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Farm Bill Debate In Congress Could Put Food Stamps At Risk

Jan 11, 2018
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When Congress takes up the $140 billion farm bill, food programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, could face funding cuts under a GOP push for welfare reform.  Anti-hunger advocates are concerned that millions of Americans could lose access to healthy foods if SNAP benefits are reduced or eliminated.

USDA To Spend $16.6 Million In Rural Utah

Nov 29, 2017
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing close to $17 million dollars for broadband infrastructure in rural Utah. Only nine percent of Utah’s population live outside of urban areas, but according to Randy Parker, the state Director of USDA rural development, that small number of people still need to be connected to the state and the rest of the world.

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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 Poisonous Plant Research Laboratory in Logan, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, was cited in July for inadequate veterinary care and improper handling of animals. 

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.

U.S. Panel Lifts Ban On Slaughtering Horses For Meat

Jul 20, 2017
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Last week, a U.S. House panel voted to lift the ban on slaughtering horses at meat processing plants. In 2007, funding was removed for USDA inspectors at meat processing plants with horse meat. 

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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.

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Extreme precipitation this winter followed by extremely warm temperatures in February and March resulted in extensive flood damage to farmland throughout Cache County, Utah. 

Bruce Lundquist, executive director of the US Department of Agriculture Farm Service is reaching out to farmers who have experienced flooding.