress Passes USMCA Next Week

12/12/2019

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

12/10/2019

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

FARM AND RANCH LEADERS ELECTED AT UTAH FARM BUREAU ANNUAL CONVENTION

12/10/2019

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

12/6/2019

Net Farm Income Projected at $92.5 Billion

Iron County rancher wins Utah Farm Bureau Discussion Meet

12/5/2019

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

12/4/2019

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

12/3/2019

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

12/2/2019

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

11/26/2019

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

11/22/2019

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

11/22/2019

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

11/20/2019

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

Farmside Chat Celebrates AFBF Centennial

11/18/2019

Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall reflects on AFBF's centennial, and the history and future of American agriculture

Utah farmers & ranchers talking industrial hemp, suicide prevention, and other issues at 2019 Utah Farm Bureau convention

11/15/2019

Utah Farm Bureau will address critical public policy topics, including public lands issues such as grazing policies, the current sales tax restructuring debate, trade, water development and distribution, industrial hemp, agritourism, and more.

Second Round of Trade Assistance Coming Soon

11/15/2019

$6.8 Billion Support Provided As Of Nov. 12

Honest Conversations about Opioids Can Save Lives

11/14/2019

It only takes three days to become addicted and for your body to crave the euphoria that opioids produce

Utah Farm Bureau, UDAF and Others Offer Reward for Information Cattle Loss Investigation

11/8/2019

The Utah Farm Bureau, UDAF, and Utah Cattlemen’s Association are looking to generate additional public interest concerning investigations over the loss of cattle in Utah, Iron, Garfield and Box Elder Counties.

Farmers and Ranchers Need USMCA

11/8/2019

Approving USMCA would be a win for Congress and, more importantly, a win for American agriculture

Work Needed to Improve Labor Legislation for Agriculture

11/8/2019

Earlier draft versions of this bill raised significant questions and concerns that need to be addressed before we can fully support the bill

Utah Farm Bureau: Work Needed to Improve Labor Needs for Agriculture

11/5/2019

America’s farmers and ranchers desperately need Congress to address agriculture’s labor needs

USDA Releases Long-Awaited Industrial Hemp Regulations

11/4/2019

Guidance included in USDA’s interim final rule for hemp production provides clarity for hemp producers.

Women in Ag Survey Reveals Business Acumen and Leadership

11/1/2019

More than 50% of women surveyed have started their own business that’s still in operation; 25% have not started a business but indicated they would like to do so in the future

15 Scary Food Myths

10/30/2019

Knowing the truth can debunk scary food myths.

JOB OPENING: UFBF Accepting Applications for Accounting Position

10/29/2019

Utah Farm Bureau Federation is seeking a dedicated and reliable individual to fulfill an accountant position within our organization.

Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods invest $500 Million dollars to become largest renewable natural gas supplier in U.S.

10/28/2019

By capturing methane from farms, the development of RNG significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural operations

Farm Bureau Recognizes Women’s Communications Boot Camp Graduates

10/26/2019

The intensive four-day course comprised hands-on sessions related to public speaking, working with the media and messaging.

Reminder of Changes Made to Animal Industry Brand Inspection Fees

10/25/2019

In an effort to align brand program management costs and revenues with brand fees, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is announcing updates to the Utah Livestock Brand fees and structure passed earlier this year at the 2019 Legislative Session.

Celebrating Pasta! See how Utah wheat becomes spaghetti

10/24/2019

Farmers and state lawmakers all saw how food comes from the farm to a product they can find on the shelves at their local grocery store – producing something like spaghetti to help feed the world.

The Future of Agriculture at Home and Abroad

10/24/2019

If the U.S. is going to stay competitive and hold our spot as the world’s leading agricultural producer, we must renew our commitment to investing in the research that has made our farms and ranches the most productive and sustainable in the world.

Jack-o'-Lanterns: Prevent Your Carved Creation from Becoming a Fungal Fiasco

10/23/2019

Consider these methods to help preserve your carved pumpkin

UDAF Announces Availability of Water Optimization Funding

10/22/2019

This $3 million in funding was designed to support individual farmer projects that demonstrate a need and ability to reduce consumptive water use while maintaining or even improving agriculture production and productivity.

Plant Scientists Build on Wheat Research with $1.9 Million NIFA Grant

10/21/2019

The primary goals of recent research are to investigate the effects of compost on water efficiency, soil, and yield and to test new intercropping strategies on organic dryland wheat

USDA Opens 2020 Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs

10/16/2019

Safety Net Program Payments for 2018 Have Started

New Member Benefit -Xerox

10/14/2019

Utah Farm Bureau unveils a new member benefit.

Mushrooms 101: Putting the Fun in Fungus!

10/13/2019

Tuesday is National Mushroom Day. Find out how to celebrate!

AFBF Launches Commodity Market Prices Website

10/12/2019

American Farm Bureau has launched a new section on the Voice of Agriculture website that features commodity market futures prices for grains, oilseeds, livestock, dairy and soft products.

Lawmakers Propose Welcomed Endangered Species Act Changes

10/11/2019

The Congressional Western Caucus recently introduced 19 bills that would update and modernize the Endangered Species Act.

Farm Bureau Weighs in on H-2A Advertising Requirements Final Rule

10/10/2019

The Department of Labor has issued a regulation that eliminates the requirement that employers place print newspaper advertisements in the area of intended employment of H-2A employees

Celebrating a Century of the American Farm Bureau

10/9/2019

Founded in November 1919, the American Farm Bureau Federation has given all farmers and ranchers a voice in our nation’s capital.

Illinois Farmer Stands His Ground Against Wrongful NRCS Wetlands Determination

10/9/2019

AFBF and Illinois Farm Bureau have jointly released a new video, “This Farmer Stands His Ground Against USDA Mistreatment,” on social media. The video tells a compelling story about farmer Kurt Wilke’s experience dealing with government regulations.

A Tale of Two Economies

10/8/2019

A review of U.S. and Chinese Manufacturing Indicies

Survey Says: 86% of US Adults Prefer Dairy Milk and Large Margin Want Increased Milk Offerings in School Meals

10/7/2019

By a margin of more than 2-1, U.S. adults say it’s important to offer low-fat flavored milks with school meals

Economic Indicators Make for Tough Predictions

10/3/2019

With so many conflicting signals, what can an economist say? Yogi Berra probably summed it up best: “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”

Farm Town Strong Opioid Campaign Earns Top Honors in PRSA-NCC’s Strategic PR Awards

10/2/2019

The Farm Town Strong campaign is a great example of the power of partnerships in addressing rural issues

UDAF Organizes Waste Pesticide Collection Program

9/27/2019

UDAF has organized a series of waste pesticide collection events in October in Logan, Spanish Fork, and Cedar City

Celebrate National Public Lands Day Sept. 28

9/27/2019

BLM designates fee-free day at its recreation and visitor sites as part of annual event

Farmers Commend Agreement on Japanese Trade Deal

9/26/2019

Under the agreement, Japan will place the same level of agricultural tariffs on U.S. goods as it places on CPTPP countries and the EU.

Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge Application Deadline Extended to Oct. 14

9/25/2019

Applications for the 2020 Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge will be accepted through Oct. 14

Farmers Stand Together for Clean Water and Clear Rules

9/24/2019

Farm Bureau is hopeful that farmers soon will have the common-sense rules we have been calling for, as we look to the new Clean Water Rule the Administration is finalizing.

Collaborating for the Greater Good

9/24/2019

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s Promotion & Education Committee recently collaborated with Utah Farm Bureau’s Ag Promotion Committee on consumer outreach activities at the Utah State Fair

Proposed H-2A Changes Tries but Fails to Contain Considerable Wage Variability

9/23/2019

Recently, the Department of Labor published a proposed rule that would amend its regulations regarding certain provisions of the H-2A program.

USDA Must End NRCS Abuses

9/20/2019

Farmers and ranchers are being denied due process as part of an abuse of discretion by the Natural Resources Conservation Service

Forest Service Proposal Simplifies Decision-Making

9/19/2019

?Proposed regulatory changes by the U.S. Forest Service would streamline the way the agency handles environmental analysis and decision-making

Farm Bureau Marks National Farm Safety and Health Week

9/18/2019

The Utah Farm Bureau is reminding everyone in agricultural communities about their role in staying safe on the farm and ranch during National Farm Safety and Health Week (Sept. 15-21).

The Next Giant Leap for Mankind

9/10/2019

The challenge of hindsight is that society can make the mistake of assuming the achievements of the past as inevitable. But many of the landmark events were in doubt up to the moment Mankind landed on the Moon.

From Tan Lines to Tractor Wheels

9/10/2019

I had never really thought about all the work that gets done before I buy my food at the grocery store. Now I have a much greater appreciation for the agricultural community and the struggles they go through to ensure that we have food on our tables.

Trucking Along: Where Rural Roads Are and Where They Are Going

9/10/2019

As rural road and bridge conditions decline, further funding is necessary to ensure rural populations can efficiently transport the farm and ranch goods we all rely on while supporting their families and maintaining their quality of life

Is Farm Income Really Up?

9/10/2019

Financial Indicators Show Depressed Farm Economy

Federal Court Sends Illegal Water Rule Back to EPA

9/9/2019

A federal court says the 2015 Waters of the United States rule is unlawful under the Clean Water Act

What do donations to the Ag Foundation do?

9/8/2019

As a donor you generously send in hard earned dollars and then what?

New Bankruptcy Law Provides Debt Relief

9/8/2019

President Trump recently signed the Family Farmer Relief Act of 2019, a measure that raises the Chapter 12 debt limit from $4.1 million to $10 million.

Farmers’ Growing Reliance on Technology Highlights Need for Robust Digital Toolbox

9/7/2019

As the world grows more technologically dependent and driven, access to reliable, high-speed internet, and computers, tablets and other similar tools, is increasingly a necessity.

Apply for County Activities of Excellence Awards Today

9/6/2019

Counties will display their winning activities at the AFBF Annual Convention and Trade Show in January in Austin, Texas.

Food Holidays Abound in September

9/5/2019

September is chock-full of food holidays

Farm Bureau: Focus on Trade Negotiations

9/4/2019

Farmers and ranchers are grateful for mitigation payments, but let’s be clear: those payments do not make them whole

Bureau of Land Management to conduct wild horse gather in Carbon County in September

9/4/2019

The Bureau of Land Management announced that it will conduct a wild horse gather within he Range Creek Herd Management Area (HMA) beginning in September

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