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Utah Farm Bureau News

May 2009

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STATE VETERINARIAN

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Bruce King replaces Earl Rogers P.4

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Utah Farm Bureau News May 2009

News and views from the Utah Farm Bureau Federation

Vol. 55, No. 4

Utah farm families get innovative to tame Mother Nature By Matt Hargreaves, Editor, Utah Farm Bureau News

Layton, Davis County & Mapleton, Utah County – The fruit industry in Utah has always been in a precarious situation in terms of production numbers and crop variety – but a few Utah farm families are making another go at it with early crops and a little innovation. Any question as to why the fruit industry can be challenging could have been answered by looking outside your house, truck or office window the last few weeks. Warm temperatures one day thaw the frozen ground and begin to bring tree buds to life. However, the next day can bring blowing snow and freezing winds destroying any progress made the day before! Damage from frost is applicable for many Utah crops, including alfalfa hay and wheat, but those more hardy crops don’t seem to make headlines as much as the temperamental ones like sweet & tart cherries, apricots, and peaches. The history of those crops tells a story that many are familiar with in agriculture – farmers and ranchers can be doing everything they can do perform their jobs at the highest level possible, irrigation water can be plentiful, market prices can be adequate, and yet a night or two with abnormally low temperatures can ruin the entire year. To combat this problem, a few farmers have begun experimenting with another early season fruit crop – strawberries – but are implementing the use of greenhouses and hoop houses to ward off the ravaging effects of frost and cold. “This is our first year with the strawberries, and using these hoop houses, so we’re always learning,” said Tyson Roberts of Roberts Farms in Layton, Davis County. “We have to stay on top of things, keeping the houses warm enough, and then making sure they don’t get too warm at the same time. These strawberries don’t like temperatures much higher than 85 [Fahrenheit].” The idea for using the hoop houses or hightunnels, as they can be referred to, is gaining ground among the horticulture industry, particularly among small fruit, berry and vegetable growers as a way of getting a jump on production. “We’re trying to take advantage of early markets,” Roberts said. “The experts at USU Extension told us that these are to be used as a way to extend your season, not to be able to produce year-round. The heating costs needed for that would eat you alive.”

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Adults, and kids, both learn at Farm Field Days: At the Utah County Farm Bureau Farm Field Days, guests were invited to visit the booths, participate in the demonstrations, and then enjoy some local beef cooked by County Board members. Pictured in attendance, from left to right, are: Chuck Gay-USU Extension Associate Vice President, Todd Bingham-UFBF Vice President for Public Policy, Neil Anderson-Utah County Farm Bureau President, Gary Herbert-Utah Lieutenant Governor, Randy Parker-UFBF Chief Executive Officer, Wade Garrett-Constituent Services Representative for Rural Public Lands & Agriculture for Congressman Jason Chaffetz, and Leonard Blackham-Commissioner for Utah Department of Agriculture & Food. Photo by Matt Hargreaves

Farm Bureau opposes changes to H-2A labor program WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) opposes changes to the H-2A temporary worker program proposed by the Labor Department and urges the department to implement the existing regulations that were promulgated Dec. 18 and became effective Jan. 17. In a letter sent to Thomas Dowd, administrator of DOL’s Office of Policy Development and Research Employment and Training Administration, AFBF said. “We have heard nothing but opposition from growers in reaction to changes proposed by the Department.” AFBF

said the DOL proposal will directly and immediately harm many farmers. “The H-2A rules that the Labor Department wants to put on hold made several improvements

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Matt Hargreaves, Editor Business Address: 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: .. matt.hargreaves@fbfs.com Web site:...... ....................utfb.fb.org National Ad Rep: The Weiss Group 9414 E. San Salvador Dr. #226 Scottsdale, Arizona 85258 (480) 860-5394 info@theweissgroupinc.com Local Display Ad Information: Jennifer Dahl (801) 233-3005

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 Chief Financial Officer M. Kim Frei, Sandy * Denotes member of the Board of Directors

BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1 ......................... John Ferry Corinne 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 Farm Bureau Women’s Chairman...... Ruth Roberts, Penrose Young Farmer & Rancher Chairman.. Garrick Hall, Cove 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, July, Oct., Dec.). 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.

Earth Day forgets agriculture’s contributions As we observed Earth Day on April 22, “Eco-Friendly” and “Go Green” seemed to be the rallying cries of a growing number of Americans. As our society is now embracing a “Save the Planet” lifestyle, it seems many fail to recognize the contribution of Utah’s and America’s farmers and ranchers. Of course corporate America is jumping on the green bandwagon, looking for that market advantage – real or perceived. If you spend any time in front of the television, whether it’s watching American Idol or the NBA playoffs, corporate marketing has taken a green spin. Wal-Mart, America’s largest corporation, has launched an effort to improve its environmental image. In fact, almost no commercial break on television would be complete without hearing how carbon fuels are cooking the planet or T. Boone Pickens calling for a re-powering of America with wind mills. With all of us tripping over each other to get greener, shouldn’t somebody be pointing out that the modern agriculture miracle is making a major environmental contribution? Many, particularly those of us in the agriculture business, have argued that farmers and ranchers were the first environmentalists. The biggest way man disturbs the earth is through the production of food and fiber. The activities involved in feeding more than six billion members of the human race use more land and water than any other single global activity. In perusing numerous articles, editorials and listening to a plethora of news stories related to Earth Day, I failed to read or hear a single reference to America’s environmentally friendly agriculture production practices. America’s first environmentalists have always understood the importance of conservation and protecting the planet. Protecting the soil and water comes naturally. Ranchers, whose cattle and sheep graze public and private rangelands understand that wise use of the resource allows for a productive future. During the last 45 years, led by American ingenuity and technology, global crop yields have more than doubled. If farmers were still producing at 1960 production levels, land and water resources

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dedicated to food production would have to be increased dramatically. Some have estimated that meeting the basic food needs of more than six billion people would require as much as 82 percent of the Earth’s land, not the current 38 percent.

THOUGHTS Randy N. Parker Chief Executive Officer What has led to this impressive environmental record and ecological contribution? At the top of the list would be irrigation technology. Then consider production increases associated with carbon based herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. And higher yield crops, most recently through modern biotechnology, have made existing land and water resources more productive. Not only have many green snobs disrespected agriculture’s environmental accomplishments, it’s curious to note many criticize farmers and ranchers with their stomachs full. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in a recently released report, Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of

Genetically Engineered Crops, suggests biotechnology should largely be abandoned because it has failed to increase crop yields. The report claims that biotech crops have only marginally increased corn yields and no increase at all for soybeans. Just a rudimentary examination of the facts shows the fallacy of the UCS assertions. American and global farmers are not stupid. The higher fuel costs of 2008 made herbicide tolerant crops even more important. India’s farmers boosted yields 4563 percent with bio-engineered, insect-resistant cotton. Corn yields in the Philippines are up 24 percent. American corn yields continue to increase while bio-tech hostile nations like France and Italy have seen their yields level off. Notill practices are saving millions of tons of topsoil annually, cutting energy usage and reducing fertilizer run-off into lakes and streams. As the world population continues to grow, more will be demanded of farmers and ranchers to provide abundant, safe and affordable food while protecting our environment. Let’s all give American farmers and ranchers a pat on the back for their impressive environmental record and continuing contribution to ‘Saving the Planet’.

Todd Bingham leaving Utah Farm Bureau for Utah Mining Association

After five years as the Vice President for Public Policy for the Utah Farm Bureau, Todd Bingham has announced that he will be named President of the Utah Mining Association (UMA) May 1, 2009. Bingham has been a great advocate for agriculture while at Farm Bureau, following the footsteps of his father Tom Bingham, who also served as Vice President for Public Policy. “This was a very difficult decision for me and my family,” Bingham said. “But this is a great opportunity. I’m excited and a little sad at the same time.” Bingham will preside over the 94-year-old organization, which helps to promote and protect the mining industry. The UMA provides its members with full-

time professional industry representation before the State Legislature; various government regulatory agencies on the federal, state and local levels; other associations, and business and industry groups. Mining contributed more than $5.1 billion in exports last year, from the approximate 100 mining-related companies in Utah. Bingham’s experience advocating for natural resource issues related to agriculture will serve him well as he does so in a different light for the UMA. “We will miss Todd’s work here at the Utah Farm Bureau,” said Leland Hogan, President of the Utah Farm Bureau. “He [Bingham] has been a great friend to agriculture and a powerful voice on Capitol Hill. We look forward to working with him in the future on issues where our organizations intersect. We wish him success in his new endeavors.”


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Cuba: It’s time It amazes me that it is 2009 and Americans are still unable to travel to or do business with Cuba. It is the only country in the world where our government bans Americans from traveling. Unfortunately, a lot of opportunities are being missed for both business and tourism because of these costly restrictions. I was lucky enough to visit Cuba in 2002. I say lucky because both the country and its people are beautiful. It also helped me see firsthand the disarray left on Cuba’s agriculture industry when the Russian troops left in the early 1990s and how Cuban’s are dealing with the aftermath. My trip to Cuba shored up several things for me. First, Cuban citizens are good people and second, they need affordable food.

Utah Farm Bureau News Missed Opportunities During my visit, it was striking to see tourists there from everywhere in the world except the United States. To remedy this, there is legislation on Capitol Hill that

A NATIONAL PERSPECTIVE

Bob Stallman American Farm Bureau President would open Cuba to travel for U.S. citizens. Further, President Obama last month relaxed rules to allow Cuban Americans to visit their family, while easing financial and gift restrictions. These actions bring us one step closer to increasing agricultural sales to Cuba, an important priority for the American Farm Bureau

Bold action on tariffs would help stop global slide RICHMOND, VA. – Global economic downturns and protectionist trade policies do not mix. That is a lesson made clear by the mistakes of depression-era trade policies of the th early 20 Century. To halt a global march toward similar flawed policies st during the 21 Century, the United States and like-minded trading partners must act now, according to American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman. Speaking to an international trade workshop sponsored by the Virginia Tech University Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics and the Virginia Farm Bureau Federation, Stallman said liberalized trade policy is even more important during times of global economic strife. “My most important take-home message for you today is the message we are emphasizing to President Obama and his administration: Let’s not repeat the mistakes of the past,” Stallman said. Stallman, a Texas rice and cattle producer, explained that the dangers of protectionism are highlighted by the disastrous impacts on the U.S. and world economy of the 1930 SmootHawley Tariff Act. Those punitively high U.S. import tariffs against other nations during the depression era, led foreign countries to sharply reduce their imports to the United States. The actions, in response to those U.S. trade barriers, both lengthened and deepened the Great Depression, according to Stallman. “We must take immediate steps to assure global competitiveness and stop the spread of protectionism fueled by the global economic slowdown,”

Stallman said. “In tough economic times, we cannot turn our back on trade. In fact, we must be more aggressive than ever in seeking markets for our products. It is not time to set up roadblocks.” During the speech, Stallman issued bold challenge for WTO-member nations to seriously examine the idea of locking in their tariffs at current applied levels, which would deliver a real reduction in global trade barriers and serve as an incentive for global economic activity. “The initial decision to merely reduce tariffs from a nation’s allowable bound rates, rather from the actual duty rates that are applied to goods, has done little but ensure years of wrangling and negotiated exceptions,” Stallman said. “That quagmire will result in little trade and virtually no solution to address a now urgent necessity for world economic growth.” Stallman said the times of the United States “leading the world trade talks by concession” are over. He said it is time for the rest of the world to step up and make real commitments to improving trade. Stallman called the intransigence and meandering of the Doha Round trade talks a “good-times indulgence” whose party was brought to a crashing end by the global economic spiral. “Now is the time to confront reality,” Stallman said. “Today, trade is contracting around the world as the global economy fails deeper into recession. Baby steps to reduce tariff barriers are of no use when nations are looking to erect new schemes to block market access.”

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Federation. U.S. agricultural sales to Cuba have been on average $400 million annually since 2000. With the embargo lifted, we expect that number would rise to $1 billion annually. While touring the Cuban countryside I realized that nation’s ability to produce bulk commodities had significantly diminished following the Russians’ departure. Other countries are taking advantage of the opportunity. For example, I visited a joint venture project between an Israeli investor and the Cuban government to grow oranges. This is just one agriculture example and there are plenty more.

a campaign was in place encouraging average citizens in cities to plant plots of vegetables in order to help produce food.

Food: A Big Priority Being able to feed its citizens is a big priority for Cuba. It is a poor country, but its people are by no means malnourished. Every Cuban is given rations for basic foods, such as milk and rice. When I was there,

The time is now to open Cuba’s border to U.S. citizens and businesses. We are missing out on a great opportunity to see a beautiful part of the world and help feed some of the friendliest people I’ve ever had the chance to meet.

There are many practical reasons why the U.S. and Cuba should be trading. The Cuban government allocates a specific sum of money to buy food and pay transportation costs for those imports. Transportation costs would be minimal between the U.S. and Cuba compared to Europe or Asia, which means more money could go toward feeding Cuba’s citizens instead of being burned up in shipping costs.

American Farm Bureau to Obama: Mexico sanctions for trucking hurt U.S. agriculture WASHINGTON, D.C. — In an effort to end trade sanctions against U.S. farm products by Mexico, the American Farm Bureau Federation sent a letter to President Barack Obama seeking quick development and implementation of a cross-border trucking program that would comply with U.S. obligations under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Expressing disappointment in Congress’ decision to end the Transportation Department’s Cross Border Trucking Pilot Program, AFBF President Bob Stallman said Mexico has already responded by imposing $2.4 billion in trade retaliation. “This action by Congress has come at a cost to U.S. agriculture and our exports to one of our top markets,” Stallman said. “We urge you to find a resolution that will honor our obligations under NAFTA, eliminating any cause for Mexico to halt U.S. trade.” Under the terms of NAFTA, the U.S. and Mexico each agreed to allow trucks from the other nation access into their countries. Unfortunately, the U.S. maintained its restriction on Mexican trucks crossing the border even after NAFTA implementation began. The Transportation Department’s

pilot program with Mexico was developed as a step toward meeting that commitment. The pilot program came after a NAFTA dispute panel ruled the exclusion of all Mexican trucks violated U.S. obligations under NAFTA. Now that the pilot program has been eliminated, the U.S. finds itself, once again, not in compliance with its obligations under NAFTA. “The NAFTA panel’s ruling gives Mexico the right to retaliate against U.S. products entering Mexico, and it has done so,” Stallman said. “This retaliation will affect hundreds of millions of dollars worth of fruit, vegetable, nut, juice, wine, processed foods and oilcake exports to Mexico.” Stallman urged Obama to implement a program compliant with U.S. obligations under NAFTA that assures safe vehicles on U.S. roads. “Delay in these actions will only prolong the negative impact on U.S. exports and our agricultural producers,” Stallman concluded.

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Dr. Bruce King named State Veterinarian SALT LAKE CITY – Utah “Dr. King understands the Commissioner of Agriculture and issues facing livestock owners of the Food, Leonard Blackham, has state and also the need for laws and named Dr. Bruce King as Utah’s rules governing animal health, State Veterinarian. Dr. King has 27 making him fair but firm in years experience as a large animal preventing the spread of disease veterinarian, with the past 10 years and a great choice for the position,” serving as a field veterinarian for said Terry Menlove, Animal the Utah Department of Agriculture Industry Division Director. and Food (UDAF). Dr. King served as Assistant State Veterinarian until the recent retirement of Dr. Earl Rogers. “We have a number of highly q u a l i f i e d veterinarians in Utah, and I am pleased to announce that Dr. King will lead Dr. Bruce King (left) is named new State Vetour agency into the future,” erinarian by the Utah Department of AgriculC o m m i s s i o n e r ture & Food. Welcoming King is Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Kyle Stephens. Blackham said. As the new State Veterinarian, Dr. King will be “Dr. King’s service to UDAF responsible for enforcing the and Utah agriculture during his 27 numerous state and federal year career, most recently serving as regulations designed to prevent the assistant state vet has prepared him introduction and spread of animal for this important position,” said diseases, some of which are capable Leland Hogan, Utah Farm Bureau of threatening human health and President. “Farm Bureau the food supply. congratulates Dr. King on his “I am excited about this appointment and we look forward opportunity to continue to protect to working time in this new Utah’s livestock industry, and work capacity.” with the many talented After receiving a Doctorate of veterinarians throughout the state,” Veterinary Medicine from Colorado Dr. King said. State University, Dr. King worked One of Dr. King’s priorities is to in private practice in Sanpete, help validate a new and improved Sevier, Piute and Wayne Counties, diagnostic test for Trichomoniasis, and under contract with the UDAF a livestock disease that causes for 14 years before joining the premature abortion in cattle. agency in 1998.

Utah egg industry donates 300,000 eggs to Utah Food Bank The Utah egg industry donated more than 300,000 eggs to the Utah Food Bank Services just in time for Easter 2009. Representatives from Bud Shepard & Sons, Delta Egg Farms, Fassio Egg Farms, Oakdell Egg Farms, and Rigtrup Egg Farm made the presentation saying it was something they could do, and something they felt compelled to do. The Utah Food Bank reported food requests from the needy have increased 33 percent in 2009

compared with previous years. The eggs were distributed to food pantries, churches, senior centers, after school programs, and group homes throughout the state of Utah. UDAF Deputy Commissioner, Kyle Stephens, said the donation is a remarkable show of support for the community by the various family farms that make up the Utah egg industry.

Utah Farm Bureau this year joined the Sutherland Institute in co-sponsoring Earth Week…offering three days of science and economics for the future of Utah. The event provided cutting edge science related to global warming, a Utah focused cost/benefit analysis of a cap and trade carbon tax scheme and premiered a documentary the impacts of global warming hysteria. Over the three days, several hundred Utahns listened to experts on climate and cooling global temperatures and the costs of government picking winners and losers in America’s energy marketplace. Utah Public Lands Multiple Use Coalition…met to discuss the recent actions by Interior Department Secretary Salazar cancelling gas and oil leases and putting on hold oil shale development in Eastern Utah. The Coalition represents broad multiple use interests on Utah’s public lands. Concerned that these Interior actions are just the beginning of access restriction, a rally under the banner “Take Back Utah” is planned for August 8 at the state capitol building. Representative Mike Noel referred to the event as the beginning of the Sagebrush Rebellion II. Teaching youth about agriculture …Farm Field Day events were held in several Counties in April. These events area great ways to reach out to many not familiar with agriculture. It helps kids and parents learn where their food comes from and learn about the agricultural practices going on in their own counties. UFBF YF&R Chairman, Garrick Hall, … spoke at the annual FFA Convention at Utah State University in Logan. Joined with him were this year’s FFA Discussion Meet Contest winner, Katharine Nye from Delta and Michael Hughes, this years Collegiate Discussion Meet Contest winner. Nearly 1,200 FFA students, teachers and guests attended this year’s convention. UFBF Staff met with Utah Fire officials… to evaluate current state law regarding agriculture burning in and out of urban communities. Spring weather triggers agriculture burns. These burns often result in neighbor complaints. Educating both law enforcement officers and the public continues to be essential in promoting production agriculture practices. Wildlife & Sensitive Species…UFBF Staff met with officials in various parts of the state to evaluate management plans and propose ways to improve habitat. These included the start-up of a Statewide Beaver management plan, attending the PARM, CCARM and SWARM sagegrouse management working group meetings, the Utah Mule Deer working group meeting, and Utah Department of Wildlife’s Regional Advisory Committee meetings, and submitting comments on the Corn Creed Fire Salvage analysis. Planning for the future… Farm Bureau staff attended several meetings in Utah County concerning the Palmyra solid waste transfer station and water treatment plant, and submitted comments to County Commissioners. Staff also participated in the Nebo-to-Provo Corridor working group, dealing with transportation issues in the southern portions of Utah County. Such plans could directly impact agricultural operations in those areas. Staff also completed training with the Extension Disaster Education Network program, working on strengthening community agrosecurity planning. Issue Surfacing… County Issue Surfacing Meetings have been held in most County Farm Bureaus, with a few still remaining. Staff and elected officials have participated with County Farm Bureau leaders and volunteer members to discuss emerging issues facing agriculture.

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If you would like to set up a T-Mobile account you may either call 1-866-464-8662 and use promo code 12832TMOFV or visit utfb.fb.org > member benefits>T-Mobile> and click on the direct link to Farm Bureau’s T-Mobile website. Call 801-233-3010 for additional assistance, or to learn about the quarterly equipment special. *EXISTING CUSTOMERS* not wanting to add any new lines of service but who want to participate in the Farm Bureau program must visit utfb.fb.org >>member benefits>>T-Mobile and follow the migration instructions posted there. Migration to the Farm Bureau program is not available in stores or online through a third-part vendor. HOME PHONE LINE: Farm Bureau members also qualify for a home phone line for just $10.00/month!!! Includes unlimited nationwide calling and FREE features to choose from. Call 1-866-464-8662 (Option 3) Promo Code 12832TMOFAV … S A V E on your home phone line as well!

GRAINGER: Not only can you receive fantastic savings on the items you need to get started with your spring projects – but Grainger offers FREE SHIPPING as well when you order at www.grainger.com and use the Farm Bureau Grainger account number 855921920. The following discounts are off the manufacturer’s list price: 35 % off on Farm –duty motors 48% off on DeWalt tools 55% off on Proto tools 52% off on Stanley hand tools 46% off on Milwaukee tools 45% off on Blackhawk tools 60% off on Westward tools 30% off select safety items All other catalog items at a 10% discount. (80,000 items available)

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To order on line, users need to register for a unique log-in, User-ID and Password (first time only). To register simply click on the words “Not Registered Yet?” in the upper left section of the Grainger.com webpage. Fill in your account # or Utah Farm Bureau’s Account # which is 855921920 in the box directly under the words “my company has an existing account with Grainger. Next fill in all the required fields requested (name, address, etc.), and most importantly, a company name. If you don’t have your own company, enter “Utah Farm Bureau” in this field. After filling in the fields and answering some bulleted questions, scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the “I Accept” and then the “SUBMIT” button to have your User-ID activated. Once you are registered and logged in, all the prices displayed, will be discounted prices. You can “flag” your Grainger account for the coding necessary to receive the Farm Bureau discount and still have “On Account” terms at your local branch. Just call 801-233-3010 to make this arrangement. **VISIT UTFB.FB.ORG >Member Benefits>Grainger for DeWALT Hot Buys for May!** 3

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USDA livestock disaster program requires documentation of loss SALT LAKE CITY – According to Lori Jones, Program Specialist for USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Utah, livestock producers who incurred eligible livestock death losses due to adverse weather events on or after January 1, 2008, and before October 1, 2011, should begin gathering related loss documentation in accordance with FSA’s Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provisions. “Losses because of adverse weather, as determined by the Secretary of Agriculture during the calendar year, including blizzards, disease, extreme cold, extreme heat, floods, hurricanes, and wildfires, are eligible for LIP,” said Jones. Producers are advised to compile all verifiable death loss documentation at this time. When FSA County Offices are authorized to accept LIP applications, this loss documentation will be required at the time of submitting the application. Adequate documentation must prove the death of eligible livestock occurred as a direct result of an eligible adverse weather event in the calendar year for which benefits are being requested.

If adequate verifiable proof of death records documentation is not available, a livestock producer may provide reliable records, along with verifiable beginning and ending inventory, as proof of death. Certifications of livestock deaths by third parties may be accepted only if verifiable proof of death records or reliable proof of death records along with verifiable beginning and ending inventory records are not available. A third party statement is an independent source who is not affiliated with the farming operation, such as a hired hand or a family member. “Our staff can provide producers with a list of acceptable proof of death, producer records and verifiable inventory documentation,” said Jones. “LIP indemnity payments will be 75 percent of the fair market value of the livestock as determined by the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC). Additional information about LIP is available at FSA County Offices or by visiting the national FSA Web site at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Farm Bureau, Ducks Unlimited applaud base acre decision

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation and Ducks Unlimited said the Agriculture Department’s decision to reinstate base acres on all federally owned lands is a big win for America’s farmers and conservationists. “This announcement restores the farm safety net for producers who farm federal lands,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The previous rule would have had a two-fold impact of hurting farmers while critically hindering wildlife protection.” According to both organizations, many producers had an agreement with the government whereby they would leave a percentage of their crop in the field for wildlife. This was

particularly popular in rice country where fields could become feeding grounds for ducks. The elimination of base acres was included in the farm program rule that was issued by the Bush administration at the end of December. The ruling was not based on any statutory requirement in the 2008 farm bill, but was an administrative change. The rule was effective immediately, and left many producers to face their lenders with no safety net coverage for the crop production on this land. The provision impacted 34 states and represented more than $5.5 million per year in lost direct payments, as well as an unknown amount of counter-cyclical payments.

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Utah Farm Bureau News

May 2009

Is your Dodge RAM tough enough to win you $750? Dodge has offered the $500 rebate to Farm Bureau members in Utah for 16 years. In recognition of the durability of Dodge vehicles and the longevity of the relationship between Dodge and Utah Farm Bureau, Utah Farm Bureau is sponsoring a “Ram Tough Tales” contest.

2. The Dodge truck/vehicle must be a one owner vehicle. 3. A picture of the truck must accompany the story. 4. Entries must include your Farm Bureau membership number, name, address, phone number, email address and the VIN # for the vehicle mentioned in your entry. 5. Entries must be received between March 10 and June 15,

Ram tough tales - What is yours?? Tell us your story of continued reliability. Has your truck pulled you out of a tight spot? Has your Ram pulled an impossible load in brutal or unusual conditions? What about a life-saving situation? Do you have a truck that just won’t quit? Is your Dodge like a member of the family? Does your Dodge have a name? Utah Farm Bureau is sponsoring the “Ram Will she get the keys in another 20 years? Tough Tales” contest for Brett Gibbons and his daughter Laney sit members whose trucks/ next to their ‘89 Dodge at their Cache vehicles typify the hard- Valley dairy. working, reliable performance which Dodge vehicles 2009. Prizes will be announced in are known for. July 2009 and awarded at Farm Here’s how you enter. Write a Bureau’s Mid-Year Conference, July brief description of your “Ram 16 -17, 2009. Tough” experience. Any Dodge is 6. The first place winner will eligible for the contest. Send the receive $750 and a Dodge jacket. description and a picture of the Two runners-up will each receive vehicle to Aurline Boyack, 9865 $250 and a Dodge jacket. South State Street, Sandy, Utah 7. All entries including pictures 84070 or e-mail to become the property of Utah Farm aboyack@fbfs.com. It’s that simple! Bureau with publishing rights. Entries will not be returned. Contest Rules: 8. No employee or immediate 1. Entrants must be members of family member of the Utah Farm the Utah Farm Bureau, in good Bureau or an affiliated company is standing, at the time of submission eligible to receive an award. and at the time of presentation of the award.

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Congressman Chaffetz hires rural public land specialist WASHINGTON, D.C. — Jason Chaffetz, the newly elected Congressman from Utah’s 3rd District, has hired Wade Garrett of Nephi, Utah to serve as a Constituent Services Representative in his Provo office. Garrett will specialize in public lands issues ranging from water to energy and from agriculture to mining. “We were very selective about candidates for the rural public lands position,” said Jennifer Scott, Chaffetz’ District Director. “We wanted a candidate who had actually lived in one of the five rural counties we serve and who could understand the tremendous impact of federal policy on these areas.” Garrett was raised on a family farm in Nephi, Utah. He is a graduate of Juab High School and received his Associates Degree from Snow College. He is actively involved in production agriculture and running cattle on private, BLM, School Trust, and U.S. Forest Service land. He mined BLM mineral leases at a Juab County mining company for ten years. He is a member of the local FFA Adult Advisory Committee, Juab County Fair Board, and the County Farm Bureau Board.

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By the numbers: ~3. The percentage of the earth’s water supply that is fresh water.

He served on the State Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee recently and is still involved in the Juab County Farm Bureau. Wade, his wife Mandi, and their four children currently reside in Nephi where they enjoy the rural life and spending time on the farm. “Wade has had hands-on experience with ranching, mining, farming, and issue advocacy through the Utah Farm Bureau,” said Congressman Jason Chaffetz. “We believe he will be very effective at representing the interests of the rural areas of the Third Congressional District.” Garrett is not the only representative of rural Utah on the Chaffetz staff. Beaver High School graduate Justin Harding serves as the Chief of Staff in Congressman Chaffetz’s Washington, D.C. office.

~325. The number of jeans that can be made from one 500pound bale of cotton. ~4. The number of pounds of feed a chicken needs in order to lay one dozen eggs. ~5,000,000. The number of commercially-produced turkeys in Utah annually. ~20 The percentage of Utah’s forest lands that are on private ground. ~2,000,000. The number of flowers a honeybee must visit to make one pound of honey.

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What’s at stake: Climate or freedom? Steve Hanberg Uintah County Farm Bureau President - Residence: Randlett, Uintah County - Spouse: Marcia - Family: 2 kids, ages 24 and 18. - Began Farming: My whole life. I was raised on a dairy farm. - Kind of Operation: We grow alfalfa and some grains. - Other organization involvement: Farm Service Agency Board, irrigation board, church service. What got you involved with Farm Bureau? A neighbor invited me to one of the meetings, and I was given something to do by the end of the night. If you could, what is one thing you would change in agriculture? It would be nice to have income more consistent. But it’s a trade-off. If it were easy, then everyone would do it! I could make more money doing something else, but I enjoy this…the independence and being out in nature. I would also like to see things fixed in splitting estates, the battle between mineral rights & surface rights. Agriculture always seems to take a back seat in that debate. What do you see for Utah agriculture 20 years from now? There will be a lot of rural development. The breaking up of farms and having them play a smaller role in Utah. But everything is based on water here – it is limited and used in other industries too. What do you like most about being a farmer/rancher? I really like being out in nature, and the independence that comes with being your own boss. Why should farmers and ranchers get involved in Farm Bureau? There is nobody else who is telling our story. Why should anyone join Farm Bureau, and what are the benefits? The people you associate with. It’s all about that. What have you learned as being a Farm Bureau county president or what do you like the most about it? I really like working with the people here…being around good people. I’ve learned we get great support from the state Farm Bureau. What are some of your fondest memories about Farm Bureau? The travel with people with the same interests. That’s what you remember, the trips to national conferences and the experiences there. What equipment do you use? (i.e. John Deere vs. Case) Or you can have another comparison question, like Holstein vs. Jersey, Angus vs. Hereford, Ford vs. Chevy, etc. Whatever is running! What is the most recent book you’ve read or movie you’ve seen? Or which is your favorite? I really liked the movie 7 Pounds with Will Smith. I also finished reading a memoir written by President Obama, “Dreams of My Father’. It was interesting. What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’? I wanted to be an engineer. Any unique hobbies/interests? Fishing, spending time with family, and woodworking. Anything else you want to add? Recently graduated with a degree in Business through USU.

By Randy Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Utah Farm Bureau Federation

John Coleman, founder of the Weather Channel and professional meteorologist for more than 40 years kicked off Earth Week telling a Sutherland Institute audience, ”There is no significant man made global warming today. It is a myth based on bad science.” That comment at the Sutherland Institute’s Earth Week conference provided the opening salvo for three days of discussions dedicated to better understanding scientific and policy implications of global warming. The Utah Farm Bureau teamed up with the Sutherland Institute in co-sponsoring Earth Week ’09 – the Future of Utah. Coleman charged that leading climate activist Al Gore, “is not scientist, and he has made an absolute mess of the science.” Coleman pointed out that Gore is a disciple of Rachel Carson, author of the 1962 pseudo-science book Silent Spring, and its scientifically unfounded attack on DDT that ultimately led to its worldwide ban. Gore even wrote the forward to the book’s 1994 reprint. The question could be asked, is the former Vice President using the same formula to vilify carbon dioxide for his global warming political agenda? History often rights wrongs, but at what cost? In September 2006 without fanfare or hoopla, the World Health Organization (WHO) lifted the ban on DDT. After nearly 30 years, there was still no proof that DDT harms the environment or causes cancer. This Gore embraced political, not scientific, ban kept the use of DDT from preventing the deaths of tens of millions of people from insect borne diseases like malaria and typhus. The environmental group Audubon Society was a leader in the attack on DDT. They were ultimately found guilty in a libel suit of lying about the effects of DDT. Uganda estimates the judicious use of DDT is now saving more than 300,000 lives, mostly children, each year. Al Gore’s Inconvenient Truth has already been found to be filled with lies and exaggerations in the British Supreme Court. Third world countries paid a heavy price for America’s environmental elitist driven ban on DDT. Should we be concerned that CO2 and global warming are the next DDT? Carbon dioxide, in 2008 ruled a pollutant by the United States Supreme Court, is in reality critical to life on Earth. Plant life, therefore

mankind, owes its existence to CO2 in the photosynthesis process. Coleman noted that since the Industrial Revolution when man began burning fossil fuels, the increased availability of carbon dioxide has increased global food production by 16 percent. Consensus is not science according to Dr, John Christie, Alabama State Climatologist. His reference was to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and its vote of 2,500 members. “Scientific models of the IPCC on man-made global warming do a poor job predicting current climate conditions, including surface temperature trends,” Christie said. “The IPCC assumptions on how clouds affect temperature may be incorrect.” In modeling, if cloud impacts are overestimated or manipulated, the temperature projections are also overestimated. The Alabama climate scientist pointed out average global temperatures over the last decade have been dropping, especially during the last three. “This fact is backed up by global ocean temperatures from 2003 to 2008 that lost between 19 and 31 percent of the heat it gained during the previous decade,” Christie said. Utah’s Lt. Governor Gary Herbert told the group that the state and nation need to take a common sense approach. Recognizing the need for balance, Herbert said that Utah’s resource driven economy can be responsibly managed. “Development and environmental responsibility are not mutually exclusive ideas,” Herbert concluded. The Beacon Hill Institute of Suffolk University released an economic analysis of the Western Climate Initiative’s (WCI) cap and trade proposal on Utah. Frank Conte presented an analysis that shows Utah could lose as many as 10,000 jobs and $1.84 billion in personal income annually by 2020 under WCI. Utah is an energy rich state. Nearly 90 percent of Utah’s power comes from coal fired power plants. For example, Emery County relies on the coal industry for 19 percent of its jobs. Presenters throughout the conference all agreed on one overall theme – that government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in America’s free market economy.


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Antibiotics vital to animal health, food protection WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Farm Bureau Federation is expressing strong opposition to legislation that would remove and restrict important antibiotics for veterinary and farm use. In a letter to Congress, AFBF President Bob Stallman said the bills (H.R. 1549 and S. 619) would handicap veterinarians and livestock and poultry producers in their efforts to protect the nation’s food supply and maintain the health of their farm animals. “Farmers and ranchers and the veterinarians they work with use antibiotics carefully, judiciously and according to label instructions, primarily to treat, prevent and control disease in our flocks and herds,” Stallman said. “Antibiotics are critically important to the health and welfare of the animals and to the safety of the food produced.” Stallman said more than 40 years of antibiotic use in farm animals proves that such use does not pose a public health threat. In fact, Stallman said that “recent government data shows the potential that it might occur is declining.” Bacteria survival through food processing and handling is decreasing, foodborne illness is down, development of antibiotic resistant bacteria in animals is stable and resistant food-borne bacteria in humans are declining. “In order to raise healthy animals, we need tools to keep them healthy—including medicines that have been approved as safe and effective by the Food and Drug Administration,” Stallman said. “Restricting access to these important tools will jeopardize animal health and compromise our ability to contribute to public health through food safety.” Stallman told members of Congress that by opposing the bills, they would “protect the professional judgment of veterinarians and livestock producers in providing safe and healthful meat products” for consumers.

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Man vs. Machine Don’t lose the battle Machinery is attributed to causing the largest percent of severe injuries in the U.S. Failure to recognize hazards and careless operation are common factors in equipment-related injuries and fatalities. Safety awareness is the key to preventing machinery accidents. I am bringing this up because I have heard too many recent accounts from members, of people who have had a near miss. This is scary because near misses are usually precursors to a fatality. Please, take a moment and review the following: All guards and shields should be kept in place. Make it a rule to always disengage power before attempting to adjust, repair, or unclog equipment. These should especially be in-place for shear, pinch, wrap and crush points. Shear points. Shear points are created when the edges of two objects move toward or next to each other closely enough to cut relatively soft material. Examples include sickle bars, forage harvester heads, and grain augers. Pinch points. Pinch points are created when two objects move together, with at least one of them moving in a circle. Examples include belt and chain drives, feed rolls and gear drives. Wrap points. Any exposed, rotating machine component is a potential wrap point. Injuries usually occur when loose clothing or long hair catch on and wrap around rotating shafts or protruding shaft ends. Crush points. Crush points are created when two objects move toward each other when one object moves toward a stationary object. Avoid getting into a position that could lead to body parts being crushed. Free-wheeling parts. The heavier a revolving part, the longer it will continue to rotate after power is shut off. Allow time for blades, flywheels and various other rotating components to come to rest before attempting to clean or adjust a machine. This may require waiting for a minute or more. Pull-in points. Injuries occur when someone tries to remove

plant material which has become stuck in feed rolls or other parts

FARM SAFETY JOURNAL A.J. Ferguson Farm Safety Director

while a machine is operating. Once the material is freed, it can pull a person into the machine faster than they can react to let go! Thrown objects. Bystanders or animals in the path of stones, sticks and other debris thrown by machinery can be seriously injured. Guards and deflectors should be used to reduce the hazard, if possible. Springs. Springs may harbor potentially dangerous stored energy. Always release spring tension (if possible) before

dismantling equipment. Position yourself away from the direction of spring travel. Hydraulic systems. Hydraulic systems store considerable energy at extremely high pressure. Attached equipment should be lowered or blocked before maintenance procedures are carried out. Never check for leaks with your hands-use a piece of cardboard. A fine jet of hydraulic fluid can easily pierce the skin. Detailed information about machinery safety is presented in the owner’s manual of your equipment. Review this material before you are busy. It is the responsibility of machinery operators to recognize hazards and take the necessary steps to protect themselves and others. If you think your work is hard now, imagine how much harder it could be without an arm. Take the time to play it safe

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Farm Bureau members can extend their influence through online participation I’m not twenty something or intends to prompt millions of even forty something, so my eyes volunteers and contributors into have a tendency to glaze over action; contributing stories and when the subject turns to social dollars spreading the word to media. All those blogs, Facebook their peers about important issues, friends, You Tube videos and finally Twitter’s “What are you doing?” seem a little overwhelming to Aurline me. But I’m sure the Boyack folks driving the h o r s e - d r a w n Women’s Committee carriages were in a Coordinator similar situation as they hastily moved to the side of and ultimately, contacting key the road as a Model T Ford whizzed legislators about pending votes. by. The methods Organizing for Since the first of the year, social America intends to use to media has exploded. You can post communicate their message any idea, thought or comment and include web video, email, blogs, have it quickly circle the globe. It social networking pages, and text has been reported that if you post messaging. a comment and it has not been Grassroots advocacy has been challenged with a few minutes by increasingly popular for close to a someone, it is accepted as true by decade. It has become easier due those who read it! to technological innovation and “People make decisions, the increased civic consciousness develop raw opinions and begin to of the millennial generation. Due form beliefs online in as little as 2.5 to the inclinations of the Obama to 5 seconds,” said Jay Byrne, political shop, the trend will President of V-Fluence Interactive accelerate this year. Public Relations. “Risks, expressed And that means advocacy as negatives, have three times more organizations which do not weight/influence than positives. incorporate these soon-to-beAs such, it can take as many as standard activities into their daily three to four effective positives response elements to balance and o v e r c o m e n e g a t i v e l y expressed risks.” “We are passing a technological milestone in our n a t i o n a l experiment in selfgovernance,” said M i c h a e l Cornfield, VP Research and Media Strategy for Registered users of Facebook (more than 65 V-Fluence. “In the million) can join groups like this ‘Utah Farm Bulast few years, reau’ group to advocate for agriculture. tens of millions of Americans have learned to bank operations will quickly find online, chat online, get themselves throwing spears at transportation directions online, drone planes. Current methods of influence, and campaign online. In the next few months, many of them are money, mail, television and going to learn to advocate online.” lobbyists are not obsolete yet but A grassroots advocacy network for the foreseeable future “Organizing for America” is a authentic public support will be systematic presidential initiative the main source of legitimacy and designed to involve real people on an array of legislation. This group

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The newest class of Farm Bureau Insurance agents are recognized at a graduation ceremony at the State Farm Bureau office in Sandy. From left to right, the new agents are Jon Hiatt, Cody Richards, Clint Nauta, Bryan Dimond, Ryan Campbell, Jed McClellan and Malcom Burt. With the new group of agents, Farm Bureau Insurance will have surpassed the 100 agent mark in Utah. “This has been something that we’ve been working at for a long time,” said Jared Monson, Agent Development Specialist for Farm Bureau Financial Services. “We’re seeing the greatest growth in our Clearfield/Ogden area, as well as portions of Utah County. Having more agents will allow the company to continue this growth track record.” For more information on Farm Bureau Insurance and the many financial options they have available, contact your local County Farm Bureau office or visit www.fbfs.com.

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Farm Bureau policy development process second to none! Theodore Roosevelt said, “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged. No man has a moral right to withhold his support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his sphere.” This motto serves well for many volunteer organizations across the country. Certainly all organizations can benefit from this sage advice. Utah Farm Bureau members have invested and continue to invest in the agricultural industry. Farmers and ranchers are definitely “engaged” in the industry. Stating Utah Farm Bureau membership has captured the essence of this quote would be an understatement. In terms of the public policy arena, Farm Bureau’s grassroots development and implementation process is second to none. As I travel for the final time across the state and visit with great friends, I am intrigued by the dedication to the process and the effort made to ensure that good, sound, well thought-out policy is the result of your efforts. These meetings and discussions have been a great investment for farmers and ranchers to express concerns and issues facing the industry to both Farm Bureau Federation (UFBF) staff as well as a host of Representatives and Senators present to hear from their constituents. Ernest Benn once said, “Politics is the art of looking for trouble,

On the first day of spring, which was also National Agriculture Day, first lady Michelle Obama, with the help of local elementary school students, broke ground for a fruit and vegetable garden on the south lawn of the White House. The 1,100-square-foot garden will provide as many as 55 different fruits and vegetables for use in the White House kitchen. Some of the produce will be donated to a nearby soup kitchen. The new garden—the first of its kind since Eleanor Roosevelt

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finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy.” While this may seem to be the fact, surfacing of issues and addressing them by creating, adjusting or establishing Farm Bureau policy is critical to being involved in the sometimes-maddening process of developing policy at a statewide,

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Vice PresidentPublic Policy legislative level. Some say it is like watching sausage being made – you do not want to watch, however, you cannot look away. As frustrating as this may be at times. The process of policy development at the state and national level is still the best in the world. Thomas Jefferson summed it up when he said, “I know of no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves; and if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but inform their discretion.” As many of the recently surfaced policy issues advance towards the Midyear Conference and eventually onto the resolutions and delegate session, Farm Bureau policy is developed and streamlined with more details and allows even more input from the members at

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White House garden offers teaching moment for agriculture By John Hart, Director of News Services, American Farm Bureau Federation.

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planted a victory garden during World War II—made headlines and brought some positive news and brightness to a nation that has been inundated by negative economic news. Planting a garden in springtime means new life, growth and hope, something America’s farmers certainly understand, since they devote their lives to carefully growing crops and raising livestock. For American agriculture, the new White House garden offers a great teaching moment. Farm Bureau sees the garden as just one more way to engage the public

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Farm Bureau members reaching out to tell their story in a variety of ways There are some tendencies among children that seem to always ring true, no matter the child or age. One of those is that “boys like toys.” Whether it’s my three year old son Jack who likes to play with toy cars and tractors, or the teenager that loves his new iPhone, or the 50something year old man that cruises into the driveway with the new Harley Davidson he just bought on a whim. Boys like toys. Similar to this is that boys also seem to love getting dirty, acting tough, and playing cowboy. Again, age doesn’t necessarily apply. This was the case a few weeks ago north of Nephi in Juab County when I took my family to visit Seth & Misty Wall as they were getting ready to brand cattle with Cary Peterson and a few others. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see a ranching family in action, and show my two boys and wife what branding was like. I was greeted out near some corrals by Misty Wall, who told me to come in and see how things were going. I was surprised to see at least a dozen or so young boys running around, helping gather calves, administer vaccinations, and perform other tasks the company needed. It turns out there were also two Boy Scout troops that had come to help with the branding, while working on their Animal Science merit badge. They were also getting a good lesson on the proper care of livestock, how a family ranch business works, and where their food comes from. “The kids love it. There were a few who were mad because they had family vacations and had to miss this,” said Seth Wall, member of the Juab County Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau YF&R Committee. “The kids really get into it, because they can learn hands-on. They learn where their

food comes from and what it takes to produce it.” In addition to learning the value of the food produced locally, the Walls also took the opportunity to teach the scouts on the proper handling of livestock and why there is a need to provide care for the animals. “Before we started all of this today, we had a class with the scouts and we taught them how we care for these animals—the main message was, we don’t hurt the animals,” Wall said. “We taught them why we give them vaccines

Seth Wall (left) assists in preparing calves for branding. The Walls emphasized the need to care for the calves during the process. Photo by Matt Hargreaves

and why it is important that the animals are properly cared for.” Attending the activity were scout troops from the local community of Mona, but also Troop 1557 from South Jordan in Salt Lake County. While important to communicate their message of care to the local community, bringing in students who have not been exposed to agricultural operations was a specific goal. “It’s great. These kids love coming here because they don’t see a Misty Wall helps a scout prepare vaccines lot of this where they live,” said Charles which will be given to the calves. Photo by Matt Hargreaves Whitaker, advisor for Troop 1557.

At the end of the day, scouts, volunteers and full-time cowboys had all been taught lessons in

Along the countryside Matt Hargreaves Farm Bureau News Editor agriculture as well as taken care of the work for the day. For the Walls, bringing friends and neighbors into their world was a successful way of reaching out.

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books from Ag In The Classroom and a bag of information for teachers to use. Students visited booths relating to animal care, safety, forestry, water & soil conservation, dairy products, goats, ATV safety and more. “The kids love it and are really excited,” said Mary Rush, a teacher at Discovery Elementary. “This is my first year here, but I’m going to keep coming back.” Other teachers shared similar experiences about their classes, and the excitement of the students was clearly visible. Vary Your Message While hosting a single age of students or visitors can provide some benefits in terms of organization, Sevier County Farm Bureau has also found that addressing a wide-range of guests was effective at spreading the news about agriculture.

Getting Kids Out of the Classroom Hosting Farm Field Days is another way to reach out to nonfarming audiences with the message of agriculture. Many counties host such events, but no two are the same. In Utah County, the population center and number of agricultural operations combine to provide an opportunity to host two Farm Field Days each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. This allows Nancy Harris (center, facing) teaches elstudents to learn about ementary school students about making the life cycle involved butter and other ag topics. Photo by Matt Hargreaves in agriculture during For several years now, Sevier two busy times of year – harvestnd County has hosted a Natural time and planting time. 2 grade students from around the county Resources fair in Richfield. In are bused in over several days to attendance at the Snow Collegelearn about local agriculture, Richfield Campus were students including sheep shearing, the value from elementary schools all the way of safety and nutrition, fruit and through high school, and included animal groups, and more. Teachers parents, school administrators and are equipped with lesson plans teachers. The fair runs for several using agriculture, and media, days, with students attending elected officials, and school primarily during the day, and administrators are also invited to adults attending at night and on the weekend. This wide range of visitors participate. In Uintah County, 21 classes means that Farm Bureau volunteers from every school in the county have to vary their message and were invited to participate. Despite cater to those they meet with. The County Farm Bureau puts strains placed on budgets for the together a booth and teaches visitors schools, they committed to sending about various agriculture aspects. students to learn about agriculture after some encouraging from This year’s topics included a handsAndrea Schoenfeld, Uintah County on demonstration for making butter Women’s Committee Chair and and a table full of products that in organizer of the Uintah County one form or another come from cattle. This was done to show that Farm Field Days held in Vernal. Uintah County brought in 550 while meat does account for much th 4 grade students this year, of what consumers see from cattle, including private and public schools and a Tribal school. They provided

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farmers and ranchers are trying to avoid waste by finding multiple uses for their products. “The kids come here and see how hard it is to make butter, and how long it would take if they had to make all of their own food,” said Nancy Harris, Sevier County Farm Bureau Secretary, who along with Kelly Buchanan staffed the Farm Bureau booth during most of the festival. While Harris and Buchanan talked to younger students about butter and what comes from a farm, they changed their tone in talking with teenage students, instead talking to them about how they can play a role in preserving agriculture in the future.

Utah Farm Bureau News The telling of agriculture’s story to our nonfarming cousins, neighbors and elected officials is an important one that goes on every day, with Farm Bureau members leading the charge. W h i l e someone may be The vo-cow-bulary of the dairy industry was looking for a onetaught to students at the Uintah County Farm s i z e - f i t s - a l l Field Day in Vernal. Photo by Matt Hargreaves template that will guarantee success, they may be disappointed to learn It Takes Everyone Most Farm Bureau members that being able to adapt and using have heard the saying a thousand variety, like producing a good crop, times – “we need to tell our story.” is what’s needed. These are but a

available for this was their strawberry Roberts was referring to research patch! So ironically, in order to and promotion of this new high- expand into agriculture full-time, the tunnel tool done by Utah State Van Wagoner’s had to cut into their University Extension Specialists Brent initial agricultural enterprise! To combat these two problems, Black (Fruit) and Dan Drost (Vegetables), as well as graduate Mark Van Wagoner is looking to students Daniel Rowley and Britney high-tunnels to grow his strawberries. Hunter. With their research on how He hopes this will provide some to control temperature conditions assurance for producing a consistent surrounding the plants, they were able strawberry crop, as well as giving him to harvest strawberries from mid-May earlier entrance into the market. to mid-December. Imagine eating Innovation is also coming in the your own fresh strawberries in method in which he sells his plants. Van Wagoner is beginning to offer December! Mark & Lynnette Van Wagoner, strawberry plants for sale as hanging owners of Maple Mountain baskets, with each plant providing up Greenhouse in Mapleton, Utah to 14 pounds of strawberries. This County have also looked to new sale point could prove attractive to the growing urbanized populations of the county, many of whom may no longer have space needed for growing fruits & vegetables. This way, customers can maximize their space and still have fresh fruit. Roberts has also found the high-tunnels beneficial for a tomato Hoop houses like the one shown here are crop he produces, as fairly simple to construct and can extend the well as for cultivating their other vegetable life of early & late season crops. Photo by Matt Hargreaves starts. The jump on the produce season innovation for ways to market their provides two important benefits products. After starting their outdoor beyond the immediate product sale. strawberry patch a few years ago, the First, Roberts explains that the jump Van Wagoner’s encountered the on production and sales provides problems with extreme heat, cold or much needed cash flow at a time that is difficult for farmers. rain damaging his crops. “The early summer is always the Another challenge came after hardest time of year for farmers expanding their operation to include potted plants and more greenhouse because we’ve invested much time products. Maple Mountain and money into a product that will Greenhouse was required by city not come due for months later,” Tyson ordinance to put in additional Roberts says. “Most of our bills come parking – trouble is, the only land with interest due after 30 days, so

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few examples of what Farm Bureau members are doing in their communities, both local and via their interests on the Internet, to spread the message of agriculture. While definitely not a comprehensive list, these examples lend credence to the belief that we’ve got to find ways to share what we do in agriculture to those around us. Not a generic “those people that live in X county” but even our own neighbors next door. How can you share what you do? What methods can you leverage to do your part? Maybe it is speaking in front of a community organization, or commenting on a blog or social media site, or helping with a Farm Field Days event. Whatever it is, agriculture and Farm Bureau needs all of us to do our part in sharing the ‘Modern Agricultural Miracle.”

we’re paying interest until we can evaluation of market potential, begin to harvest and pay those bills agriculture needs not disappear. “As always, it isn’t what a person down. Having a crop come up quicker give us a jump on paying can grow, but what a person can sell those down and getting interest reduced. It’s just early money!” The second benefit comes in gaining and maintaining a new customer base beyond the shelf life of the strawberry. By attracting customers early because of his strawberries, Roberts is hoping that contact will facilitate future repeat business for other products. “I think that after they buy from me the first time, perhaps because of this strawberry, they’ll come back later and recognize me and our farm’s quality, and buy things like corn, onions or whatever we have,” Roberts said. “Without first attracting this customer because of strawberries, I might have never picked them up.” Another innovation used by these and other growers Tyson Roberts shows off his first crop has been using the internet of strawberries grow indoors at the and its many social media Roberts’ Farm in Layton Photo by Matt Hargreaves Web sites to further business. With these instant forms of communication and the interactive that determines if something fits their nature it encourages, producers of business plan,” said Brent Black, USU perishable crops gain the advantage Extension Fruit Specialist. “I think of quicker product promotion and both the Roberts’ and Mark [Van Wagoner] have the marketing better targeting of their customers. “I posted a notice about the channels in place that early and late arrival of our strawberries on produce makes some sense for them.” With agricultural land Facebook.com, and I had about 20 emails in two hours inquiring about disappearing in urbanizing counties how to get the strawberries,” Roberts in Utah, uses of these innovations may provide opportunities for said. Producing land-intensive crops agriculture to remain a visible part of such as hay and wheat, or raising the community and an economic livestock might not be viable in some reality for farmers. areas, but with innovation and


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Farm Bureau members now able to pay dues online Utah Farm Bureau members will now be able to pay their membership dues online through a secured, thirdparty site accessed from the Utah Farm Bureau Federation Web site. When visiting http://utfb.fb.org, click on the ‘Membership’ tab on the left side of the page. For those unfamiliar with online payments, there are instructions on how to use the site. Your membership number will be required in order to renew online. Visa or MasterCard are the only cards accepted. Important note: This payment option is for membership dues only, not insurance premium payments. However, Farm Bureau members will also have the ability to pay for annual convention and Midyear Conference online, as well as to pay a voluntary, $100 additional payment to become a century club member. For more information, contact Linda Erb at 801-233-3009 or linda.erb@fbfs.com.

FFA Chapters living to serve By Jill Little, Utah FFA Association Learning to Do; Doing to Learn; Earning to Live; Living to Serve. ‘Living to serve’ is recited several times by members of the National FFA Organization as part of the organization’s motto. FFA Members and Alumni in Utah are truly displaying what it means to them to ‘live to serve’. Local FFA members and Alumni have spent the last six months giving back to their communities in a big way. More than 400 hundred FFA members and 19 Alumni members have collected 32,500 cans of food as part of the National FFA Alumni Association’s ‘Can Hunger: Million-Can Challenge’. The challenge is a community outreach campaign of the National FFA Alumni Association sponsored by Toyota. The food was donated to local food banks and food pantries in the communities of the eight chapters

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that participated. These included food banks in Carbon, Emery, Tooele, Uintah and Utah Counties. National FFA Alumni Association chose 12 of its state affiliates to be part of the nationwide food drive challenge. To be considered, State FFA Alumni Associations submitted written applications describing how the group would engage its statewide community in collecting non-perishable food items through FFA Alumni, student chapters and Toyota dealers. The Utah State FFA Alumni Representative, Lisa Cook, from the Springville FFA Alumni, and Dr. Brian Warnick, from Utah State University, coordinated the ‘Can Hunger: Million-Can Challenge’ food drive for the Utah FFA Association. “The Can Hunger MillionCan-Challenge helped the kids get out in their communities, get outside of themselves and really help others,” Cook said. “The entire community benefited from the drive, not just the FFA or the recipients of the food. This project was good for everyone involved.” The top three collecting chapters were recognized at the Utah FFA State Convention on April 17. The American Fork FFA chapter collected the most, with 9,130 cans of food. The Emery FFA chapter collected 6,732 cans, which was good enough for second place, and the Carbon FFA chapter collected 6,543 cans to earn them third place honors. The American Fork FFA chapter received two student scholarships to the Washington Leadership Conference (WLC) in Washington D.C. and a scholarship for one alumni member to attend the State Leadership Conference (SLC) also held in Washington D.C, for collecting the most cans. The Utah participants generated more than 720 hours of service to their communities. The Utah ‘Can Hunger: MillionCan Challenge’ kicked off on October 16, 2008 and ran till March 31, 2009. The challenge is made possible by a $1.4 million donation from Toyota to the National FFA Foundation. Farm Bureau on the Web: http://utfb.fb.org

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power in public affairs. No other voice is trusted as much right now. A Michigan State University behavioral study concluded that grassroots lobbying by e-mail “has a substantial influence on legislative voting behavior.” To what degree will legislators be influenced by other social media tactics? The jury is still out but for Farm Bureau to remain relevant in the congressional decision-making arena, members must be willing to explore ways to capitalize on all the available technology. Recently, the Utah Farm Bureau has jumped into the fray by creating its own channel on YouTube (http:// www.youtube.com/ utahfarmer) and a group page on Facebook.com under the ‘Utah Farm Bureau’ name. Members of the group are free to share ideas, opinions, stories, photos, videos, etc. to the other members, and can invite their other friends to join the group. Currently, the Utah Farm Bureau group consists of farmers and ranchers in Utah, as well as elected officials, media members, Farm Bureau members & staff from other states, as well as non-farming friends. Increasingly groups with huge financial resources whose views of agriculture are warped and not founded on sound science prey on the uninformed via social media resulting in misinformation traveling with the speed of light down the information highway, clouding judgment and resulting in public pressure for legislative decisions having little basis in fact. But all is not lost – Farm Bureau and you as an advocate for agriculture can slow down or even halt the spread of misinformation about agriculture. Perhaps it’s inconvenient. Perhaps you don’t feel you have the time. Or perhaps you are like the carriage occupants, not wanting to invest in change. But consider the consequences of inaction, of hoping someone else will speak up in your stead. For those interested in learning how they can participate more online, contact Matt Hargreaves, UFBF Director of Communications, at 801-233-3003 or matt.hargreaves@fbfs.com (or of course, via Facebook.com).


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While gardens have always been a traditional part of life for farm families, they also know that the productive farms they own and operate remain critical to the strength of our nation. Whether it is bread on the White House table, made from Kansas wheat, orange juice from a Florida citrus grove, baked potatoes from the rich soils of Idaho or rice from the lush fields of Arkansas, professional farmers fortify the nutritional needs of our nation. In other words, it takes all of America’s farm and ranch families to feed this nation and much

about what goes into producing food. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman is hopeful that other families across our nation will join the Obama family and plant their own gardens this spring. “It’s a great way to discover what it takes to produce food and learn about the growing cycle, from preparing the seed to tending the weeds and pests, and with hard work, a bountiful harvest,” Stallman said. “Home gardens are a great way to complement production agriculture that Farm Bureau members devote their lives to.” In that statement, the AFBF president chose a key word: “complement.” Home gardens are great for providing fruits and vegetables for family meals, but no one expects these gardens to displace the bounty brought forth by America’s hard-working farm and ranch families. Modern production agriculture in the United States is an undisputed marvel in feeding a hungry planet. The White House First Lady Michelle Obama and White House Chef Sam Kass garden rekindles a whisper show students from the Bancroft Elementary how to of the agrarian spirit that plant a garden. Photo courtesy of White House blog built our nation. Gardens, and the dirt-under-the-fingernails work that goes of the world. Today, each American farmer feeds with them, instill a degree of appreciation of an average 143 people, compared to just 19 what it takes to put food on the table. The first people in 1940. Thanks to modern technology family, the White House staff and the school and state-of-the art production practices, children who will help tend the garden American farmers are the world’s most throughout the year are indeed leading by productive. And without a doubt, the vast majority of example. More than 98 percent of our nation’s farms America’s hard working family farmers and ranches are owned and operated by welcome a new garden on the south lawn of the individuals or families, and those farm and ranch White House as just one more way to tell the families appreciate the first family’s nod to food story of America’s amazing, miraculous food production system. It becomes easier to take in production. that big picture after you have had a little dirt under your fingernails.

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>Policy Continued from P. 13 large. Some outside of Farm Bureau have said that UFBF policy is not a true reflection of its membership. In response, I submit that these individuals have not participated in an issue surfacing, policy development, county board, annual business meeting or delegate session within any of our counties or at a state level throughout Utah. Farm Bureau members can be proud of policy developments that commence at the county level and are brought forth and adopted statewide for the benefit of all the agricultural community. As I leave Farm Bureau for another position, I do so with a heavy heart. May I say thank you to all of you for your dedication to the agricultural community. For your dedication to Farm Bureau, its mission, the policy development and implementation process, your resolve to protect the industry you love and cherish. For your allegiance to an industry that provides so much to those around them and yet so few fully understand its impacts and effects on their lives. Thanks for doing what you do and yet many times having the public neglect to pay tribute for your contributions to society and the communities in which you live and work. It has been a privilege and an honor to represent your interests. I will miss the great people of Farm Bureau. President George Washington on December 7, 1796 in his eighth annual address to congress said, “It will not be doubted, that with reference either to individual, or national welfare, Agriculture is of primary importance...” It was “of primary importance” in 1796 and I would submit that it is certainly “of primary importance” in 2009. Agriculture is and will continue to be one of the engines that drive the local and national economy. Good sound policy development is vital to the longevity of agriculture and Farm Bureau member involvement is essential in that process. For those who are involved I commend you, for others I appeal to you to invest of your time, knowledge and invaluable talents in this necessary endeavor.


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untreated. Thus, the states make it their responsibility to supplement diagnostic labs throughout the country to ensure safety in the food supply, as well as to regulate diseases that By Lisa Rose-Woodworth, former Utah Farm Bureau Intern diseases can be foreign diseases that affect trade, can be transmitted to humans. “The labs don’t try to be everything to For a laboratory that ships out tons of animal such as a foot and mouth disease. everybody,” Baldwin said. “We try to focus on by-products and can incinerate 20 sheep at one “In either case, we’ve got to jump on it our regional strengths and help each other.” time, personnel at the Utah Veterinary Diagnostic quickly,” Baldwin said. Baldwin said that the labs are a close-knit Laboratory (UVDL) at Utah State University Such a case happened a few years ago in the group that works together well. Each lab focuses claim that their product is not blood and guts, rabbit industry. The laboratory contacted the on those assays (procedures where properties of but a service to the public. state veterinarian immediately when they found “Our product is information related to animal a viral infection in rabbits purchased from an object or system are measured) that are health,” said Tom Baldwin, DVM, Ph.D, a England. The owners trade rabbits common in their region, and rely on the other veterinary pathologist and the director of the internationally and interstate. Their operation labs for the testing of diseases not specific to the UVDL. “We make medical interpretations was quarantined until the infection cycle was region. As an example, Kansas State tests blood constantly. What matters is not whether you can broken. The owners had sold rabbits as far as samples for rabies in dogs across the entire country. Only one detect a disease-causing organism. Instead, it’s Virginia and these farms lab is needed to ‘You detected it, but so what?’ Is that why this had to be quarantined as handle the load, so animal is dead, and is there risk for herdmates?” well. The diagnostic samples are just Fed From microbiologists, pathologists, and laboratory considers this Ex-ed, opposed to molecular diagnosticians to a pathologist type of information their having the resident, graduate students, and office staff, number one priority, equipment in each about 20 employees run the lab. Their mission is giving a service to people facility. Utah’s to diagnose disease and then give producers, and their animals. animals usually need public health officials, and the public at large that The UVDL is jointly about 50 rabies tests information. owned and administered each year. However, “The purpose of the laboratory is to provide by Utah State University Baldwin said that timely, in-depth, cost efficient, veterinary (USU) and the Utah Utah is at the heart diagnostic services to safeguard animal health, Department of protect the agricultural economy, and shield the Agriculture and Food The serology lab is for screening agents or of cattle country, so public against zoonoses (diseases transmissible (UDAF). The lab works antibodies. Its main responsibility is brucel- if a producer needs to find out why his from animals to humans),” according to the closely with several key losis control. Photo courtesy of UVDL calf died of diarrhea, UVDL website. players in agriculture the UVDL is the place to have these animals “We don’t spay dogs, we don’t see clients, and in public health; namely, UDAF, all tested. we don’t operate a veterinary clinic,” Baldwin practicing veterinarians in the state, animal Testing can begin and end right in the lab. said. “We practice laboratory-based veterinary owners, public health officials, and other From a whole animal all the way to a detailed diagnostic labs across the country. report on the findings, depending on the disease, The UVDL is Utah’s equivalent in a nationwide collaborative system of Baldwin says they can do it all. The main laboratory is, located at 950 E. 1400 diagnostic labs. Most states have a main North, in Logan, UT is on a negative pressure, lab associated with either a veterinary school or the land-grant institution and single passage air system. Opposed to standard then one or more satellite labs. Utah’s circulation, the air in the building is never rebranch lab is in Nephi. These labs are used. The exhaust is filtered on its way out and supplemented through tax dollars to those filters are incinerated to avoid make the service affordable for producers. contamination. The focus of this low air is in the “Why through tax dollars?” postmortem room. “The postmortem room is the heart of any Baldwin posed the question before answering. “Unlike human medicine, we diagnostic lab,” Baldwin said. “It is where the practice veterinary medicine on a budget. effects of a disease are under the eyes of a If I break my leg, the doctor is not going pathologist.” Baldwin explained that a blood sample for This post mortem room is where animals are to worry about the cost of the blood test rabies can easily be shipped to Kansas, but an analyzed and diseases are under the scrutiny or the latest titanium pin. But in animal 1800 lb dairy cow cannot. The postmortem room of a pathologist, to find out why animals have health, we ask ourselves if the animal is is equipped with cold, stainless steel necropsy died and what implications it may have for other worth the cost of providing medical services. If we actually charged what tables on hydraulic lifts. Animals can be slid on livestock in Utah. Photo courtesy of UVDL laboratory assays cost, no one would ceiling tracks from the loading dock to the medicine.” submit a sample.” This is why the service is postmortem room or into a cold room. The cold room is a large, walk in refrigerator to preserve Under the microscope, these veterinarians funded publicly. look for two kinds of diseases: regional and At cost, a producer would have to pay about the animals until their time comes to be examined. uncommon. Regional diseases are those that $1000 to have a dead animal tested for cause of In the room, there are 50 gallon barrels with regularly pose a problem in a geographic area. death. Often times the producer would not cows’ feet sticking out the top. Baldwin chuckled The sooner these are identified, the more rapid consider the price worth the knowledge. As a and said that was very typical. The facility is largely autonomous, said and affective the treatment can be. Uncommon result, diseases would go unknown and hence, Baldwin. Effluent from the animals goes to a holding tank and then to be rendered and medical waste is incinerated for six hours at 1400 • Square and round bale models • Made to fit any loader degrees Fahrenheit. • 2200 lb spear tensile strength • 36” or 48” spear lengths • High back for safety “That pretty well takes care of everything,” • Bucket models available Baldwin chided. • 1-year limited warranty Tissue is harvested in the postmortem room. From there, the tissue is preserved and trimmed in to plastic containers. Then the tissue goes to

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the histology lab. The water is taken out and paraffin is infiltrated in the tissue to give it enough structural strength to cut into sections half the thickness of a red-blood cell. The

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approximately 70,000 brucellosis tests per year. Although the veterinarians that staff the UVDL are employees of USU, and classified as faculty members, their roles are quite different than standard professors such as might staff an English or even science-based department. As examples, most of the UVDL faculty do not teach college courses or do extensive research. Instead, they are public service This PCR thermocycler used for Johne’s dis- oriented. “We are far more akin to the ease and other pathogen testing. Photo courtesy of UVDL. pathologists at Logan Regional tissue is put on a slide, stained, and Hospital than most of our university then goes to the pathologists who counterparts. What we do is not interpret changes in the tissues and what most university professors “tell people what’s going on. It’s a do.” whole different world at the Baldwin said that they write microscopic level,” he said. formal medical reports The most expensive section, “ceaselessly,” without time for counter-for-counter, is the “fluff.” In fact, he argues that they toxicology lab. Analyses are done write more than anyone else on on forage, tissues or blood samples. campus. This is because after an Baldwin’s favorite lab is the animal is tested, a formal document “cutting edge” molecular is written to provide information for laboratory, which was built in the the submitting veterinarian or past five years. Using the animal owner. The document polymerase chain reaction (PCR), contains a list of what is wrong, raw unique segments of DNA, are testing data and a medical amplified nearly a billion times until interpretation of what happened. visible with the naked eye. Where Baldwin said that he is not necessary, PCR amplification convinced that what they do at produced are sequenced to confirm diagnoses. Baldwin said one significant advantage of amplification is not having to come in contact with the live organism. This reduces the likelihood of being contaminated with a dangerous disease. The PCR amplification also reduces the turn-around for testing disease with long culture times, such as the Johne’s disease agent. One of the UVDL’s experts, Dr. PCR testing can do in a day Ramona Skirpstunas is a boardwhat three months of culture certified veterinary pathologist. used to do. It works well for Photo courtesy of UVDL. hard to culture and dangerous diseases. UVDL is particularly “amazing”, The bacteriology section is for but he hopes that it helps people in routine cultures and the serology their everyday lives. He said that section is for screening serum for the greatest service UVDL can antibodies against disease causing provide is in a situation when a organisms. A large responsibility of producer, who is losing calves to the serology lab is brucellosis diarrhea, stops losing one more, or control. Every slaughtered cow when a person bitten by a stray dog must be tested for the disease, and can know with confidence that the every live cow destined to cross a animal did not have rabies. These state border must have a health are things that make it all certificate. Because the UVDL is worthwhile. responsible for the entire state, Baldwin said that they do

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Baxter Black: The art of driving Most farm kids learn to drive early on. It’s part of the responsibility given along with daily chores. They learn to drive from parents or siblings because it makes them more useful on the farm, though it creates some odd occasions. When my daughter was 13 we were having a barbeque at the house. Andy had parked his big 3/4 ton GMC 4x4 pickup with B&W turnover ball in front. We needed it moved. “Okay if Jennifer moves your truck?” I asked. “Sure,” he said, “The keys are in it.” “Jennifer, go move Uncle Andy’s pickup…put it by the hay barn.” She raced to the big rig and climbed in. I saw her examining the gauges and knobs. Abruptly she jumped out and came running over, “I can’t drive it, Dad,” she said, “It’s an automatic!” My son has been driving increasingly since he was 10; jeeps, tractors, trucks, etc. Then came time for the driver’s license test. He borrowed Mom’s Buick Submarine. He flunked the test twice because he couldn’t back it into a perpendicular parking space. Apparently, you’re not allowed to run over the yellow lines and hit a tree! He finally borrowed Becky’s small Chevy and passed the test! On the way home he was jubilant. Mom suggested he gas up Becky’s car as a way to thank her. He inserted the nozzle, ran into the store for a Monster pop, returned, jumped behind the wheel and took off…ripping the gasoline hose off at the pump! ‘Course, he didn’t have Aunt Effie’s coaching. Back when I was a teen I was visiting my Okie kinfolks. We’d been to a fiddlin’ and they were letting me drive back to the farm. We’d come in their only vehicle, a 1953 Chevrolet long bed pickup. It was rainin’ buckets as we took the back way on the old section line roads, up and down the hollers, then up and down again! Out of exhaustion, I guess, the right side windshield wiper quit working! The lights cut tunnels into the streaming darkness. Aunt Effie was in the middle but nearly on my lap trying to see out the swiping fan of the left wiper! It was like looking through the porthole! I was barely able to see the road over her staring and pushing to get a better view! She was giving a ‘play-by-play’ of our location, driving instructions and chances of survival in a never-ending broadcast! “Aunt Effie,” I shouted over the pouring rain, “Can you reach the brakes from there?” “Bax, honey, you know I can’t drive! Bear to the right at the top of the hill! I believe that’s the Slaughterville Road!”


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Gray wolves now delisted Control and management of wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountain (NRM) Recovery Region continues its evolution amid the increasing cost of expensive litigation and the emotional flexing of concerned and vested citizens. Local, state and national governments continue their quest and mandate towards long-term management. Interest groups showcase their resources at educating the public and delaying government timetables. Through it all, gray wolves have been established in the Northern Rocky Mountains. Furthermore, laws are in place to protect, preserve and manage their stability, health and populations. This reality comes after a point in history, 100 years ago, when the government sponsored an extermination of wolves in Utah. Without question, science has played a role in determining current management practices for wolves. However, with each year that passes, emotionalism seems to take root, grow deeper and in some instances, override science and common sense. Emotionalism is as

viable an issue as science, and it must be dealt with as a reality regardless of the lack of credibility it implies. For many, discussing wolves and their management generates charged emotions and selfish behavior. Years ago, Utah Farm Bureau members, through their grassroots development process, established policies stating their

County Connection Sterling C. Brown Vice PresidentOrganization opposition to wolves in Utah. Soon after, Utah’s Legislature passed a resolution urging Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources to adopt a Utah Wolf Management Plan. A committee was organized and 18months later the committee presented a draft management plan to the Division’s Board of Directors for approval. The Board amended the proposed draft plan then passed a Wolf Management Plan that

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- Utah Territorial Legislature began the extermination of wolves from the state by offering a bounty. - last verified wolf was killed in San Juan County. - Taylor Grazing Act was passed providing Congressional mandate protecting livestock grazing on federal lands. - Endangered Species Act was created giving protection to wolves and listed wolves as an endangered species. - Sixty-six wolves were introduced into Yellowstone National Park and Idaho with “endangered” protection status. - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced the minimum recovery goal for wolves in the recovery region had been attained – 30 breeding pairs for three successive years. - Utah Legislature passed HJR 12 – a resolution urging the Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources to draft a Wolf Management Plan. – Biologists confirm 70 breeding pairs and 900 known wolves roaming in the recovery region. Utah’s Division of Wildlife Board adopts a Wolf Management Plan giving livestock owners the right to lethally control their livestock – plan becomes effective once wolves become delisted. - Biologists confirm 1,645 wolves living in about 217 packs with another 500 pups expected to be born in the recovery region. - Wolves in the Northern Rocky Mountain Recovery Region become delisted with the exception of Wyoming.

would take affect only after the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) delisted wolves in the NRM Recovery Region (all of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, eastern third of Washington and Oregon and a small corner of north-central Utah). This Utah portion of the NRM Recovery Region includes: all of Cache and Rich counties, eastern Box Elder county, east half of Morgan and Weber counties and the northwestern edge of Summit county. The adopted Utah Wolf Management Plan allows livestock owners, immediate family members, and employees of livestock owners to lethally control wolves on both private and public lands when wolves are harassing, in the act of killing or experience confirmed loss of livestock. Livestock owners are not required to obtain a permit to protect livestock. Wolves outside of the delisted area in Utah will continue to be managed as endangered by the USFWS. May 4, 2009 is significant for many – particularly livestock owners in north-central Utah. The USFWS has announced that on this date wolves will be delisted from the Endangered Species Act and will no longer be managed by the USFWS. However, because Wyoming has not passed a wolf management plan suitable to the USFWS, all wolves in Wyoming are still listed and managed by the USFWS. Once delisted, a state or tribe has sole management responsibility. Montana intends to manage 400 wolves. Idaho will manage 500 and

the USFWS will manage wolves in Wyoming at about 300. The Endangered Species Act includes many safeguards to ensure wolf populations remain recovered. The USFWS will continue to monitor the wolf population for at least five years after delisting. States and tribes have laws to protect private

property from damage caused by wildlife such as the law previously outlined giving livestock owners the right to lethally control wolves on both private and public lands. While wolves were listed under the Endangered Species Act, the federal government paid most of the costs associated with restoration and management through appropriations from Congress. In 2008, about $3.6 million was spent on wolf management in the NRM. Now that wolves are delisted, states will begin funding wolf management. The USFWS will continue funding the management in Wyoming. In just a few short years, Utah’s Wolf Management Plan will be up for review and open for public input. Science and emotionalism will be considered. The interests, livelihood and affects of a strong livestock industry must again be recognized and incorporated into the plan.


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AFBF: Market-oriented focus needed in climate change bill WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation supports a market-based incentive program rather than a government-mandated program to address the issue of climate change. AFBF outlined its goals for climate change legislation in a 29question survey recently sent to the House Agriculture Committee. The committee had asked AFBF and other farm groups to complete the questionnaire before hearings are held on climate change legislation. In the questionnaire, AFBF President Bob Stallman emphasized that Congress should not enact legislation mandating carbon emission reductions to

levels not justified by sound, peerreviewed science and that any legislation designed to reduce carbon emissions must make sure the costs don’t outweigh the benefits. “Congress should not enact a carbon tax, and a cap-and-trade program should be voluntary,” Stallman said, emphasizing that agriculture and forestry should not be regulated or capped under a carbon-reduction program. “Capping or taxing agriculture or forestry will only limit the potential sequestration benefits those sectors can provide,” Stallman said. “(Benefits) should be achieved through a robust agricultural and forestry voluntary offset program. The

Farming: The original ‘green collar job’ By Stewart Truelsen is a regular contributor to the Focus on Agriculture column series and he recently finished work on a new book, “Forward Farm Bureau,” which charts the first 90 years of the American Farm Bureau Federation

As the economy loses blue collar and white collar jobs, one bright spot in the employment outlook appears to be so-called “green collar jobs.” But what exactly are green collar jobs? Vice President Joe Biden described green collar jobs this way: “They provide products and services that use renewable energy sources, reduce pollution, and conserve energy and natural resources.” Biden did not say this, but by his definition farming is a green collar job. In fact, farming is the original green collar job. Farmers were among the original users of renewable energy to provide products and services. Early agriculturalists relied on solar power to grow crops just as we do today. They used wind power to draw water and grind grain into flour. They built irrigation systems to make more efficient use of the water. Yet, the term “green collar jobs” was unheard of until recently. It was first used as the title of a book 10 years ago, but there were references to green collar workers prior to that. It became part of everyday vocabulary during the last presidential campaign when the candidates, particularly President Barack Obama, talked about creating millions of green collar jobs. There already were millions of green collar jobs a hundred years

ago, but the rise in agricultural productivity made many of those farmers unnecessary. They went to the cities and took blue collar jobs in manufacturing. As manufacturing jobs moved overseas in more recent times, white collar and service sector jobs replaced some of that employment. The farmers who stayed on the land built American agriculture into the unparalleled success it is today. They don’t get enough credit for their green collar accomplishments over the years. Before there was an environmental movement, farmers were learning and adopting soil and water conservation measures. It was a painful lesson taught by the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. During the Great Depression, the American Farm Bureau Federation and others encouraged research into ethanol from corn and a variety of other crops and crop residues. They were decades ahead of the times, but again in the 1970s Farm Bureau revived its push for renewable fuels. AFBF and state Farm Bureaus also were leaders in conservation tillage, well-water testing and many other environmental improvements of the 20th Century. And just as they were with ethanol, farmers were early adopters of modern wind energy and the use of methane from manure to generate electricity. The green collar economy is really not a new thing for farmers or even for this country in times of economic trouble. President Franklin Roosevelt had a similar idea with the Civilian Conservation

relatively small amount of agricultural and forestry emissions come from thousands of producers, making any cap or tax difficult to administer and enforce.” Stallman said an offset program would allow producers to voluntarily reduce emissions and allow producers to recoup a portion of their increased input costs. “Over the past decade, improved agricultural practices such as no-till cropping, targeted chemical applications through global positioning satellite technology and methane digesters have reduced emissions from the agricultural sector,” Stallman said. “This demonstrates that if the agriculture and forestry sector are provided proper incentives, they will reduce their emissions even further.” Corps. It’s just a little more hightech this time around — installing solar panels, weatherizing homes, building a new power grid and hybrid cars. Long after the current excitement about the green economy has worn off, American farmers and ranchers will remain green collar workers as they always have been — efficient producers of food, fiber and fuel, and stewards of natural resources.

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in the program. Farm Bureau is disappointed that the department wants to suspend these rules that allow U.S. agriculture to legally hire much-needed temporary workers,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. Stallman said the sudden change in policy also is creating confusion for many farmers who have spent time learning the new rules, have already filled out applications and may well have contracts signed based on the provisions. “One of the rules that DOL wants to suspend assures farmers that wages required under the program would be closer to those actually being paid in the economy and that workers referred by state workforce agencies were authorized for employment in the U.S.,” Stallman said. “Doing away with this rule will clearly hurt a farmer’s bottom line during extremely difficult economic times.” The AFBF letter also emphasized that DOL did not provide enough time for public comment when it published the proposed rule in the Federal Register March 17 and gave only 10 days for interested parties to submit comments. Procedures normally allow at least 30 days for public comment. The shorter comment period did not provide AFBF sufficient time to reach out to its members and seek feedback.


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Farmers, ranchers plugging in to social media By Mace Thornton, Deputy Director of Public Relations, AFBF. On Twitter, he is @AFBFMac.

A communications phenomenon known as social media is sweeping our nation. And, recognizing the need to engage in this revolutionary form of public conversation, people from all walks of American agriculture are joining the discussion. Social media isn’t exactly brandspanking new, but the number of

users of Web sites and applications with interesting monikers, such as Facebook and Twitter, has exploded since late last year. Facebook is a Web-based service (www.facebook.com). It is simple to use and allows people to build and maintain personal pages and connect with other friends, colleagues or allies who are signed up. Twitter (www.twitter.com) takes simplicity

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one step further. It is a “microblogging” site that allows people to build a base of “followers” and keep in touch by typing out simple and quick 140-character messages, also known as a “tweets.” Today, Facebook alone has 200 million active subscribers, and more than half of those people use the service at least once per day. It is growing by leaps and bounds, and, surprisingly, the fastest growing demographic is people over 35 years of age. While those two social media tools are leading the way, there are many others bubbling to the surface. Social media conversations are breathing new life into those quintessential American activities of community discussion and public discourse, but they also are just another way to keep in touch with friends and family. Anyone with an Internet connection, a mobile communications device or a so-called smart phone can share information, opinions and personal thoughts with friends, colleagues and counterparts—all at the speed of the mighty electron. There is one unfortunate issue that may be magnifying the newfound communications influence and popularity of social media. This explosion is happening at a time when at least one old-guard institution of American society—the big city newspaper—is, in many locations, fighting for its very existence. Poet Archibald MacLeish once stated, “Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.” If you throw MacLeish’s thoughts on journalism and poetry into a blender and flip the switch, you get a pretty good idea of the character of social media. It’s as much about sharing facts and information about the world around us as it is about sharing our thoughts and feelings about that world. Like an electronic adaptation of the old town crier, the office water cooler or the small-town coffee shop, citizen communicators are telling their social media stories at the places where people gather. Farmers and ranchers are joining the chorus, from their fields, barns, machine sheds and pastures. Many have Facebook pages. Many can be followed on Twitter. To name just a few, they carry Twitter tagnames such as @foodprovider, @gilmerdairy, @TroyHadrick and @RayLinDairy. They use social media to tell their personal stories. To rephrase the message of the old town crier, when it comes to social media, “It’s the 21st Century in American agriculture, and all is well.”

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USDA responds to producer concerns by extending signup date for DCP and ACRE programs SALT LAKE CITY – Tom Miyagishima, Acting State Executive Director of USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Utah, announced that USDA has extended the sign-up deadline from June 1, to Aug. 14, 2009, for both the Direct and Countercyclical Program (DCP) and the forthcoming Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) Program. This action extends the sign-up deadline by 10 weeks to give producers ample time to decide whether to participate in ACRE or remain in DCP. “Extending the DCP and ACRE sign-up deadline will help ensure that America’s farmers have enough information and time to determine if ACRE is the right program for their needs,” Miyagishima said. Sign-up for ACRE is expected to start in late April, with an official sign-up announcement to be made in the coming weeks. Producers can elect ACRE at their FSA county office after the signup period commences. The original June 1 deadline may have forced producers to rush their decision, which is why this extension gives producers more time to make an informed decision about staying with DCP for 2009 or participating in ACRE for crop year 2009 and beyond through 2012. The ACRE program, authorized by the 2008 Farm Bill, provides eligible producers a state-level revenue guarantee, based on the 5-year state Olympic average yield and the 2-year national average price. ACRE payments are made when both state and farm-level triggers are met. By participating in ACRE, producers elect to forgo countercyclical payments, receive a 20percent reduction in direct payments and a 30-percent reduction in loan rates. The decision to elect ACRE binds the farm to the program through the 2012 crop year, the last crop year covered by the 2008 Act.


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Rural development requires persistence, passion, partnerships

Matthew Meals AFBF Young Farmer & Rancher Committee Chair, and firstgeneration farmer from Newville, Pennsylvania

Taking the plunge I was taught as a young boy that there’s no sense in living if you can’t “take the plunge.” Jump in and get your feet wet is what my elders used to tell me. And I guess that’s what you could say I did to begin my farming career. My story is a little different than most farmers, but hopefully not for long. I am a first-generation farmer. I took the plunge into farming and haven’t looked back. I wasn’t raised on a farm, although I was raised in an agricultural environment. My parents never farmed and, consequently, didn’t have a farm to pass on to me. So, realizing it was now or never, I purchased 53 acres of land from the farm I worked on as a kid, got a loan, purchased equipment, rented 83 more acres, built a farm shop and hay storage building and — became a farmer. Talk about getting your feet wet! As all farmers and ranchers know, farming is not easy on any given day—but especially those first days when you are trying to get your feet grounded. For me, it took a period of three years, a lot of hard work and many sleepless nights to get my crop and hay storage operation up and going. As the U.S. farming population is getting older and we are seeing the number of farms dwindle every year, it is my hope

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that farmers and ranchers can work together to entice people like me—someone who had an interest in farming but not a family farm— to get involved in agriculture and help shape the next generation of farming. I became involved in Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers program to help out fellow and potential producers. My own Farm Bureau journey started out with the nurturing of several important people, including my grandfather who had to sell his farm before I was born, as well as a local farmer in my area who encouraged and helped me along the way. I have always respected the values my grandfather stood for and I want to carry on that heritage. At the same time, I realize farming has changed—it’s not my grandfather’s agriculture anymore. And to carry on his and so many others’ agricultural legacies, we must reach out and encourage new people to get involved in farming. Farmers and ranchers not only have the opportunity, but the responsibility, to help out other producers and shepherd along those who dream of becoming a farmer or rancher. It is up to each and every one of us to lend a helping hand and encourage others to take the plunge, getting their feet wet in an industry that has given opportunity to so many Americans.

By John Hart, Director of News Services, American Farm Bureau Federation

Persistence, passion and partnerships are the hallmarks of successful rural development programs. Of all the insights presented during a recent rural development conference coordinated by the American Farm Bureau Federation, those “three Ps” were identified as key to a vibrant rural America. Farm Bureau, a grassroots organization with 2,800 county Farm Bureaus in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, is a natural conduit for rural development initiatives since most of the organization’s members live and work in rural America. With that in mind, AFBF launched a new rural development program with a goal of improving the quality of life in rural communities across the nation. The recent conference, held in North Carolina, focused on several s u c c e s s f u l initiatives to strengthen rural communities in that state. Many of the ideas that were shared helped plant seeds for ideas that can also be successful in other states. One success story was that of the Pound Cake Company in Benson, N.C., owned by entrepreneurs Jan MatthewsHodges and Bobby Jenkins. With help from the town of Benson and a rural economic redevelopment grant from the North Carolina Rural Center, the two transformed an abandoned cafeteria into a production facility that today creates pound cakes, cookies and other sweet treats. The Pound Cake Company offers employment to a number of Benson residents, many who are underprivileged and desperately needing economic opportunity. The conference also showcased the rural North Carolina towns of Erwin and Angier that partnered with state programs to revitalize rural communities that have been hurt by economic changes. Conference participants also toured the New Standard Corporation facility in Rocky Mount that turned an abandoned factory into a new business that

forges steel for dishwashers and other uses. Paying attention to key issues such as quality health care and educational resources, and the availability of reliable high-speed Internet service are musts for enhancing rural communities. Farm Bureau is pushing hard for greater access to broadband Internet services for unserved and underserved rural areas, which will also help fill the any health care, education and opportunity gaps. The outmigration of young people is also a major concern for rural communities. Jobs that give young people a career reason to return home are critical. Again,

broadband Internet access will help create those jobs. Deborah Markley, managing director of the Rural Policy Research Institute’s Center for Rural Entrepreneurship in Lincoln, Neb., emphasized that a “one-size-fits-all” strategy won’t work because of the great diversity of communities all across rural America. The greatest challenges for rural development are isolated rural areas where the outmigration issue is most acute, she stresses. “Developing rural communities is important because farm and ranch families often can’t afford to stay on the farm when the school is gone, the clinic is gone and the off-farm job is gone,” she says. She points out that many young people would like to return to their hometowns if there are job to come back to. Successful rural d elopment requires local leaders who have the persistence and passion to improve their hometowns and the willingness to partner with others to achieve goals. Through this persistence, passion and partnership, the best days are yet to come for rural America.


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Putting “family” in family finance By Jana Darrington, USU Extension Family & Consumer Science Agent, Utah County

Well-managed family finances are important to a great marriage. How does this happen? According to Alena Johnson, Utah State University, you have to have a plan for where, when and how to spend the money. First of all, both partners need to be able to feel that they can trust the other. “If there’s not complete trust, problems can occur,” Johnson said. “They must both be willing to live within their means, which means no overspending.” It also means that if one or both of the partners want to make a big purchase like new furniture or a car, the couple needs to communicate about not only why they need or want the item, but how they can realistically pay for it. One way to achieve a goal is to reduce or eliminate other debts

so that your budget can withstand the extra monthly expense that will accompany a new purchase. Things to consider: o Determine who does what. o For example, who keeps the checkbook balanced? o Whose judgment on merchandise is sound? o Pre-determine how you will handle your income. o Establish in writing all income and expenditures. o Develop financial trust. Be honest with your partner. o Don’t forget to communicate. o Determine how much personal spending money each partner will receive. o Work together – if financial problems arise, don’t let it negatively affect the marriage. Guess who has a combined annual income of $14 billion and spends $2 billion on junk food and $12 billion on toys, games, clothes, and entertainment? The answer:

Corrupted language and bad ideas By Lynne Finnerty, Editor of FBNews, the newspaper of the American Farm Bureau Federation

Subsidy—it’s become a dirty word. Government subsidies are payments to businesses to achieve a public goal. Call anything a “subsidy,” however, and it becomes easier to turn people against it. Our nation’s farms, 98 percent of which are owned by individuals or families, receive government payments to help them survive fast-changing and virtually uncontrollable dynamics such as weather, prices and production costs. The goal is to keep farmers growing crops even through difficult times, so Americans never rely on other countries for their food. Many farms have grown large over decades. Many of them are also owned by families whose grandparents or greatgrandparents started with little more than a horse and plow, and they’ve expanded to spread rising expenses over more units of

production. They’ve also grown to allow more family members to join the operation. Now these farmers are on the wrong side of public opinion. “Large farm” is another dirty word—or two—although the latest agricultural census shows that the largest 5 percent of farms produce about 70 percent of our agricultural output. It seems like a good idea to keep these mostproductive farms producing, yet they are often vilified. Words are powerful, and President Barack Obama is skilled at using them. He invoked compelling language in his February speech to Congress when he said the U.S. should “end direct payments to large agribusinesses.” Two days later he released his proposal to end direct payments to farms with annual sales of $500,000 or more. The Office of Management and Budget estimates this would save about $10 billion, over 10 years. That proposal must have been rushed out the door like someone

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kids ages 4-12! Teenagers spend approximately seven times more! What about your kids? Do they know the value of money? If not, they can make unreasonable demands because they don’t understand the family finances. It’s best to start when your children are small and young but they can be taught at any age. They can learn to save for something as small as a snow cone or as large as college. When they purchase with money they’ve saved, they will learn how satisfying it is to reach a goal. As your children grow older they can begin to save for larger and more important goals. In addition, you should take them shopping with you and teach them to comparison shop. Show them how to use ads and coupons. This will not only impress upon them how to save money, but give them the knowledge to participate in family budgeting and spending. Everyone benefits when there is money left after shopping is completed. Here are two comparisons: A mother taught her daughter to comparison shop for clothing from a very young age. In junior high school, she was given a budget amount at the beginning of each

school year that she could spend. She knew the things she wanted, but she shopped all over trying to get bargains. When she would find an especially good buy, she’d come home so excited with her new purchase. She would delightedly announce, “Guess how much I saved?!” In contrast, a college student who had not been taught to comparison shop often overspent her monthly budget. She typically would rush through stores and buy whatever suited her without checking other stores or prices. She did this with everything from food to clothes, leaving her short at the end of every month. As illustrated, it’s essential to teach your children to have a healthy respect for money and to recognize that poor money management can be detrimental to future happiness. It is your responsibility to teach by inclusion and example. It is possible to have a great marriage and family life and learn how to handle money together. Mutual trust and the ability to communicate about money with each other and your children is an investment worth making.

who’s late for work, hasn’t brushed his hair and has two different types of shoes on, because it doesn’t seem well thought out nor has it made a good impression. For one thing, adequate food production has never been more important, as shown by last year’s grain shortages in other parts of the world. In the U.S. food prices ticked up about 5 percent last year, but there was still plenty to go around. For another, the president’s plan doesn’t consider that a farm can have $500,000 in sales and still not make any money because of the cost of inputs like fuel, electricity, livestock feed, seeds, fertilizer, land and tractors. Production costs have gone up more in the last two years than ever before. USDA says expenses will fall by about 5 percent this year, but net farm income will fall further, by 20 percent. Fortunately, members of Congress have put more thought into this. They have concluded that now is not the time to pull the rug out from under our farmers or abandon the goal of remaining self-sufficient in food production,

and they left the farm payment cuts out of their budget resolution. Another dirty word now is “bailout,” although the government says some industries are “too big to fail” and that’s why it has to prop them up with more than $1 trillion in taxpayer dollars. One could just as powerfully argue that the farms that grow most of our food are too big to fail. The good news is it doesn’t take $1 trillion dollars to help them survive. “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought,” author George Orwell wrote in his 1946 essay “Politics and the English Language.” His point was that oftrepeated words and phrases can “invade” our minds and “anaesthetize” our brains. On the subject of keeping food on our tables, let’s stop and think about what we’re subsidizing and what our politicians’ language means for U.S. food security.

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FBL Financial Group names James E. Hohmann Chief Executive Officer WEST DES MOINES, Iowa. – The Board of Directors of FBL Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: FFG) announced today that James E. Hohmann has been named interim Chief Executive Officer, to succeed James W. Noyce, who is leaving FBL Financial Group after 24 years of service. “We are very pleased Jim Hohmann will be serving as CEO, providing strong leadership during an important transition period in the organization. Jim has an extensive background in financial services and insurance,” said Craig A. Lang, Chairman of the FBL Board of Directors. “These qualifications and his strong track record as a visionary and strategic leader make him an outstanding choice to lead FBL’s management team and help the organization thrive and meet the challenges of today’s dynamic market conditions.” James (Jim) E. Hohmann, age 53, joins FBL Financial Group with more than 30 years of experience in financial services. Most recently, Hohmann was President and CEO of Allstate Financial with executive accountabilities for 15 Allstate affiliates including Allstate Life Insurance Company, Allstate Bank, Allstate Workplace and Allstate Institutional Markets. Hohmann also worked for nearly 13 years for business consulting practices, including Tillinghast/Towers Perrin where he was Managing Principal of the Chicago Life operations, and KPMG Peat Marwick. A Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, and a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries, Hohmann began his career as a life insurance actuary. Hohmann has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Northwestern University, and earned his MBA from the University of Chicago graduating with High Honors. Hohmann has been a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Life Insurers, and serves on the board of OMNI Youth Services in Chicago. Jim and his wife, Diane, have two sons ages 17 and 20. Hohmann joins FBL immediately, and will lead the organization on an interim basis until a permanent replacement is named. James (Jim) W. Noyce leaves FBL after serving as CEO since

2007, and Chief Financial Officer from 1995-2007. In addition, Noyce served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of FBL’s property-casualty companies from 2000 to mid2002, and as Chief Administrative Officer from mid-2002 to 2006. “On behalf of the Board of Directors, I would like to thank Jim for his integrity, committed leadership and personal dedication to FBL,” Chairman Lang said. “Jim is to be

commended for his years of service to the company. We wish him well in his future endeavors.” In 2007, Noyce was named Outstanding CPA in Business and Industry by the Iowa Society of CPAs and inducted into the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Business and Industry Hall of Fame.

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING IMPORTANT NOTICE 1. Non-commercial ads for Utah Farm Bureau members selling items they grow or make themselves, or used machinery, household items, etc., they themselves have used in the past. Each member family is entitled to one such ad free in each three-month period. Ads can be up to 40 words or numbers such as phone number or Zip. Words such as “For Sale” are included, initials and numbers count as a word. All words over 40 cost 25 cents each. Ads over 40 words not accompanied by the extra payment, or not meeting the above requirements, will be returned to the sender. Family memberships cannot be combined to create larger ads, nor can a membership be used for free classified ad purposes by anyone other than immediate family members. Ads run for three months. 2. Commercial ads for Utah Farm Bureau members where the member is acting as an agent or dealer (real estate, machinery, handicraft items made by people outside the member family, etc.) cost 25 cents per word. Payment MUST accompany such ads or they will be returned to the sender. Members are entitled to one such ad. Ads run for one month. 3. Ads for non-Utah Farm Bureau members cost 50 cents per word. Payment MUST accompany such ads or they will be returned to the sender. Ads run for one month. In all ads, short lines requested by the advertiser, extra lines of white space, and lines with words in all caps count as 6 words per line. Ads with borders and bold headlines may be submitted and placed within the classified section, but will be charged the display advertising rate. Please contact the classified advertising department for further information. No insurance ads will be accepted. ***DEADLINE: ALL ADS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 15 TH OF THE MONTH IN ORDER TO APPEAR IN THE NEXT ISSUE. EXCEPT FOR THE JANUARY ISSUE, WHICH HAS A CLASSIFIED DEADLINE OF DEC. 5. Only free ads (Category 1 ads of 40 words or less) will be accepted by telephone at 801-233-3010, by fax at 801-233-3030 or e-mail at aboyack@fbfs.com. Please include your membership number. Ads must be received no later than the 15th of the month Mail ads, typed or neatly printed, with any payment due, to Utah Farm Bureau News, Classified Ad Department, 9865 South State Street, Sandy, UT 840702305. Free ads must be resubmitted by mail, telephone or fax after running for

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FOR SALE: JD Round Baler Model 535. Good working condition, stored inside. 801369-9056. FOR SALE: 9ft dozer blade with JD 640 QT loader mounts $1,200.00. Quality Products brand 24ft flatbed gooseneck trailer 10,000 lb dual tire axle steel bed hydraulic dump includes mounted warn winch excellent equipment hauler and all purpose trailer $ 6,500.00. Call 435-678 2984. FOR SALE: JD grain drill, model 8300, excellent condition, 13’ wide, $6,000. 435671-3008. FOR SALE: 9N Ford tractor, runs great, $1,700. 861 Ford diesel, needs engine work, $1,500 OBO. Front-end loader (bucket frame mounts, & hydraulic pump) fits Ford 800 series tractor, $500 OBO. 801-2921767 or 801-597-1556, ask for Jake. FOR SALE: Elevators (1) 50” Hydraulic used for hay cubes. (1) Spud elevator all hydraulic. (1) Metal Hopper to feed elevator. 4 Ton of oiled slack coal for heating. Contact Lee @ 801-386-1964 or Bill @ 435-8302646 in Stockton. WANTED: Information on truck mount stainless steel tank. 3,500 gallons or 19,000 liters. Used for transporting milk or water. Tank without truck preferable. Call 250-754-7780 or Fax # 250-754-7798. FOR SALE: Used 24’ Geoffrey chisel plow, mostly for parts. $300. 435-279-8164. WANTED CATERPILLAR: Private party wants to buy caterpillar D2 or D4 or other small crawler running or not. Call 435-658-0628 evenings; 801-269-8040 days, ask for Dave. FOR SALE: 15’ Triple K digger with hangon harrows, excellent condition, $1,500 OBO. 12’ power harrow, good condition, best offer. Big Bale 3 tine high back fork will attach to loader bucket, excellent condition, $300. Cell: 435-760-7151 or Home: 435245-4683. FOR SALE: Large tractor loader. 12’ steel leveler. 124 MF baler. 10’ JD grain drill. 200 gal. sprayer. Scrapping blade. Call 435-5285192. FOR SALE: 350 International diesel tractor. 500 hrs. on new engine. New injector pump. $4,500. 435-623-1442. TWO JOHN DEERE 2280 swathers for sale. 16’ headers, twin knife. Best offer. Contact John at 435-438-5144.

three months. Ads for which there is a payment due will be run as long as payment is received in advance. ALL CLASSIFIED ADS will be listed on the Utah Farm Bureau web page unless the Utah Farm Bureau member specifies otherwise when placing the ad. The ads on the web site will run concurrently with the classified ads in the Utah Farm Bureau News. NOTE: The appearance of any ad in the Utah Farm Bureau News does not constitute an endorsement or approval of the service or merchandise offered. While every effort is made to ensure the legitimacy of services or merchandise advertised, the Utah Farm Bureau News or the Utah Farm Bureau Federation accepts no responsibility or liability for services or products advertised.

AUTOMOTIVE FOR SALE: 2007 Chevy 2500 HD Duramax Diesel with Automatic Allison Transmission. 2WD, White, 2-door standard cab, long bed. 30,000 miles. Fullwarranty up to 36,000 miles and powertrain warranty up to 100,000 miles. $18,550. Call Aaron at 801-669-0918 or aarongabbart@gmail.com. FOR SALE: F 7000 Ford 2.5 ton truck with grain bed and heavy duty hoist. 435994-0806. FOR SALE: 1971 Ford 2-ton truck. 5 speed Clark transmission, 2 speed axel, 15 ton single ram Heil hoist, 16’ steel floor, 900-20 inch tires, included all steel 2’ and 4’ sides. Runs good, $2,000. Call 435-723-6704. 19’ TRAVEL TRAILER for sale. Selfcontained. Good condition. Sleeps 5. $1,500. 435-623-1442. TIRES: Hard to find for 1947-1948 Ford Truck – 700 x 17 or 750 x 17. ’95 Pontiac Trans Am, red with black leather interior, loaded, T-tops, low miles. Call Doug at 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: 435-340-1111. www.balewagons.com. FOR SALE: Matador 7900 Hay Inverter, like new condition, Hydraulic Drive & Pick up head lift, $4490.00 For more info see http:/ /www.aglandindustries.com/ matador7900.shtml http://www.profab.org/ _ f i l e s / file.php?fileid=fileypJPLDNCgC&filename=file_Matador_7900_Brochure.pdf Scott, Lehi, Utah, 801-376-3566. FARM EQUIPMENT FOR SALE: Case IH 7220 only 2821 hrs. MFD 155HP, 18 speed power shift, $59,500. Case IH 165 On Land plow, 5 bottom rigid beam, high clearance, very straight, $8,500. Hutchmaster 7420 disk harrow DOT 18’, $9,000. All 3 excellent condition. Also have Case 580D backhoe, JD4440, IH1086, IH766, plus other equipment. Contact Dixie at 801-458-9497.

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FEED HAY FOR SALE: Ton bales. 3rd crop, $125/ ton. 435-528-5835. 100 TONS ALFALA in 3x3 bales. Quality alfalfa that has been barn stored, first crop. $150 a ton. Also 100 ton of feeder quality grass alfalfa hay in 3x3 bales. Stored inside in good condition. Ogden 801-391-2333. HAY FOR SALE: 3x3 bales. Small hay bale chopper. International hydro tractor in great condition. We will email pictures of equipment. Call 435-733-0278.

drives, ranch work. Sound, gentle, no bad habits. $1,250. Sundowner aluminum four horse slant load trailer, like new. $13,500. FOR SALE: 2 yr. old Charolais Bulls. 801369-9056. FOR SALE: 10 Angus Heifers, 10 Angus cow & calf pairs. Call 435-789-1004 or cell 435828-1004. BULLS FOR SALE: Sons of Top Angus sires: OCC Legend, Northern Improvement Bon View, New Design 1407. Simmental Sires Dream On, 600U and Black Shamrock. Yearling purebreds + percentage. Fertility and Trich tested. Call 435-757-9327. BULLS, RED ANGUS yearlings. Trich and fertility tested. Bred for calving ease, high feedlot performance. Brothers to the high performing Red Angus Bull at 2009 UBIA test. Lyle Taylor, Vernal, UT 435-789-0530 FOR SALE: Floating Feather Ranch pure bred bulls, also one 2 yr. old. Call 435-6463575 or 435-823-3579. GELBVIEH BULLS for sale. Good selection of Black Purebred bulls, Red and Black Gelbvieh X Angus Bulls. We deliver in the spring, tested and ready to work. 435-2577084 or 435-279-7669. SALERS & OPTIMIZER(Salers + Angus) bulls for sale. Performance tested. Semen & Trich tested. Will feed until April 1. Will deliver. Jasperson Cattle Co. Goshen, UT. Gregg Jasperson 801-667-3565. FOR SALE: Angus and Gelbvieh bulls. Trick tested and ready to go. Top bloodlines. Not grain fed and ruined. Contact Larry Dutson, 435-864-7879. FOR SALE: 9 yr. old black san peppy gelding. Has been a ranch horse for years. 435-650-4222.

REAL ESTATE LEWISTON, UTAH: Ranchette. 6 bedroom 3 bath brick home on 15.5 acres with corrals, hay shed, outbuildings and irrigated farm land. Malad, Idaho: 1000 acre cattle ranch. 3 pivots, wheel and hand lines, excellent hay and grain land plus fenced pastures. Thatcher, Idaho: 400 acre cattle ranch with gravity irritation, 140 head of beef cows, machinery, modern home, outbuildings, stream. Thatcher, Idaho: 160 acre cattle or sheep ranch with home, outbuildings, machinery, gravity sprinkled irrigation, live streams. Close to mountains and wildlife. Preston, Idaho: 1743 acre farm. 300+ acres irrigated, 882+ acres of dry farm plus pasture and 303 acres in CRP. Preston, Idaho: 191 acre sprinkled farm with 6 bedroom home, large barn, hay shed and corrals. Choice farm land. Vaughn Benson. 435-753-0960, 1-800-925-6074, Benson Realtors, Logan, Utah. E-mail:

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May 2009 bensonrealtors@yahoo.com. Website: bensonrealtors.com. FARM FOR SALE: 305 acres in central Utah. Good, deep soil. Excellent for alfalfa. Good water rights. Pivots. Secluded yet close to town. 2 homes, shop, corrals, dairy barn. 435528-5835. LAND BY ONEIDA NARROWS: 400 acres. Borders Maple Grove Campground and boat dock on Oneida Narrows Reservoir. Canyon heavily wooded with maple trees. Can be subdivided into cabin sites. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. DAIRY FARM: Modern operating dairy in Cache Valley on over 41 acres of irrigated ground. Has updated home, excellent irrigation system and crops. Double 5 Herringbone milking parlor and 2,000 gallon tank. Turn key operation. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. LAND IN MINK CREEK IDAHO: Beautiful hillside property in a canyon setting.26.90 acre parcel, located along State Highway 36 in the Mink Creek area. Irrigation rights and 1 residential water right. Would make beautiful home sites. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. LAND IN CLARKSTON: Beautiful farm ground located against the foothills, north of Clarkston. The county road goes through property. Lots of deer and other wildlife. Land is in CRP and Greenbelt. 194.6 acres in three parcels and 105 acre parcel available. Buyer to verify all information.Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. LAND IN TRENTON: Excellent irrigated farm land. 71.73 acres inside Trenton City limits and 33 acres adjacent to Trenton City limits. Gradual slope. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. RANCH IN GRACE IDAHO: Excellent operating cattle ranch. 760 acres. Excellent mountain pasture with 48 BLM AUMS. 72.77 acres of irrigated land with completely new irrigation system. 44 acres has new wheel lines. Excellent early water right. 25 water shares. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. RANCHETTE IN CACHE VALLEY: Beautiful 4,728 sq ft home built in 2005. Views of Cache Valley and mountains. Many upgrades: qtr sawn oak cabinets, slate flooring, 11 ft ceilings. Generator. On 5.01 acres with horse barn, round pen, future arena, and stream. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000.

Conservation Districts (UACD) Zone 6 Coordinator, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food GIP Director, and respective county conservation district. Additional job requirements and details available by contacting Gordon Younker, Executive Vice President, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, 1860 N. 100 E. North Logan, Utah 84341. susan.jackson@ut.nacdnet.net Visit www.uacd.org to get acquainted with the purpose and work of Utah’s 38 conservation districts. Utah Association of Conservation Districts: Zone 1 Coordinator. Applications are being sought for the position of Zone 1 Coordinator for Box Elder, Cache, and Rich Counties. Exempt, fulltime with benefits, located at the North Logan/Tremonton NRCS field offices. Requires a B.S. degree in natural resources, watershed science, soils, agriculture, or related discipline and experience. Position is principal staff to five conservation districts, trains and manages zone and district employees, responsible for grant/contract management and report writing. Works under the direction of the Utah Association of Conservation Districts senior Zone 1 Board Director, Executive Vice President and respective district chairs. Application deadline: July 1, 2009 or until position is filled. Additional job requirements and details available by contacting Gordon Younker, Executive Vice President, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, 1860 N. 100 E. North Logan, Utah 84341. susan.jackson@ut.nacdnet.net Visit www.uacd.org to get acquainted with the purpose and work of Utah’s 38 conservation districts. 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) 3872530, www.c4farms.com, Equal Opportunity Employer.

MISCELLANEOUS BOOK YOUR 2009 VACATION Stay Now: Hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, more. Everything’s close to the Rosebud Guest House. Near Ashley NF, Strawberry River, Starvation. Fully equipped cabin. Petfriendly. Corrals. Reservations, more information: 435-548-2630, 1-866-618-7194, walsh.weathers@gmail.com, www.rosebudguesthouse.com. FOR SALE: Sheep Camp, new. $21,000. 435671-3008.

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New regulations may affect dairy and feedlot operators Under the authority of the Clean Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed more stringent rules affecting livestock producers. These changes prohibit any discharge to waters of the state (e.g., ditches, canals, streams or creeks) regardless of the size storm event. Those who do not comply may face fines and penalties! Livestock fed in confinement (pens or corrals with no Gary Brown (left) a feedlot owner from vegetation) for 45 days Genola, Utah County visits with Mike or more in a twelve- Kohler (Dairy Producers of Utah) while Mike month period are was doing an assessment of his feedlot. subject to these regulations. Producers who keep animals exclusively in pastures or on range are excluded. A team made up of representatives of the Utah Farm Bureau, Utah Association of Conservation Districts, Dairy Producers of Utah, Moroni Feed, and Utah Pork Producers, have been doing assessments on feedlots in Utah. Here are some highlights of the new regulations put together by Rhonda Miller Key Changes Affecting Everyone * No Discharges are Allowed * Regardless of size storm event * UNLESS you have a permit * Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) must be followed to have enforcement protection (protection against fines) *AFO size determined by number of animals within each category (species) Key Points for CAFOs * All Large AFOs are considered CAFOs * CAFOs are NOT REQUIRED to obtain a CAFO permit * No discharges are allowed regardless of year or storm event unless have a permit * CAFO permit provides enforcement protection for 25-year, 24-hr storm events or greater * CAFO permit requires an approved Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) * NMP will be public-noticed for 30 days * Changes in NMP possible after public comment period * Agricultural Stormwater Exemption available ONLY if have a NMP * NMP must be followed to have enforcement protection * CAFOs have two options: * CAFO permit * No permit Key Points for Small & Medium AFOs * No discharges are allowed regardless of year or storm event unless have a permit * State Permit-by-Rule provides enforcement protection for 25-year, 24hr storm events or greater * Permit-by-Rule requires an approved Nutrient Management Plan (NMP) * No information is made public * NMP must be followed to have enforcement protection * Small & Medium AFOs automatically have agricultural stormwater exemption – no NMP is required * Small & Medium AFOs have three options: * CAFO permit * State Permit-by-Rule * No permit For more information, please contact Mark Petersen or Jan Anderson.


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May 2009

County Scenes

Students at the Utah County Farm Field Day learn about agriculture & nutrition from ‘Terry Tomato’ Photo by Matt Hargreaves

County Corner

Representatives from the beef industry visit with media members during the ‘Celebrate Ag Day’ even held at the State Fair Park. Photo by Matt Hargreaves

Linda Noyes, Beaver County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair presents Brent Pendleton with his prize during Beaver County’s Food Checkout Week event.

Kids from Duchesne County learn about agriculture and a Farm Field Day held at the Ute Tribe feedlot in Arcadia. Photo courtesy of Valerie Spencer

Salt Lake County Morgan County -Farm Field Days, May 5-6, at Butterfield Farms in Board meeting, May 13, 7 p.m. at County Courthouse. Herriman. -Board meeting, May 12, 7:30 p.m. at State FB Office Rich County Board meeting, May 14, 7 p.m. at Randolph FSA office Utah County No Board meeting in May. Uintah County Board meeting to be announced Washington County Board meeting, May 6, 8 p.m. at FB Ins. Office Carbon County Board meeting to be announced Duchesne County Board meeting, May 28 Juab County Farm Field Day, May 20, at Nephi Crops Farm and Cedar Iron County View Dairy -Board meeting, May 14, 7:30 p.m. at Cedar City Library -UPDRIP, May 20, 1 p.m. at Cedar City Heritage Center Garfield County Farm Field Days, May 14, Triple C Arena in Panguitch Emery County Board meeting, May 12 Beaver County -Board meeting, May 12, 7 p.m. at home of Don Noyes South Box Elder County -Statewide Beaver management plan meeting, May 19 -Farm Field Days, May 7, at Tule View Dairy in Brig. City -SISM, June 11. Sevier County Board meeting, May 21, 8 p.m. at FB Insurance office Kane County Farm Field Days, May 15 Wasatch County -Board meeting, May 19, 8 a.m. at Hub North Box Elder County -Farm Field Days, May 13, Kohler Dairy in Midway -Farm Field Days, May 5, at Sorenson Farms in Howell -Board meeting, May 21, 7 p.m. at Tremonton FB Ins. San Juan County office -Farm Field Days, May 11 & 12, at Bruce & Patty Lyman Farm in Blanding. Weber County Board meeting, May 28, 8 p.m. at Extension Office.

Davis County SISM, May 8, 12 noon at Courthouse in Farmington. State and Regional Activities -UFBF Board Meeting, May 12-13 in Park City -FB Center Closed May 25 for Memorial Day holiday -UFBF Midyear Conference, July 16-17, Provo Marriott May RAC Meetings: 2010 Fishing Informational; Upland Game Guide & Rule -May 12, Southern RAC. Millard High School, 200 West Eagle Ave. in Fillmore. ***Note change*** -May 13, SE RAC. John Wesley Powell Museum, 1765 E. Main St. in Green River. 6:30 p.m. -May 14, NE RAC. Western Park, Rm. #1. 302 E. 200 S. Vernal. 6:30 p.m. -May 19, Central RAC. Central Region Conf. Center, 1115 North Main St., Springville. 6:30 p.m. -May 20, Northern RAC. Brigham City Comm. Center, 24 N. 300 W. in Brig. City 6 p.m. DWR Board Meeting: Antlerless Addendum & Permit Numbers. May 7 at State Capitol Building, Room 210.

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Contact Matt Hargreaves at 801-233-3003 or matt.hargreaves@fbfs.com by May 15 to place a County Corner listing for the June 2009 Farm Bureau News.


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