Agriculture

Farmers and ranchers are working with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to reach the ninety-five percent of the word’s consumers who live outside the U.S.
Brian Champagne

Farmers and ranchers are working with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to reach the 95 percent of the world's consumers who live outside the U.S.

Chinese tariffs have some producers worried, but trade with other countries show promise for the future.

Utah State University Equine Student Breaking Barriers

Apr 26, 2018
Jack Charlesworth is a USU equine science major breaking barriers for people with unique challenges
Jack Charlesworth

One Utah State University student in the Equine Science Program has unique challenges, but he is changing the way people like him work with horses. This student is not letting any challenges get in the way of his love for horses and life.

Utah farmer fights to keep his farm from being turned into a soccer field.
harvestpublicmedia.org

A fourth-generation farmer is fighting to save his farmland from city officials in Farmington who want to buy 0.02 square miles (0.05 square kilometers) to make new soccer fields.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports Alan Bangerter contends there are other parcels where soccer fields could be placed without harming "a productive farm" and is seeking to save his property as an Utah Agricultural Protection Area.

The Utah Farm Bureau is focusing on farm safety. This week has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness Week. The bureau identified safety risks while focusing on the theme, “No One Can Take Your Place.”

People in Cache Valley working against food waste
Bronson Teichert

Next time you find yourself scraping your plate into the garbage, you might consider how much you’re throwing away.  

Utah Working To Improve Specialty Crop Production

Feb 13, 2018
Grant applications will allow farmers to grow more specialty crops
farmflavor.com

Utah is one of the top producers of tart cherries in America, but that’s the only specialty crop the state is known for. One agriculture group is working to help local farmers  grow more produce and increase their profit.

Photo by Ron Nichols / USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Cattle digest their food through bacteria-aided fermentation, creating methane as a byproduct that’s exhaled by the animal. According to research by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, the cattle industry accounts for about 20 percent of total human-associated methane emissions.

Planning Will Save The Family Farm

Dec 21, 2017
westerndairyassociation.org

96 percent of the 2.2 million farms in the United States are considered “family farms,” according to one planning and tax expert. Passing down those family farms to future generations is not an easy task.

Utah Division of State History

Researchers from the University of Utah used a model originally for studying birds to see why pioneers settled certain areas within the state of Utah. The study could tell us more about human migration throughout history.

tedgenoways.com

From tedgenoways.com:  For forty years, Rick Hammond has raised cattle and crops on his wife’s fifth-generation farm. But as he prepares to hand off the operation to his daughter Meghan and her husband Kyle, their entire way of life is under siege.

Documentary Shines New Light On GMO's

Oct 31, 2017
www.foodevolutionmovie.com

In efforts to communicate research to consumers, part of the scientific community and filmmakers worked together to help inform the public with fact-based dialogue about genetically modified organisms in our food system.

Club Runner

In the first half today, a conversation with Utah State University President, Noelle Cockett. We’ll talk about issues in higher education, including sexual assault on campus, immigration, and a recent controversial donation to USU from the Charles Koch Foundation.

National Chicken Council Releases Industry Standards

Oct 23, 2017
USDA.gov

The chicken industry is working to be more transparent to how chickens are produced. The National Chicken Council came up with “chicken guarantees” to help consumers feel more comfortable about their food and hold the industry to a standard.

bardwellfarm.com

Only 2% of America’s population work in the agricultural industry according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Farmers and ranchers are picking up the pace to strengthen relationships with the other 98% of the population.

The End Of DACA Could Hurt The Dairy Industry

Sep 15, 2017
wisonsinwatch.org

The dairy industry is hopeful President Trump's recent decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, will force Congress to enact immigration reform.

Animal Activist To Hold Multiple Vigils At Utah Farms

Sep 8, 2017
faithinplace.org

Representatives from an animal rights group are gathering near an egg farm in Utah. Direct Action Everywhere is holding the vigil for as many as 300,000 chickens lost during a fire at the the Fassio Egg Farm near Tooele.  The group is also responsible for taking two piglets from the Millard, Utah Circle Four Farms in June.

  

Quoting CNN: “More than 70% of antibiotics sold in the U.S. are for food production animals, according to the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future. The problem is that many experts believe this is an overuse of antibiotics, and they fear significant public health consequences.

Utah Ranchers Not Impacted By Japanese Beef Tariffs

Aug 14, 2017
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The government of Japan has raised tariffs for U.S. beef from 38.5 percent to 50 percent which will last until March 31, 2018. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Purdue has expressed concerns with the new tariffs and the U.S. trade relationship with Japan. Experts from Utah are concerned about trade relationships with Japan, but aren’t concerned for local beef producers.

Cache Valley Farm Helps Residents Connect With The Land

Jul 27, 2017
Bronson Teichert

One Cache Valley farm is providing a fresh new way for residents to buy their produce. According to the owner of  Mt. Naomi Farms, it also helps the growing population develop an appreciation for farmland.

Owner Brenda Meikle said every year more farmland is being taken over by development.

utah4H.org

A federal judge has struck down the “agriculture operation interference” law which was approved in 2012 by the Utah legislature. What is also known as the “ag-gag” law, prohibited lying to gain access to a livestock operation. The law also required permission from the property owner for anyone who wanted to film. Legal experts are looking at ways for those in the agriculture industry and animal rights activists to find a compromise.

herb.co

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is considering a new rule that would allow some farmers to grow industrial hemp for research purposes. The rule was given initial approval on Tuesday by the state's Agricultural Advisory Board.

extension.usu.edu

Niche markets, like gluten free and organic food, are becoming more popular - but experts are worried consumers aren’t “fact checking” claims about a new trend - antibiotic free meat. Animal scientists and producers are trying to regain lost ground on educating the public about their food.

Budget Cuts To Affect Life-Saving Farm Equipment

Jun 29, 2017
www.ropsr4u.com

In the proposed budget for 2018, cuts are being considered to a federal program that helps farmers afford safety equipment. Funding to reduce tractor roll-over deaths could be especially hard for farmers.

New Deal Allows U.S. To Export Beef To China

Jun 1, 2017
usda.gov

The U.S. has opened a new trade deal with China which will give producers access to 1.4 billion new consumers. Dillon Feuz, a professor of applied economics at Utah State University, said this trade deal is a big step for U.S. producers with the direction China is going.

NPR.org

Last week Donald Trump released his proposed budget plan for 2018. According to the budget, the U.S Department of Agriculture would take one of the biggest cuts with a decrease of $4.7 billion in funding. 

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