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Vol 55 No 6
Utah Farm Bureau News COUNTRYSIDE EDITION · JULY 2009 (ISSN 1068-5960)
Matt Hargreaves, Editor Business Address: 9865 South State Sandy, Utah 84070-3205
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10 Utah’s Horse Racing
Industry Takes Off
14 Rescuers Across the
State Help Horses in Tough Times
16 Dutch Oven Cooking:
A Treat Well Worth the Wait
18 Local Food Arrives with
the Summer Sun: Farmers Markets
Poisonous Plants Research
Ag Agenda: Regulating Rainwater
Radicals & the Climate Debate
Foul Economy to Fowl Economy
Fire It Up
Estate Planning is Essential
Smaller Tax Refunds Next Year
Keeping Urban Areas Green
July 4th, the Promise of Hope
Poisonous Plants Research Offers Human Possibilities
By Leland J. Hogan, President, Utah Farm Bureau Federation
Westward expansion in the United States brought large numbers of sheep and cattle to feed a growing nation. These vast open ranges were thought to be unlimited with little concern for poisonous plants which are rare on Eastern rangelands. Those of us who raise livestock on the private pastures or public lands of the American West understand the potential for losses to poisonous plants like larkspur or locoweed. In 1894, at the urging of Congress, the U.S. Department of Agriculture began its first poisonous plant investigations. The 1899 Yearbook of Agriculture stated, “the many deaths of human beings and farm animals caused by poisonous plants justify continued work be the Botany Division.” The formal creation of the Poisonous Plants Research Laboratory (PPRL) within USDA occurred in 1955 originally located in Salina, Utah and later relocated to the Utah State University campus in Logan, Utah. Recently, I was given the opportunity to participate in the PPRL five-year strategic planning cycle. As one of a dozen or so industry stakeholders, I got a better understanding of the mission and cutting edge research underway at the Logan facility. Utah Farm Bureau is proud of our long and close partnership with the PPRL. Working with PPRL Research Leader Dr. Lynn James and Utah Senator Bob Bennett, we helped secure federal funding for a new, state-of-the-art facility that was dedicated in 2004. James’ vision of an interdisciplinary approach to applied and basic research was the
impetus for today’s Logan laboratory. Lynn’s foresight and drive culminated in a team of 10 scientists and 17 support staff investigating livestock interaction with poisonous plants while looking at potential human health benefits. Many of you who know Lynn James know of his passion and drive for the research being done at the PPRL. Lynn retired in 2007 after 53-years with the USDA PPRL, the last 35 as Research Leader. As the group of stakeholders toured the PPRL, we learned of its mission to identify toxic plants, isolate and identify plant toxins and develop management strategies, antidotes and treatments to reduce livestock losses. Valuable research information is being used by the livestock industry, wildlife managers, nutritionists, veterinarians, physicians and poison control centers. Our host for the stakeholder meetings was Dr. Kip Panter. As the current Research Leader, he too is passionate about the research at PPRL. He told us that poisonous plant intoxication in the Western U.S. is both common and costly. Poisonous plants on Western ranges costs livestock producers more than $340 million each year. To mitigate economic losses, Panter coordinates in-depth and exhaustive research on numerous poisonous plants headlined by lupines, locoweed, larkspur, halogeton and pine needles. Included in this research is a story of human possibility that may ultimately become a headline in the future. Toxins deadly to livestock have valuable human potential. For example, goats that eat a particular poisonous plant during pregnancy give birth to kids
with cleft palates. Ranchers now understand the need to keep goats away from this plant during a certain stage of pregnancy. Knowing how to protect goats from this potentially deadly deformity provided researchers the opportunity to investigate treatments for human cleft palates. Surgeons are able to visit the Logan PPRL to operate on cleft palates in the womb so the kid goat is born perfectly healthy without any scarring. So far this procedure can only be done on goats, but there is certainly enormous opportunity for children. Most children born with cleft palates are subjected to more that a dozen surgical procedures during their first few years of life. As a livestock stakeholder, I understand the importance of the mission focusing on protecting the livestock industry, but also recognize the larger opportunity to help resolve some of mankind’s most difficult problems.
The Ag Agenda
Next on the Government’s Agenda: Regulating Rainwater
By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation
Some folks laugh at the notion of Uncle Sam reaching his hand literally into our backyards and regulating almost every drop of water. But, a bill in Congress would do just that. And if it passes, not just farmers and ranchers would be affected, but all land owners. The Clean Water Restoration Act, or S. 787, gives the government the right to extend its reach to any body of water from farm ponds, to storm water retention basins, to roadside ditches, to desert washes, even to streets and gutters. The legislation leaves no water unregulated and could even impact standing rainwater in a dry area. Private property owners beware. To Restore or Not to Restore While it has “restoration” in its title, it does anything but. The Clean Water Restoration Act is not a restoration of the Clean Water Act at all. It is a means for activists to remove any bounds from the scope of Clean Water Act jurisdiction to extend the government’s regulatory reach. But, what the activists won’t tell you is that the Clean Water Act is working, and has been for the last 36 years. Put simply, this legislation would replace the term “navigable waters” from the Clean Water Act with “all interstate and intrastate waters.” Farm Bureau supports the protection of U.S. navigable waters, as well as rivers and streams that flow to navigable waters—all of which are already
protected under current law. But, if the Clean Water Act is applied to all waters, farmers and ranchers would be significantly impacted due the number of farming activities that would require permits. Under this new law, areas that contain water only during a rain would be subject to full federal regulation. Further, not only would many areas not previously regulated require federal permits, those permits would be subject to challenge in federal court, delaying or halting these activities resulting in a huge impact on rural economies.
of structures such as drainage ditches, which are only wet after rainfall. Taking these changes one step further, it would likely give federal regulators the ability to control everyday farming activities in adjacent fields. Hard-working farm families can’t afford, nor do they deserve, Uncle Sam’s hand reaching into their backyards, their fields or even their puddles of rainwater.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished Farmers and ranchers do a good job taking care of the land. As I often say, they are America’s first environmentalists. They use modern conservation practices to protect our nation’s water supplies. Many times these efforts are put in place voluntarily because farmers are driven by a strong stewardship ethic. However, the restoration bill largely disregards the positive conservation role farmers and ranchers are playing. It replaces good works with strict rules. Rather than restore the Clean Water Act, it just brings a new truckload of restrictions for the people who do most to protect our water. The Clean Water Restoration Act is regulatory overkill. It is written to give the federal government control
Radicals Want to Control Climate Debate By Randy Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Utah Farm Bureau Federation In this corner, Al Gore! In that corner, James Hansen! The gloves are clearly off as competing radical environmental interests fight it out for climate supremacy. Gore is pulling for the Waxman–Markey “cap and trade” solution to reign in carbon emissions while NASA scientist Hansen berates it as not going far enough.
world’s premier carbon broker under this Congressional redistribution of wealth scheme. Hansen, on the other hand wants a more direct tax on carbon dioxide and the immediate closure of every coal-fired power plant in America. However, he conveniently ignores the fact half of America’s electricity is coal based.
The radicals and their legal teams are heading to the combatants’ corners. In Gore’s corner, the headliners are Audubon, Environmental Defense Fund and Pew Center on Global Change. In Hansen’s corner, you’ll see Greenpeace, Friends of Earth and Center for Biological Diversity.
In this ultimate climate fight, American citizens are standing directly in front of an economic knockout punch that could fundamentally alter our standard of living and adversely impact future opportunities for our children and grandchildren.
Yes, this is the same James Hansen who in 2008 called for trials of climate skeptics for “high crimes against humanity.” He jumped in with Natural Resources Defense Council lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. who a year earlier had already portrayed climate change skeptics as “traitors” and said coal companies are “criminal enterprises and their CEO’s should be in jail for eternity.” So, what’s missing from this Heavyweight Climate Main Event? That’s easy; we’re still missing the interests of the American public! If Congress embraces the radical climate agenda of either of these heavyweight contenders, the Waxman-Markey “American Clean Energy Security Act” will be betting our country’s economic future. Let’s make this absolutely clear, Al Gore stands to make millions if cap and trade becomes the law of the land. He is positioned to become the
The first punch has already landed. The House Energy and Commerce Committee recommended (a 33-25 mostly partisan vote) legislation aimed at how America generates and uses energy through an expensive cap and trade scheme. If enacted, the Waxman–Markey bill will undoubtedly have broad impacts on U.S. agriculture and all American consumers who rely on abundant, safe and affordable food grown in America. Thanks go to Utah Congressman Jim Matheson who voted against the bill. Agriculture, under Waxman-Markey, is right in the bull’s-eye of a national energy tax which the sponsors want to package as cap and trade. Producing, processing and distributing food is highly energy intensive. Whether it’s fuel for the tractor, fertilizer for the crops, electricity for processing and packaging or gas in the delivery trucks, agriculture uses a great deal of energy. The abundance and choice we enjoy today in our American grocery stores is due to carbon-based energy.
A Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis of Waxman-Markey cap and trade estimates an additional $1,600 or greater energy tax on a typical American household. Farm and ranch families and rural residents are certainly not typical. The CBO numbers more closely reflect costs to Waxman’s Hollywood constituents or Markey’s Boston suburbs, not rural Americans. Hollywood and Boston lifestyles are different. The $1,600 average will certainly be surpassed as rural folks travel requires them to spend 58 percent more on fuel than average Bostonians. And Hollywood power providers average 35 customers per mile while Utah rural electric cooperatives supply around 7 customers per mile. Now back into the ultimate climate ring. Utah is surfacing its own stable of radical climate pugilists who are ready to throw their own sucker punch. Unhappy with the current pace of addressing climate change, an energy blog originating out of the University
of Utah’s Economics Department is framing a radical local strategy. Farmers and ranchers, already potentially the target of an EPA “Cow Tax”, are now under attack by Salt Lake City Physician Brian Moench. Moench, the recognized voice of Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment (certainly a worthy cause), recently took an abrupt left turn with an attack on the cattle industry. “We must start attaching the same kind of stigma to eating beef that has been attached to driving a Hummer,” Moench said in a recent blog. “What is needed is an abandonment of the cattle industry and transitioning that land to production of other sources of protein, like nut trees and legumes.” Possibly even more alarming is University of Utah Economics Professor Hans Ehrbar, a self-proclaimed Marxist, calling for an overthrow of America’s political system. His blog entries advocate a “fight against the capitalist system” to keep the planet inhabitable. Professor Ehrbar asserts we should, “look for forces in the system which have the power to unhinge it...and bring down the system itself,” pointing out “strikes, factory occupations, boss-nappings, go-slow actions and monkey-wrenching can trigger the needed urgent action.” It’s disconcerting to me that such radical anti-agriculture, anti-democracy and anti-free enterprise advocacy is coming out of a taxpayer funded institution of higher learning here in Utah.
Even if the United Nations-founded 2,500-member Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) voted “consensus” that man is the cause of global warming, science is not a popularity contest – it’s about discussions, debate and sound science. There are now more than 31,000 American scientists who have signed the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine petition stating “there is no convincing evidence man is the cause of catastrophic global warming.” For starters, let’s use the IPCC’s own forcing formula for carbon dioxide and bring a cost – benefit analysis into the debate. Let’s move beyond the Obama administration’s politically-motivated and economically-costly WaxmanMarkey proposal and analyze a fullscale James Hansen recommended shut down of all fossil-fueled electricity in America. There is broad agreement the net result, over the next 100 years, is a temperature reduction of a mere 0.07 degree Celsius. There is an aggressive environmental push that we must do something now and that green jobs can be created to improve the environment and a “green economy” can reduce unemployment rates. These widespread claims are nothing but political posturing. Noting the Obama Administration’s multibillion dollar green energy gamble, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that Congress cannot order economic growth. Government interference – picking winners and losers – that restricts successful energy technologies in favor of speculative green energy technologies favored by radical special interests will damage America’s free enterprise system.
President Obama, who has touted Spain’s green experience, and the United States Congress should take the time to more closely study the Spanish “Green Economy” experience. According to Spain’s University of Rey Juan Carlos, the United States can expect to lose 2.2 jobs in the economy for each government mandated and subsidized green job created. Dr. John Christy, University of Alabama Climatologist, reports that global temperatures have been declining since 1998, at the same time carbon dioxide levels have increased. If the current trend continues, will global warming alarmists turn to a 1970’s style fear of a man-made Ice Age? With so many questions unresolved, do we really want the radicals to win this fight and control the climate debate? America needs to do all we can to expand our energy portfolio for national security. Continued reliance on Middle East oil just doesn’t make sense. We all want clean air. The federal government, struggling to break even with its Post Office, should not be in the business of picking winners and losers including our banks and auto-makers. Americans support energy independence and clean air, but it should not be confused with a radical climate change agenda and Waxman-Markey.
From Foul Economy
to Fowl Economy
By Tug Gettling, Director, North Utah Valley Animal Services
Photo: David Welcker
There is much anxiety concerning the state of the economy these days. Real estate markets have crashed, businesses are failing at an unprecedented rate, and gas prices have begun their annual climb. This financial nosedive has led many to seek out ways in which they can tighten their belts. In the name of safeguarding the family budget, vacations have been whittled back, eating at restaurants has been greatly curtailed, and many nonessentials such as cable television, extra cellular phones, and nights at the movies have been eliminated. However there remains one expense that simply cannot be purged from the family budgetâ€”food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Economic Research Service, Americans spend roughly 10 percent of their annual budget on food. We simply have to eat to survive. Many are turning to backyard farming as a way to become more self-sufficient and reduce expenses. The sentiment is, if we can produce our food, or increase our ability to do so, then we can free ourselves of many food-associated costs. Backyards usually fraught with trampolines, spacious lawns, and ornamental plantings are being replaced with furrowed
rows of garden vegetables, chicken coops, and goat pens.
few things to consider before jumping on the backyard-chicken-bandwagon.
The practice of raising chickens has become particularly appealing as a means to augment the family food supply. Chickens are relatively inexpensive, easy to obtain, more feasible to house than other food-producing farm animals (think dairy cow), and can perpetually produce food in the form of eggs and meat for the family. Additionally, having chickens around can reduce pesky insects around the yard and garden, help aerate your soil, add nitrogen to your compost, and be a learning tool about life and responsibility for the young â€˜uns. With all of these benefits it is no wonder chicken ownership is on the rise; however, there are a
Before acquiring any chickens, check your city or county ordinance to assure it is legal to house chickens where you live. Many cities have ordinances that prohibit housing chickens in the city limits. Others may allow chickens but have restrictions as to the number and type of chickens you can have. Additionally there may be housing and zoning requirements that must be met. If your current city ordinance does not allow for chickens do not lose hope. Many cities are revisiting this issue due to the current increase in interest in keeping chickens. Provo city, for example, recently changed their ordinance to allow residents to keep chickens. Another consideration before raising chickens is to obtain a sound understanding of how to care for and maintain poultry. There are many resources found on the internet that can be beneficial; however, as with all things online, there are many diverse opinions and advice so be sure that your source is credible. The Utah State University Extension office provides some excellent fact sheets and information on keeping chickens. You can access the publications page of their website at: http://extension.usu.edu/htm/ publications/by=category/category=39.
As you educate yourself, deliberate on what exactly your goal is with regard to keeping chickens. There are a variety of chicken breeds to consider in all sizes, shapes, colors, and abilities. A quality chicken breed chart with comparative data can be found at Ithaca College’s website — http://www.ithaca. edu/staff/jhenderson/chooks/chooks.html. Keep in mind the climate and environment of Utah when making your choice. Local poultry experts such as Dr. David Frame, USU Extension Poultry Specialist, are likely your best source for what breeds survive well in Utah. Once your decision has been made, you’ve checked local ordinances and requirements and educated yourself, the next step would be to prepare your yard for chickens. This will include arranging a way to keep your chickens contained on your property, organizing a plan to keep your chickens safe from predators, setting up a chicken coop/hen house, and purchasing chicken feed. Generally your chicken coop should be adequately ventilated, provide roughly two square feet of floor space per chicken, and include nesting areas for egg laying. As you are building, purchasing, and arranging your chicken housing keep, in mind the chore of cleaning. Setting up your coop with that in mind will save you a lot of work down the line. Feeding and watering your birds is not rocket science but sound procedures should be followed to keep your chickens healthy and productive. A fresh supply of clean water should always be available to every bird. One gallon of water daily is sufficient for about 6 to 12 adult chickens depending on the temperature, as water consumption increases with temperature. Having multiple water sources will guarantee that your chickens do not go thirsty in the event that one source fails. There are several kinds of watering devices sold on the market. Pick one that best suits your particular situation. When choosing chicken feed the safest bet is to purchase high quality commercial feed that has already been formulated to provide all of the nutrients your chickens will need. Whether you feed in a bucket or a trough will depend on your situation. Again choose the best feeder that meets your needs. Finally, a word must be said regarding diseases. Like all animals chickens can catch and spread disease. Anyone working with chickens should be aware of the diseases that can afflict chickens as well as zoonotic diseases (those diseases that chickens can transmit to humans). The University of Minnesota is a great resource regarding poultry diseases (http://www.ansci.umn.edu/poultry/resources/diseases.htm). Exotic Newcastle’s Disease can destroy a poultry population like a wildfire, while Avian Influenza can wreak havoc among humans causing conjunctivitis, respiratory disease, or death. Take the time to educate yourself; no home-grown egg omelet is worth your health. Unfortunately, we cannot see very far into the future as we look down our country’s economic road. Exercising prudence and frugality with regard to self-sufficiency can only be viewed as wise practice. Keeping backyard chickens could certainly be included in any sensible preparedness strategy.
On Your Marks Utah Horse Racing Industry Sprints Out of the Gate
he bugle sounds, the gates swing open in anticipation and the athletes burst out of their starting blocks. With the sound of a thundering herd, competitors shoot out of the gate with reckless abandon and little regard for personal safety – only the winners circle in mind. It has been called the “most exciting two minutes in sports”, where fans from around the world gather in grandstands, in front of the television, and now on the computer online, to get a glimpse of powerful athletes charging their way in the most basic of athletic competitions – racing.
Photo: The American Quarter Horse Racing Journal 10
By Matt Hargreaves, Editor, Utah Farm Bureau News
This form of racing does not involve pit stops or pistons, but a more pure form of athletics, coupling the strategy and direction of human beings with the raw power and instincts of horses. “Winston Churchill said there is something about the outside of a horse that’s good for the inside of a man,” said Stu Sprouse, longtime horse enthusiast and currently in charge of the Utah Quarter Horse Racing Association. But despite the valuable prizes given to winners and the media attention surrounding certain horses, horse racing garners little attention nationally from sports fans in general. In a similar way, Utah isn’t given the attention of other states when it comes to horse racing, despite a solid history of the sport. The Associated Press drew an illustration that effectively explains why Utah is not often considered on the racing circuit. In referencing a race track in South Jordan, Salt Lake County, the article explained that two reasons for the slight were visible – the snowcapped Wasatch Mountains and a temple for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Explaining further, Utah’s harsh winter climate is a deterrent for owners to train and board horses as they do in states like California, Florida and many southern states. The reference to the LDS Church suggested that the Church’s stance on gambling and the
State’s ban on the activity do not make Utah a welcome host for a sport which is inextricably tied to wagering. But despite the challenges, Utah maintains a solid racing industry because of action taken by the Utah legislature on behalf of horse racing enthusiasts. “There are about 100,000 race horses in Utah and 3,000 to 4,000 people involved in the racing industry here,” Stu Sprouse said in an article for ESPN.com. Sprouse at the time was the president of the Utah Quarter Horse Association. Sprouse added that at one time, Utah was either second or third in the nation for breeding horses for racing, but as older generations have gotten out of the sport, newer generations haven’t taken over. Much of the attention in horse racing is devoted to the thoroughbred circuit, including the prestigious ‘Triple Crown’ races – the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes – but the western United States has been more devoted to racing American Quarter Horses. While thoroughbreds are known for their speed over moderate track distances, quarter horses are the sprinters of the racing world, typically only racing one quarter of the distance – for which the breeds’ name is attributed. “People love to watch thoroughbreds because they like to see the horses
come around that hook [in the track],” Sprouse said. “But what’s the same in all racing is the feeling when you win a race – it’s the greatest thrill.” Quarter horse racing traces its roots back to 1674 when the first quarter horse race took placed in Enrico County, Virginia. Utah is a relative newcomer to the sport; however, races have been held on various tracks in the state for about 40 years. But the real jump in popularity and legitimacy came in 1992 when Utah created the only internationally-recognized, nonPari-mutuel rules for horse racing in the world. Passed by the Utah State legislature and administered by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Title 4 Chapter 38 of the Utah State Code provides for a creation of a Utah Horse Racing Commission and defines the rules, regulations, fees, fines and administration for horse racing in Utah. Creating a set of rules for a sport may not seem earth-shattering to most, but it gave the horse racing industry in Utah some legitimacy and provided a method for establishing value for local race horses. Prior to the law being passed, the American Quarter Horse Association would not recognize any race times achieved in Utah. The race times and speed indexes that go along with them are used to determine the financial value of a horse, as well as to improve its breed and bloodstock.
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Pari-mutuel betting, which is used in other states to legitimize race times and assign value, is also a major reason people are attracted to horse racing. It is a form of wagering where individuals go up against other bettors, rather than the house, in terms of winning money. Pari-mutuel betting is credited with turning around the horse racing industry in 1908 after interest had waned. “I don’t see how that (Pari-mutuel betting) improves the value of a horse though,” said Kyle Stephens, Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture & Food. “We now have an organization to sanction the races, to enforce rules and preserve the integrity of racing through drug testing and the licensing of owners and jockeys.”
With rules in place and a group organized to sanction the races, the Utah Horse Racing Commission has been working to attract sponsors and increase money prizes for races in order to attract more competitors. Horse races are organized in coordination with other states in the region to allow for a circuit approach to racing. Horses with several wins under their belt often move on to the more competitive and lucrative races at tracks such as Los Alamitos in Southern California, Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico, and the Lone Star Park in Texas. Important local tracks include Les Bois near Boise, Idaho and Wyoming Downs in Evanston, Wyoming. The racing commission has sanctioned seven races in Utah this year, with two
Other styles of racing also popular in Utah include standardbred racing, where racing takes place in chariots, and endurance racing, typically done amongst Arabian horse breeds.
bank, said people would have been amazed to see where the championship horse had trained in comparison to the upbringing of other similar horses.
Not to be completely outdone by the eastern states, Utah has produced its share of talent in the thoroughbred industry. Just two years ago, Brother Derek, a Utah trained horse, was the odds-on favorite the win the “Run for the Roses” – the Kentucky Derby. Having been trained at the equestrian park in South Jordan, Brother Derek’s story was a rags-to-riches tale. The horse’s former trainer, John Brockle-
Even though the horse did not win the Derby, some have attributed this to an unfortunate starting position, Brother Derek did bring attention to other contributors to horse racing from Utah, including a number of successful trainers, such as Jeff Mullins, who is the first trainer to win the Santa Anita Derby three consecutive times. Mullins has also saddled four Kentucky Derby runners.
taking place in Washington County and the remaining five at the Salt Lake County Equestrian Park in South Jordan. Other non-sanctioned races take place on tracks in places like Richfield and Price. “We’ve had more horses participate this year than in the past five years,” Sprouse said. “Part of the reason is that because of the economy, the Boise track didn’t run this year and Wyoming Downs is only running for eight days.” There are many types of racing in Utah, with the two most popular classes for quarter horse racing being the Futurities (races with two-year-old horses) and the Derbies (races with three-yearold horses). Owners can enter either colts or fillies to run in the race.
It is known throughout horse racing that the jump out of the gate is the most critical part of the race in order to establish favorable positioning for the finishing stretch. In perhaps a similar manner, the way in which Utah’s modern horse industry has been founded will play a critical role in its future growth and success among horse racing circles. While local horses and competitions might not garner the same attention as the big thoroughbred or quarter horse races, Utah’s reputation for being a quality training circuit should continue to grow.
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Rescuers Across the State Help Horses in
Tough Times By Lisa Janssen, Communications Intern, Utah Farm Bureau Federation
These days, it’s not easy to keep your hobbies going. With the majority of the population’s pocketbooks more than a little stressed, families have to make difficult decisions about their finances. Is there enough money to make the mortgage payment? Can we afford the tractor repairs? These types of situations are hard for anyone, and not just the humans. When financial decisions arise between a family animal and the family itself, the animal will lose out almost every time. Megan Smith and her horse Oliver Twist, have a special bond. At their barn in Riverton, Salt Lake County, Oliver waits obediently, often times even taking a nap while Smith brushes him. His lower lip starts to sag and his eyes close, a look that says he might just be in horsey heaven at that very moment. Oliver’s coat glistens in the sun and he is well-muscled everywhere, except for maybe his round belly which confirms his healthy feeding schedule.
“He’s a really good horse, and really good minded too,” Smith said. “It surprises me how good he is considering the condition I got him in.” Oliver, who looks like he has lived in the lap of luxury his entire life, was not always as privileged as he is today. Smith first found Oliver in an online classified ad back in September of 2007. The ad, which she still has to this day, was announcing a public auction of a bay thoroughbred gelding, estimated to be around nine years old. From there, Smith took a trip to Sandy City Animal Services where she met Oliver for the first time. “He looked beyond dismal. He was all alone in a pen, covered in flies and you could see every bone in his body,” Smith said. “After I saw him the first time, I had to go back for the auction. I was worried about who else might be at an auction like that and all I wanted to do was save him. My husband thought I was crazy.”
According to the Utah Agricultural Code, livestock found running at large, whether branded or unbranded, whose owner cannot be found is classified as an estray. This is the category that Oliver fell into when Sandy City Animal Services found him wandering alone in a retail parking lot. “Each county is responsible for actions taken when estrays are found in their boundaries,” said Terry Menlove, director of the Animal Industry division at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. “After a reasonable amount of time, if the owner has not been located, the county will decide how to find the animal a new home, including a potential auction.” Menlove said horses are not always as valuable as other livestock, such as cattle. In a struggling economy, it is hard enough to sell healthy and trained horses. It’s even harder to try to auction off an animal that has been abandoned by its owner. Horses in these situations often require medical attention as well as work done by a farrier, all expenses that can add up quickly.
It is hard to find people willing to take on the responsibilities of caring for these unwanted horses, to rehabilitate them and find them a better home than when they started, but there are a few places out there. The Utah Animal Adoption Center (UAAC), formerly known as Wasatch Humane, has been rescuing unwanted horses from different situations for years. The goal of the Horse Program is to adopt out horses to families who want a horse and know how to care for that animal. The trouble is often making sure the horse goes to the right people. Sometimes the animals are able to be ridden, but the UAAC tries to find homes for horses that are unrideable as well. Until recently, the UAAC’s Horse Program was dependent on several foster homes. “We had 30 horses in the program spread out over 20 or more homes,” said Wally Jarman, the program’s Facility Manager. “How can you possibly adopt out horses if they’re all over the place? We needed a location where we could bring all the horses together and keep them there.” In October of 2008, 10 acres of land just west of Interstate 215 in Salt Lake City were donated to the UAAC to house their Equine Center. At the time of purchase, two old and dilapidated houses were on the property and renovation was required before any horses could be moved in. After demolition, crews had to erect panels and fencing to keep the horses corralled. The property now looks nothing like it did the year before. A few of the horses are turned out in a back pasture, while others wait for their turn in individual pens. There are trees to provide shade and a few of the horses get to spend their days in a new six-stall barn. All of the animals receive individual attention from volunteers who get to know the
personality of each horse. Catherine Kirby has been working with all of the horses and knows each by name. “It’s a real challenge sometimes,” Kirby said. “It’s hard when you don’t have a history on these horses, most of the time we don’t know what has happened to them in the past. A lot of them have had a hard time.” Three horses in particular were the first rescues since the new facility was established and have a special place in Kirby’s heart. Grace, Reba and Savannah were rescued during the renovation of the property. Bordering the back pasture, is the place where all three horses were found, standing chest deep in mud and starving. “Grace was completely stuck in barbed wire when we found her and she was trying to reach some grass on the other side of the fence,” said Kirby. “She would have died within the next 24 hours.” Kirby was the one who went into the mud to cut Grace out of her dire predicament. All three horses were surrendered by the owner and promptly moved into the care of the UAAC. After rehabilitation, Grace was adopted by a family and Reba and Savannah are living contently in the program, also looking for adoption. The UAAC’s Horse Program runs completely on volunteer work, except for one staff member who feeds the horses and cleans out their pens in the mornings. Since the creation of the program, only two horses were able to find new homes. With the establishment of the new UAAC Equine Center, eight horses have found themselves with new families and there are currently 20 horses in the program. Jarman said he hopes to turn the Equine Center into a “green farm” in the future, so that the facility can run on alternative forms of energy and use the waste generated to create biofuels.
Horses rescued by the UAAC and other shelters often require veterinary care and farrier work on top of the necessary feed and attention it will require to make them suitable for placement with a new family. With the economy in a slump, it is hard to pay for the luxuries in life, and sometimes horses fall into that category. Although there are happy endings to abandonment and rescue stories, not every horse can be as lucky as Oliver, Grace, Reba, and Savannah. It is important for people to look for new homes for their animals when they cannot afford proper care, not just abandon them in a parking lot or even a pasture. Some people have turned to letting their horses go in remote areas, believing the horse capable of finding its own food and surviving in the wild. This is not the case because these horses are not wild mustangs; they are domesticated animals that depend on humans to survive. At the facility in Riverton, Oliver is saddled and ready to go. Smith leads him to the mounting block in the outdoor arena and gets herself ready to ride. Just as she is ready to put her foot in the stirrup, Oliver scoots sideways just out of Smith’s reach and she laughs as she resituates herself to get on. “It’s been fun to work with him and see how far he has come,” Smith said. “I love being able to look back at old pictures and know that I saved him. It’s been a very rewarding experience.” The best part of Oliver’s story is how he got his name. Smith owns another horse she calls Tango and when she rescued Oliver she wanted to keep the dance theme going. “So I decided on Oliver Twist,” Smith said, “after the orphan.”
Utah Farm Bureau News
OVEN COOKING A Treat Well Worth the Wait
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By Matt Hargreaves, Editor,Utah Farm Bureau News
Fast food it isn’t; but the speed with which food is prepared in a Dutch Oven is symbolic of its Western pioneering heritage – slow but well worth the wait. Long before microwave ovens, takeout, Styrofoam or Tupperware, there was the Dutch Oven. Its very make-up is symbolic of the Western migration of pioneers and the emergence of the cattle drive. Solid, determined and effective. While the West has been settled and the days of major cattle drives are gone, Dutch Oven cooking remains a popular activity and only seems to be increasing. There may be some disagreement as to why the cast iron cookware is called a ‘Dutch Oven’. Some believe the name came about from a British merchant who perfected the design and manufacturing from his observations of Dutch iron workers in the early 1700’s. Others believe it is simply an error in the English language, incorrectly translating Dutch from the German Deutch. Still
more insist the name came from a saying along the pioneer trail, when the clanking of the oven alongside the wagon of a salesman was heard, people would say “here comes the Dutchman with his ovens”.
about three pounds of pressure if you don’t take the lid off. You’ll also then retain about 80 percent of the food value as well as add some iron to your diet. You can’t beat that for a healthy family cooking pot.”
Whatever the origin of the name, there is little debate about how good food tastes that has been prepared in a Dutch Oven.
History with a Local Flavor Simplistic cooking is what Dutch Ovens are known for. Built out of cast iron, Dutch Ovens began to appear more often after the use of sand casting by Abraham Darby in the early 1700’s in England. Coming over to America via colonial trade, Samuel & Matthew Griswold are credited with patenting a popular design for the ovens at their foundry on the corner or 16th and Chestnut Street in Erie, Pennsylvania.
“The reason it tastes better is because the lid is so heavy, it acts like a pressure cooker,” said Kent Rappleye, president of the International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS), headquartered in Logan, Cache County. “So you have the slow cooking process, plus the pressure, which keeps the moisture from the food in.” “Don’t take the lid off until you can smell the food and see water starting to come out,” said Colleen Sloan, a Sandy resident and expert cooker with decades of experience with Dutch Ovens. “I’ve been cooking in these ovens since I was five. They provide
The ovens spread West with the expeditions of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark starting in 1803, and became further entrenched with the treks of the Mormon Pioneers as well as the emergence of Western cattle drives, stretching from Texas to Montana.
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Perhaps as a tribute to the year celebrating the Sesquicentennial of the pioneers’ arrival into Utah, the Utah State Legislature designated the Dutch Oven as the State Cooking Pot in 1997. Additionally, a Dutch Oven hangs on a bronze replica of a handcart company on Temple Square in Salt Lake City. Other early settlers to Utah including Jim Bridger, Peter Skene Ogden and Osborne Russell benefitted from the use of Dutch Ovens. “People relied on Dutch Ovens because it was all they could take,” Sloan said. “You could cook it all in one pot, use the lid to fry food, and you didn’t need water. It’s a one-pot meal – you cook your meat and vegetables, then when you begin to smell the food, you open the lid and put your bread on to cook.” After the West began to be populated, the cattle drives ended and industry took-off in America, non-stick cookware became more readily available and Dutch Oven cooking was relegated to a hobby. But it has enjoyed a resurgence in recent years. “I credit the survival of Dutch Oven cooking to the Boy Scouts,” Rappleye said. “After the cattle drives ended, the Boy Scouts kept alive the art of cooking in the outdoors and having to keep supplies to a minimum. Then in 2000, many people began to have survivalist thoughts and began to think about being more prepared, so they got into Dutch Ovens and keeping charcoal briquettes on-hand.” The oldest Dutch Oven today is made by the Lodge Cast Iron company out of South Pittsburg, Tennessee; however, another high-
quality manufacturer exists in our own backyard. The Camp Chef company makes quality cast iron and aluminum Dutch Ovens. They also host many IDOS cooking competitions at their headquarters in Logan, Cache County. A Competitive Side to Cooking If Dutch Oven cooking only invokes menu ideas such as stews and peach cobbler, Rappleye, Sloan and others from the IDOS want to introduce you to today’s Dutch Oven Food Entrees. “There’s nothing you can cook in your oven or stove that you can’t do in a Dutch Oven,” Rappleye said. “At our competitions and meetings, we see things like pot roasts, stuff lobster tail, beef tenderloin, Rib roasts, rice pilaf, you name it. No matter what you’re cooking, the most important thing you need to learn is how much heat to put on the oven and how to keep it on.” Though there are many theories and practices for heating a Dutch Oven, a standard rule of thumb is called the “Rule of 3”. Rappleye explained that every Dutch Oven should have a number on the lid, which represents the diameter of the oven. There are many kinds, but the standard is 12 inches. You apply the ‘Rule of 3’ by reducing the number on you lid by three, and adding that number of coals in a circle outside the bottom of your oven. You then add 3 coals to that number in a circle on the outside of the top of the oven. In the example above, you would have a circle of 9 coals on the bottom and 15 coals on top. This will produce heat of approximately 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Every additional
two coals will add about 25 degrees. If those recipe ideas seem a little extreme, Sloan wants to remind you that peach cobbler is still the most popular dish. But for Rappleye and his IDOS members, competition breeds creativity in terms of menu selection. Competitions surrounding Dutch Oven cooking have been increasing in popularity, where fans gather to see who can out-cook whom, as well as to enjoy some great food. The Utah Farm Bureau has been sponsoring the “Great American Dutch Oven Cook-Off” at the Utah State fair since the early 1980’s when it was known as the Cook-off King contest. Back then, the contest was created to highlight the great meat products produced in Utah. The contest has remained a popular attraction at the state fair, often being held in the most popular venues. Despite the heat of the day, large crowds gathered to see the competition and eat good food. The competition has evolved recently to partner with the Utah’s Own program to highlight all locally-grown Utah products. A maximum of 20 twomember teams compete for the $300 1st prize. Judges allocate 20 percent of points for each of five categories, including overall appearance of all pots, visual appeal, originality, taste & aroma, and the use of Utah products. This year’s competition will be Saturday, September 19, 2009 at the State Fair Park. More information will be coming in future Farm Bureau publications or you can also get more information by visiting www.utahstatefair.com.
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Local Food Arrives with the Summer Sun Aurline Boyack, Utah Farm Bureau Federation Director of Member Services
The sun is just beginning to peek over the Wasatch Mountains and the heat of the day is still hours away when the farmers begin arriving at the Murray and South Jordan Farmers Markets. Of course their day began hours earlier when in the early morning darkness they harvested their produce and loaded the trucks to come to the market. Upon arriving at the market, the growers briskly unload corn, tomatoes, peaches, squash, peppers and potatoes to list just some of the produce varieties which are in season and awaiting you at these markets. Fresh fruit and vegetables harvested just hours ago are now ready for you to purchase and enjoy! This scene is replayed over and over again as farmers from around the state rush their Utah, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables to a local farmers market near you. August is typically the beginning of the harvest season in Utah, and it is the time of year we all eagerly look forward to. August is the month when
the abundance and variety of fruits and vegetables grown by Utah farmers, who are your neighbors, come to market. If you have been longing for vine-ripe tomatoes, sweet, crisp melons, mouth watering corn, or juicy peaches, now is the time to visit a farmers market. The crisp, cool days of fall are just around the corner and the season won’t last long – hurry before it’s too late! For more than 25 years Utah Farm Bureau has sponsored a farmers market in Murray and added an additional market in Sandy more than 10 years ago. The objective has been to give Farm Bureau members, who are farmers, the opportunity to sell their fruits and vegetables directly to the public. During the intervening years many other markets have sprung up around the state, markets which often include a variety of other items in addition to produce. But the Murray Market, which continues to remain in Murray’s Central Park, and the Sandy Market (which is moving to South Jordan City
Hall – 10610 South Redwood Road this August) have largely remained true to their primary purpose- that of offering Utah-grown produce directly to the public. Consumers who shop at farmers markets are supplementing their family’s diet with fresh fruits and vegetables that help maintain a healthy lifestyle. Market shoppers are supporting local farmers and the local economy. These shoppers assist in the preservation of agricultural land and knowledge for future generations. Additionally, they help preserve the security of our local food source. Buying fresh produce at local farmers markets, whether in Murray, South Jordan, Hurricane, Logan or Vernal, allows shoppers to make the connection between the farm and the dinner table. Consumer Tanya Denckla said, “Maybe this is a little bit corny, but I think it’s patriotic to buy locally. The food that I’m getting locally doesn’t have all the
energy costs of packaging, refrigeration, transportation, storage…all those things cost energy.” Tanya added that buying locally keeps her food dollars in her community, helping the local economy and supporting her neighboring farmers. Another farmers market enthusiast Bob Anderson was eager to add, “I love the fresh produce! It’s much fresher and tastier that what you typically find at the grocery store. Plus you discover varieties which stores don’t carry and often there are new varieties each week as the season progresses.” Anderson also offered that farmers are great to talk to. “They will often set aside something they know you will be asking for if you are a regular customer. It’s great fun to shop outside, just like being at the farm!” Finally long time Murray Farmers Market shopper Leslie Chatelain adds, “We love to shop at the farmers market because the produce includes all the freshest in-season crops. I also like the idea that the profits go to the farmer and not to the “middle man.” I like to see unwaxed apples, corn with a few worms, and carrots and squash with a little dirt still on them. This is the real deal.” “Beyond the great produce and the good eating possible by shopping at the farmers market, it’s just plain fun to stroll through our local farmers market and do a little people-watching,” Chatelain said. “In my mind, the farmers market and summer Saturday mornings are synonymous one is just not the same without the other.” During your visit to the markets you can also purchase honey, berries, green beans, apples, herbs, peppers, pumpkins and artisan breads. These products round out the cornucopia of delicious delights our market shoppers eagerly anticipate. Pamper your taste buds and take some home for dinner tonight! If you’re considering some canning this year – either bottling fruit, creating fruity pancake syrup to perk up your breakfast menu on a cold winter’s morning, or making some of your famous salsa to share with friends and neighbors - what better place than a local farmers market to load up on the ingredients you’ll need to complete your cooking projects? Time to get cookin’!
Locations Murray: 5200 South 150 East in Murray’s Central Park South Jordan: 10610 South Redwood Road (1700 West) New Location Dates Every Friday & Saturday between July 31 and October 31 in Murray Every Saturday between August 1 and October 31 in South Jordan Visit utahsown.utah.gov/FarmersMarkets.htm for a complete list
Murray 8 a.m. – early afternoon South Jordan: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
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Fire It Up! Grilling Safety Tips for an Enjoyable Summer Season By A.J. Ferguson, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Director of Farm Safety.
Here are some statistics about grills from the National Safety Council: More than 76 percent of U.S. households own a grill. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, close to 6,100 accidental fires and explosions occur each year due to improper use of grills. These fires and explosions result in nearly 20,000 emergency room visits and close to 29.1 million dollars in estimated damage So, what can we learn from all of this? Grilling has the potential to cause severe injuries or serious damage. Below you will find tips to keep you safe while grilling: Gas grilling Check tubes leading into the burner for any blockage from insects. Use a pipe cleaner or wire to clear the obstruction into the main part of the burner. Check grill hoses for cracking, holes or leaks.
Move gas hoses away from hot surfaces and dripping grease. Do not attempt to repair the tank valve or the appliance yourself. Have a qualified appliance repair person correct the problem. Never store a spare tank under or near the grill or indoors. Always store the tank in an upright position. When transporting a propane tank, make sure it is in a secure upright position. Never leave a filled tank in a hot car or trunk. Make sure your propane tank has an over-fill prevention device.
Charcoal grilling Never use charcoal indoors, even with ventilation. Charcoal pro duces carbon monoxide fumes. Don’t use gasoline or kerosene to light a charcoal fire. They can cause an explosion. If using an electrical lighter, use UL listed lighters only. They have been tested and approved by a nonprofit safety-testing agency for that use.
Never attempt to restart the flame by adding additional liter fluid to an already lit grill. Keep a spray bottle of water nearby to handle flare-ups while grilling. Place grill on a flat surface. Coals get hot…up to 1000° F. Use insulated, flame-retardant mitts when cooking or handling any part of the grill.
Extra tips Use grill at least 10 feet away from your house or any building. Never leave the gill unattended, especially when small children are present. Be cautious of overhead obstruction, including tree branches. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby when grilling & know how to use it. Always follow the manufacturers’ instructions that accompany the grill. We hope this will help you enjoy your summertime grilling and keep you and your families safe!
Estate Planning Essential with Changes Looming on Horizon
By David Bailey, Utah Farm Bureau Federation Vice President - Organization Farm and ranch families across this nation are facing a of host challenges these days. Not unlike the past, some of these challenges can be managed in ways to minimize much of the risk associated with them. Proper estate planning is one of the vehicles that can help make generational transitions and asset protection possible not only for farmers and ranchers, but for anyone who has a business or estate of any value. In short, estate planning is the way to manage risk for a growing problem. In the next few months Congress will be debating what to do with the expiring estate or “death tax”. Currently, the death tax exemption per individual for calendar year 2009 is $3.5 million. Next year the exemption will be repealed entirely for just one year. That means farm and ranch families, no matter their estate value, could pass on real-estate assets at death with no threat of taxes being imposed. The problem is the following year in 2011, current federal law states that the death tax exemption reverts back to a $1,000,000 exemption and will have a tax rate of 55 percent. This tax and rate will be applied to the estate value outside the exemption level; this exemption and rate has not been seen since 2003. Though Farm Bureau believes the death tax should be repealed indefinitely, it’s widely believed that this won’t happen under the current Obama administration and democrat controlled Congress. What can you do? First off, it’s essential that farm and ranch families understand the basics of estate tax law; how it works, how it will affect your operation if
perhaps there is a death in the family, how the exemption is applied, and how your estate will be valued by the federal government. I encourage families to visit with a reputable estate planning lawyer to, at the very least, get educated with the facts. For instance, did you know that without the proper estate plan, no matter what the exemption is, the exemption will be only be applied to the first spouse that passes away. That means families could miss out on the umbrella which could save them up to 55 percent of the remaining estate value above the exemption. This could cost families, literally millions of dollars. A Call to ACTION Farm Bureau members across the country have been asked recently to contact their congressman and express exactly how this could negatively affect their family operation and/or business. I encourage each of you reading this article to step up to the plate and contact your congressman, let them know the potential impact reducing the current exemption could have on your family or business. It’s vitally important that our voice be heard on this issue. Personal stories to your congressman will drive the point home even further.
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If you need assistance with contacting your congressman or you need to find a trustworthy estate planner, contact your local Farm Bureau Insurance office or contact us here at the Federation office. We would be glad to assist you in any way you need with these issues.
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NextYear’s Tax Refunds Will Likely be Smaller By Dean Miner, Utah County Ag Agent, USU Extension
If you are a wage earner and your income and deductions are similar to last year, you will likely receive a smaller refund when you file your taxes next spring. And while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, it does raise some interesting questions. Why will this happen? Should I want a big refund? What are my options? Why is it happening? During 2008, most taxpayers received a one-time stimulus check of as much as $600. It was hoped that the money would increase consumer spending and boost the nation’s economy. This year, Congressional action (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) called for reducing the amount of federal income tax withheld from paychecks. It is a different approach to accomplishing the same purpose as the stimulus checks. It is expected that small increases in take-home pay will result in more consumer spending. Most wage earners first saw these increases in their paychecks during April. It is important for taxpayers to remember that while withholding amounts are smaller, tax rates have not changed. So while fewer taxes have been withheld during the year, the tax bill on a given level of income will be the same come April 15. To address that difference, there is a new “Making Work Pay Credit” that becomes effective for the next tax season. This credit basically provides a $400 reduction in taxes owed for single taxpayers ($800 if married filing jointly) and is designed to make up for the reduced withholding. However, there are several circumstances where the total of reduced withholding will exceed the amount of the new credit and therefore result in smaller refunds or perhaps even cause taxpayers to owe taxes next year.
Employees with two or more concurrent jobs will likely have too much withheld. Taxpayers filing jointly where both spouses work are likely to see reduced refunds. And the situation is even more challenging for taxpayers who can be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s return. These taxpayers are having less tax withheld each pay period but are not eligible for the new credit. They could easily, but unexpectedly, wind up owing taxes next year. Beyond these circumstances, a random survey of friends and coworkers suggests that many will have their withholding reduced by much more than the $400 credit they will receive, regardless of the number of jobs they have or their filing status. Projected through the rest of this year, the total withholding ranged from $342 (more than offset by the new credit) to a high of $640, with the majority exceeding the $400 level. Should I want a big refund? According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the average taxpayer receives a federal refund in excess of $2,500. These taxpayers are, in effect, making an interest-free loan to the government each year for that amount. Nearly all financial advisors suggest taxpayers minimize their refunds by reducing withholding and putting that money to work for them throughout the year rather than lending it to the government. If you are already minimizing your refund, you will want to review your withholding levels to make sure sufficient funds are withheld. If you plan on a large refund and your refund ends up $200, $300, or even $400 smaller than usual, that probably won’t be a critical change. But perhaps you should see this change as an impetus to take action to minimize your refund and put more money in your pocket every paycheck to
use for whatever is in your family’s best interest. What are my options? Wage earners can review their paystubs to estimate the amount of their decreased withholdings. Employers were asked to implement the new withholding tables by April 1, but actual dates varied by company. To make an estimation of withholdings, determine the change in withholding amount, then multiply that figure by the number of pay periods with the new amount in place. For example, Mary found that her federal tax withholding for pay period eight was $29 less than for pay period seven. The reduced withholding amount will continue through the remaining 18 pay periods for the year. Mary will have $522 less (19X29) federal tax withheld this year. Since $400 of the amount will be offset by her new credit, she can expect her refund to be $122 less next year. If Mary wants her refund to be close to the same amount as last year, she can submit a new W-4 form to her employer and mark on line six that she wants an extra $6 a paycheck withheld for each of the remaining 18 pay periods of the year. If you have decided that it is time to minimize your withholdings, the IRS has a useful calculator to help you determine how to change your W-4 form allowances. Visit www.irs.gov and click on the “withholding calculator” link near the bottom of the page. In order to use the calculator effectively, taxpayers will need their most recent paystubs and a copy of their most recent tax return. Smaller refunds, larger refunds, minimal refunds or owing a little to the IRS ― this is one time when wage earners can have it the way they want.
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Midyear Conference to Offer Resources in Turning Challenges Into Opportunities The Utah Farm Bureau Federation will be holding its summer Midyear Conference July 16 & 17 at the Provo Marriott Hotel in Provo, Utah County. The theme of this year’s conference, “Uncertainty Provides Opportunity”, reflects the challenging circumstances that many in agriculture are familiar with. “Uncertainty is nothing new for agriculture, yet the circumstance we find ourselves in now with the rest of the world can seem quite daunting. We’d like to offer an opportunity to step back and see how to take advantage of any opportunities,” said Leland Hogan, president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “We also have the good fortune to be at the forefront of a debate going on across the nation on climate change. At our conference, we’ll hear from someone that’s been quite literally on the
frontlines of this issue.” Presenting the keynote address at the Midyear Conference will be a Nobel Prize winning member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). Tom Tripp has been a member of the IPCC since 2004. He is lead author in the “Industrial Products and Process Uses” division of the National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Program. In 2007, Tripp shared the Nobel Peace Prize with former U.S. Vice President Al Gore. Tripp, a metallurgical engineer, is the Director of Technical Services & Development for U.S. Magnesium. “There is a lot of hearsay and rumors regarding climate change; we’re now going to be lucky enough to hear ‘from the
horse’s mouth’ on what is at stake and how it may impact us in agriculture and Utah as a whole,” Hogan said. “With legislation currently being debated in the halls of Congress, there could not be a more timely discussion.” The conference will also include discussions on the rights associated with in-stream flows, the current state of Utah’s dairy industry, the assessment of farmland property values, and a presentation on the value of grassroots involvement in politics. For more information or to register for the conference, please contact Brenda Barnes at 801-233-3040 or email@example.com.
Take Back Utah
Come join with farmers, ranchers and other users of public lands for the ‘Take Back Utah’ rally at the Utah State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City. The event is being held to highlight the importance to protect access to public lands for grazing and other multiple-uses. The Capitol rally takes place Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 12:30 p.m.
Farmland Act Keeping Urban Areas Green By Sterling C. Brown, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Vice President – Public Policy
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Utah’s Farmland Assessment Act – commonly referred to as Greenbelt. This law allows qualifying agricultural property to be assessed and taxed based on its productive capability instead of the prevailing market value. This unique method of assessment is vital to agriculture operations in close proximity to expanding urban areas, where taxing agricultural property at market value could make farming operations economically prohibitive. Both urban and rural folks can all appreciate the quality of life that comes from open space. Many will purchase expensive lots adjacent to open lands and beautiful vistas. Others will move out of town and closer to production agriculture to enjoy the wide open views. While still others are satisfied with leaving town and traveling some distance to enjoy the benefits associated with open lands. Regardless, open space has value. Maintaining these open lands requires vision and certainly a public mentality, coupled with suffi-
Steve Osguthorpe, Utah Farm Bureau Vice President, stands on his land near Park City. The Farmland Assessment Act allows Osguthorpe to work on land in Summit County that might otherwise not be profitable to do so. Photo: NRCS
cient private and government resources. Without these forces working together, the transition of government authority and philosophy, over time, can erode and dismantle a proven foundation that has proven stable for maintaining and promoting productive open lands – even farm land. The Farmland Assessment Act was passed by constitutional amendment in 1969 not by a small group of agricultural interests, but by a large majority of voters primarily in the populated Wasatch Front because they correctly believed that it was important to provide a way to preserve some open space
around the populated areas, hence the name “greenbelt.” Productive values are established by the Utah State Tax Commission with the assistance of a five member Farmland Assessment Advisory Committee. Productive values apply statewide and are based on income and expense factors associated with agricultural activities. Agricultural land is classified according to its capacity to produce crops or forage. Each County Assessor takes the lead and responsibility to classify all agricultural land in the county. The Farmland Assessment Act of 1969
Countryside has made it possible for farmers to continue to farm the land and feed Americans with the highest quality of food at the lowest percentage of disposable income anywhere in the world. The United States Department of Agriculture reported in 2008 that United States consumers spent just 10 percent of their disposable income on food the previous year. Utah’s Farmland Assessment Act is not unique. All 50 states have laws on preferential assessment of farmland. However, state requirements for participation in preferential assessment programs vary. In Utah, private farmland can qualify for assessment and taxation if the land is at least five contiguous acres, is actively devoted to agricultural use and has been devoted to agricultural use for at least two successive years and meets average annual production requirements. There are several exceptions to these criteria which allow someone with fewer than five acres to qualify.
Yes, it is true that agricultural lands assessed under the Farmland Assessment Act do not pay as many dollars in taxes as those not so assessed, but it is also important to note that they do not require anywhere near the same level of services. The Farmland Assessment Act is a critically important provision in the tax laws of the State of Utah to ensure that we will have the opportunity to farm and ranch in Utah. Furthermore, this Act significantly increases and enhances our ability to have the highest quality of food in the world for the least cost to consumers anywhere in the world. A forgotten benefit to the Farmland Assessment Act is not only more affordable and abundant food and fiber, but also the value of open space. The Farmland Assessment Act, or Greenbelt, is a bargain for not only farmers and ranchers, but also those who enjoy the fruits of our labors three times every day. Recognizing the history and purpose of Utah’s Farmland Assessment Act is
worth noting due to the considerable growth, expansion and development in Utah during the same 40-year time period of the Act. Would there be 82,267 acres of farmland in Salt Lake County or the 343,072 productive farm acres in Utah County today? What about the 582 farms still in Davis County? These numbers are reported in the 2008 Utah Agricultural Statistics and Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Annual Report These urban farm acres also represent open space – a direct result and benefit of the 1969 Farmland Assessment Act. The Farmland Assessment Act is under constant attack. If we are to preserve it and the justified savings associated with it, we’ll need to respect the laws and work together to ensure it is not abused. Productive agricultural lands not only help feed and clothe us, they also enhance our quality of life by providing open space, beautiful vistas and essential habitat. Happy birthday Farmland Assessment Act!
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Playing outside in the rain and catching a cold; getting bad luck because of not forwarding an email; the gender of a fetus being determined by a needle and thread; all myths, urban legends or Old Wives tales that have been passed down through the years. While we find them amusing, individuals should be careful in putting too much stock into these stories when it comes to health practices and other important decisions. The same can be said for agricultural practices. That’s not to say that there are not unconventional solutions to problems that work just fine. But when it comes to improving your land and making it productive, the experts at Utah State University Extension are ready to serve and provide researched, time-tested solutions to anyone from the seasoned production farmer to the small-scale producer to the just-moved-out-tothe-countryside landowner. This assistance has been organized into a teaching program known as the Small Acreage Program (SMAC) which is administered by USU Extension agents in various counties throughout the state. “Our traditional farms are being divided into small acreage home lots, with many small landowners wanting to have verdant green pastures to raise horses, calves, or sheep,” said Scott McKendrick, coordinator of the SMAC. “The program provides the education and guidance owners need to successfully maintain healthy land and animals on a smaller scale and in an environmentally-sound way.” There is a three-step process property owners should take, long before any animal or equipment is purchased, in
order to determine what is feasible on their property. The first step is to take a personal inventory of sorts; to step back and evaluate what an owner has. A property owner should ask themselves questions, such as: How much land do I have available for use? Are there any streams or other landmarks to be aware of? Do I have a septic tank? What are the physical boundaries, slopes, and contours of my property? What is the natural vegetation? What are the city or county regulations governing land use? What resources do I have, both financial and physical? A physical sketch of the property could also accompany this personal inventory. Once these questions are answered, the second step that property owners should take is to determine what their goals are for their property. Further questions will need to be answered to help in deciding if their resources; including: Will my land resources support animals? Do I want to have fish ponds? Do I want to promote a scenic vista or a working farm? Once goals and resources are known, the third step in the process is making a plan to achieve the goals. The program literature also points out that even if a landowner wants to keep things the way they are, a plan is still required in order to prevent invasive weeds and other problems. Meeting with County Extension staff can be an essential part of developing an effective property plan. These resource specialists take the guesswork and ‘Old Wives Tales’ out of any land plan and provide professional suggestions that are time-tested and science-based.
Research Expertise “We were getting really discouraged by the problems we were having with our horses,” said Shane Matthews, a property owner in Mendon, Cache County. “After reading some magazines and talking with Clark Israelsen here, we got some good advice on how to improve.” Matthews raises brood mares in order to sell colts for horse racing, and was having trouble for many years with the mares aborting their colts. Being new to the area, Matthews wasn’t sure what the problem was. Despite breeding with the best stallions, Matthews could never get more than a 60 percent colt crop. After talking with Israelsen, the USU Extension Agriculture Agent in Cache County, Matthews brought in samples of the grass growing in his pasture. It turned out that Matthews had tall fescue grass growing in his pasture. Matthews was told that while it was a fine grass for most lawns, it had been found to produce problems with horses in terms of producing colts. “Clark gave me some suggestions on how to get rid of the problem grasses, including getting new grass seed from Wheatland Seed that was certified free of tall fescue,” Matthews said. “We also worked on pasture management, including setting up a system of rotational grazing and soil testing. Over-grazing is the biggest problem we have with pastures, so the rotational aspect really helps a lot.” Education Leads to Good Relationships Kenneth and Laura Lee Ferree have also greatly benefited from the Small Acreage Program. The couple and their son live in a residential neighborhood in North
Logan that has lot sizes in the five acre range. Instead of wanting the space for tranquility’s sake, the Ferree family wanted to make their ground productive for both gardening and animal grazing. But with their lot in the midst of urban neighbors, the Ferree’s wanted to make sure they were being good neighbors as well as good stewards of their land, which is why they contacted Clark Israelsen of USU Extension. “We wanted our son to learn to appreciate the hard work that goes into producing food, and not become too spoiled,” Laura Lee said. “It takes time and work, but it’s an invaluable learning experience. We really learned a lot from the small acreage program and the vegetation plan that Clark helped create.” Israelsen helped the Ferree family put together a custom pasture mix, which included grasses and forbs for their horses and sheep. “We have taken a lot of things into consideration to be good neighbors,” Laura Lee said. “Education is big – if it smells or looks dirty, people can get the wrong impression. That’s why we put berms around our pasture.” Laura Lee added that while it does take work and educating yourself in order to make your land productive, there are many benefits that come along with it. “I have just learned to really appreciate the people you associate with in agriculture, especially the folks involved with USU Extension and the 4-H programs.” Local Know-how In addition to the academic expertise and the proven methods in education, the Small Acreage program and USU Extension are also a valuable resource because it is administered by local experts. While the internet can be an extremely valuable tool for researching production methods, it can be limited when it comes to addressing local problems. Such was the experience for Wright Noel. Despite being a retired Vo-Ag teacher from Oregon with much experience in working with the land, Wright found a great source of help in the local extension office. “I was new to the area and I wanted to find out about the soils, so I knew I had to call the extension office,” Noel said. “I got advice on the rotational grazing of my pasture as well as tips on balancing the acidity of my soil. You just need to call an agent – you don’t have to make all the mistakes if you learn from their experience.”
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By leveraging the expertise that comes from years of research and work in local communities, those wanting a little slice of farm & ranch life can do so effectively. These previous examples are just a few of the individuals who have benefited from the USU Small Acreage program. Similar assistance is available in every county in Utah at your County USU Extension Office. For more information on the program and contacts in your area, visit http://extension.usu.edu/smac/.
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ON THE EDGE OF COMMON SENSE Countryside
by Baxter Black, DVM
July 4th. Independence Day in the United States of America; the more it changes, the more it stays the same. Our prosperity, armory diplomacy, generosity and faith in democracy is on display around the world as it has been for a hundred plus years. Iraq has stabilized but Afghanistan’s kettle still boils; every week the newspaper prints the names of soldiers who have given their lives. Sacrifice…all in the name of freedom. The span of countries that owe the United States, in part, for the independence they enjoy today covers the globe. From the Philippines to Western Europe, to China and South Korea. History also includes the present day citizens of Russia, Japan and Germany who were freed from oppressive regimes. Canada and Mexico live under the shade of our military might. We as a nation seem to be stewing in
Independence Day, the Promise of Hope discontent, recession, terrorist threats, sadistic reality shows, the unending pessimism of the news media and the gloom that emanates from Washington, D.C. But underneath the oil fire that sits on top of this American Sea, the majority of us…the 90 percent who didn’t lose our homes or jobs are busy taking care of ourselves, our neighbors, our friends, and our relatives that did take a hit. Farmers are still going into the field to insure that nobody goes hungry. Teachers, public servant bureaucrats, mechanics, bus drivers, handymen, policemen, firemen, hospital workers, plumbers and airline pilots show up to work every day ready to carry their share of the load…and more. The strength of any country’s productiveness lies in the character, work ethic and compassion of each individual. In countries where individual effort is discouraged, personal responsibility is diminished, and faith in God is disregarded, the incentive
to overcome adversity disappears. Countries like that offer the security of a subsistence socialism in trade for the Promise of Hope. July 4th we celebrate this Promise of Hope. We draw on our historic patriotic roots and our deep American values that have brought us to this day, through harsh wars and hard times, from Valley Forge to 9-11. Life is not supposed to be easy. It is suppose to be as good as you can make it. That is the Promise of Hope. It is what makes America great. It’s why immigrants flock to our shores and why we really ARE different. Of the people, by the people and for the people, under God, indivisible. Put your hand over your heart, bring on the fireworks and hang out Ol’ Glory! It’s the 4th of July and we’re gonna act like it!
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FOR SALE: 2007 Chevy 2500 HD Duramax Diesel with Automatic Allison Transmission. 2WD, White, 2-door standard cab, long bed. 30,000 miles. Full-warranty up to 36,000 miles and powertrain warranty up to 100,000 miles. $18,550. Call Aaron at 801-669-0918 or firstname.lastname@example.org. FOR SALE: F 7000 Ford 2.5 ton truck with grain bed and heavy duty hoist. 435-994-0806.
I BUY, SELL, TRADE AND LOCATE all kinds of farm machinery. Bale wagons, tractors, tillage, planting, harvesting equipment, etc. I have a large inventory at this time. Palmer Equipment is located one mile south of Manti on Highway 89. 435-835-5111 or Cell: 435-340-1111. www.balewagons.com. FOR SALE: 4x4 Kawasaki Mule ,’81 Charmac 3HBPSL Horsetrailer , ‘91 Dodge Diesel Ton Dually, Cat 12 Grader , Large Tree Spade 80” on Trailer, Hi-lift Hay Squeeze , Large Lathe 10’, Large Mill, Older Mack Diesel Water Truck, 6x6 Polaris w/Tracks, 801-756-5788. FOR SALE: NH 892 chopper and Dump Chief. Transmission was rebuilt on chopper 2 yrs. ago. Both main rams on Dump Chief were rebuilt at same time. Must sell ASAP. Make offer. 435-283-5262 or 435-344-0833. TRACTOR, JD 4320, 240 hours. 48 HP, MFWD, e-Hydro Trans., 400 X Loader, Industrial Tires. Call 435-564-6532. FOR SALE: Matador 7900 Hay Inverter, like new condition, Hydraulic Drive & Pick up head lift, $4490.00 For more info see http://www.aglandindustries.com/ matador7900.shtml http://www.profab.org/_files/file.php?fileid=fileypJPLDNCgC &filename=file_Matador_7900_Brochure.pdf Scott, Lehi, Utah, 801-376-3566. FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE: Case IH 7220 only 2821 hrs. MFD 155HP, 18 speed power shift, $59,500. Case IH 165 On Land plow, 5 bottom rigid beam, high clearance, very straight, $8,500. Hutchmaster 7420 disk harrow DOT 18’, $9,000. All 3 excellent condition. Also have Case 580D backhoe, JD4440, IH1086, IH766, plus other equipment. Contact Dixie at 801-458-9497. FOR SALE: JD Round Baler Model 535. Good working condition, stored inside. 801-369-9056. FOR SALE: 9ft dozer blade with JD 640 QT loader mounts $1,200.00. Quality Products brand 24ft flatbed gooseneck trailer 10,000 lb dual tire axle steel bed hydraulic dump includes mounted warn winch excellent equipment hauler and all purpose trailer $ 6,500.00. Call 435-678 2984. FOR SALE: JD grain drill, model 8300, excellent condition, 13’ wide, $6,000. 435-671-3008. FOR SALE: 9N Ford tractor, runs great, $1,700. 861 Ford diesel, needs engine work, $1,500 OBO. Front-end loader (bucket frame mounts, & hydraulic pump) fits Ford 800 series tractor, $500 OBO. 801-292-1767 or 801-597-1556, ask for Jake.
FOR SALE: Elevators (1) 50” Hydraulic used for hay cubes. (1) Spud elevator all hydraulic. (1) Metal Hopper to feed elevator. 4 Ton of oiled slack coal for heating. Contact Lee @ 801-386-1964 or Bill @ 435-830-2646 in Stockton. FOR SALE: Used 24’ Geoffrey chisel plow, mostly for parts. $300. 435279-8164.
ALFALFA GRASS MIX: 3X3 bales, 3x4 bales. 801-643-7125. HAY FOR SALE: Ton bales. 3rd crop, $125/ton. 435-528-5835.
HEALTH REQUIRES sale of my outstanding professionally trained Missouri Foxtrot palomino gelding. Registered, top breeding, age 15. For kids or adults. Packs, drives, ranch work. Sound, gentle, no bad habits. $1,250. Sundowner aluminum four horse slant load trailer, like new. $13,500. 801-209-1344. FOR SALE: 2 yr. old Charolais Bulls. 801-369-9056.
FARM FOR SALE: 305 acres in central Utah. Good, deep soil. Excellent for alfalfa. Good water rights. Pivots. Secluded yet close to town. 2 homes, shop, corrals, dairy barn. 435-528-5835. LEGACY RANCH: Fishing a few steps from your back door. 20 minutes north of Logan in historic Franklin, Idaho, and two hours north of Salt Lake. Equestrian, lakeside and view lots available. Lots from $39,900. Call Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. Land BY ONEIDA NARROWS 400 acres. Borders Maple Grove Campground and boat dock on Oneida Narrows Reservoir. Canyon heavily wooded with maple trees. Can be subdivided into cabin sites. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. DAIRY FARM IN CACHE VALLEY: Modern operating dairy on over 41 acres of irrigated ground. Has updated home, excellent irrigation system and crops. Double 5 Herringbone milking parlor and 2,000 gallon tank. Turn key operation. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. LAND IN MINK CREEK IDAHO: Beautiful hillside property in a canyon setting. 26.90 acre parcel, located along State Highway 36 in the Mink Creek area. Irrigation rights and 1 residential water right. Would make beautiful home sites. Buyer to verify all information.Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000 LAND IN CLARKSTON: Price Reduction on beautiful farm ground located against the foothills, north of Clarkston. The county road goes through property. Lots of deer and other wildlife. Land is in CRP and Greenbelt. 194.6 acres in three parcels and 105 acre parcel available. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. RANCH IN GRACE IDAHO: Excellent operating cattle ranch. 760 acres. Excellent mountain pasture with 48 BLM AUMS. 72.77 acres of irrigated land with completely new irrigation system. 44 acres has new wheel lines. Excellent early water right. 25 water shares. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. CATTLE RANCH IN GRACE IDAHO: Nestled in the mountains, overlooking the Bear River. 2 homes. Year around stream. Ranch can sustain 150 pairs of beef cattle. Cattle and machinery can be purchased independently. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. RANCHETTE IN CACHE VALLEY: Beautiful 4,728 sq ft home built in 2005. Views of Cache Valley and mountains. Many upgrades: qtr sawn oak cabinets, slate flooring, 11 ft ceilings. Generator.on 5.01 acres with horse barn, round pen, future arena, and stream. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)8811000.
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Offer ends 07/31/2009. Some restrictions apply; other special rates and terms may be available, so see your dealer for details and other financing options. 23Subject to approved credit on John Deere Credit Installment Plan. Offer not available at all locations, see your local John Deere dealer for details.
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Farm Bureau members receive a $5 discount on adult tickets for the Days of ‘47 Rodeo which will be held at the E-Center beginning Monday, July 20 and running through Saturday, July 25. To Purchase your discounted tickets, use the following special gropu discount link: http://www. ticketmaster.com/promo/27cghx. Follow the prompts to order your tickets of choice, enter your payment, and print your tickets from this site.
Published on Jul 1, 2009
This July 2009 edition has features on Utah's horse racing industry, urban chickens, Dutch Oven cooking, Farmers Markets, Horse rescue shelt...