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JUNE 2012 VOL 58, NO. 5

C a n d i d ate s for Utah Governor to speak at Midyear Conference in Ogden

Western agriculture issues were top of mind during a meeting recently at the Utah Farm Bureau building in Sandy. Among those attending were (L to R) Randy Parker, UFBF CEO; Senator John Barrasso (Wyoming); Utah Senator Orrin Hatch; and Steve Osguthorpe, Utah Farm Bureau Federation Vice President and a sheep rancher from Summit County. Photo by Matt Hargreaves

U.S. Senators visit Utah Farm Bureau for discussion on western issues impacting agriculture SANDY – The Utah Farm Bureau hosted a recent visit from U.S. Senators Orrin Hatch and John Barrasso of Wyoming, where the pair talked about issues impacting agriculture in the west and what can be done

in Washington, D.C. to assist farmers and ranchers. Barrasso, chairman of the U.S. Senate’s Western Caucus, was in Utah to assist Sen. Hatch in campaigning prior to his GOP primary on June 26. Hatch, who

is currently serving as the chair of the caucus subcommittee on public lands, wanted to express his support for Farm Bureau and Utah agriculture in general in its continued battle against, what he called, overreaching regulations from agencies in Washington, D.C. and abuses of the law by environmental activists. Attending the meeting at the Utah Farm Bureau headquarters were Randy Parker, CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau; Stephen Osguthorpe, Vice President of the Utah Farm Bureau; Noelle Cockett, Dean of the College of AgriSENATORS continued on pg 26

Make your plans early to attend the 2012 Utah Farm Bureau Midyear Conference in Ogden, whose theme “Building Bridges for a Brighter Future” is something all in agriculture can benefit from. With the convention being held in historic downtown Ogden, Farm Bureau leaders are hoping all interested members will be able to attend. The conference will be packed with powerful information and presentations on issues important to a wide range of agricultural producers, and will include appearance from the candidates for Utah’s race for Governor. Rather than a debate, which can turn into a simple pointcounterpoint exchange, the candidates for governor MIDYEAR continued on pg 12

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Matt Hargreaves, Editor 9865 South State Sandy, Utah 84070-3205 Phone Numbers: General Inquiries: .(801) 233-3000 Address Changes: (801) 233-3009 Farm Bureau News: (801) 233-3003 Classified Ads: ...........(801) 233-3010 Fax: ..............................(801) 233-3030 FB News E-mail: Web site: National Ad Rep: The Weiss Group 9414 E. San Salvador Dr. #226 Scottsdale, Arizona 85258 (480) 860-5394 Local Display Ad Information: Jennifer Dahl (775) 752-3061

Utah Farm Bureau Federation Officers Chairman and President Leland J. Hogan, South Rim* Vice President Stephen A. Osguthorpe, Park City* CEO and Secretary/Treasurer Randy N. Parker, Riverton

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1..................Scott Sandall, Tremonton District 2......................Rulon Fowers, Hooper District 3...............................Flint Richards, Erda District 4................. Rex Larsen, Spanish Fork District 5..............................Scott Chew, Jensen District 6 ...........Edwin Sunderland, Chester District 7................................ Nan Bunker, Delta FB Women’s Chairman ...Belva Parr, Lindon Young Farmer & Rancher Chairman.. John Reese, Kanab Periodicals Postage Paid at Sandy, Utah and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 South State, Sandy, Utah 84070. Published quarterly for all Farm Bureau members (April/Spring, July/Summer, Oct./Fall, Dec./ Winter). Published expressly for farmer/rancher Farm Bureau members and others who specifically request copies Feb., March, May, June, Aug., Sept., and Nov. All eleven issues published by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation in Sandy, Utah. Editorial and Business Office, 9865 South State, Sandy, Utah 84070-3205.

Randy N. Parker Chief Executive Officer

Following written briefs, oral arguments and two months of deliberation, Judge Derek Pullan from Utah’s Fourth District Court did little to change the dynamics of the streambed access debate that has pitted recreational interests against the state’s landowners in recent years. By way of warning, because this column contains case law and legal jargon, there may be an opportunity for the reader’s eyes to glaze over. However, stick with me for a property rights legal roller coaster ride that likely has not ended. In posturing a media response, counsel for the

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Legislature has broad Constitutional authority

Utah Stream Access Coalition (USAC), told the Salt Lake Tribune that the judge “ruled not only that the state owns the waters, but also that the public is entitled to an easement for purposes including recreation.” USAC is made up of a small group on anglers unhappy with the legislature for halting their unfettered access to privately owned streambeds Missing in the spin was the fact Judge Pullan clearly affirmed the legislature’s authority to regulate the use of the public’s resources, including the water. To frame this ongoing conflict, one must go back in history to the 1982 Utah Supreme Court decision in the J.J.N.P. case that declared that the public has a “right to float” on the state’s water regardless of who owns the streams bed. Two decades later, Kevin and Jodi Conatser challenged the limitation by walking the bed of the Weber River in Morgan County. Arrested for trespass, the Conatsers were convicted of criminal trespass

in district court. The case was ultimately appealed to the Utah Supreme Court where the Morgan County Justice Court ruling was overturned. The now famous, or infamous, Conatser decision of 2008 was the result. With JJNP a quarter-century on the books, the High Court chose not to follow its own earlier limitations of floating on the water. Instead they expanded the recreational entitlement through establishment of “their own rule.” That expansion included a recreational easement “to float, hunt, fish, wade and participate in any lawful activity while utilizing that water.” Where the Utah Constitution and Utah State Statutes were basically silent on the stream beds, the Court provided a “common law” decree through judicial action. Judge Pullan embraced the Conatser recreational expansion pointing out that Article XVII of the Utah Constitution recognizes and confirms “all existing rights to the use of PARKER continued on pg 24

USDA proceeds with office consolidation plan WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today its decision on Farm Service Agency (FSA) county office consolidations proposed in January as part of USDA’s Blueprint for Stronger Service. In total, FSA will consolidate 125 of the 131 offices originally proposed for consolidation with other USDA service centers, consistent with provisions of the 2008 Farm Bill. Included in

the list of office closures is the Washington County, Utah FSA office, located in St. George. Records for farmers and ranchers working with FSA in Washington County or Clark County, Nevada will have their records transferred to the FSA office located in Cedar City, Iron County. Ranchers from Kane County that worked previously with the Washington County office will have their records transferred to the FSA office in Panguitch, Garfield County. However, FSA

will provide farmers and ranchers affected by consolidations an opportunity to choose the most convenient neighboring county office to conduct their future business. The Blueprint included USDA’s plan to close or consolidate 259 domestic offices including the FSA offices, additional facilities and labs, and seven foreign offices. USDA followed statutory requirements provided by FSA continued on pg 17

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The Ag Agenda: Immigration war hitting close to home By Bob Stallman

American Farm Bureau President

Labor shortages have been a significant challenge to U.S. agriculture for as long as I can remember. On my rice farm in Texas growing up, it seemed we were always running short of farmhands when it came time to harvest. But now, unlike the simpler days of my youth when we could just hire teenagers and retirees, farmers and ranchers are facing new challenges with labor issues. From border security concerns and state versus federal authority questions to I-9 audits and governmentcaused labor delays under the H2-A program, finding a reliable agriculture workforce is becoming more and more

difficult. From the Border to the Court Farmers and ranchers in states like Mississippi and Arizona are currently caught in the crosshairs of an immigration battle that’s been waged over state versus federal control. Arizona took their case for state authority (based on legislation S1070) all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in May and is expecting a decision later this month. In the meantime, other states are waiting in the wings to determine the impact the court’s decision will have on them. For Arizona farmers, S.1070 is only a bandaid that has been applied over the festering,

underlying problem of border security and of reforming the visa program to enable farmers to get the temporary and seasonal workers needed for their farms. Farmers and ranchers who live along the Mexican line deserve a secure border and a major component of that is having a visa program that allows a legal flow of workers back and forth across the border so border security officials can concentrate their resources on the illegal activities. The American Farm Bureau Federation supports federal jurisdiction, as well as increased presence and cooperation of all branches of law enforcement on both sides of our borders, to eliminate border issue challenges facing many of our members, like theft, drug and human trafficking, as well as illegal crossing. We must secure our borders by the most

technologically advanced means possible and in a way that has minimal impact on farmers and ranchers. Stepping off the Fence With proposed implementation of mandatory E-verify (a system that allows businesses to determine the eligibility of their employees to work in the U.S.) in our near future, an agricultural guest worker program that addresses farmers’ unique needs has become a necessity. AFBF will only support a mandatory E-verify program if there is a workable solution for agriculture. Absent that solution, if E-Verify is implemented, agriculture faces losing millions of dollars in productivity due to labor shortages. In hopes of finding a workable solution that meets the needs of our members, Farm Bureau created a work group charged with looking at


labor challenges more closely and how best to use our policy to resolve them. Made up of Farm Bureau leaders and staff from across the nation, the work group is looking at all parts of the equation, including options that provide a secure workforce, allows portability, addresses the needs of all commodities and limits bureaucratic red tape. Everyone is affected by the ensuing immigration battle playing out in our nation. Unfortunately, no one feels its impact more than farmers and ranchers living and working on our borders, as well as those who are continually faced with labor shortages on their farms. Band-aids will not work. Congress must get to the root of the problem by providing a guest worker program that works for the entire agricultural sector.

UDAF markets Utah agriculture in South Korea and Singapore

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) Commissioner, Leonard Blackham and UDAF Marketing Director, Jed Christenson traveled to Singapore and South Korea to promote Utah-grown agricultural products during a 10-day trade mission earlier this spring. The trip was hosted by the Western U.S. Agricultural Trade Association (WUSATA) and included state agriculture leaders

from 13 Western states. products such as fruits, pated in the trade misThis was the first Westsion, but Christenern trade mission to son will meet with Korea since the United Utah producers States signed the Kowho have an interrean Free Trade Agreeest in expanding ment March 15, 2012. their markets. BuyThe new agreement ers in South Korea means many new opand Singapore are portunities for U.S. interested in Utah ag exporters to sell products such as more made-in-Ameribeef, dairy, alfalfa ca goods. An example of a Utah product on grocery store hay, pork, and orC o m m i s s i o n e r shelves in South
Korea. Photo courtesy of UDAF ganic grains. Blackham and Chris“South Korea has tenson were introduced vegetable, beef, poultry, an expanding economy to 130 food buyers who hay and other crops. No and their consumers are are interested in American Utah companies partici- able to afford higher qual-

ity foods,” said Commissioner Blackham. “Utah and the U.S. are in a good position to supply the Korean market with our raw and processed food products.” South Korea’s agricultural production is not keeping up with their consumer demand for higher quality foods. As a result the country imported $7 Billion in U.S. food products last year. Twentyfive percent of their food imports came from the United States.


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Emery County’s Joël Hatch selected to participate in Women’s Media Boot Camp

Joël Hatch, Women’s Chair an elected position. in Emery County, has been “Communicating agriculselected as one of 15 partici- ture’s story remains critically pants nationwide to attend the important for America’s farm2012 American Farm Bureau ers and ranchers. To be able Women’s Communications to do that, you must have the Boot Camp, which will be held right tools and training, which July 17-20 in Washington, D.C. is what this program provides. Utah Farm Bureau wom- In addition to speaker presenen were invited by the State tations, attendees will benefit Women’s Committee to apply to be considered as Utah’s candidate for this prestigious Boot Camp with registration fees, hotel and airfare to be paid for by the State Women’s Committee. Joël Hatch was Photo by Matt Hargreaves selected to be Utah’s Joël Hatch (left) visits with Utah Senanominee. tor Orrin Hatch (center) and Utah Farm T h i s i n t e n s i v e Bureau President Leland Hogan after the training session pro- Women’s Leadership Conference earlier vides participants this year. Joël Hatch was recently selected with the skills need- to participate in the Women’s Media Boot ed to communicate Camp in Washington, D.C. for agriculture and for Farm Bureau. Participants from individual coaching sescome prepared to give a brief sions tailored to the agriculspeech on one of AFBF’s prior- tural issues of their choice,” ity issues. During the course of said Terry Gilbert, chair of two days, there will be sessions the American Farm Bureau on public speaking, testify- Women’s Leadership Commiting, targeting your message, tee, which sponsors Women’s working with the media, tes- Communications Boot Camp. tifying before lawmakers and Congratulations to Joël on seeking elected office. Upon her acceptance into this prescompletion of the training, tigious program! We look each participant will be asked forward to her sharing her to use her enhanced skills in newfound skills in a variety her community to speak out of settings back home here in for agriculture to a group other Utah. than Farm Bureau or to run for

YOUR Utah Farm Bureau at Work

Utah Farm Bureau leaders …visited with Chuck Conner of the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives (NCFC) at the Utah Farm Bureau headquarters in Sandy. Conner, who is the CEO of the NCFC was on a national media tour to talk about farmer-owned cooperatives, their impact on local economies, and the role they play in connecting consumers in the grocery store aisles with farmers in the fields. Farmer co-ops based in Utah include IFA and Norbest. All told, farmer co-ops in the state produce more than $1 billion in sales annually. Utah Farm Bureau…participated in the Executive Water Task Force conducted by Mike Styler, Executive Director for Utah’s Department of Natural Resources. This Task Force is comprised of various water users for the purpose of discussing and drafting future legislation on water issues. This group meets monthly throughout the interim. Utah Farm Bureau…serves as one of several committee members in drafting rules for the new Surface Owner Protection Act passed earlier this year. This Act gives further protections to landowners when negotiating with oil and gas companies. With legislation passed, rules are now being drafted to further clarify what procedures and protocols in implementing the law. Utah Farm Bureau…attended a conference at the American Farm Bureau Federation offices in Washington, D.C. on developing and implementing Farm Bureau policy. Farm Bureau Public Policy staff from many states attended and helped share ideas on new and improved methods in engaging Farm Bureau members in developing Farm Bureau policy. Utah Farm Bureau…participated in a meeting with livestock and wildlife interests in helping to determine how new state appropriated funds will be spent on predator control efforts. State agencies are close to finalizing what this new program will look like and how it will be administered. Utah Farm Bureau…hosted a meeting with Utah Aquaculture leaders. Various challenges associated with the industry were discussed at the meeting with options to consider in addressing the challenges. Utah Farm Bureau…attended a public hearing conducted by Utah’s Office of Consumer Services relating to the proposed Rocky Mountain Power rate increases for Utah’s irrigation pumpers. Utah Farm Bureau…attended the first 2012 Interim Session. The Natural Resources, Environment and Agriculture Committee, Public Utilities, and Revenue and Tax Committees all discussed issues of interest to Utah Farm Bureau. Utah Farm Bureau…attended the annual Utah Taxpayers Association Conference held in Salt Lake City. This year’s conference agenda pertinent agricultural topics such as: funding future open spaces, funding future water projects, stressing water conservations and meeting the challenges of maintaining and building Utah’s transportation needs. Work continued on pg 16


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USU Extension and USDA offer bumblebee workshop By Dennis Hinkamp, Utah State University Extension Communications

LOGAN, Utah – Bumblebees are sort of the monster trucks of the bee world; thick, colorful and seemingly too large to move about gracefully. The 2012 Bumble Bee Workshop, hosted by USU Extension and the USDA-Ag Research Service, will explore the possibilities of using wild bumblebees as pollinators in agriculture and home gardens. The workshop is held June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Poisonous Plants Research Lab, 1150 East 1400 North, just north of campus. “Bumble bees are great pollinators for fruit and seed crops such as alfalfa seed, onion seeds, berries and fruit trees,” said Jamie Strange, research entomologist at the USDA Research unit. “They are also often used in green houses. ” The workshop will have something for everyone, including growers who need to augment pollination services. Registration is $35. To register, go to http://

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Milk & manure and satisfying a hungry nation

By Mariesa Bergin, UFBF Programs Assistant

Whether perusing the aisles of an all-natural foods store, or elbowing your way through a crowd of starving college students at your local WalMart grocery center, one element of your shopping experience remains unchanged – you want food. Your kids want food... heck, your dog wants food, and your husband has likely just devoured the last of your bread, tuna, cheese, spaghetti, and milk in one sitting. Now, consider your shopping experience. Will dairy be on the menu today? How about Macaroni n’ Cheese for your addicted seven year-old? Milk, butter, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese, creamer for that morning coffee? Let’s hope you’ll indulge in a little ice cream. It’s likely that you’ll need 20 lbs. of all of these products to concoct the funeral potatoes, cheesy casserole, ice cream sundaes, and cream cheese brownies to ensure your church hosted activity is every bit as raved about this month as it was last month. Whole foods peruser or Wal-Mart skimper, you have the same fundamental need that every human you know does to

eat; and any doctor will assure you that you need your dairy. It might interest you to know that your choice to consume t h e s e products directly affects the lives of workers of more than 400* operating dairy farms in the state of Utah. Men, women, and children across the state arise before the sun peaks over the horizon to put in a full day’s work and get grub on the table, not only for themselves, but for all of us. The evolving dairy industry has required some adjustments for this group of farmers, and a slew of environmental activists demanding a return to the old ways. At seven years old, I remember countless mornings spent sheepishly hiding in the corner of my uncle’s barn and watching as he sat on a stool with that big brown cow towering over him. At the time, I couldn’t imagine anything different than a good hand milking, Little House on the Prairie style, which is exactly what he did. These days, however, even milking a cow has become automated. Dairy farmers have gone

from being able to milk six cows-per-hour to more than 100. Lucky for them, your dairy-filled church activity has made this modern-day luxury a necessity. Perhaps this ultra-productive way of getting milk is why the industry has shifted so much in the past years. Since 2001 the number of cow operations in the United States has decreased by more than 30 percent, but the number of dairy cows producing milk, and the amount of dairy products hitting those grocery store aisles has increased by more than 15 percent. Larger operations are on the rise, as technology has lent itself to increasing productivity on the farm. As dairies have grown larger, that has also meant more concerns over waste. Cows are producing about as much manure as they are milk, and dairy farmers are having to come up with safe places to store billions of pounds of you know what. Not an easy feat. Unfortunately, there are dairy farmers that have been cited for manure contamination of water supplies. Fortunately for us in Utah, the Utah Farm Bureau and its water quality team has worked proactively with farmers and government regulators – making Utah one of the leaders in proper waste management.

Sadly, environmental activists have gone to great lengths to dub “factory dairy farming” as socially irresponsible agriculture, and are vying for small operations (Little House on the Prairie style) to be the only way. They ignore the great strides farmers and ranchers have made in working with Farm Bureau and the Utah Division of Water Quality. With all of these forces working in opposition – or collaboratively, depending on the day – it is important to remember that ultimately we all want a clean environment, we all want to conserve those precious natural resources we have left, and we all want to eat! The Utah Farm Bureau Federation (UFBF) in particular has gone to great lengths to ensure that farmers are doing all that they can to protect water supplies and eliminate pollution while continuing to milk those cows! Farmers and ranchers are interested in the wise use of natural resources as well as the production of commodities that are essential to our very existence – dairy products named among them. Our ability to sup-


port farmers in their production of Utah’s food supply would not be possible without ensuring access to clean water. Since 2009, UFBF members have gone to work by doing on-site assessments of farms, participating in countless Manure Management Workshops and educational presentations to inform farmers of the laws and how to comply. More than 30 farm-tofarm tours have been organized and farmers have been highly encouraged to collaborate on ideas, band together and actively work to remain efficient farmers who are also protectors of the environment. Utah farmers and ranchers are doing their best with the means that they have been given, to continue filling up grocery store aisles, your refrigerator and your husband’s growling stomach, while managing waste in a cost-effective, environmentally friendly way.

* There were 450 operating dairy farms in Utah as of the 2007 USDA Agriculture Census. Numbers are not reported in between the years of the census, produced every five years.


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Member Benefit Column Count the ways the savings add up when you use your Farm Bureau discounts!! ** Choice Hotels: Two Stays Pay -- Stay 2 Separate Times*, Earn A$50 Gift Card for Gas, Dining or Shopping: • Register now at to earn an unlimited amount of gift cards during the promotion. After your second stay with arrival between May 17 and August 15, 2012 you’ll receive enough Choice Privileges® points to redeem for a $50 gift card of your choice for gas, dining or shopping. • Remember to enter Utah Farm Bureau’s Special Rate ID - 00209830 - and your personal Choice Privileges Member ID to take advantage of your member benefit while earning points • Terms and condition apply. Go to for details. ** Car Rentals: Check out the savings on car rentals because you are a Farm Bureau member. Choose from Alamo, Avis, Enterprise or National. Visit for complete details for each rental option. You can book online using the designated promo code for Utah Farm Bureau members or call the listed 800 number. Please note for Enterprise you will need your Farm Bureau membership number rather than a promo code to make reservations. Look for additional opportunities to save on car rentals via downloadable coupons at Alamo or National. ** New Benefit: SPLASH INTO SAVINGS at Cherry Hill! 1325 South Main Street, Kaysville Are you looking for a family get away close to home? With water attractions, miniature golf, rock climbing wall, batting cages and arcades, Cherry Hill has something for every member of your family. Come for the day! Or stay longer by taking advantage of the camping facilities offered at Cherry Hill! Discover all the attractions this family fun park has to offer at To access your discounts at, click “group deals” then enter the Farm Bureau code: summerfun360 in the corporate login field then print your discount coupons and take them with you to Cherry Hill. Or present your Farm Bureau membership card at the ticket window to receive the Farm Bureau discount. 1325 South Main Street, Kaysville. ** Lagoon: All day passes: just $36.16 ea. (includes tax), a savings of $11.71 off the regular ticket price. This is the best price for anyone over 4 planning to go on the rides. Season Passes: $ 98.99 ea. (includes tax). Order your day or season passes in advance by sending a check for the number you want to the State Farm Bureau Office or call 801233-3010 to pay by Visa or MasterCard then the tickets will be mailed to you. You can also call 801-233-3010 to make arrangements to pick up your tickets at the state office. Advance ticket purchase only. Non-refundable. ** Seven Peaks Water Park: Cool off on hot summer days with a visit to one of Utah’s premier water parks. You pay just $17.50 (includes tax) per all-day pass – the regular price is $24.95+ tax. Order your passes in advance by sending a check for the number you want to the State Farm Bureau Office and they will be sent to you by return mail or call 801-233-3010 to pay by Visa or MasterCard or to make arrangements to pick up your tickets at the state office. Tickets are non-refundable. Choose either: Seven Peaks – Salt Lake (1200 W. 1700 S.) or Seven Peaks - Provo (1330 East 300 North) ** Salt Lake Bees: Take the whole gang to a BEES baseball game! Call 801-233-3010 to purchase your “Bees Vouchers” for $8.00 ea. Exchange vouchers at the ticket window for the best available seats in the stadium excluding Diamond seating. Not good for July 4 or 24.

Is Southern California in your travel plans this summer? Check out the savings!!!

Legoland: $56.00 per guest with 2nd day free within 90 days. Legoland Park Hopper: (includes water park and aquarium) $66.00 per guest with 2nd day free at all three attractions. LEGOLAND and Water Park must be visited on the same day. Sea Life visit must occur within 9 days of LEGOLAND visit. All visits must occur before Dec. 31, 2012. San Diego Zoo: $ 35.50 Adult $27.00 Child (3 through 11) Safari Park: $35.50 Adult $27.00 Child (3 through 11) SeaWorld: $49.99 single day admission per guest SeaWorld Fun Cards: $ 65.00 ea. Multi-day ticket good for unlimited visits through Dec. 2012. Some blackout dates apply. Available for purchase through June 15, 2012 only. Universal Studios: 3 days for $69.00 per person (Less than the price of a single day!). Ticket is valid for 6 months from your 1st use which must occur by January 31, 2013. Some blackout dates apply. Visa/MasterCard accepted. For additional information about these or other Farm Bureau member benefits, visit or call 801-233-3010. Visa or MasterCard accepted.

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Utah school kids are telling the farmers’ story

If you were a farmer for a day, what would you do that day? Students in grades 3-8 were challenged to respond to this question, was the topic for the 2012 Creative Story Contest. This annual contest is sponsored by the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. The purpose of the contest is to foster a greater understanding of Utah’s agricultural industry and the role which farmers and ranchers play in supplying our food, fiber, fuel and other farm products. Students are invited to enter the contest within their county. These entries are judged by the county Women’s Committee and winners in each age group are selected. The first place winners in each age group are then entered into the State Creative Story Contest. Congratulations to the 2012 Creative Story state winners: 3rd grade 1st place - Samantha Griesbach So. Box Elder County 2nd place - Morgan Olsen Iron County 3rd place - Makayla Luzuriaga Utah County

4th grade 1st place - Brinley Richards So. Box Elder County 2nd place - Audri Richins Summit County 3rd place - Vienna Lewis Sevier County 5th grade 1st place - Bailey Huggard Emery County 2nd place - Kayli Bennett Davis County 3rd place - Hannah Cluff Iron County 6th grade 1st place - Maxwell Young Utah


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2nd place - Ashton Smith Sevier 3rd place - Jody Jensen North Box Elder County

Women’s Committee Leaders. Call 801-233-3010 if you have additional questions about the contest.

You can read an additional entry on page 29.

3rd Grade 1st Place Winner’s entry: A Woman’s View

Aurline Boyack Farm Bureau Women - Coordinator

7th grade: 1st place - Kate Sorensen Sanpete County 2nd place - Breann Bitner North Box Elder County 3rd place - Kambrea Harris Uintah County 8th grade: 1st place - Kylee Draper Sanpete County 2nd place - Martina Hebert Summit County 3rd place - Jameson Griffiths Iron County The first place state winners received a check for $100. Second place winners received $50 and third place winners received a check for $25. Teachers of the six first place winners each received accurate agriculture storybooks for their classrooms, a “Farm Facts” booklet which is published by the American Farm Bureau, “Ag Quest” cards containing questions and answers covering various agriculture subjects published by USU Extension’s Agriculture in the Classroom and a hands-on activity for each member of the class. Western agCredit sponsored a pizza party for the class of each first place state winner. The topic for the 2013 Creative Story Contest will be announced this fall. Contact your county Women’s Committee Chair for the entry deadline and complete contest details. Contact information for your County Women’s Chair can be found at>programs>women’s committee>County Farm Bureau

“Thank You to Our Farmers” By Samantha Griesbach – South Box Elder County If I were a farmer I’d work hard just like my dad, I’d own the finest farm in town just like the one he had. With cows, pigs, and chickens galore, Horses, goats and so much more. Fields and orchards of grains and fruit of all sorts, Meat, milk, and eggs, and homemade apple tortes. The animals and grains each serve their own purpose To support the farm and the people that purchase. From morning ‘til night I’d work my fingers to the bone, Caring for the farm that I can call my own. Feeding the animals while cleaning out their stalls, Gathering the fresh laid eggs as the rooster calls. Milking the cows and shoeing the horses, And all the extra chores that this fine farm enforces. Plowing, planting, and cultivating crops, Harvesting and selling, the working never stops. Pruning the orchards and gathering her fruit, And watching the grain as it flows down the chute. To bask in the sunshine or pray for the rain, To a hard working farmer they’re both needed the same. There’s never a dull moment in the life of a farmer, To those that are grateful he’s a knight in shining armor. If I were a Farmer I’d work hard just like my dad, I’d own the finest farm in town just like the one he had. Standing proud and true, working hard like farmers do, “For it is Their Way of Life, to Care for Me and You.”


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~reduce the cost, not the quality By Margie Memmott, USU Extension-Juab County

In today’s economy it pays to be frugal. We’re all looking for ways to help make ends meet. One area that we have control over is our food budget. You can learn to save money, change your eating habits and create dishes without sacrificing the quality and flavor of your meals. Stretch Your Food Dollar · Stretch your food dollar through budgeting · Stretch your food dollar through food selection · Stretch your food dollar through low-cost recipes Ways to Eat Better on a Budget 1. Look for new recipes and thrifty meal ideas on websites such as usda. gov. 2. Learn to cook quick and easy meals. Look for recipes with 5 – 7 ingredients. Use items you have on hand and plan to make good use of leftovers. 3. Good food habits last

a lifetime. Make smart choices by paying attention to food guidelines and getting enough fruits and vegetables. Buy items that require the prepwork to be done at home. They are usually cheaper. 4. Get the full benefit of using coupons. Only use coupons for items that you already buy and use. Make sure the coupon price meets or beats the store brand item price. Stock up when sales and coupons coincide. 5. Balance what you eat with physical activity. Become physically active for at least 30 minutes per day. The more you move, the better you feel. 6. Homemade can be healthier, cheaper and a great activity for family members. If you knew that a dozen cookies cost $5 at the store but only $3 at home, which would you choose? 7. Keep trying new foods. Don’t be afraid to substitute applesauce for cooking oil. It might take you a few tries to get a new recipe down, but before you know it you will be adding

more variety to your diet and loving it. 8. Make a list. If you plan before you go food shopping you will know what you have on hand. Using a grocery list helps avoid impulse buying. 9. Limit fast food. It is fast and convenient but not healthy or budget friendly. If you need to eat out, make careful selections and watch your portion size.

12. Cook once for everyone. If you have family members that like plain food, set some aside before you add spices or other ingredients. You’ll save time and money by not having to cook different food for your picky eaters. 13. Cook quick meals. Try salads or meals prepared with canned chicken, tuna or beans. Or make cold sandwiches. If you don’t have to cook elaborate meals that take a lot of time, you’ll be less tempted to eat out.

10. Eat what you buy. Many people toss out nearly half of what they buy simply because of 14. Kids like finger foods. poor planning, busy Try raw fruit or vegetaschedules or overbuying. bles and yogurt dip. By planning ahead and sticking to your menu, Cooking can be fun. Ingrocery bills can be re- volve your family members. duced. Many times children want to help and learning how to 11. Cook when you have cook is an invaluable tool more time. Make casse- for life. When they want to roles, soups and stews to help, it’s the perfect time for freeze for future meals. a teaching moment. As they Every meal that you pre- learn to cook over years of pare at home saves you time, they will develop conmoney. With ready-to-eat fidence and skills that are infood in the freezer, you valuable. can resist the urge to eat out when you don’t have enough time to prepare a meal.

June 2012

Utah Farm Bureau News

Learning while adding fresh produce to traditional crop farm

By Kelby Johnson, Cache County farmer

of feet of row. There is little mechanization for produce and definitely not for smallscale operations like ours. The equipment that is available is geared for the Arizona and California producers, which have thousands of acres of produce. Over the years, we have built several pieces of equipment to help improve efficiency. Our

Agriculture has been in the Johnson family for hundreds of years; you can say it runs in our veins. For as long as I can remember, all that my brother, Braydon, and I wanted was to be farmers. Dad, Braydon and I have always raised traditional Cache Valley crops, (hay, wheat, barley etc.) but our farm needed a change of direction. In 2007, we started raising produce row crops and marketing them at the local farmers market. We started with a very small operation, and we grew gradually to what we have today. My family, for generations, has raised large gardens, so a lot of the basic skills and knowledge needed for this venture were already in place. We quickly came to find that large scale produce production was different from growing a garden. Photo courtesy of Johnson Farms There is a huge learning Kelby Johnson and his brother Braydon curve associated with these in their greenhouse, planting lettuce with kinds of crops; they are more a vacuum planter that they built. sensitive and particular than alfalfa. We are now six years manufacturing business has been into commercial production, key in giving us a leg up in this and we are still learning new area, but labor is still our biggest things hand over fist. In the expense by a large margin. spring of 2011, I graduated with Johnson Family Farms grows a degree in agronomy, with an more than 60 different produce emphasis in produce production crops through the season. We from Utah State University. have all the staple crops that Braydon is now following the everyone recognizes – tomatoes, same educational path. Our corn, beans, peas, peppers, education has proved to be squash, cucumbers, etc. We also invaluable, so far. produce some more unique items Produce production requires like eggplant, arugula, cilantro, a lot of hard, labor-intensive purple asparagus and purple work, “crawling” up and down carrots. One thing that sets us thousands and thousands apart from other growers in the

valley is our ability to produce heat sensitive crops, like leaf lettuces and radishes through the summer. Using education we gained by taking green house production classes, we designed and built our own greenhouse that keeps crops cool in the summer, rather than warm in the winter. Some of the conservation practices used on Johnson Family Farms include drip irrigation, an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) system, and the use of organic matter. Early on in our experience, we learned the value of drip irrigation especially on small seeded crops. We can raise a much better crop of lettuce with drip irrigation than by any other system. It puts the water right where it is needed, and I can apply it precisely, to the gallon, per foot of row. We are excited to increase our drip system’s capacity in the future. IPM has also been a valuable tool in


raising beautiful crops without as many inputs. Here again, a college degree has been infinitely valuable in setting up this system. We also use a lot of intensive crop rotations to help keep pest and disease pressures down as well as increasing soil organic matter and manage soil nutrient levels. Some future conservation projects we are excited to explore are incorporating cover and green manure crops into our crop rotations over the winter. We are also looking into some energy efficiency systems for the greenhouse and shop. An unexpected perk to direct marketing of fresh produce to the public is the opportunity that we have to teach people about agriculture and share our experiences with them. We explain to them why we do what we do and what we are doing to improve. We try to take JOHNSON continued on pg 20


Utah Farm Bureau News

MIDYEAR On the edge of common sense Baxter Black

Baxter Black: On the bright side

There always seem to be folks who need to say something good, even at the worst of times. Like Mrs. Custer. She might have said, “Well, on the bright side, at least he was wearing clean undies.” Last spring on a gather we set out to find an evasive 300 lb steer, we’ll call him Rompy. We made a big circle and never found him but we did discover a leak in the water line. Just luck, maybe, but on the bright side, it made the ride worth it. The next day we rode out early and found him with his mother and a couple other cows. All went well, we sorted off Rompy at the trap and took him to the headquarters with intentions to hold him overnight for the sale the next day. We unsaddled and I stuck a water hose through the boards of the little pen where Rompy was being held. Pretty good morning, I was thinking, then Rompy came unglued! He could see daylight through a 3’ wide pipe gate into the loading alley. He took four runs at it. I ran around the other side to frighten him back. It didn’t work! On his fifth try he crashed over the top, bending the rail perpendicular. I dove out of the way as he sailed over me! I looked back over my shoulder and remember thinking, this must be what a torpedo looks like leaving a submarine! We would see him again 30 minutes later on a big ridge overlooking town. We tracked him half a mile, through one fence and into a big BLM canyon. With a huge dose of luck (finding him), enough opportunities (catching him), and two stout horses (dragging him), we got him to a road. My partner hog-tied him and I went to get the rescue unit. Our location was unreachable by trailer so I brought the old pickup. I loaded it up with an assortment of possibly useful items and returned to the scene. The steer was still on the fight and too heavy to lift or manhandle. After much cowboy cogitation we took two 8’ two by twelves and laid a ramp from the tailgate to Rompy. We tried to push him up but he wouldn’t slide. I dug through the box and came up with a come-a-long, however, we had no place to chain it. “Wait a minute!”, I said, “Flip over that gooseneck turnover ball and hook it there!” We flipped it over, chained it to the ball, pulled out the cable and ran it through some cotton rope we had wrapped around the hogtie. My partner started cranking and I kept the head and tail-ends balanced as we drug Rompy into the bed of the pickup an inch and a grunt at a time. It was as much fun as changing a split rim tire off a Peterbilt. All three of us looked like we had been drug through a knothole. Even Rompy had lost his steam. But, on the bright side, I guess. We could have been grape farmers. I don’t think we’d ever been able to load a 300 lb wild raisin.. ain’t nothin’ to tie to!

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(incumbent republican Gary Herbert and Democratic challenger Peter Cooke) will speak to conference attendees at separate times during the conference. The many topics and activities scheduled at this year’s Midyear Conference, scheduled July 1920, 2012 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center, will provide something of interest to everyone. Hotel accommodations will at the Hampton Inn, which is adjacent to the Eccles Conference Center (2415 Washington Blvd.) in Ogden. Early registration is recommended to ensure that all rooming needs are available and to accommodate any special requests. The room rate for the conference is $104 per night. Please contact your County Farm Bureau Secretary to register for the conference. A registration forms is also provided on page 13 of this month’s issue of the Utah Farm Bureau News. The registration deadline for the conference is June 25. After that date, a late registration fee will be included. Registration for the conference will be $55 per person, which includes the two-day conference, dinner on Thursday, and breakfast on Friday. Additional dinner tickets may be purchased for $25 for adults and $10 for children (ages 3-12). “We think this will really be a timely conference, with issues impacting all in agriculture,” said Leland Hogan, president of the U tah Farm Bu re au Federation. “While there are challenges, this is also a wonderful time to be involved in agriculture. The future can be even brighter depending on how we prepare today. We hope this conference will help our farmers and ranchers prepare for that brighter future.”

June 2012 Experts will be reporting on areas of high priority already identified through our Spring Issues Surfacing meetings (SISM) at the Commodity Committee meetings. There will be presentations on the impacts of the sage grouse, options for farmers and ranchers on where to sell their products locally – such as local schools, restaurants, and food distribution channels, water development/funding, labor & immigration, models of success when grazing on public lands, and how spending 15 minutes of your time can make a big difference telling your story on social media. Thursday evening will feature a family reunion-styled diner, with activities put on by the State Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. There are also many entertainment options available in downtown Ogden, such as the Egyptian Theatre, which is adjacent to the Eccles Conference Center where our meetings are held. Because the strength of Farm Bureau comes from individual members and their ranch farming or ranching experiences, President Leland Hogan has asked that each county Farm Bureau board member extend a personal invitation to at least one Farm Bureau member, family or friend who has not previously attended a Midyear Conference to come to the conference in Ogden. Please contact Susan Furner for more information at or 801233-3040. We look forward to seeing many Farm Bureau members at the conference.

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Utah Farm Bureau News

Sevier County Farm Bureau hosts inaugural Farm Field Day with great success

June 2012

RICHFIELD – It would be Three hundred 4th-grade easy to assume that kids grow- students attended this year’s ing up in rural Utah would have event, visiting from Salina Elan advantage over kids along ementary School in Salina and the urban areas of Utah when Pahvant Elementary School it comes to knowing where Photo by Matt Hargreaves their food comes from. Ranchers Ginger Johnson (center) and husband Jared (right) talk However, with farmland to kids about the nutrition found in beef at the Sevier County Along the Countryside shrinking throughout the Farm Field Days. Ginger was showing kids how many servings of Matt Hargreaves Vice President- Communications state, even rural kids are tuna (12 3-ounce cans) would be needed to equal the amount of zinc found in one three ounce serving of beef. having a harder time connecting to agriculture. from Richfield. “Some of these kids in town While venturing in a new time challenges and a learning new Farm Field Day event. This year’s event featured are just further and further direction can be difficult and curve to overcome, the students did a great job,” Goble educational stations on sod removed from [agriculture],” time consuming, Sevier Counsaid. production, safety, sheep said Jason Goble, Sevier Coun- ty’s efforts were greatly aided The event greatly benefits and wool, dairy, chickens & ty Farm Bureau Board member by the efforts of the North and the FFA students by giving turkeys, swine, goats, farmand the FFA Advisor for North South Sevier High School FFA Sevier High School in Salina. Chapters, who spearheaded them responsibility over a raised trout, equine, and honreal-world, applicable assign- ey. The stations were staffed “If their parents ment of agricul- by a mixture of FFA students, aren’t involved tural education. It USU Extension, County Farm in agriculture also gave the FFA Bureau members, and other for a living, it’s chapters great ma- volunteers. All sacrificed time harder for even terial for compet- and resources to make this these rural kids ing in the Food for event a great success. to know how America award, “I thought they did a very their food is proput on by the Utah good job at putting this on – duced.” Agriculture in the especially for the first time,” For many C l a s s r o o m p r o said John Keeler, Southern years, the Sevigram. Regional Manager for the er County Farm Food For AmeriUtah Farm Bureau FederaBureau has parca is an education- tion. “This is a perfect enviticipated in the al program focus- ronment for these FFA kids, county’s Natuing on agricultural and I heard many positive ral Resource Photo by Matt Hargreaves literacy in elemencomments from the teachFestival, held at Sheep rancher Matt Goble (center) shows 4th graders in Richfield how he cares tary schools and ers. Those comments are Snow College’s for his sheep and the many ways in which sheep are used in society. communities. It is needed because they help the Richfield cama program devel- superintendents to be more pus, where kids and parents much of the organization and oped to assist FFA members comfortable with the program could wander and visit educa- running of the Farm Field and all agricultural education and continue or even increase tional booths on a variety of Day. Students were in charge topics including; forest land, of bringing in exhibitors, help- students in leadership skill support in the future.” That support from schools minerals, sod and agriculture. ing classes transition between development as they reach out While effective, the County stations, and organizing the to youth, peers and their entire includes both the commitFarm Bureau Board felt it could busing arrangements with the communities by sharing the ment to attend the Farm Field get more impact by trying schools to get them to the coun- world of agriculture. As part of Day, as well financial resourcthis program, the Sevier FFA es provided to bus kids to the something new and hosting its ty fairgrounds in Richfield. own Farm Field Day. “While there were some first- students are largely respon- event. Keeler recommended SEVIER continued on next page sible for the carrying out of this

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all County Farm Bureaus, especially those with fairly new traditions of events like these, to visit with their school districts early in the summer to ensure commitments to events like these are made early in the budgeting process rather than trying to fit them in at the end. Mrs. Braithwaite’s 4th grade class from Salina Elementary School was very impressed with the event because it both gave the students a first-hand look at those producing food in the county, and also because it fit in nicely with the curriculum they had been studying in school. “When we got to the station about grazing and the proper ways of doing that, it fit in nicely with the discussion on the dust bowl that we’d just had in school. It was neat to see those academic materials applied,” Mrs. Braithwaite said. “It’s sad, because there aren’t many kids that have access to food production – even in Salina.” Beyond introductory knowledge about the different animals or crops shown at each station, presenters talked to students about what potential careers are available in agriculture or connected to it, as well as talking about the care farmers and ranchers provide for the animals involved in agriculture. In addition to the students and school officials, the event drew interest from the local media and was featured in its local coverage. In all, a successful start to a hopefully long-term tradition.

Utah Farm Bureau News

Obesity and dairy products


ucts, fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and to buy fewer sodas By Clark Israelsen, USU Extension Agent five-year commitment to promote and high-calorie, high-fat snack – Cache County healthy eating habits among our foods. Equally important is the enObesity is unquestionably in nation’s youth is meant to pig- couragement to “get up and play” the public consciousness, and gyback on the National Football with a minimum of 60 minutes of it is definitely becoming a more League’s “Play 60” campaign. The daily physical activity. More than serious problem. Most American purpose of “Play 60” is to encour- 60,000 of the nations private and adults, like me, are packing some age children to get at least 60 min- public schools are already enrolled extra pounds, though we don’t utes of physical activity each day. in “Fuel Up to Play 60”. Many people cut back on eatconsider ourselves obese. Part of 250 million dollars is a significant our problem is an unprecedented investment from the dairy indus- ing dairy products when trying to access to high-calorie foods-which try, but one worth making if it can lose weight, but that is a mistake are widely available, heavily pro- help reverse the obesity crisis in according to Dr. Michael Zemel, Professor in the Departments of moted, relatively low in cost and this country. usually good tasting. We also In announcing the program, Nutrition and Medicine at the University of Tennessee. Zemel’s enjoy conveniences like peer-reviewed automatic garage door clinical research openers, remote controls shows that confor television, comfortable suming low-fat automobiles, drive through dairy products windows, riding lawnmowmay actually ers and relaxing recliners. support weight The world is full of incenloss because of tives to discourage physical calcium’s proactivity. Our tendency to posed effect on easily gain weight suggests fat metabolism. a need for changes in diet, Data shows that exercise and behavior. the high calcium Plumpness is also an content of dairy issue with the younger products helps generation. It is almost Photo courtesy of U.S. Dairy Council abnormal to be “normal” Maurice Jones-Drew, one of the smaller players in the NFL, meets with the body break down stored fat. weight. Though the causes kids at the launch of the Fuel to Play 60 event. Zemel has writof obesity can be complex, ten a book titled “The Calcium portliness usually occurs when a three National Football League Key: The Revolutionary Diet person eats more calories than the players, along with NFL commisDiscovery That Will Help You body burns. Poor eating habits and sioner Roger Goodell, joined with Lose Weight Faster”. Zemel writes lack of exercise are common rea- U. S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom sons for this growing trend among Vilsack and Tom Gallagher, CEO that replacing high-calorie foods youth. Fewer manual jobs, more of Dairy Management, Inc. to or beverages with low-fat dairy computers and television, parents kick off the “Fuel Up to Play 60” foods; such as milk, yogurt, and afraid to let their children outside program. Maurice Jones-Drew, cheese, appears to be one of the to play without supervision, and one of the smaller players in the best ways to boost calcium intake easy access to fast foods all con- NFL, told a group of New York and support weight loss efforts. As First Lady Michelle Obama tribute to the fattening of America. City middle-school students that reminds us, obesity is an issue First lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s he has to eat a healthy diet, inthat affects everyone. And all of Move” campaign to combat child- cluding low-fat milk, and lots of us-as parents, community leadhood obesity is an example of an cheese in order to compete with ers, and concerned citizens-can effort to reverse this development. the bigger players. There is a growbe involved and supportive of The National Dairy Council is ing body of research that suggests also involved in a significant way, dairy products, because of their efforts to improve the health of having pledged $250 million calcium content, can help people our nation. The best place to start in 2010 to the “Fuel Up to Play lose weight. That is music to the is in our individual homes. Dairy farmers are anxious that healthy 60” program. Funding from the ears of dairy producers. National Dairy Council comes The “Fuel Up to Play 60” pro- dairy products become a greater from check- off dollars provided gram encourages students to “fuel percentage of our family diets. by America’s dairy farmers. This

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Utah Farm Bureau… participated in a meeting conducted by Utah’s Department of Agriculture and Food dealing with recently passed legislation that made efforts to minimize swine disease spreading and potential feral populations of swine. Utah Farm Bureau…

Utah Farm Bureau News participated in several meetings relating to sensitive species, including UPDRIP meetings on prairie dogs, UBARM meetings on sage grouse, and the Utah Lake Commission meetings relating to June Sucker. Staff also participated in the DWR RAC meetings relating to elk issues. Utah Farm Bureau… attended various Utah County Commission meetings relating

June 2012

Soybean crop increases, but supply to dip to historic low

to Agricultural Protection Areas for landowners around the Provo River Delta relating to the June Sucker and for mink farmers also applying for APA protection. Utah Farm Bureau… attended several county YF&R Socials, and meetings for the USU Ag Alumni Committee, Sustainable Grazing Committee, WASHINGTON, D.C. — and also participated in the radio There are going to be more soyprogram on ag policy issues on beans grown across the United KSVC in Richfield. States this year, but that increase will be dwarfed by the amount of soybeans that will be used and exported. The scenario will mean U.S. soybean supplies will fall to a mere 16 days of inventory, according to American Farm Bureau Federation analysts. According to the Agriculture Department’s World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report for May 2012, this year’s soybean crop is projected at 3.205 billion bushels, an increase of 149 million bushels from 2011. That boost, however, is not projected to keep up with strong demand from exports, which are expected to increase by 190 million bushels and the crush use of soybeans, which will increase by 10 million bushels. “When all is said and done, our ending stocks of soybeans will drop to just 145 million bushels,” said AFBF Senior Economist Todd Davis. “That equates to a 4.4 percent stocks-to-use ratio, which is just over a two week supply of soybeans at the end of the year. That will tend to be a bullish factor and should keep soybeans positioned as the market driver.” Prices will reflect soybean stocks being projected at historically low levels. The 2012-2013 U.S. marketing year average prices is pegged at $13 per bushel, which would eclipse the 2012 record of $12.35 per bushel, Davis explained. Davis said there are several factors leading to this perfect storm for soybeans. South American soybean production continues See SOYBEANS on pg. 29

June 2012

Utah Farm Bureau News

p AZ/UT Range Livestock Workshop t to receive award from National p Association of County Ag Agents T h e A r i z o n a / U t a h Cooperative Extension Environmental Impact w range livestock workshop program ever,” said Kevin Statement and listing of Heaton. “There are a lot of put on by the combined forces of USU and University of Arizona Extension have been selected as the national winners of the ‘Search for Excellence’ award in the category of Livestock Production by the National Association of County Agriculture Agents. The purpose of the award is to recognize an NACAA member(s) who has developed and carried out an outstanding extension educational program in livestock production. The award chiefly recognizes Rob Grumble (University of Arizona Extension), Kevin Heaton (USU Extension), Chad Reid (USU Extension) and Paul Hill (USU Extension) who are the conference cochairs for the excellence in putting the successful workshop together. The award will be presented in Charleston, South Carolina on July 17, 2012. The workshop is a free, full-day event held in Kanab and St. George, Utah usually in April. The planning committee, sponsors and speakers travel between workshop locations. After the two days of workshops, an allday field tour highlights and complements the workshop learning. “This is probably the longest running, bi-state,

people working to make this workshop a success, BLM, NRCS, Conservation Districts, Forest Service, private ranchers, etc. are all part of the winning team. But if you were to single out one guy, Rob Grumbles (UA Extension) would be that guy. He’s been working on this range livestock workshop for 34 years.” The workshop addresses general livestock management topics, as well as tackling controversial issues head on by presenting both sides of a controversial issue. The last three years have included such controversial topics as wolf reintroduction, national monument designation, native vs. non-native plant materials, wildfire, and grazing annual grasses for fuels reduction.

In southern Utah and northern Arizona, ranchers graze livestock on a five million acre parcel of public land known as the Arizona Strip. Forage resources on the Arizona Strip provide a sustainable feed source for 24,300 head of cattle and provide $26 million in economic activity. In the mid 1970s, livestock grazing was a contentious issue in southern Utah and northern Arizona, due to the completion of the “Hot Desert”

the Desert Tortoise as an endangered species. During this time, federal agencies closed grazing allotments, which forced ranchers out of business. Heated arguments and emotions ensued on both sides of the issue.

Ranchers and land management agencies requested Utah State University (USU) Extension and University of Arizona (U of A) Extension to collaborate on a science based workshop to improve knowledge and understanding of the issues. This is how the AZ/UT Range Livestock Workshop and Tour was born. Early on this sciencebased educational program developed productive relationships among all parties. Since its inception in 1978, more than 7,300 participants benefited from this workshop. During the last four years, workshop participation has spiraled to all-time highs. In fact, the 2012 participation reached 407 participants. The range livestock workshop provides the most current information in range ecology and management, wildlife management, animal science, agriculture economics and marketing to participants. This program improves the participant’s knowledge of range monitoring See AWARD on pg. 30


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Congress in the 2008 Farm Bill for FSA office consolidations. Two sets of criteria were used to identify FSA offices for consolidation. First, USDA identified FSA offices located less than 20 miles from another FSA office that had two or fewer permanent, full-time employees. Additionally, the proposal included all FSA offices with zero permanent employees regardless of location. Public meetings were held within 30 days of the original announcement in every county affected by the proposal. Comments gathered during this period were reviewed by the department prior to formally notifying Congress of the proposal on Feb. 27, 2012. During the following 90-day Congressional notification period, the department reviewed data used to create the proposal and public comments received during this period. During this


review, USDA determined that 6 of the original 131 proposed offices did not meet the 2008 Farm Bill criteria for consolidation. As a result, they are not included in the final plan announced today. FSA is striving to balance budget reductions, staff reductions, and increasing workloads while focusing the efforts of agency staff on continuing to provide high quality service from the remaining 2,119 office locations. Since 2011, FSA has seen 1,230 permanent employees leave the agency through voluntary early separation and normal retirement that were needed due to budget reductions made by Congress. FSA has also reduced discretionary administrative expenses by more than 30 percent in the last fiscal year alone. For a complete list of FSA county offices affected by this decision, visit http://www.fsa.usda. gov/officeconsolidations.


Utah Farm Bureau News

Cattle thieves strike in Grand County

The Utah Farm Bureau has The Sherriff’s office is looking for teamed up with the Utah Cattle- any eyewitnesses that may have man’s Association and Grand seen trucks and trailers going in County Sheriff’s office to offer a or out of the area on or around reward for information leading May 6th. Any other information to the arrest and conviction of that is relevant to the area could those responsible for a recent also be helpful to investigators. livestock theft in Grand County. The cattle were County Connection taken from a reDavid Bailey Vice President- Organization mote area, presumably during the night. Don Holyoak, of Holyoak Land & Livestock, discovered Farm Bureau offers a reward of that 22 pairs of a mixed Angus up to $1,000 for information that breed were missing recently from leads to an arrest and conviction. Farm Bureau members can his range pasture near the Colorado border along I-70. From the take advantage of this deterrent evidence that has been gathered if their personal property is ever so far, it appears the cattle were stolen. This Farm Bureau reward taken on or around May 6th. It program has been around for also appears that those respon- close to 40 years and has been sible for the theft knew how to used as an incentive to help handle cattle and were familiar solve these types of crimes on a with where the cattle would be. regular basis. Any Farm Bureau From the tracks that were left member can take advantage of behind, investigators conclude this valuable reward program that the perpetrators used up to by simply contacting Farm Buseven horses along with three or reau if any personal property four trailers and portable panels has been stolen. We also have to round up and haul the cattle Farm Bureau reward signs that away. It also appeared that hay can be purchased and placed on was used to lure the cattle to an personal property, as a deterrent area where they could more eas- to would be thieves. As cattle prices remain strong, ily be gathered up. modern day rustlers have unThe stolen cattle have various identification markings. Some fortunately become more comhave a fresh rafter H brand and mon here in Utah and across an orange ear tag. Others may the country. Farm Bureau is be marked by a right ear under- committed to defending private bed and overslope and left ear property rights, and this reward overslope. Some have a Lazy H program is just one way of acquarter circle brand on the right complishing that goal. If you hip as well as a swallow fork and have any information about this underbit on the right ear and livestock crime, please contact Sherriff’s Deputy Brent Pace of oversloped left ear. The thieves accessed the area the Grand County Sheriff’s office from the Windy Mesa Road off of or the Utah Livestock Investigaexit 128 from I-70 about 35 miles tor, Dave Carter. Deputy Pace west of the Colorado state line. can be reached at 435-259-8115

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Cattle in Utah often graze in open, public land such as the photo above. The multiple-use nature of these public lands makes it possible for people to go unnoticed alongside livestock. This has resulted in issues of livestock theft in the past. Farm Bureau has a reward fund for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

and Mr. Carter can be reached at 435-253-0633 For more information about the Farm Bureau Reward program, you can contact Aurline Boyack here at the Farm Bureau offices in Sandy. Aurline handles all program details and

processing associated with the reward program as part of Farm Bureau’s Member benefits. She can be reached at 801-233-3010.

June 2012

Utah Farm Bureau News

YF&R Focus: Brett & Jenna Madsen


Sanpete County Young Farmer & Rancher Committee Chairs

After four years of playing Division I Football at the University of New Mexico, Brett Madsen packed up and headed back to Utah to pursue a career as a . . . farmer? “I guess that’s what happens when you marry a farmer’s daughter!” is Brett’s reply to those who ask how such a thing happens to a sports guy. Now in his fourth year of being a fulltime farmer, sixth year of marriage, and two kids later, Brett couldn’t be surer about the life he chose. Being from a small town anyway, rural life is nothing new. His great- great-grandfather helped found the Sanpete valley where he lives and being able to work the ground with his family close by is definitely an added bonus. His two boys, Maddox 4 and Trexon 2, love being taken around the farm on his motorbike during irrigation time (always wearing a helmet of course!). Tractor rides and checking up on the baby turkeys are also among their favorite activities. What about myself – the wife of a farmer and mother of two crazy little farm boys? I’m just grateful they love going with dad so much! We all love where we live and the life we have. I’m sure there are things we miss out on but how many people get to sit on their patio swing with their kids and have great entertainment such as watching tractors go back and forth across the field during harvest time, or watch cute baby turkeys grow into big beautiful white birds? These are the little things we enjoy and try not to ever take for granted. So what do we like to do besides farming? Well, sports are definitely not a lost cause. Mad-

dox has started tee-ball and already his little brother wants to be just like him. Dragging him out of the dugout is not an easy feat! And Brett has not entirely given up sports either. Each fall he finds himself, once again, at the football field. This time though it’s his turn to donate his time, energy and knowledge to help the local high school boys live their dream and become stalwart young men. There was a time not so long ago when I too was out in the fields changing water, cutting the hay, and sometimes running the baler. I no longer find myself in any of those places, but instead I am home running a household and still staying extremely busy. Sometimes during my kids’ nap time, you can find me out in my little salon coloring, cutting, or styling various heads of hair. I am also an avid reader. If I find an interesting title I will usually download the audio version to Brett’s phone so he can listen while he works, so we are still able to share in some of our interests. I have not left farm work entirely though. I do have some farm bookkeeping responsibilities that I never seem to complete! I like it though; it makes me feel like part of the farm still and keeps me up to date on all our business happenings. While farming doesn’t leave much time for recreational and other pursuits, Brett and I have seen the difference that being involved in a group has made in our lives and those of our friends as well. Even though our time is extremely limited, we just can’t walk away from things that have made such a difference in our lives. I think it is also how and why we see the importance of being actively involved in Farm Bureau. The benefit Farm Bureau brings to agriculture is

clearly seen but the benefit to the individual who chooses active involvement is also there and something not to be taken lightly. A little over a year ago Brett and I were given the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for the Young Farmer & Rancher’s Leadership conference. It was what I consider to be an opportunity of a lifetime. Not only was it so much fun to travel with other farmers our age, it was also completely eye opening. There is so much that happens there that affects all of us. Sometimes it feels so overwhelming that it’s easier to just turn a blind eye or give the excuse that someone else is doing it for us. We can’t have that attitude anymore. The most important thing I learned on that trip was that it takes every one of us to make a difference and there is always something we can do. If a law is impacting you negatively, make a phone call and tell

your story. You have to let yourself be heard or things will keep going the way they always have. You have to take charge, be accountable and know that YOU can make a difference. Working and living on a farm has definitely made lifelong dreams come true. But there is always room for more. Soon Brett will know the responsibility that comes with owning part of the farming operation and I know he won’t stop there. I hope to finish my bachelor’s degree and since reading is such a favorite of mine, maybe I’ll write my own book someday! I will always cherish and never forget the memories I have of growing up on a farm; that’s what Brett and I love the most about farming. Everyday we are making memories for ourselves and for our children so that one day, they too will have memories to hold and cherish forever.


Utah Farm Bureau News

June 2012

Alyssa Call picked as Farm AFBF: Multi-legged stool Bureau Communications best approach for farm bill Division summer intern

Alyssa Call has been selected as an intern for the Utah Farm Bureau’s Communications Division. The annual internship provides students with opportunities to put public relations and communications skills they’ve learned in classes to practical use. The internship combines strategic communications planning skills with writing, photography, event planning and more with the unique demands and issues of agriculture. Call is a senior at Brigham Young University studying communications with a public relations emphasis. Along with her communications degree she is pursuing a minor in sociology. When not studying, Alyssa enjoys building her photography portfolio as well as hiking and horseback riding. A native of Dallas, Texas, Alyssa and her family currently live in Portland, Oregon. At the Utah Farm Bureau,

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advantage of every opportunity to share with them something about agriculture. We strongly believe that farmers in general must step out into the public light and help the consumer get to know who we are and what we do – not only for their benefit but also for the land and environment. Otherwise, the false notions that the antagonists feed to the public will be the only view of agriculture the consumer will know, and we all – civilians and farmers alike – will suffer

Call hopes to learn about corporate communications to help her decide on pursuing that area of communications after graduation. Alyssa has experience as an event planner for BYU Conferences and Workshops and hopes to utilize that experience in her work with the Utah Farm Bureau at its upcoming M i d y e a r Conference. Currently, she is also the Vice President of Public Relations for the BYU chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, a student chapter of the professional organization for public relations practitioners. Call will begin her internship June fifth and will work at the Farm Bureau’s offices in Sandy through the summer.

the consequences of a poorly informed public and government making decisions for us. We are excited for our future in agriculture and in applying our education in what we do here on the farm. We have the best job in the world; there is nothing else I would rather do.

Kelby Johnson and his family’s farm are in Benson, Cache County. For more information on conservation practices at the farm, contact Kelby at or you can find them on Facebook! http://

WASHINGTON, D.C. – title that encourages producers American Farm Bureau Federa- to follow market signals rather tion President Bob Stallman at than making planting decisions a recent hearing on Capitol Hill in anticipation of government reemphasized his organizations’ payments; and (3) refraining support of a single commodity from basing any program on cost option and a strong crop insur- of production. 
“As a general farm organizaance program in the 2012 farm bill. Speaking before the House tion, we place high priority on Agriculture Subcommittee on ensuring the bill benefits all General Farm Commodities and American agricultural commodRisk Management, Stallman ity sectors in a balanced, coordisaid he was confident AFBF’s nated manner,” said Stallman. approach could easily provide a safety net that meets regional and commodity differences, while also staying within the budget.   “Continuation of a multi-legged stool remains the best approach for providing a fair and Photo courtesy of AFBF effective safety net, which An effective safety net should consist of a strong should consist of a strong crop insurance program, continued marketing crop insurance program, loans and creation of a catastrophic revenue continuation of the cur- loss program, AFBF President Bob Stallman rent marketing loan provi- (center) said at a recent congressional hearing on the 2012 farm bill. sions and a catastrophic revenue loss program,” said “Conceptually, our proposal can Stallman.   The purpose of the cover all specialty crops that have hearing was to review commod- crop insurance available, but we ity programs and crop insurance thought it best to walk before we run.”  options for 2012 farm bill. AFBF’s proposal covers apples,   Stallman’s testimony was based on the premise that the tomatoes, grapes, potatoes and House Agriculture Committee sweet corn.   “The new farm bill must enwill draft farm legislation that reduces spending by $23 billion sure that producers continue to over the next 10 years, with pro- take production signals from the portional cuts of $15 billion in marketplace rather than enticing commodity program reductions, them to chase federal program $4 billion in conservation pro- benefits,” continued Stallman. gram reductions and $4 billion “Approaches that allow producin nutrition program reductions.  ers to pick and choose between  In its farm bill proposal, AFBF various program options would has prioritized: (1) protecting impose severe challenges and and strengthening federal crop drive production decisions.”  Stallman also said that AFBF insurance funding and not reducing funding for that program; continues to oppose payment (2) developing a commodity limits and means testing of farm program benefits in general. 

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Utah Farm Bureau News

Utah’s agricultural nuisance laws: What you need to know

A nuisance lawsuit can happen to any farmer. All farmers should be familiar with Utah’s nuisance laws. Nuisance as a legal doctrine means an unreasonable and substantial interference with a person’s quiet use and enjoyment of their property. This doctrine stems from the concept that a person should use their own property so as not to injure that of another. In Utah, livestock production amounts to 65 percent of our state’s $1.5 billion in farm gate sales. Livestock produ ction g e ne rall y involves the storage and disposal of large quantities of animal manure with associated odors, insects and other problems. Livestock operations are frequently the target of nuisance actions by neighboring landowners. Over the years when determining nuisance lawsuits, courts consider who was there first, the character of the neighborhood, the reasonableness of the use, and the nature and degree of the interference. Clearly, a finding of nuisance has a serious impact on any agricultural operation, either resulting in an injunction or in money damages. As a result, it is wise to try to minimize the potential for such complaints to arise. The old adage, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” is one worth remembering. Knowing about nuisance liability is important. In 2002, Utah lawmakers passed legislation ensuring agricultural producers are held to the same standard civilly as criminally in the application of agriculture nuisance liability. Sound agricultural practices do not endanger public health and safety. The law states, “Agricultural operations that are consistent with sound agricultural practices are

presumed to be reasonable and do not constitute a nuisance unless the agricultural operation has a substantial adverse effect on the public health and safety.” This law does not prevent the filing of nuisance suits, but does protect the right to farm and provide a defense. The 2002 law also allows the courts to define sound agriculture practices in criminal proceedings on a case by case basis taking into consideration the ever-changing

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dynamics and innovations within agriculture and the circumstances of a particular case. Defining sound agricultural practices is no more burdensome on the courts than defining negligence or reasonable doubt. In short, the 2002 law ensures that properlymanaged farm operations are not subject to criminal liability for normal agricultural practices. In fact, when the nuisance law was changed in 1995 and again in 1997 to protect farmers utilizing sound agricultural practices, it was assumed there was no need to extend it to the criminal arena. The discovery that criminal nuisance could be applied to normal farm practices was the very reason the 2002 legislation was sponsored and passed. No one ever assumed that standard agricultural practices could be considered a criminal activity. Agricultural lands that are enrolled in “Agricultural Protection Areas” are given additional protection. A primary purpose of “Agricultural Protection Areas is to create the ability for local gov-

ernments to designate an area for the express purpose of encouraging the development and viability of agriculture. In these cases, local laws and ordinances must exclude normal and sound agricultural operations or activities from public nuisance definitions. These added protections are important to agriculture because of growing urban encroachment into traditionally rural areas. Utah Farm Bureau works very actively with both small and large animal feeding operations, most of which are run by Utah families, to assist in proper waste disposal. In fact, Utah’s method for dealing with animal waste has been labeled the “Utah Model” and is being held up as a standard to other states because of its voluntary, grassroots and incentive based nature. Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) are very strictly regulated by the Utah Division of Water Quality based on the Utah Water Quality Act


and the federal Clean Water Act. All CAFOs must obtain a permit from the state which requires a comprehensive nutrient management plan detailing how waste will be properly stored of so that it will not pose a threat to health and safety. No waste discharges into any body of water or ground water are permitted. Utah’s criminal law (76-10801) defines a nuisance as “any item, thing, manner, condition, whatsoever that is dangerous to human life or health, or renders soil, air, water, or food impure or unwholesome.” If a nuisance complaint develops despite your best efforts to avoid it, consider available alternatives to using the court system to resolve the disagreement. Mediation is one of those alternatives. For more information on agricultural nuisance issues, and alternatives for resolution, please feel free to contact me at scb@fbfs. com or 8001-233-3040.


Utah Farm Bureau News

June 2012

What went right on youth farm labor proposal

By Lynne Finnerty, Editor, FB News

You know the saying, “…and the crowd goes wild!” often uttered after someone shoots a basketball straight into the net? When the Labor Department announced recently that it was withdrawing its proposal to limit the types of farm work that minors could do and whose farms they could work on, the response from farm country was instantaneous. Farm families had scored the winning basket. The crowd went wild! The sense of relief was palpable. “This is great news!” someone commented on the American Farm Bureau Federation’s page on Facebook. “Many farms, including our own, are family run and it should be the decision of the parents of the children working on the farm whether they are old enough to work. We are thankful for this decision as I’m sure many are!” “Grassroots efforts work!” said another. The Labor Department’s proposal would have barred anyone under 16-years-old from using power-driven equipment, in addition to other restrictions, and limited the parental exemption to farms that are wholly

owned by a parent. After Farm Bureau and others pointed out that the proposed rule could make it illegal for young people to use even a battery-powered screwdriver and did not take into account the way that many farms are organized nowadays, with ownership shared by several family members, the Obama administration withdrew it. DOL said the decision was made in response to thousands of comments expressing concerns about the effect of the proposal on small, family-owned farms. It’s tempting to just sit back and relish this victory. But it’s important to look at what really worked, just as a winning team will review video of the game. The first thing that worked was that all of agriculture used the same playbook. The administration didn’t get conflicting messages from different farm groups or agricultural sectors. Everyone came together behind one rallying cry: the child labor rule had to go! Second, farmers and ranchers never gave up. Even after submitting more than 10,000 comments on the proposed rule and after

the comment period ended, farmers and ranchers kept expressing their opposition on social media websites, in newspaper and magazine articles and even on Capitol Hill. The din from farm country was relentless, much like the noise one might hear at a basketball game when the fans are letting their team know that they’re behind them all the way. Finally, farmers told their personal stories about how the proposal would affect their farms and their families. Some harked back to when they were young and learned important life lessons by doing farm work— lessons that helped them become better farmers and responsible adults, lessons that they want to impart to their own children. Even if someone didn’t grow up on a farm, he could probably relate to that. Farmers talked about shared values and made a connection with the public. So, what should we set our sights on next, and how can farmers and ranchers apply the lessons learned to win more victories? Game on!

Lynne Finnerty is the editor of FBNews, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s newspaper

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Utah Farm Bureau News

What YOU need to know! Safety is more than goggles and coveralls…

I hope that this will help clear any misunderstanding as to who needs workers compensation insurance and what to do if you don’t need workers compensation insurance. In 1998 the Legislature passed an amendment to the Workers’ Compensation Insurance statute that affects many agricultural producers in the state. The implementation date of this bill was July 1, 1999. The legislation aligned with Farm Bureau policy that was adopted at its 1997 Annual Convention. The law represents a good compromise between the emotional debate about how to provide agricultural workers with adequate coverage when catastrophic injuries occur without putting small and medium size operations out of business by forcing them to carry expensive insurance coverage when limited wages are paid to non-family employees. The new law is three-tiered. It is based on annual payroll for the previous calendar year of all non-immediate family members. For those farmers and ranchers whose: · Annual payroll exceeds $50,000; must carry workers’ compensation insurance. · Farms having annual payrolls between $8,000 and $50,000; have the option of a minimum $300,000 workers’ liability insurance coupled with $5,000 medical, hospital, surgical benefit, or workers’ compensation insurance.

· Farms having an annual payroll that is less than $8,000; are exempt from the requirement of having any type of insurance coverage. It is still recommended that you have coverage of some sort.

Is it wise to operate any farm without some type of coverage? Probably not, but then that decision has been left up to you. The advantage of workers’

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compensation coverage is that it provides a simple, speedy, and efficient method for covering all medical care and wage replacement to injured workers. This is an Accidental NO FAULT insurance for employees during working hours only. Now what kind of coverage does workers’ compensation insurance provide? · E x c l u s i v e r e m e d y provides protection from lawsuits brought against operators by employees who were injured in job-related accidents. · Total medical, surgical and hospital benefits at absolutely no cost to you – no deductible, co-pay or medicine expense. · Salary replacement – If an employee is totally unable to work at all, he or she will be paid 662/3 percent of his or her average weekly wage until he or she is able to return to work. The employee

will be eligible to receive compensation starting on the fourth day of his or her disability after the day of injury. If the employee is still completely disabled after 15 days, he or she will receive compensation starting from the day after the injury. · Disability – employees who are injured in workrelated accidents are entitled to limited compensation for any wages they lose while they are unable to work. There are four types of disability: ¨ T e m p o r a r y p a r t i a l disability ¨ T e m p o r a r y t o t a l disability ¨ P e r m a n e n t p a r t i a l disability ¨ P e r m a n e n t t o t a l disability · Death benefits – If an employee dies due to a workrelated injury or accident, workers’ compensation insurance will pay for the following: ¨ Burial up to $8,000 ¨ Wage compensation – multiply the average gross weekly wage at the time of the accident by 66 2/3 percent + $5 for dependent spouse + $5 for each dependent child under 18 years old (up to 4 dependent children) = the weekly wage benefit.

Those operators who fall within the second annual payroll tier


($8,000 - $50,000) have been afforded the option of providing a workers’ liability insurance coupled with a medical rider versus workers’ compensation to make it more affordable, but must realize there are differences in the coverage. Our goal is to provide as much help as possible in assisting each operator to make the best decision for his or her operation and come into compliance. The last thing the Farm Bureau wants to see are operators being cited for failure to comply. Penalties for non-compliance will be three times the annual premium for workers’ compensation insurance plus the responsibility or liability for all cost of treatment, salaries, and disability and court costs. Making sure your employees are properly protected should be top priority as well as protecting you and/or your operation with the appropriate insurance coverage. Visit with your agent, assuring both you and your agent understand exactly what takes place on your farm operation. Disclose, all activities that occur on your farm or ranch to your agent including machinery that you will have operational during the season, also if you perform any custom farming you should include that information as well. Remember, no matter who your insurance provider is they can only cover what you have disclosed to them. Please call me if you have any questions or need assistance at (801) 233-3006.



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any of the waters of this state for any useful or beneficial purpose.” Interestingly, five justices on the Utah Supreme Court didn’t interpret as broadly or liberally Article XVII in Conatser as the Wasatch County Justice Court Judge did. In fact, the Court’s establishment of their own rule provided an invitation to the legislature to address a prior legal void. HB 141, authored by Representative Kay McIff was ultimately written to change the result of Conatser. McIff, a retired judge and constitutional authority, questioned the High Court’s expansion of the J.J.N. P ‘s floating right to hunting, fishing and wading on privately-owned property, and even allowing some level of damage as awarded in Conatser. McIff pointed out that Article I, Section 22 of Utah’s

Utah Farm Bureau News Constitution demands “just compensation” where private property is taken or damaged for public use. Pullan seems to dismiss or ignore landowners’ impacts and the “inalienable right to… acquire, possess and protect property” as provided in Article I, Section 1 of the Utah Constitution. In an inordinate judicial focus on recreational rights associated with the state’s water, Pullan boldly asserts “the public’s easement exists irrespective of the ownership of the bed and navigability of the water.” Farm Bureau argues there is no independent right to follow public water wherever it flows, unless the stream is navigable and the bed is recognized as belonging to the public. If navigability adds nothing to this judicial inquiry, the claimed recreational right should have been recognized thirty years ago in JJNP.

Noting the lack of constitutional underpinnings in Conatser, HB 141 was passed overwhelmingly by both houses of the Utah State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Gary Herbert in 2010. It narrowed the recreational easement again to floating and returned private property rights to Utah’s streambed owners, where they were for nearly 100 years. Unhappy with the political outcome, anglers formed USAC to sue landowners along the Provo River, charging that HB 141 is unconstitutional. On the constitutionality question, Pullan notes the broad authority granted to the legislature in the Utah Constitution to regulate the public resources of the state. Considerable deference has been give to the legislature by the courts in determining the lawful use of the water. The legislature,

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elected by the people, is in the best position to weigh the competing interests and determine public policy so long as their actions are not illegal, arbitrary or capricious. Now, to muddy the waters, Pullan is seeking briefs from the plaintiffs and defendants on the legislature’s obligations under the public trust doctrine. This appears to be a fishing expedition whereby the judiciary seeks to limit legislative authority. Constitutional experts point out that no public trust doctrine is incorporated into the Utah Constitution, which should be the extent and measure of the Judge’s inquiry. HB 141, while continuing to be challenged, is the legal standard. Trespass is trespass and seeking permission still a common courtesy associated with property rights!

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Utah Farm Bureau News

Op-Ed by President Barack Obama marking the 150th Anniversary of the Department of Agriculture

One hundred fifty years ago, as the Civil War raged and the fate of our union was in doubt, President Lincoln established what he called the “People’s Department.” Lincoln was raised on rural land in my home state of Illinois. He understood the importance of farming to the American way of life. And he knew the agency he had founded—the Department of Agriculture—would play a role unlike any other in shaping the lives of everyday Americans. When the USDA opened its doors for the first time, almost half of Americans identified themselves as farmers. A century and a half later, less than 1 percent do. But even as revolutions in technology have reshaped the American landscape, agriculture remains a cornerstone of our economy and our way of life. It continues to be one of the most important tools we have to make sure that all of our children, no matter what they look like or where they come from, can go as far as their dreams and hard work will take them.

Today, Americans enjoy the most abundant and safest food supply anywhere in the world. As a portion of our take-home pay, we spend less than 10 percent of our earnings on groceries—compared to more than 20 percent in most developed nations, and up to half in developing nations. As a result, families are able to put more of

their income toward everything from starting a business and buying a house to saving for college and planning for retirement. Rural America plays a critical role in guaranteeing security for Americans all across the country. And today, that role is more important than ever. As we recover from the worst economic crisis

Farmers asked to sign up for Census, tell story of agriculture WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is calling on America’s farmers and ranchers to sign up for the 2012 Census of Agriculture and to share stories about how Census data benefits them. Recognizing the central role of agriculture in Americans’ lives, USDA wants to make sure it counts all farmers and ranchers in the upcoming Census. USDA’s

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts the Census of Agriculture every five years and is currently preparing to send the Census form to all agricultural producers in December. “This is an opportunity to celebrate the important contributions of America’s farmers and ranchers,” said Renee Picanso, director of NASS’ Census and Survey CENSUS continued on pg 28

since the Great Depression, we can’t go back to an economy built on outsourcing, bad debt and phony financial profits. We need an economy built to last; an economy built on the things we make and produce—on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers and, yes, American agriculture. Last year, agriculture was responsible for more than $137 billion in export sales—an all-time record. Farm products represented a trade surplus of nearly $43 billion. And the agricultural industry supported more than 1 million American jobs. That’s good news. But we still have a long way to go to make sure that America’s agricultural industry is healthy for years to come. At the end of World War II, the average age of an American farmer was 39 years old. Today, it’s almost 60. For years, our rural communities have been under severe economic strain—both from the effects of the recession, and from the difficulties of dealing with a shrinking and


aging population. That’s why my administration launched the White House Rural Council to provide rural Americans with the resources and support they need to grow. And that’s why I’ve also kept the pressure on Congress to pass a farm bill this year that includes a safety net for farmers when weather disasters strike, or when prices fluctuate beyond their control. This bill should also include provisions to help young Americans who are interested in farming get established. And we need to keep supporting innovation and research, so that American farming can continue to lead the world. The Department of Agriculture will change over the next century, just like it has over the last one. But the USDA will continue to improve the lives of every American—from the child who sits down to a healthy school lunch, to the customer who can buy produce that is safe and healthy; to the farmers who feed this country, just like they have for generations. Agriculture is who we are. It’s how our nation became what it is today. And as long as I’m president, I will do everything I can to keep America growing.


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culture at Utah State University and Vice President of USU Extension; Commissioner Leonard Blackham, Utah Department of Agriculture & Food; Brent Tanner, Executive Vice President of the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, Wally Schulthess, President of the Utah Cattlemen’s Association; Allen Olsen, President of the Utah Woolgrowers Association; Commissioner Darlene Burns, Uintah County (Utah); and LaMar Barrington; Executive Vice President for Western AgCredit. Staff from the Utah Farm Bureau and office of Senator Hatch also joined the group. “More and more, [agencies and environmental groups] are trying to throw us off the public land,” Hatch said. “But I’m not sure the Interior Department is even run by Secretary Salazar. It is run by czar’s in the White House’s office of economic advisors.”

Utah Farm Bureau News Senator Barrasso echoed Hatch’s frustrations with how public lands in the west are being managed. “Too many in charge of public lands now want no use,” Barrasso said. “But the farmers and ranchers are the best stewards of that land.” In response to concerns from farmers and ranchers, Hatch & Barrasso outlined some of their (and the Senate Western Caucuses) legislative efforts regarding grazing permits, H2A visas and immigration, agricultural trade, dust regulations and public lands access. They also touted some of their efforts at preventing agency rules from being enforced, which would harm agriculture, including defunding Interior Secretary Salazar’s ‘Wild Lands’ program and the withdrawal of the Department of Labor’s child labor rule. The efforts by departments and agencies within the Obama Administration to use rules, as opposed to

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the congress passing laws, cies. We’ve been here for dollars and push an exto achieve policy outcomes more than 130 years, and tremist agenda.” The Equal Access to Juswas emphasized often dur- many of these species are tice Act (EAJA) was instill here because we are ing the discussion. tended to benefit veterans “Senator Barrasso and there, not in spite of our and social security recipiI, and all of the members being there.” Speaking of species ents who needed to be able of the Senate Western Caucus have spent the being protected beyond to sue the government for past 3 ½ years combat- recovery goals, Senator their benefits. However, it has become a tool for ting this adenvironmenministration’s tal groups to use of the fedsue in order to eral rulemakachieve their ing process as policy outa way to get comes, and around Conthen be comgress,” Hatch pensated for said. “There their costs are bills that from taxpayer have been infunds. troduced that “They just would clarify put their straw what authority Photo by Matt Hargreaves the EPA and Utah Farm Bureau Vice President Stephen Osguthorpe visits in the federal treasury to Army Corps of with Senator Hatch after the meeting in Sandy. suck out monEngineers have ey,” Senator Barrasso said. under the Clean Water Hatch spoke on the need to As a result of this, SenaAct. Even if those bills change both how Endandon’t pass both houses gered Species Act (ESA) tors Hatch and Barrasso of Congress, they send a plans are completed along have introduced the Govmessage to the adminis- with the loopholes that al- ernment Litigation Savtration. Sometimes that low environmental groups ings Act, as a way to keep message is strong enough to aggressively push their extreme environmental to influence the actions of agenda while taking mon- groups – which are welley from the public trea- funded – from being able the agencies.” to abuse the system and Though both senators sury. change the law through “After the U.S. Fish & emphasized what suclitigation, all the while beWildlife Service delistcesses they’ve had over the past few years, they were ed the Rocky Mountain ing reimbursed for legal clear in their desire to win Gray Wolf in 2009, it was costs. Lastly, the group talked back the majority in order immediately sued by a about immigration and group of environmental to more effectively protect visa concerns, and its imnon-profit organizations. their state’s western inpact on ranching interests, Wolves were given ESA terests. as well as fruit growers Species recovery was protections once again by another topic of great con- a judge. This is a very seri- and dairy farmers. Ranchcern addressed during the ous problem,” Hatch said. ers attending the meetmeeting. Many at the table “We are also concerned ing were concerned that expressed frustration with about the tactics that are the Labor Department having to deal with rules being used to force the continues to change rules to protect species – even ESA listing of the Sage relating to H2A visas and when recovery goals have Grouse. The way to keep making them retroactive, this from happening again which is hard for ranchers been achieved. “We’ve become species and again is to reform the to deal with. “If we know the rules, ranchers as well as cattle Equal Access to Justice we can play the game; but ranchers,” said rancher Act. Over the years, it has you can’t keep changing Wally Schulthess. “We been used and abused by don’t need to remove cattle environmental groups as the rules,” said Steve Osto save many of these spe- a way to make millions of guthorpe, Utah Farm Bu-



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June 2012 reau Vice President and a sheep rancher in Millard and Summit Counties. “We’re out of business without these workers. We’re not taking away jobs from those living here. We’ve advertised locally for 15 years and have had zero apply. It’s a waste of resources.” Sheep rancher Allen Olsen added that the way the labor department conducts their audits makes it impossible to be in compliance. “We had a Department of Labor speaker at one of our sheep meetings say there wasn’t an operation in the state that could pass an audit without some kind of violation,” Olsen said. “If we weren’t treating our workers well, they wouldn’t come back every year. I’ve had some of the same workers for years and years. The money they make changes the lives of these workers.” In closing, Dean Noelle Cockett praised efforts from the senators at trying to alleviate the pressures on farmers and ranchers from opposition groups. “These people [farmers and ranchers] are what America is all about,” Cockett said. “It’s disheartening to hear of people that are trying to make their life harder.” Before departing for their next appointment, the senators again thanked those at the table for their efforts at providing food and jobs to Utah, Wyoming and the rest of the country, and for working with their elected officials in partnership to ensure western agricultural issues remain in the public debate.

Utah Farm Bureau News

NRCS announces National Water Quality Initiative conservation in Utah Agricultural Producers located in three priority watersheds will be able to participate

SALT LAKE CITY — State Conservationist Dave Brown announced the launch of a new National Water Quality Initiative committed to improving three impaired waterways in Utah. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will manage the initiative by making funds available to farmers, ranchers and forest landowners in the selected watersheds. “The Water Quality Initiative will further NRCS’ partnership efforts to improve water quality using voluntary actions on private lands,” Brown said. “This initiative is a focused approach in areas facing significant natural resource challenges. It bolsters the positive results of lands c a p e conservation initiatives N R C S and its partners already have underway in Utah.” Through this effort, eligible producers in the South Fork of Chalk Creek (near Coalville) and in Cutler Reservoir and the Pullum Hollow areas of the Bear River (in Cache Valley) will invest in voluntary conservation actions to help provide cleaner water for their neighbors and communities. The selected

watersheds were identified with help from state agencies, partners, and the NRCS State Technical Committee. Using funds from the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, NRCS will provide funding and advise to producers to install conservation practices such as cover crops, filter strips and terraces in watersheds with impairments where the federal investment can make a difference to improve water quality. “American farmers are good stewards of the environment, especially when they have the tools they need to protect or improve fish and wildlife habitat and water quality,” said

NRCS Chief Dave White. “We look forward to collaborating with producers in key watersheds to help them have a positive impact on streams with impaired water quality.” Brown explained that the water quality conservation work on the two watersheds along the Bear River in Cache County will focus on reduction of

nutrient loading, especially phosphorus, coming from animal feeding operations and fertilizer application on surrounding farmland. The Lower Chalk Creek watershed project, located near Coalville in Summit County, will seek to improve Bonneville Cutthroat trout habitat by removing barriers to fish movement.  Irrigation efficiency and management practices will also be applied to help improve water quality along Chalk Creek.


NRCS accepts applications for financial assistance on a continuous basis throughout the year. Remember to check with your local NRCS office to see if you are located in a selected watershed. All applications for funding consideration, during

this fiscal year, must be received by June 15, 2012. This summer, NRCS will notify all applicants of the results and begin developing contracts with selected applicants.



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Division. “Census data can help us to better tell the amazing story of American agriculture, but that story will be incomplete if farmers aren’t all counted.” To put together a complete list of agricultural producers, NASS sent out the National Agricultural Classification Survey (NACS) early in 2012. This initial survey helps identify all potential agricultural activities in the United States and who should receive the Census form later this year. Producers who did not fill out the NACS can still sign up for the Census by visiting and clicking “Be Counted – Make Your Voice Heard.” Federal law requires all agricultural producers to participate in the Census of Agriculture. The same law requires NASS to keep all information confidential. In the Census, and in all related surveys, NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents, ensuring that

Utah Farm Bureau News no individual operation or producer can be identified. The Census of Agriculture data benefits farmers and communities considerably, and NASS invites producers to share their Census stories in their own words. NASS recently launched the “Share your Census Story” web page, where producers can tell how local, state and national farm services, programs and policies were shaped by Census of Agriculture data. “Sharing information about how agricultural and rural programs enhance their quality of life will help others understand the importance of Census information and encourage them to sign up and be counted,” said Picanso. For more information about NACS and the Census of Agriculture, or to add your name to the Census mailing list, or share your Census story, visit www.agcensus. NASS will mail Census forms on December 29, 2012, to collect data for the 2012 calendar year.

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If I were a farmer

By Kylee Draper. 8th grade creative story contest winner from Sanpete County

The sun beat down off my back. I push and I pull and I work in the heat of the day. I haul the hay through the field and carry buckets of chicken feed. I work until the job is finished. When all the animals are fed and watered I scurry to the field. I pass everlasting rows of corn, squash, carrots and other vegetables. It is almost harvesting time, and my family and I would be working hard. We would take most of the crops into town and sell them in the local market. It was hard work but it was all worth it. The sunflowers turn to the sun as it crosses the sky. My work lasts almost as long. The big old school bus pulls up the dirt road and my two sons and daughter climb off. Just as the sunflowers it is like clockwork. They put on their gloves and get to work. Pushing wheel barrows, collecting eggs, and milking cows. The chores of the day are almost finished but our real work is never done. We are rewarded with the smell of cooking meat and veggies. The whole family has worked all day and now it’s time to dig in. My wife can’t only drive a tractor; she can cook up some mean stew. As the stars twinkle in the sky I think how beautiful they

are. They all shine together in unison. Just like my family. We are great as individuals but we are something amazing when we work together. We all work and help the farm grow, and as it grows so do we. I fall asleep on that thought and it brings a restful night. Though I

rest the world does not. Thunder and lightning roll in on a silent fog. Dull morning light shines in my dusty window. Our old sheep dog is going nuts outside. I go to the window and look down at the damp earth that the storm left in its wake. The storm looks like it left as fast as it came. The crops all stand, refreshed from the cool, sweet rain. Everything seems normal. I look out into the right field. I look into its emptiness. Where are the cattle? “Annie,” I say waking her. “The storm spooked the cattle and they broke the fence! They are all loose.” Annie, my wife, sits up and steps out of bed in one fluid motion. She pulls on her boots



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and we head to the kitchen. Mary, Kyle, and Sam are all awake. They had made us breakfast. To bad there was no time. It sure did smell great. “Morning daddy.” Mary says smiling. “What’s wrong?” I feel bad ruining her morning. “The cattle are loose.” I say. Mary, Sam, Kyle all quickly put on shoes. Soon enough we are all outside in our pajamas. We all mount our horses. As they run their hooves fling mud this way and that. We chase the cattle, which were all the way down the road. Hannah, our dog, is hot on their tails. She had them pretty much rounded up. We caught up fast and we herded them down the road. In all the excitement and worry, we don’t even notice it had started pouring again. BOOM! The cattle took off again. Hannah tried to round them up but it was a stampede! “Whoa” I hear Mary say. Soon after she is face first in the mud. Kyle dismounts his horse to help her. The cattle are coming up behind them fast. Kyle throws Mary over his shoulder and gets out of the way quickly. Annie, Sam, and I finish rounding up the cattle. We get them back to the fence and I patch up the gap in the fence. We find the only thing Mary suffers from after the fall is a couple of bruises and muddy pajamas. That starts yet another morning on the farm. I start again pulling and pushing. Hauling hay, and feeding chickens. After my morning job is done my wife and I sit on the porch swing with cool sweet tea. We smile at each other as we watch the sunflowers. They keep their heads to the sun. They can only see the bright side of things. I’m like a sunflower. I’m happy with everything I have. I couldn’t ask for anything better.

to decline, with Argentina’s production reduced by 91.8 million bushels and Brazil’s production reduced 36.7 million bushels from April. According to Davis, as the harvest wraps up in South America, the market is now grasping a better understanding of how their drought cut into production. On the world level, ending stocks for soybeans will be the tightest they have been since the 20072008 marketing year, 53.24 million metric tons, or a stocks-to-use ratio of 15.5 percent. This report also carried significant news on the corn side, Davis said. The 2012 U.S. corn crop is now projected at 14.8 billion bushels, which would be a record if realized. That is 2.4 billion bushels more than what was harvested in 2011. USDA projected a record 2012 yield of 166 bushels per acre based on the rapid pace of planting and crop emergence, according to Davis. Demand for corn is also projected to increase due to increased feed use (up 900 million bushels) and exports that should increase by 200 million bushels. “Corn production will outpace stronger demand and that will likely result in lower prices, but those prices will help fuel the robust demand we see both domestically and abroad,” Davis explained. Davis said 2012-2013 ending stocks for the domestic corn supply will be at 1.88 billion bushels. That is an increase of more than 1 billion bushels. The stocks-to-use ratio is projected to increase to 13.7 percent, which is the largest since 2009-2010. Davis said that because of the large increase in corn stocks, the U.S. marketingyear average price is projected to decline sharply to $4.60 per bushel, compared to the 20112012 price of $6.10 per bushel. But there was a little surprise in the latest report, according to Davis.



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techniques, noxious weed identification and control, vegetation management, water development, selection of cattle, and animal health procedures. This workshop helps maintain livestock production as a viable interest in the Arizona Strip region. Success of this workshop is due to excellent partnerships and collaboration, industry sponsors, addressing current and sometimes controversial issues and effective evaluations. During the last three years, the annual range livestock workshop has brought cuttingedge, science-based knowledge to the participants and strengthens relationships among all parties. Interested parties can look for more information about the 2013 conference toward the beginning of 2013. For more information, please contact Kevin Heaton at

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AFBF intervenes in Mississippi River Basin case WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with 14 state Farm Bureau organizations and 16 other national and regional agricultural organizations, filed a motion seeking to intervene in Gulf Restoration Network, et al. v. Jackson, et al., a lawsuit seeking to force the Environmental Protection Agency to establish federal numeric nutrient water quality standards for all states in the Mississippi River Basin. The resolution of the lawsuit could be significant for farmers, municipalities and others throughout the 31-state basin because numeric nutrient standards could lead to more

costly and stringent limits on nutrient runoff to waters that ultimately contribute to the Mississippi River. Under the Clean Water Act, states may use either “narrative” or “numeric” standards as a method for determining water quality. Most states in the Mississippi River Basin use narrative standards, such as “no nutrients at levels that cause a harmful imbalance of aquatic populations.” However, if this lawsuit is successful, EPA would be forced to override existing state standards with federal water quality standards and to express those standards as specific numeric limits on nutrients. “Setting appropriate numeric nutrient standards is a complex and difficult scientific undertaking and EPA has proven it is not up to the task,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Farmers have no reason to believe that EPA

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could establish scientifically defensible standards for any one state, much less for 40 percent of the U.S. land mass.” According to AFBF, there are limited circumstances under which the Clean Water Act allows EPA to step in the place of a state government to establish federal water quality standards. The organization is seeking to intervene in the lawsuit to clarify those limitations to the federal District Court in Louisiana, where the case is being heard. “Farmers and their state governments in the Mississippi River Basin have worked successfully for years to minimize nutrient runoff and will continue to do so,” said Stallman. “But we oppose a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach.” The following state Farm Bureaus intervened in the lawsuit: Arkansas; Illinois; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Nebraska; Oklahoma; South Dakota; Tennessee; and Wyoming.      

Lights, camera, food: Perceptions and realities of farming and ranching in America Farmers and ranchers are headed to Los Angeles – the entertainment capital of the world – for the second Food Dialogues event, June 20-21, 2012. Four separate discussions – being held over two days –will bring together entertainment movers and shakers, chefs, academics, large restaurant operators, journalists, local leaders, farmers and ranchers for an in-depth conversation about food. All panel discussions will be available at (either live streamed or taped) so that you and others can join the conversation during or following the actual events. Additionally, individuals with a Twitter account can follow all of the panel discussions by following @USFRA using #FoodD. For more information, including a full schedule and updates on details, please visit

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AUTOMOTIVE ’02 CHEVY SILVERADO HD: 8.1 liter, big block with Allison trans. Extended cab, long bed, white with grey cloth. LS pkg. with cruise, power windows & seats. Service work performed at Chevy dealer. All service records included. 39,256 miles. Call Paul, 435-9010748. 2006 Harley Davidson, 1450 FXWG, excellent condition. (435) 828-7435 FOR SALE: 1967 Chev C30 1 ton, rear dual wheels, steel 12’ bed, $1,000. 1941 Ford truck, $2,500. Call Doug 801-277-1578.

FARM EQUIPMENT 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: 435-3401111. For Sale: 6410 John Deere tractor 90hp 4500hrs 2wd 16powerquad rh reverser open station with canopy 18.4xR38 rear 11.00x16 front 90% 3pt 540/1000 pto good condition 22000.00  John Deere 38 forage chopper hay pickup and corn head good blades 540 pto good condition 3500.00 obo  435-678-2984.  JD 346 BALER: Ex cond. Bales 800 bales ea. year. $3,500. Fillmore, UT. 801-372-4019. FOR SALE: 5 hp Berkley Pump with starter panel. Excellent condition. Call Keith 435-823-5620. FOR SALE: 1953 Allis Chalmers Model CA. $1,000. Call Doug 801-277-1578.

LIVESTOCK For Sale: American Celtic Cattle Association Long Yearling Irish Black Bulls. Visit for pictures. For more information, call Rick Benson at (435) 749-9016. Alpacas Registered Breeding age Females, Young Breeding males, fiber males, the ultimate livestock business for small acreage farms. Want to learn more?? Call and come for a visit Crooked Fence Alpacas & Mill – Ted & Linda Kenison 801-367-1629. Charolais Bulls for Sale: Yearlings and 2 year olds also 2 red factor Charolais X Polled Hereford bulls. Call Riley Taylor 435-691-4037


UTAH VACATION IDEA 2012! Hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, horse trails, more. Everything’s close to the Rosebud Guest House. Near Ashley NF, Strawberry River, Starvation. Fully equipped cabin. Petfriendly. Corrals. Reservations, more information: 435548-2630, 1-866-618-7194, walsh.weathers@gmail. com, *Malad, Idaho 953 acre Standing Rock Ranch – SOLD. *Thatcher, Idaho 160 acre gravity sprinkled ranch with home, machinery, good fences and year round stream. *Bear Lake 89 acre recreational retreat north of Liberty with trees, wildlife and privacy. *Preston, Idaho 191 acre gravity sprinkled farm with home, outbuildings and corrals. *Preston, Idaho 400 cow Grade A Dairy on 56

acres with 5 bedroom 5000 square foot home, 414 lockups and double 9 parlor. *Several other great properties also available. Contact Vaughn Benson at Benson Realtors, Logan 435-753-0960.

@HOME REALTY, BRENT PARKER, (435)881-1000. 40 Acres in Cache Valley. Excellent soil and water right. Ideal for hobby farm. 170.82 Acre Farm in Grace Idaho. Great farm ground.  Very scenic. Early water right. 242.93 Acre Farm in Grace Idaho. Borders Bear River.  Gravity pressurized irrigation. Dairy Farm in Cache Valley. 41 acres.  Irrigated. Updated home, excellent crops. Double 5 Herringbone parlor. 23 Acres in Grace, Idaho. Mini ranchette with home, barn and hay shed. 40 Acres Outside Soda Springs. Beautiful forest land with year around stream. 1 To 4 Acre View Lots in Mt. Sterling, Cache Valley, with well permits.  Paved road to each lot.  Animal rights. Starting at $75,000.


HI NEIGHBORS: Can you help me? I’m in need of someone’s old striped overalls to complete a heritage quilt. Call ASAP if you have some. Audrey: 435-8643202. JG SEALCOATS: asphalt sealing and crack repair. 435-749-0915. 4 Corners Managed Intensive Grazing: “More Profits from Your Natural Resources”. August 6th to 9th with Jim Gerrish. August 10th with Dr. Tom Noffsinger. Stockmanship and low-stress cattle handling. For more information or to register contact Charles Redd. Email: Phone: 435-459-1848. You are invited to: Crooked Fence Alpacas & Mill Open Farm Day – July 14, 2012 – 8am to 8pm – 390 E 1700 N – Mona, Utah. This is our 6th Annual Open Farm Day, come and join us for an alpaca educational experience. Watch and hug the alpacas, see how we make yarn from their beautiful fiber in our processing mill, learn how to make rugs on a peg loom, check out our warm and cozy alpaca slippers, hats and scarves. Get answers to all your Alpaca questions. For more information contact



CIRCLE FOUR FARMS: If you are looking for a career in a fun, rewarding team environment, Circle Four Farms is the opportunity you’ve been searching for. We’re offering quality full time entry-level animal production positions with training available. Challenge yourself with a company on the grow that offers: Starting wage $10 to $11.50 per hour plus benefits – total value $30,420. Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance plan, Short Term and Long Term Disability, company paid Pension Plan, 401(k) Savings Plan with company match, Gain$hare Plan, Incentive programs, Paid holidays and vacation, Educational reimbursement, Ask us about a relocation package, For more information please call our office: Circle Four Farms, PO Box 100, 341 South Main, Milford UT 84751, (435) 387-2107, Fax (435) 387-2530,, Equal Opportunity Employer.


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FB County Corner Salt Lake County ▶ Board Meeting, June 5, 7 p.m. at the UFBF Board Room in Sandy Washington County ▶ Board Meeting, June 6, 8 p.m. at Insurance Office in St. George Weber County ▶ Board meeting, June 28, 7 p.m. Sevier County ▶ Monroe Mountain Working Group meeting, June 18 in Richfield, 9 a.m. N. Box Elder County ▶ Board meeting, June 20, 8 p.m. San Juan County ▶ Summer Social, June 21, 6:30 p.m. at Lewis Farms Tooele County ▶ FFA teachers conference at Tooele Conference. Duchesne County ▶ Summer Social, June 25, 6:00 p.m. at Roosevelt Park. All Duchesne Farm Bureau members are invited. Wasatch County ▶ Board meeting, June 5, 7 a.m. at the Hub restaurant in Heber City State and Regional Activities ▶ UFBF Midyear Conference, July 19-20 in Ogden ▶ RAC Meetings in May. Cougar Guidebook & Rule; Furbearer Guidebook & Rules; Waterfowl Guidebook & Rule; Fee Proposals. The meetings schedule is: -Southern RAC: July 31 -Southeastern RAC: August 1 (in Moab) -Northeastern RAC: August 2 -Central RAC: August 7 -Northern RAC: August 8 Visit for locations.

County Scenes

[Top] Washington County’s Kathie Iverson drives a tractor with kids at the family’s Farm Kids Camp in Hurricane. The camp is held to help kids gain a perspective for work done on the farm. [Middle] Regional Manager John Keeler holds the remains of coveralls stuffed with hay, showing kids at the Sevier Farm Field Days the dangers of playing near tractors. [Bottom] Grant Kohler of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese gives out samples during the USDA’s 150th anniversary in Salt Lake City.

[Above] Dairy royalty were also celebrating the USDA’s 150th anniversary at the federal building in Salt Lake City.

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This is our June edition of the newspaper, with articles on U.S. Senators Hatch and Barasso visiting with the Utah Farm Bureau, a preview of...