Agriculture

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
crft-pit.org

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. 

Out of Thin Air: Making Fertilizer with Sunlight

Aug 18, 2016
Al Hicks / National Renewable Energy Laboratory

A new scientific discovery may change the way we make fertilizer. A team of researchers have found a new way to produce Ammonia (NH3) from atmospheric Nitrogen (N2) using sunlight instead of fossil fuels. The discovery may have profound effects on the sustainability of food production.

Protecting Our Pollinators

Jul 26, 2016
K.Munson

Highway signs across Utah feature a beehive, a symbol of the state’s official insect since 1983. But the honeybee is just one of more than 4,000 species of bees in the United States—and we know very little about most of them. That’s one reason why the Obama Administration created a task force to improve health outcomes for the nation’s pollinators.

art.state.gov

  The Ecology Center at Utah State University hosts Dr. Lisa Schulte-Moore this Wednesday and Thursday as part of its 2015-2016 Seminar Series. Schulte-Moore, an associate professor of Natural Resource Ecology and Management at Iowa State University, studies the ecology of sustainable land management through the lens of coupled human and natural systems.