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Brand inspection fee changes coming July 1

6/14/2019

In an effort to align brand program management costs and revenues from brand fees, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is announcing changes to some of the fees and structure that were proposed by the Utah Livestock Brand Board and passed at the 2019 Legislative Session.

H-2A processing timeliness falls as demand climbs

6/14/2019

New data from the Department of Labor continues to highlight U.S. farmers’ and ranchers’ increasing reliance on the H-2A program.

Utah’s Efforts and Successes at Preventing ESA Listings

6/4/2019

Utah Farm Bureau Federation's role in preventing Endangered Species Listings.

Utah's Tax Restructuring

6/4/2019

Due to Utah’s rapidly growing population and shifting demographics, there are increasing demands on the General Fund and other programs funded by sales tax.

Court Strikes 2015 Water Rule

6/3/2019

A federal court on Tuesday invalidated the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers’ 2015 expansion of federal jurisdiction over small and isolated waters.

Farm Bureau Statement on Agricultural Relief

5/25/2019

The Trump Administration’s agricultural assistance package is welcome relief to an economic sector that has been battered by foreign competitors and retaliatory tariffs.

Utah Legislature May 2019 Interim Session

5/23/2019

The Utah Legislature Interim Committees study key issues facing the state, hear public comment and recommend legislation for the upcoming session.

Draft Water Banking Legislation Gearing Up for 2020 Utah Legislative Session

5/8/2019

Water banking is the practice of forgoing water deliveries during certain periods, and “banking” either the right to use the forgone water in the future, or saving it for someone else to use in exchange for a fee.

School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration Grazing Fees on the Rise

5/8/2019

Utah’s School and Institutional Trust Lands Association (SITLA) Board of Trustees voted to increase the livestock grazing fees for both scattered and block sections.

Federal to State Transfer of Public Lands

5/8/2019

Western states should take the necessary action to require the federal government to transfer select federal lands to state control

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