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I’m Not a Farmer But… Actor and restaurant owners share their love of food

8/12/2020

Utah Farm and Fork caught up with actor Ty Burrell and his wife Holly to talk about their memories of food and how it connects us all.

USDA Announces More Eligible Commodities for CFAP

8/11/2020

Application Deadline Extended to Sept. 11, and Producers Who Have Approved Applications to Receive Final Payments

The Bureau of Land Management’s Headquarters Officially Established in Grand Junction, Colorado

8/11/2020

Relocation of staff resources enhances the Bureau’s ability to serve the American public

The State: of the (Non) Conventions

8/7/2020

Through a series of articles we call The State, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Advocacy and Political Affairs team is providing analysis related to "the state of" various aspects of the 2020 campaign season, including the race for the White House and key elections around the country.

Ag Expo to be Largest Ag Conference in Utah

8/5/2020

The Utah Farm Bureau is excited to announce the newly named Utah Ag Expo, the largest agricultural conference in Utah, will be held in St. George, Utah on January 27-30, 2021.

UDAF Gives Guidance on Unsolicited Seed Packages

8/5/2020

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) are working to assist Utahns who are receiving unsolicited packages from outside of the United States of America, containing plant seeds.

Mixed News on Farm Bankruptcies Amid Pandemic

8/5/2020

Several contributing factors are likely at play as farmers struggle to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Four Months Out: What Happened to our Food System and Why?

8/4/2020

Let's take the time to explain a bit about how our food system was impacted by COVID-19 and why

COVID-19 is Nothing to Sneeze At

8/3/2020

Let’s all commit to being more accepting, courageous and wise as we deal with the pandemic and other challenges we may face in our own businesses, lives and communities.

Additional Commodities Eligible for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

8/3/2020

USDA recently announced an initial list of additional commodities that have been added to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CF

USDA Launches New Farmers.gov Features to Help Farmers Hire Workers

7/30/2020

The new Farmers.gov website designed to help facilitate the employment of H-2A workers

The Time to Invest in Rural America is Now

7/29/2020

Now, more than ever, rural companies – and the communities on which they depend – need both the resources and expertise that RBICs can provide.

Farmers Feeding Utah Makes Third Delivery of Food to Needy Families & Refugee Groups in West Salt Lake Valley

7/26/2020

Farmers Feeding Utah made its third miracle project to provide relief to farmers and families

American Farm Bureau Foundation Makes Ag Education More Accessible

7/26/2020

AFBFA is awarding $17,000 to educators and communities through the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program this fall. Ten classroom and community ag literacy projects across the country will receive $1,000 each to build on their efforts.

The Bureau of Land Management names Greg Sheehan as Utah State Director

7/21/2020

As Utah State Director, Sheehan will oversee management of nearly 22.9 million acres of public lands, representing about 42% of the state

Trump Administration Invests in Cache Valley Area School

7/18/2020

This project is funded through the Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program. The investments can be used to build or upgrade schools, libraries, clinics and public safety facilities.

Expanded CFAP Eligibility Provides More Assistance for Specialty Crops

7/17/2020

USDA has expanded eligibility of CFAP direct assistance to 42 more specialty crops and has amended eligibility for 19 others.

Beef and Pork Supply Chain Recovering

7/16/2020

As we move into the fall, we will likely see higher fed and feeder cattle prices as the incredibly light placements from this spring become slaughter ready.

Farmers Urge Congress to Pass Small Business Expense Protection Act

7/16/2020

Without this relief, millions of small businesses will face significant tax liabilities at a time when they can least afford additional financial burdens

Enter the Ag Innovation Challenge by July 31

7/15/2020

The Farm Bureau Ag Innovation Challenge is a national business competition that showcases U.S. startups developing innovative solutions that address challenges facing America’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities.

Utah Farm Bureau's 'Farmers Feeding Utah' Campaign Featured on KSL Radio

7/14/2020

President Ron Gibson was a guest on KSL radio talking about the third 'Miracle Project' by Farmers Feeding Utah, helping families along the Salt Lake Valley's west side

USDA Approves Program to Feed Kids in Utah

7/13/2020

Pandemic EBT to Feed Children during COVID-19 National Emergency

Spencer Gibbons promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Utah Farm Bureau Federation

7/11/2020

Spencer Gibbons has recently been promoted to the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation (UFBF).

Millard County Farmers Suffer Large Losses From Wildfire

7/10/2020

The fire has consumed more than 78,000 acres, and as of this writing is reported at 95 percent contained

Utah Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Nominees

7/10/2020

The award recognizes landowners who inspire others with their dedication to land, water and wildlife habitat management on private, working land.

Glimmers of Retail Recovery

7/9/2020

We may talk about double-digit sales growth in several categories in June as well, but the food and hospitality sector, as well as the travel sector, has a long way to go.

Congress Votes to Extend Paycheck Protection Program into August

7/8/2020

Both chambers of Congress have voted to extend the application period for the federal Paycheck Protection Program, which is good news for farmers.

Farm Bureau Farm Dog of the Year Nominations Accepted Until Aug. 20

7/7/2020

Up to Four Regional Runners-Up and People’s Choice Pup Also Will be Recognized

New Bills Would Help Processors Meet Demand

7/7/2020

Congress is looking at ways to make our food system more resilient for farmers and ranchers and for consumers

Farming for All

7/4/2020

There are some jobs that are more than a day’s work: they are lifelong callings.

USMCA Takes Effect: Welcome News for Struggling Farmers

7/3/2020

The launch of the USMCA brings optimism to the country’s farmers and ranchers at a time they need it the most

Farming is Risky Business

7/1/2020

Risk Management, in a business context, is about reducing the cost of risk, which includes the cost of managing risk

Farmers Feeding Utah Makes Second Delivery of Food to Food Pantries, Needy Families in Northern Utah

6/25/2020

More than 550 families received direct food donations in Logan, and more than $100,000 worth of food was provided to food pantries in Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties.

Farm Groups Launch Free Stress Management Course

6/25/2020

The training course, geared toward farmers and ranchers, is open to the public and will help individuals identify signs of chronic stress and offer effective communication skills

Changes to Livestock Risk Protection Improve Valuable Risk Management Tool

6/17/2020

USDA’s Risk Management Agency announced changes to the Livestock Risk Protection insurance program for swine, fed cattle and feeder cattle

New Legislation Would Help More Farmers Tap Into PPP Loans

6/17/2020

The Paycheck Protection for Producers Act (H.R. 7175, S. 3918) would help more farmers and ranchers participate in the Paycheck Protection Program

Lessons Learned From COVID-19

6/16/2020

We already have learned important lessons from the past few months

Celebrating all that the dairy industry contributes to the world!

6/16/2020

A recent American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture blog post celebrates all that the dairy industry contributes to the world, including milk, butter, cheese, yogurt and ice cream.

Celebrating Dairy Month

6/12/2020

June became the official “dairy month” in 1939 and is still celebrated today.

Farm Bureau Calls on Lawmakers to Help Farmers Through Food System Shockwave

6/12/2020

The widespread closures at the retail level are impacting consumer demand and purchasing patterns in ways that agriculture has never experienced

Farmers Feeding Utah is Making a Big Difference

6/11/2020

The Utah Farm Bureau’s new initiative Farmers Feeding Utah is off to a great start

NRCS Provides Strategies for Reducing Forage Shortages

6/11/2020

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Utah has provided some strategies to implement when faced with these circumstances that can help minimize forage deficiencies, if you plan ahead.

Farmers Feeding Utah Helps Navjo Nation With First 'Miracle Project'

6/8/2020

Launched by the Utah Farm Bureau in early May with the two-fold goal of helping sustain farmers and ranchers impacted by COVID-19 and providing food and donations to Utah families in need, Farmers Feeding Utah.

Why We Fear the Food We Eat

6/6/2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has made people think a lot about where their food comes over the last few months.

Farm Bureau Continues Fight for Fair Cattle Prices

6/6/2020

Major upheaval in U.S. cattle markets has increased attention on the growing gap between high beef prices and low cattle prices

Coronavirus Aid Coming in June

6/4/2020

The Department of Agriculture will open enrollment for coronavirus-related aid to farmers

SBA: Delivering Support to Utah Farmers & Ranchers

6/4/2020

Congress recently passed an extension of the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which includes over $310 billion in new funding to help small businesses and agricultural related industries support their payroll costs.

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

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