Bronson Teichert

People who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could lose the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers markets by the end of the month. Officials in Utah are working to avoid impacts on farmers and SNAP customers.
Downtown SLC Farmers Market

People who use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, could lose the ability to buy fruits and vegetables at farmers' markets by the end of the month. Officials in Utah are working to avoid impacts on farmers and SNAP customers.

The Build Act would merge several federal programs into a new 'development finance corporation' whose purpose would be to mobilize private sector investments to support economic growth in developing countries.
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One Utah State University student was chosen along with 20 others from across the nation to attend a summit in Washington D.C. to collaborate on a new bipartisan bill called the BUILD Act. The bill would support bringing private sector funds to fight global poverty.

Wildfires are destroying millions of acres every year according to the National Centers for Environment Information. Many of these fires are human caused, but fuel like cheat grass causes fires to burn faster and hotter. Researchers in Utah are working to implement fire resistant plants into western landscapes to reduce the damage.

Farmers use information and data used in safflower trials on their own operations
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Experimenting with new crop varieties adds to the many risks farmers already face, according to experts at Utah State University. USU research farms throughout the state are working with farmers to eliminate risks by creating a more efficient food system.

Southern Utah is one of the many locations in Utah used for major films and commercials.
Moab to Monument Valley Film Commission

Utah has been one of the most popular areas in the United States for filmmakers since westerns hit the big screens almost 100 years ago according to experts in the film industry. Is it possible to reap the economic benefits of movies and commercials while preserving Utah’s iconic landscapes used on camera? 

The Reading Corral is designed to improve literacy skills, life lessons and how to treat and care for horses.
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The Reading Corral program at North Logan Library is a literacy project aimed to help young children improve reading skills while learning about horses. During each session, two miniature horses come to the library and the children are able to interact with them.

Access to resources have allowed Utah to see its second highest growth in its number of small businesses.
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Starting a business is never easy, according officials at the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Close to a fifth of all startups don’t survive more than one year of operation, and nearly half never make it to their fifth anniversary. But Utah’s economic climate is better than most states in the U.S.

Utah State University focuses on teaching, research and extension
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Utah State University researchers are studying and testing varieties of grass for beauty and efficiency. Lawns and golf courses have more than sprinklers and lawnmowers keeping them green in the hot summer months. 

Small business owners in the United States and Utah are looking forward to the next 12 months, according to a recent study. But Utah has dropped in the rankings from number three in the nation to eighth this year for small business optimism.

Taking a vacation from work has proven to help employees recover from stress and improve performance, according to psychiatrists. Researchers are finding positive effects from a vacation are usually lost within a few days of coming back to the office. 

Livestock Haulers Asking For Less Regulation In Farm Bill

Jun 25, 2018

Earlier this year the Department of Transportation and Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration implemented ELD’s or electronic logging devices to regulate the amount of time truckers are driving and resting. Truckers can drive 11 hours then have to rest for 10.

Diseases Carried By Insects Closing In On Utah

Jun 22, 2018
This summer mosquitoes and ticks are out in full force according to experts. Those experts are also out in full force working with the public to prevent disease and illness caused by insects.
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This summer mosquitoes and ticks are out in full force, according to experts. Those experts are also out in full force working with the public to prevent disease and illness caused by insects.

According to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Native Americans continue to be one of the most underrepresented groups in the Census of Agriculture. While more producers are participating every year, much of the data is still missing.

BLM Issues Fire Prevention Order In Utah's West Desert

Jun 13, 2018
A dry winter and one of the warmest springs on record has experts worried about the potential of wildfires on Utah’s West Desert. The Bureau of Land Management is issuing restrictions on BLM lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.
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A dry winter and one of the warmest springs on record has experts worried about the potential of wildfires on Utah’s West Desert. The Bureau of Land Management is issuing restrictions on BLM lands in Salt Lake, Utah, Tooele, Rich and Box Elder Counties.

USU Researchers Testing Viability Of Cow Chip Technology

Jun 11, 2018
Less farmland and a growing population has farmers turning to technology to produce more with less.
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Farmland has decreased by 72 million acres in the last 30 years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Less farmland and a growing population have farmers turning to technology to produce more with less.

After their first birthday, the nutrition of young children tends to decline as they transition away from baby food. Study findings show that about 27 percent of children between 1 and 3 years of age do not eat a single discrete serving of vegetables on a
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In the last 30 years, childhood obesity has tripled in the United States, including in Utah. A recent study finds the diets of many infants and young children are not meeting pediatrician recommendations.

USU researchers are developing a device that would wrap around the propellers of water craft used by smugglers, pirates or terrorists. Biology professor Randy Lewis, said the device would be designed to stop boats laden with explosives like the one that a
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The United States' Navy and Utah State University researchers are working together to develop tools for non-lethal warfare. A $420,000 grant from the Navy has been awarded to USU’s Synthetic Spider Silk Lab.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Trump administration are working together to improve the quality of life in rural communities. An outdated water system and contamination has one Utah community finally getting the help it needs.
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Trump administration are working together to improve the quality of life in rural communities. An outdated water system and contamination have one Utah community finally getting the help it needs.

The Utah Farmworker Program is reaching out to people working in agriculture throughout the state. The program is designed to help workers and their families become self-sufficient.

Elise Teichert

The Tripp family has been farming in Cache Valley since the 1860s. The 1,000-acre farm is home to cows, chickens, ducks, sheep and of course the llama named Bob that stands guard at the edge of the pasture.

The Three Creeks Project will implement cattle and sheep grazing on designated areas of land for short amounts of time. The grazing allotments are designed to limit large amounts of fuel for wild fires and maintain plant and soil health.
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The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service are working with livestock operators on the Three Creeks Project in northern Utah. The project is an effort between federal agencies and locals to improve rangeland health for over 135,000 acres in Cache and Rich Counties.

Uptick In Lyme Disease Could Put Your Pet At Risk

May 16, 2018
If we’re outside and we’re exposing our self to ticks and our pets are with us, then they’re at risk as well.
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You may be at risk for Lyme disease this summer, so doctors are using the month of May to spread awareness. Veterinarians are also working with clients to help prevent their pets from flees, ticks and Lyme disease.

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.

Transactions on all 365 days of the 2017 calendar year were analyzed to identify consumer spending patterns. Last year, Mother’s Day was one of the worst days for sales at local, independent restaurants in Utah.
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Mother’s Day is among the best sales days of the year nationally for local restaurants but ranks 298th in Utah, according to new data analysis from Womply.

Logan Scout Master Responds To LDS Church And BSA Break-up

May 10, 2018
By continuing with Scouts BSA until the LDS church implements their new program, Thomas believes the young men will make an easier transition to the church’s new program in 2020.
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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America have been partners for more than 100 years. In a statement Tuesday the LDS Church announced it will conclude its relationship with the scouting program by 2020.

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