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NOVEMBER 2013 VOL. 59, NO. 10

Governor Gary Herbert, Congressman Chris Stewart, Baxter Black headline 2013 Annual Convention in Layton As the weather begins to turn cold and the harvesting of crops slows down, it can only mean that the Annual Utah Farm Bureau Federation Convention, being held Nov. 20-22 in Layton, is right around the corner. Never to disappoint, the 97th annual convention, with the theme ‘Many Voices, One Vision’ comes at a time when agriculture is facing new issues and challenges from several fronts—including the current state of the economy, high input costs for energy, feed and fertilizers, labor and healthcare uncertainties and

seemingly relentless attacks from organizations and media members critical of agriculture. But despite those challenges, the many voices of farmers, ranchers and other Utahns concerns about their food can come together to create one vision of how we ensure a successful and productive future for farmers and ranchers. The 2013 State Convention will take place again at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Davis County, and will feature great speakers that promise to deliver powerful messages regarding the national economy, animal welfare policies,

constitutional principles, national healthcare debates, wildlife concerns and more. The convention will also provide opportunities for Utah’s farmers and ranchers to gather together to promote agriculture and enjoy one another’s company. “We’re really excited about our convention in Layton this year– and to kick-off our meeting with such a great cast of speakers and issues,” said Leland Hogan, Utah Farm Bureau President. “Even if you’ve never been to a convention before, I sincerely hope you will come and invite you to do so. All members, whether in county leadership or not will benefit from this convention. This is a great opportunity to see Farm Bureau at work, but to also build friendships, business relationships, and to get a break from the hard work agriculture

demands.” Highlighting the start of the convention Thursday afternoon will be the keynote address of Baxter Black, noted cowboy poet, humorist and former large animal veterinarian. As he puts it, “he has a narrow following, but it’s deep!”  Appearing courtesy of Priefert Ranch Equipment, Black has traveled the U.S. and Canada for more than 25 years, scattering his wit and left-handed observations to folks looking CONVENTION continued on pg. 7

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National Perspective Farm Bureau at Work Member Benefits Baxter Black Farm Safety Column Classifieds

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Matt Hargreaves, Editor 9865 South State Sandy, Utah 84070-3205 Phone Numbers: General Inquiries: .(801) 233-3000 Address Changes: (801) 233-3009 Farm Bureau News: (801) 233-3003 Classified Ads: ...........(801) 233-3010 Fax: ..............................(801) 233-3030 FB News E-mail: 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 (775) 752-3061

Utah Farm Bureau Federation Officers Chairman and President Leland J. Hogan, South Rim*

Vice President Stephen A. Osguthorpe, Park City* CEO and Secretary/Treasurer Randy N. Parker, Riverton

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1..................Scott Sandall, Tremonton District 2......................Rulon Fowers, Hooper District 3....................Ken Patterson, Syracuse District 4................. Rex Larsen, Spanish Fork District 5..............................Scott Chew, Jensen District 6 ...........Edwin Sunderland, Chester District 7...................................Craig Laub, Beryl FB Women’s Chairman ...Belva Parr, Lindon Young Farmer & Rancher Chairman.. John Reese, Kanab

Periodicals Postage Paid at Sandy, Utah and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 South State, Sandy, Utah 84070. Published quarterly for all Farm Bureau members (April/Spring, July/Summer, Oct./Fall, Dec./Winter). Published expressly for farmer/rancher Farm Bureau members and others who specifically request copies Feb., March, May, June, Aug., Sept., and Nov. All eleven issues published by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation in Sandy, Utah. Editorial and Business Office, 9865 South State, Sandy, Utah 84070-3205.

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Thoughts: Congress aims to protect water rights Ongoing conflicts between federal land management agencies and those holding water rights on public lands are the catalyst for Congressional action aimed at protecting water rights. Representative Rob Bishop (R-UT) joined with Representative Scott Tipton (R-CO) to introduce H.R. 3189, The Water Rights Protection Act. The proposed legislation protects privately held water rights from federal takings while underpinning long-standing state sovereignty and water law. The United States Forest Service continues its attack on state water law, moving forward with its aggressive “Water Rights Clause” that requires ski resorts on federal lands to turn over their privately held water rights before the agency will renew conditional use permits for operating on Forest System lands. H.R 3189 “prohibits the conditioning on any permit, lease, or other use agreement on the transfer, relinquishment, or other impairment of any water right to the United States by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.” Simply said, the Forest Service and BLM will be prohibited from compelling ski resorts or ranchers to surrender possession, provide joint ownership or any other diminishment of their water right as a condition renewing a use permit or turning out on grazing allotments. The Forest Service argues the water rights established on the national forests should be tied to the land and that the United States should own those water rights. The agency

contends federal ownership of water will protect it from being removed. That is a mighty big stretch! With federal agency priorities influenced by the flavor of

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the month politics, environmental group strong-arming or the whims of activist courts, the best protection of the water for skiing and dispersed livestock watering is state jurisdiction and rights held in private ownership. This action by the federal government is not about protecting its use; it’s about expanding federal control of the West and its water and its vast natural resources. I was honored to be invited by Representative Tom McClintock (R-CA), Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water and Power to represent western livestock producers and their state-backed livestock water rights. This obvious overreach by the Forest Service on ski resorts and stealing their water rights mirrors the EPA’s playbook and disregard for property rights as that agency looks to federalize all of the waters of the United States. The Forest Service has already filed 16,000 diligence claims in Utah and has demanded ranchers with livestock water rights on Forest grazing allotments to sign “change of use” applications and certificates of “joint ownership” as a condition of turning out

livestock. Despite more than 100 years of federal deference to state water law established in the Ditch Act of 1866, the Taylor Grazing Act of 1934, the McCarran Amendment of 1954 and even the 1978 Federal Land Policy Management Act, federal agencies are illegally demanding the transfer of water rights granted by the states as a condition of approval of permits to operate businesses on the federal lands. This amounts to an uncompensated taking protected by the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution and it violates state law that requires the federal government to acquire water rights through the proper established channels and to ultimately “pay for their water rights.” The Forest Service actions in Utah should serve as fair warning. When the agency threatened us with the Nevada conundrum and no new water development in Utah, the Utah Legislature provided a certificate of joint ownership. But, according to the State Engineer, the certificate is not an adjudicated water right. The Forest Service however warned of legal challenge seeking to have a court grant the agency its right in the livestock water! Anybody surprised? Whether the agency gains control through its filed diligence claims, through change of use applications or certificates in joint ownership, the Forest Service is seeking relinquishment in whole or in part of a rancher’s proven livestock water rights. This action amounts to a taking protected by the Constitution. Western rural communities depend on livestock ranching as their economic engine. Nearly 40 percent of the western cattle PARKER continued on pg 25


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Maintaining our edge in the world market By Bob Stallman

American Farm Bureau President

It was Benjamin Franklin who said that no nation was ever ruined by trade. I would go one step further and say that no nation was ever economically viable without it. Trade has always been a cornerstone of our country. The U.S. is considered a major epicenter of the global marketplace and, because of this, trade is a big economic driver for our domestic workforce. Farm exports are significant to America’s status as a world trade leader, as well as local jobs, but many opportunities are being left on the table because of a lack of funding for waterways infrastructure upgrades and costly regulations. Earlier this fall, a group of AFBF board members visited the West Coast and Canada to examine the impact of barriers to agricultural trade.  They

observed several intertwined issues that affect farmers’ abilities to export their goods to global customers, but most notable was port infrastructure. 

Port Investment = Jobs

Sadly, U.S. ports and waterways are decades behind our international competitors due to years of neglect and a lack of funding. Only about half of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, which funds the operation and maintenance of ports, is

being allocated toward port infrastructure, and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA), seems to be permanently docked in Congress. While U.S. ports on average were last updated around the same time the Beatles cut their first album, our international competitors are continually investing in their trading future. The Port of Vancouver, for example, is undergoing a nearly $900 million infrastructure improvement program that will be completed next spring. While on the West Coast, the AFBF leaders saw how critical the ports are for farm products and local jobs. For example, Washington is the nation’s most tradedependent state, where trade is responsible for 40 percent of all jobs.  Agriculture products are Washington’s third-larg-

Tribute for Jane Ashby, Chief Financial Officer of Utah Farm Bureau Federation With heavy hearts and deepest sympathy, the Utah Farm Bureau expresses love and condolences to the family of Jane Ashby, who was recently found after being missing since late July 2013. Ashby, who had served as Chief Financial Officer for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation since 2010, was found after

experiencing a car accident near Middle Canyon in Tooele County. It appears Ashby lost control of her vehicle in the steep canyon roads. She will be greatly missed by family, friends and colleagues. Jane’s obituary can be found at http://goo.gl/ EI2ogW.

est export.  In Oregon, one in five jobs depends on trade of farm products, accounting for 10 percent of Oregon’s gross domestic product. Further, the Port of Oakland supports 73,000 local jobs and 827,000 jobs across the country. Last year, nearly half the value of exports leaving the Oakland port were farm products. East Coast ports, too, are just as critical to farm exports and are in dire need of improvements.

Rails, Regs and Red Tape

There are other issues that affect global exports, such as state efforts to prevent coal transport and export, which could affect rail investment and potentially raise transportation costs to all rail customers, including farmers.  Rails play a significant role in trade.

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For example, 40 percent of all activity around the Seattle port is tied to rail, making its infrastructure maintenance essential. Another growing challenge for ports, shippers and farmers is the cost of keeping pace with the loading and handling requirements for larger vessels that shippers are using, along with federal regulations for exporters. In other words, a lot of red tape. The U.S. wine industry is faced with such strict export rules and regulations that it takes a month on average from the time an international order is placed until it leaves the U.S., making us the smallest exporter of wine by percentage in the world. To maintain our edge in the global market, we need to invest more in our ports and waterways infrastructure, as well as alleviate prohibitive regulations that are forcing farmers to leave opportunities on the table.


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U.S., Utah, Juab County and environmental groups reach settlement over use of public roads on federal land

SALT LAKE CITY — The United States, the state of Utah and Juab County, and the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, The Wilderness Society, and the Sierra Club have settled a lawsuit involving three claimed highway rightsof-way on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administered public land adjacent to and within the Deep Creek Mountains Wilderness Study Area (WSA).  On Aug. 30, 2013, the Federal District Court of Utah concluded proceedings in the lawsuit and approved the settlement, which was negotiated by the Justice Department on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior and the BLM. “The agreement is the first to settle longstanding claims by the state and counties of Utah for highway rights-ofway on federal lands, and does so in an environmentally sound and responsible manner,” said Robert G. Dreher, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Justice Department’s  Environment and Natural Resources Division. “This landmark settlement will recognize three historic rights-of-way claimed by Utah and Juab County that will remain in their primitive, undeveloped condition, while providing ample protection for the unique environment of the Deep Creek Mountains Wilderness Study Area.” “I am very pleased that all the parties involved were able to work together to resolve this

issue and settle this lawsuit in a way that promotes public interests and protects the resources on our public lands,” said Juan Palma, BLM Utah State Director. “This settlement serves as a tangible reminder that certain R.S. 2477 issues can be resolved through good-faith negotiations and cooperation.” The Deep Creek Mountains WSA, spread across 68,910 acres in Tooele and Juab Counties, is an extremely remote location known for its combination of biological and geological wonders.  Stretching 32 miles in length and 15 miles at its widest point, the area is considered an “island” ecosystem due to its distance from inhabited areas.  It is home to alpine meadows, evergreen and aspen forests, and habitats for the peregrine falcon and six other sensitive bird species.  Some of the nine perennial streams that run through the WSA are populated by a pure strain of the Bonneville cutthroat trout, a state sensitive species.  It also features impressive geological formations such as quartzite cliffs.   The State and Juab County filed the lawsuit in 2005 pursuant to the federal Quiet Title Act, and claimed that they held public highway rights-of-way, under R.S. 2477, to segments of three primitive roads known as the Trout Creek Road, Toms Creek Road and Granite Canyon Road.  R.S. 2477 is a proROADS continued on pg 24

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YOUR Utah Farm Bureau at Work Utah Farm Bureau… attended the American Lands Council Conference held in Park City, Utah. This Council is comprised of many representatives from any states across the county with a primary purpose of securing and defending local control of land access, land use and land ownership. Utah Farm Bureau… participated in the annual Utah Farmland Advisory Committee which reports and makes recommendations to the Utah State Tax Commission concerning productive values for lands that qualify for the Farmland Assessment Act (FAA), or commonly called “Greenbelt.” Utah Farm Bureau… participated in an ongoing 2013 interim task force that is looking at possible ways to amend Utah’s law governing eminent domain. Utah Farm Bureau is actively working to ensure private landowner rights are preserved in this review. Utah Farm Bureau… was asked to participate and chair a subcommittee of stakeholders appointed by Governor Herbert’s Office of Energy Development. The subcommittee is working to make several recommendations to the Governor as he considers updating his 10-year energy plan to help Utah become for energy independent through energy efficiency and conservation. Utah Farm Bureau… participated in the legislatively created Water Development Commission meeting which a number of controversial and ongoing water issues were presented and discussed, including: shareholder change application procedures, federal water rights and future Utah water project funding needs. Utah Farm Bureau… attended October’s Interim Legislative meetings in which there was a number of issues impacting production agriculture and rural Utah, including: wolf and predator funding, water pollution and quality programs, rural transportation projects and funding solutions, eminent domain amendments, future water legislation and utility rates, needs and demands. Utah Farm Bureau… visited with representatives from Utah Trout Unlimited to discuss possible partnerships in helping private landowners meet on-the-ground projects while increasing habitat and wildlife objectives. Staff also met to discuss other sensitive species groups, including the Sage Grouse and wild horses. Utah Farm Bureau… visited with state education leaders in discussing academic and funding needs that will increase Utah’s efforts to teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to Middle and High School students. Utah Farm Bureau… participated in a group of Utah landinterest leaders to evaluate possible ways in which private landowners and oil and gas operators can work together to minimize land-use conflict and litigation. Utah Farm Bureau… attended the annual Utah Water Summit Conference where several hundred water managers, operators and attorneys attended to address the growing managing, distributing and funding needs of Utah’s water. Governor Herbert outlined his vision for putting policies in place to adequately address the demands.


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Utah farmers and ranchers invited to provide comment to BLM-proposed Sage Grouse plan

Farm Bureau members are encouraged to participate in a series of open houses over the next two months held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to gather comments regarding its proposed sage grouse conservation plan. This plan differs from the State Proposed plan, especially in the size of buffer zones that would surround Sage Grouse nesting grounds (leks). This will be an issue that impacts both private and public grazing lands around the state, and the need is high for as many ranchers as possible to participate in this comment period. It is critical that Utah farmers and ranchers participate in this public comment period and engage in this process. The following information was provided from a BLM news release: “The draft EIS considers five management alternatives for maintaining and increasing habitat for Greater Sage-Grouse on BLM-administered public lands or National Forest System lands in the planning area. •

Alternative A is the no-action alternative which would retain the management goals, objectives, and direction specified in the 20 existing land

management plans; Alternative B includes conservation measures and prescriptions outlined in the National Technical Team Report. • Alternative C includes conservation measures and prescriptions provided by various conservation groups during the scoping process, including the creation of new BLM Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACECs) and FS Greater Sage-Grouse Zoological Areas covering approximately 2,233,800 acres. • Alternative D includes conservation measures and prescriptions developed by the BLM Utah and FS Intermountain Region (Region 4), in coordination with the local USFWS. • Alternative E includes conservation measures and prescriptions based on the state of Utah’s Conservation Plan for Greater SageGrouse in Utah and the state of Wyoming’s Governor’s Executive Order 2011-05 and 2013-3. The BLM has identified Alternative D as the preferred alternative. Identification of this alternative does not rep•

resent the final agency decision; the final LUP amendment may include a mix of objectives and actions from any of the alternatives analyzed in the EIS. The Draft Utah Greater Sage-Grouse LUP Amendment/EIS is available for review and comment on the BLM-Utah’s website at: http://www.blm. gov/0fld. Comments on the draft EIS will be accepted until Jan. 29, 2014. Please note that the most useful comments are those that contain new technical or scientific information relevant to the proposed action. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments which contain only opinions or preferences will not receive a formal response but may be considered in the BLM decision-making process. Written comments may be submitted using any of the following methods: Mail BLM Utah Attn: BLM/FS Utah Greater Sage-Grouse EIS 440 West 200 South, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1345 Email blm_ut_comments@

blm.gov Fax (801)539-4074 Before including an address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in any comments, be aware that the entire comment—including personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time.” For more information, please contact Kathleen Clarke, Director of the Utah Governor’s Public Lands Policy Coordinating Office, at 801-5379803 or kathleenclarke@ utah.gov. The Bureau of Land Management meetings on the Sage Grouse conservation plan will each take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • • • • • • • •

Nov. 19: Richfield, Snow College campus Nov. 20: Cedar City, Heritage Center Festival Hall Nov. 21: Panguitch, City Library Dec. 4: Vernal, City offices Dec. 5: Price, Carbon County Event Center Dec. 10: Salt Lake City Public Library Dec. 11: Randolph Senior Center gym Dec. 12: Snowville Elementary School

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Extension granted for landowners to apply for conser vation funding SALT LAKE CITY — Due to delays associated with the recent government shutdown, the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Utah has extended the deadline from October 18 to November 15 for accepting applications from private landowners and tribes for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) and Agriculture Management Assistance (AMA) program. While the application process for these Farm Bill conservation programs is continuous, the implementation may change depending on conservation program provisions that end up in a new Farm Bill, yet to be passed by Congress. In the meantime, NRCS offices across the country, including those in Utah, are resuming work with farmers and ranchers to implement conservation activities. All offices are open and are working to address the backlog of requests expediently. For more information, producers are encouraged to contact their local USDA Service Center or visit www.nrcs.usda.gov.


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Cover crops offer potential in Utah

By Michaela Bell, UFBF Communications Intern

a major environmental issue because it affects long-term agricultural productivity. Planting cover crops is commonly advocated as a means to reduce erosion and in turn ensure healthy soil. Healthy soil holds more water and nutrients for plants to use. Holding more water will reduce runoff and erosion that

Fearing Utah farms may be slower to incorporate soil enriching cover crops than other states, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has started a campaign to spread knowledge about the importance and advantages of implementing cover crops. R o n a l d F r a n c i s , public affairs coordinator for Utah’s office of the NRCS, says while most farmers in Eastern states have Photo courtesy of NRCS started using Cover crops like those above are advocated by the cover crops, NRCS as a way to reduce soil erosion. his organization still sees can cause flooding and the need to push more loss of nutritious soil. western state farmers to Unlock Your Farm’s use them, noting Utah is Potential a campaign one of the last states to be s t a r t e d i n c o m b i n e d up-to-date and on board efforts of the United with planting cover crops. States Department of A cover crop is primarily A g r i c u l t u r e ( U S D A ) planted to manage soil and NRCS, sponsors fertility and quality, education and literature while helping soil hold on the benefits of cover together and prevent crops. erosion. Soil erosion According to NRCS has been recognized as COVER continued on pg 23

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for a bright spot in their day. He has poked his head above the horizon long enough to attract urban followers (gentiles, he calls them), through National Public Radio, public television, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show, Random House and USA Today. Friday’s schedule includes an address by Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Congressman Chris Stewart, representing Utah’s 2nd congressional district. Stewart is also the co-author of the book Seven Miracles that Saved America with his brother, the honorable Justice Ted Stewart. Conference goers will also hear the issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act from Steve Kammeyer, Director of Health Insurance Services for Farm Bureau Financial Services in Iowa. He’ll speak on how the health care legislation impacts farmers and ranchers, and what steps need to be taken to ensure members are in compliance with the new law. The 2013 Leopold Conservation Award will be presented by the Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Utah Farm Bureau, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, and Western AgCredit. Utah’s new Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox, has been invited to make the presentation of the award at the annual Gala Banquet Friday evening,

which recognizes the conservation efforts of private landowners in Utah. The convention kicksoff for some members on Wednesday, with meetings of the State Women’s and Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) committees, followed up with rounds 1 & 2 and ‘Sweet 16’ of the YF&R Discussion Meet. The four finalists for the discussion meet will be announced Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. The ‘Final Four’ will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday before the close of the general session. Prior to the opening of the convention general session on Thursday, there will be the annual luncheon and Live Auction supporting the Ag in the Classroom (AITC) program. More information regarding the donation of items can be found in this issue of the Farm Bureau News in Aurline Boyack’s article.

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In addition to the patriotic presentation and on-time door prizes, convention attendees will hear a president’s report from Leland Hogan, Utah Farm Bureau President and several break-out sessions relating to policy priorities, farm and ranch management, and more. Other agenda includes an ice cream social to benefit the YF&R, an extended trade-show break, followed by a ‘Remember the Alamo’ style awards program on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The festive portion of the convention continues on Friday with the Century Club social at 6:00 p.m. and the annual gala banquet at 7:00 p.m. Those interested in attending the convention or who need more information should contact their County Farm Bureau Secretary or Susan Furner at the state Farm Bureau office at 801-233-3040 or susan. furner@fbfs.com.


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November 2013

Member Benefit Column $500 Farm Bureau Incentive Extended to all GM Models. That’s

right! Effectively immediately the standard $500 Farm Bureau incentive has been extended to include Buick Encore and Chevrolet Volt models. And that’s not all! If you are purchasing a regular cab heavy duty 2500/3500 series truck, either a Chevrolet Silverado or GMC Sierra HD, you can save an additional $1,000 exclusively for Farm Bureau members. Total incentive on these trucks is $1,500. This additional incentive expires April 1, 2014.

Disney on Ice: Passport to Adventure! Discount lower bowl tickets

Legoland Florida. Utah Farm Bureau mem-

bers visiting Legoland in Winter Haven Florida – can enjoy a special ticket discount offer! Buy 1 adult ticket and get 1 general admission ticket FREE! The free general admission ticket is valid for a child, adult or senior admission. Options: $79 for single day with 1 free single day admission ticket $94 for 2 day admission with 1 free 2 day admission ticket (2nd day must be used by 12/31/13) Available for LEGOLAND FLORIDA AND LEGOLAND water park ticket types. Call 801-2333010 to arrange for your ticket purchase. Visa or MasterCard accepted.

Life Line Screenings: Are you in danger of having a stroke? A simple ultrasound screening can actually show you if you are at risk for a stroke! As a valued member, we care about the health of you and your family. That is why we have partnered with Life Line Screening. Life Line can identify your risks for stroke, vascular disease and aortic aneurysms which are the leading causes of death and disability for both men and women. For just $135 receive the following five tests: 1) Carotid Artery/Stroke- Non-invasive ultrasound screening which detects plaque build-up in the major arteries of the neck, which is a leading cause of stroke. 2) Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) - Noninvasive ultrasound screening to detect an enlargement of the abdominal aorta, the largest artery in the body. 3) Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) - Non-invasive Ankle-Brachial Index calculation to screen for lower extremity vascular disease, which is a significant risk factor for heart attack and stroke. 4) Atrial Fibrillation - Non-invasive limb-lead EKG to screen for a common heart arrhythmia, which increases the risk of stroke 5-fold. 5) Osteoporosis - Non-invasive bone density ultrasound screening of the heel Call 801-233-3010 for additional information or visit utfb.fb.org/Life Line Screening

for Disney on Ice are available to Farm Bureau members. Performances begin on Wednesday, November 6 and run through Sunday, November 10. Performance prices vary. Call Joe Costanzo at 801-325-7220 at the Energy Solutions arena for pricing and to purchase your tickets. Be sure to mention you are a Farm Bureau member.

Grainger: Are you using this benefit for all it is worth??? With FREE shipping on all items ordered at www.grainger.com and taking advantage of delivery right to your doorstep you not only save money but gas and time too! Save at least 10% on 80,000 items year round! Grainger has the hand and electric tools you need. For example, there is an outstanding selection of tool sets, wrenches, pliers and multi-tools as well as measuring and layout tools. You’ll discover a variety of screwdrivers/nut drivers, precision tools and tool storage. Top brands include Stanley, Westward, Proto, Rigid, Cooper, Vise-Grip, Channellock, Wilton and Klein to list just a few. Take a few minutes to visit www.grainger.com and discover how easy it is to save money, time and gas by ordering from Grainger. ALWAYS USE UTAH FARM BUREAU’S ACCOUNT # 855921920 TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT. BE SURE TO VISIT THE GRAINGER BOOTH DURING THE CONVENTION TRADE SHOW THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21 TO PICK UP YOUR FREE GRAINGER ITEM. (Quantities are limited so visit early!) Discount Ski Passes thru Farm Bureau

Park City Mountain Resort: Adult lift passes - $71.00 ea. No blackout dates. Tickets are non-refundable. Deer Valley – Adult lift passes - $74.00 ea. Blackout dates: December 26, 2013 through January 4, 2014; February 15 through 17, 2014. Tickets are nonrefundable. The Canyons: pricing TBA. Call 801-233-3010 to arrange for your tickets.

Savings for Southern California Vacations:

San Diego Zoo: adult: $37.25 per day & child, $28.75 per day San Diego Wild Animal Park: adult: $37.25 per day & child, $28.75 per day Legoland (California) $68 Adult, $63 Child (under 3 Free) 2nd Day FREE (within 90 days) Legoland California Park Resort Hopper: $73 Adult, $68 Child (under 3 FREE). (includes water park when open and aquarium) LEGOLAND and Water Park must be visited on the same day. All visits must occur before Dec. 31, 2014. SeaWorld (San Diego):$59.00 per person 2 & under FREE Universal Studios $75.00 for 3 days! Valid for 12 months after 1st visit. For additional information about these or other Farm Bureau member benefits, visit utfb.fb.org or call 801-233-3010. Visa or MasterCard accepted. ALL TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE


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Forget eBay or the mall, it’s shopping time again at the Farm Bureau convention!

Isn’t it amazing how fast time for educating our Utah stuflies!!! Farm Bureau’s annual dents about agriculture. But the convention is just around the program can only maintain its corner! Have you decided what excellence with our continued you are going to donate to this support. Visit www.agclassroom. year’s auctions? Time is running out – you need A Woman’s View to make a deciVice President of Member Services Aurline Boyack sion. Sponsored & Farm Bureau Women - Coordinator by the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee, the silent and live org/ut and scroll through the auctions are critical in raising extensive options offered there. funds to support Agriculture in You can’t help but be impressed the Classroom (ATIC) projects with the variety and scope of the within Farm Bureau and also resources available for teachers our Utah State University Ex- who are looking for ways to intension AITC program. If you corporate agricultural concepts have a knack for woodworking, into their classroom curriculum painting, sewing, pottery or other and for volunteers who want to crafts, please share your talents share the story of agriculture in with us. That means you men as their neighborhood schools. well!! As agriculture producers, you Why support Agriculture in are faced every day with inthe Classroom projects? No creasing political and economic matter where you live in Utah challenges to your livelihood. you’ve seen farm ground become Every agricultural lesson taught, subdivisions, shopping malls or every teacher who incorporates new highways. Fewer and fewer agricultural concepts in his/her families live on farms. Therefore, lesson plans, and every child who the majority of Utah’s school learns where ice cream begins children have little contact with and what is involved in growing a farms and a vague understanding pizza helps farmers and ranchers of where the food they eat comes continue to produce the food and from. These children will be our fiber needed to feed Americans future county commissioners, and ultimately the world. mayors and legislators. Now is Funds raised by the auctions the time to be proactive in edu- also support the “Share a Book” cating them about where their program which encourages Farm food comes from, the processes Bureau volunteers to take an acinvolved in successful agriculture curate agriculture book into the production, and not to mention classroom, read the book with the value of agriculture to our the students, share informanation’s economy and security. tion about their farm or ranch Past support of Farm Bureau and donate the book to the Women and other Utah com- class for future reference. Other modity groups has helped pro- AITC programs supported by the pel our state AITC program to Women’s Committee fundraising national prominence. We are efforts are the Creative Story and fortunate in our state to have Video contests. These contests such an outstanding resource encourage students to study a

variety of agriculture processes in depth to better understand the role agriculture plays in supplying our food, fiber, fuel and other farm products. This fall the “Beefscapes” DVD which Waneta Fawcett a member of our State Women’s Committee was instrumental in helping create, was mailed as a resource along with the “Beef Basics” lesson plan and informational text, Beef Cattle in the Story of Agriculture to 4th grade social studies teachers in 700 Utah public and private schools. Funds raised during our auctions last November in addition to the grant monies Waneta was awarded by the White-Reinhardt Fund for Education were used to support this project. Be generous in your donations

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for the auctions. THEN bring your holiday shopping list to the Farm Bureau convention. Save time, avoid the holiday crowds and take home some spectacular and unique gifts for those special people in your life. Choose tires from Les Schwab Tire Centers, a two-night stay at Ruby’s Inn, a USU Stadium blanket, autographed Jazz player pictures, cut & wrapped pork from Circle Four Farms, a shop-vac from Grainger and many more one-of-a-kind items. With your Christmas shopping done – you can spend the rest of your holiday hours enjoying family and friends.

“Thanks in advance for your generous support of the 2013 AITC auctions.” -State Women’s Committee.


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Scams in rural America By Lucas Martin, Statewide Family Finance Extension Assistant Professor, USU

Scams are nothing new to the world of personal finance. Unscrupulous telemarketers, “fishy emails” and generous Nigerian royalty have always been ready to separate people from their hard earned money and goods. Scammers are inventive and always ready to personalize their message to take advantage of specific demographics, farmers and ranchers included. In some ways farmers make ideal targets. Many farmers rely on credit over the course of the year, repaying goods and services rendered after the harvest. Many farmers and ranchers also have significant assets, something scammers hope to leverage to get more money out of you. When a scam wears out its welcome in a particular state or community the scammers usually take it on the road looking for fresh targets. Take a minute to consider some of the scams that have cropped up around the nation. The Missouri Department of Agriculture released a statement in September warning of phone chemical sales scam targeting farmers and gardeners. The solicitors try to sell what they claim are high quality herbicides for prices that stores cannot match. When the products are received they are improperly labeled and unregistered, leaving the buyers unsure of what exactly they have. Before you buy ask for a copy of the label, you can use the information to ensure it is registered for use in Utah and that you have the

necessary information regarding its use and storage. In Louisiana, the Department of Agriculture and Forestry warned of email scams targeting farmers who produce hay. In this case it’s a twist on a classic scam; they send you fraudulent money orders and cashiers checks “overpaying” for the price of the hay. The farmers are asked to send the extra money from the error back to the purchasers. Of course when the bank calls back later to say the checks/money orders were no good the farmer is out the “extra” money they sent back. When working with a new buyer it can pay to wait for the check or money order to clear. When times are hard farmers may be especially vulnerable. In 2011 a drought in Texas allowed a Mississippi man to defraud farmers looking to buy hay. The scam involved a website purporting to sell hay, equipment and services. Of course, even after tens of thousands of dollars in sales, no hay was ever delivered. The hay never existed. Fortunately in this case the perpetrators were caught, but that didn’t mean the farmers got their money back. If they can’t get to you directly, they can always use your good name. Identity theft is on the rise in rural America, just like it is all across the county. ID thieves love to visit the mailboxes of farmers, especially those who are known locally to have assets. They are looking for credit card offers, account numbers and bank statements. When the harvest comes in during the fall, scammers might be hoping to get lucky and intercept a paycheck, the same

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goes for tax time in the spring. Rural mailboxes are prime targets because their isolation makes it easier for thieves to look through your mail without risking being caught. So what can you do? Consider using a post office box or a drop mailbox that requires a key for you to retrieve your mail. If that isn’t an option at the very least be aware of delivery times and try to minimize the time your mail sits in the box. ID thieves don’t just look in your mailbox; lonely rural areas provide other opportunities. Your garbage might be full of old bills or bank statements and suffers from the same isolation as your mailbox. Shredding your documents can help. Unlocked filing cabinets in shops and homes are loaded with information of interest to ID thieves. Keep things locked up when no one is home and at night. Sometimes the best defense is to be a skeptic. Don’t give out information on the phone, through email, or snail mail. Avoid solicitations for goods and services; if you need something, you can go and find it yourself. Take the time to check your credit history at annualcreditreport.com. You can check each of the bureaus for free once a year for any suspicious activity. The Utah Attorney General’s website has details on fraud, scams, and abusive business practices. Visit them at http://attorneygeneral.utah.gov/ protecting-utah/from-fraud/. Finally, if you suspect you are the victim of fraud or a scam, don’t keep it to yourself. Report it to the Better Business Bureau, local police, and State Attorney General office. Knowing what to watch out for helps us protect ourselves and our communities.

Potential theft being looked into in losses for Cache County farmer Cache County farmer Wade Campbell and local law enforcement are looking into the possibility a series of thefts and vandalism at his farm in Wellsville that most recently included more than $4,000 worth of irrigation pipe. Campbell also had the theft of a 7.5 horsepower electric irrigation pump two years ago as well as the damage of the related electric panel). Campbell and his wife are young farmers in Cache County. As a reminder, Farm Bureau Financial Services offers up to a $1,000 reward to any individual who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those involved with farm theft and/or vandalism, depending on the value of the crime. For more information on the reward program, please contact Aurline Boyack with the Utah Farm Bureau, at 801-233-3010. If you have information relating to the Campbell theft, please contact local law enforcement or Wade Campbell himself at 435764-8597.


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Baxter Black

Cowboy pampers It is not uncommon to see real cowboys in the communities where cattle are part of the economy. I don’t mean posing in the street like gunfighters in Tombstone, or passing out casino flyers on a corner in Las Vegas during rodeo week, but in the middle school parking lot picking up their kids, in the latte drive-up, or at the lumber store. One lady told of seeing two authentic-looking cowboys strolling up the aisle at Safeway. She described them as wearing ‘dusty jeans, ten gallon hats, and well-worn boots with jangling spurs.’ “What could they be buying in here?” she wondered…,”probably beer and tobacco.” Personally, my first thought was Metamucil, Prilosec, or Ben Gay. But our lady of this story made a point to follow these two cowboys through the checkout and saw them leave, ‘strutting’ out the door, carrying under their arms four jumbo-sized boxes of disposable diapers! I can immediately see the misconceptions she might have had; that these two cowboys each had a toddler at home and were forced under the threat of NO SUPPER-NO CLEAN SOCKS-NO ROPING PRACTICE and ENFORCEMENT OF THE THREE FOOT RULE unless they made the didy run! However, for the lady’s benefit I can think of many more logical reasons they were on a diaper-buying mission. For instance, Huggies are quite handy as blinders on a bad horse when he won’t let you swing up! OR for keeping stray mongrels from bothering your good blue heeler female when she’s in season, OR placing over a bull’s nose for the same reason, OR to tape on like boxing gloves around the wrists of your daughter’s boyfriend before a date. It could be that these two rustic cowboys were using the nappies for protection in some contact sport to wrap knees, elbows or feet. Maybe they were skinny, pot-bellied, hair stickin’ up team ropers who were trying out for the sumo wrestling team? It is also possible they lacked enough natural padding and long hours in the saddle made their seat bones sore. They could be wadding up the diapers and wearing them like their old bareback pad (for the really skinny, it takes two!) Author’s note: There are many, much more logical reasons a cowboy would be buying disposable diapers than the obvious one. As ornamentation, wild rag, hat cover, ear muffs, saddle pad, pillow, hanky, coin purse, saddle bag, bed roll, small Batman cape, blindfold, facemask, moustache protector, and handy wipe in case your horse poops on the carpet. I, myself, use it in my lunch box to carry my soup. But not like you might think. I just saturate the pamper with chicken noodle. I can wring it out into a cup when I’m ready or just chew on it now and then as a treat. Um um good, um um good, that’s what...

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Farm Bureau: Water rights must remain with states

WASHINGTON, D.C. — to “turn-out” cattle on FS grazContinued state control of water ing allotments. rights is critically important FS representatives later sugto farmers and ranchers, the gested the requests had been American Farm Bureau Federa- made in error and ranchers had tion told Congress. only been asked to sign a “joint “Farm Bureau supports H.R. ownership” agreement. 3189, the Water Rights Protec“In either case—signing a tion Act, because it is designed change of use application or to dispel uncertainty and recog- agreeing to a certificate of joint nizes state sovereignty and historic water law,” said Randy Parker, CEO of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, testifying to the House Natural Photo courtesy of AFBF Resources Randy Parker testifies in congressional committee. Subcommittee on Water and Power on behalf of AFBF. ownership—the federal agency is Further, noted Parker, H.R. seeking a relinquishment, either 3189 recognizes states’ sover- in whole or in part, as a condieign water rights and protects tion of access to the grazing allivestock water rights from il- lotment,” Parker explained. legal federal claims and takings. He closed by calling on ConParker said some Utah ranch- gress to dispel uncertainty relaters have been asked by the ed to this issue and support H.R. Forest Service to sign “change 3189, which provides greater of use” applications that would certainty to ranchers and the allow the agency to change the future of public land grazing. use of the water from livestock to other uses. Ranchers were also told non-compliance could adversely affect them being able


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IRS extends time for tax deferral on gains for drought-stricken farmers, ranchers

Article appears courtesy of stgnews. com

Utah farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought in d Beaver, Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Daggett, Davis, Duchesne, Emery, Garfield, Grand, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Morgan, Piute, Rich, Salt Lake, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Summit, Tooele, Uintah, Utah, Wasatch, Washington, Wayne and Weber Counties have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service announced last month. Farmers and ranchers who, due to drought, sell more livestock than they normally would, may defer tax on the extra gains from those sales. To qualify, the livestock generally must

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be replaced within a four-year period. The IRS is authorized to extend this period if the drought continues. The one-year extension of the replacement period announced today generally applies to capital gains realized by eligible farmers and ranchers on sales of livestock held for draft, dairy or breeding purposes due to drought. Sales of other livestock, such as those raised for slaughter or held for sporting purposes, and poultry are not eligible. The IRS is providing this relief to any farm located in a county, parish, city, borough, census area or district, listed as suffering exceptional, extreme or severe drought conditions by the National Drought Mitigation Center, during any weekly period between Sept. 1, 2012, and Aug.

31, 2013. All or part of 38 states are listed. Any county contiguous to a county listed by the National Drought Mitigation Center also qualifies for this relief. As a result, farmers and ranchers in these areas whose drought sale replacement period was scheduled to expire at the end of this tax year, Dec. 31, 2013, in most cases, will now have until the end of their next tax year. Because the normal drought sale replacement period is four years, this extension immediately impacts drought sales that occurred during 2009. But because of previous drought-related extensions

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affecting some of these localities, the replacement periods for some drought sales before 2009 are also affected. Additional extensions will be granted if severe drought conditions persist. Details on this relief, including a list of counties designated by the National Drought Mitigation Center, are available in Notice 2013-62 (http://goo.gl/ GWdtXX). Details on reporting drought sales and other farmrelated tax issues can be found in ‘Farmer’s Tax Guide’ from the IRS (IRS Publication 225), also available on the IRS web site (http://goo.gl/OtiFko). The following article appeared on www.stgnews.com on October 20, 2013. It can be found at http://goo.gl/tERluV.


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BLM seeks public comment on proposed transmission line in central Utah

CEDAR CITY – The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Cedar City Field Office seeks public comment on an Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the potential impacts of the proposed 138 kV Cameron to Milford Transmission Line Project.  Rocky Mountain Power proposes constructing, operating, and maintaining a 19mile overhead transmission line between the existing Cameron and Millard Substations in Beaver County, Utah.  The EA is available for public review and comment on the Environmental Notification Bulletin Board (ENBB) at:  https:// www.blm.gov/ut/enbb/; search for project name “Cameron.” Written comments will be ac-

cepted by letter or email until Nov. 29, 2013. Comments should be as specific as possible. Comments that contain only opinion. Please reference “Cameron to Milford 138 kV Transmission Line Project EA” in your correspondence. Written comments may be mailed or emailed using the following: Bureau of Land Management Cedar City Field Office Attn:  Karen McAdams-Kunze 176 East D.L. Sargent Drive Cedar City, UT 84721 kkunze@blm.gov For specific information on this project, please contact Karen McAdams-Kunze at 435-865-3073. 

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Michaela Bell picked as Communications intern

Michaela Bell has been selected as a fall intern for the Utah Farm Bureau’s Communications Division. The internship provides students with opportunities to put public relations and communications skills they’ve learned in classes to practical use. The internship combines strategic communications planning skills with writing, photography, event planning and more with the unique demands and issues of agriculture. Having earlier attended Weber State University and Utah State University (where she met her husband), Bell is now a senior completing a major in Strategic Communications at the University of Utah. “I’m excited to have been interning here at the Farm Bureau because not only do I get to use skills I’ve learned, but I get to be more involved with farmers and ranchers, and get to help tell their stories of producing food in America,” Bell said. “I want our

farmers and ranchers to know how much I appreciate their hard work in providing food for myself and others.” When not studying, Michaela enjoys snow skiing, hiking and boating. A native of Layton, in Davis County, Bell grew up in a family of three and participating in snow skiing, running, rock climbing and all kinds of outdoor activities. Michaela is currently married to Kevin Bell, an agent for Farm Bureau Financial Services currently working in the Bountiful office. At the Utah Farm Bureau, Bell hopes to learn about the melding of communications and event planning, in hopes of pursuing a career in that area of communications after graduation – though should does have a dream of owning a white Siberian tiger, and a farm of horses and dogs. Bell began her internship in late September and will work at the Farm Bureau’s offices in Sandy through the annual convention season.

A new relief fund has been set up to help South Dakota cattle ranchers. Three South Dakota organizations have banded together, establishing the Rancher Relief Fund with the Black Hills Area Community Foundations to provide support and assistance to ranchers affected by the early October blizzard that resulted in the death of as many as 60,000

head of cattle. Donate to the Rancher Relief Fund online at http://goo.gl/ DW85wB. Checks also are accepted. Mail checks to: Black Hills Community Area Foundation, SD Rancher Relief Fund, P.O. Box 231, Rapid City, SD 57709. Checks should be payable to “Rancher Relief Fund.”

Relief fund established for South Dakota ranchers


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Acclaimed documentarian James Moll releases trailer and website for new film ‘Farmland’

CHESTERFIELD, MO. – Oscar®-winning documentary filmmaker, James Moll, has unveiled an advance trailer and website for his latest film, Farmland, which is now in postproduction. The feature length documentary follows the next generation of American farmers and ranchers, examining the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, in various regions across the US. The advance trailer and information about the film is now available at www. farmlandfilm.com. “I make documentaries because it’s a thrill to explore new topics and meet people that I might not otherwise cross paths with,” said Moll. “While making Farmland, I found myself immersed in a community of

some of the most hard working, passionate people I’ve ever met. This film isn’t just about what it’s like to be a farmer, it’s about a way of life. It’s also about a subject that affects our lives daily.” The film website offers some general background information about the film, full color photographs from the making of the documentary and the theatrical trailer. The film, made with generous support from the U.S. Farmers

& Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®), gives viewers a firsthand glimpse into the lives of these

young farmers and ranchers, their high-risk/high-reward jobs and their passion for a way of life that, more often than not,

Utah farmers, USU Extension staff participate in 6th annual Tri-State range tour By Spencer Gibbons, UFBF Northern Regional Manager

Once again, ranchers from the Utah, Idaho and Wyoming TriState area converged on the Extension Office in Soda Springs, Idaho in an effort to fine tune their management skills and get ideas to increase their profit margins. Rachel Mealor, an Extension Educator at the University of Wyoming, was the first to present at the workshop. She talked about the challenge ranchers have when it comes to establishing grasses and forbs in the very dry west. Moisture, soil type, soil preparation, slope and other weather factors all play a major part in successful seeding. Rachel’s take home message was simple, “select the right seeds for the soil.”

Brian Mealor, Rachel’s husband, is an Associate Professor from the University of Wyoming, and he addressed the issue of weed management. His message was one of perseverance. “Weed management is like voting, it needs to happen early and often,” Mealor joked. He discussed some of his work with various treatments on various weeds and the varying success he was seeing. Mealor concluded his presentation with a Q&A session with the producers in the audience. USU Extension agent, James Barnhill thought Mealor’s presentation was very insightful regarding the battle on weeds on the range. Mike Vice, Monsanto Company’s Environmental Engineer and Reclamation Specialist was

the concluding speaker. He first discussed what type of work was done at the mine in Soda Springs. He said that they were mining elemental phosphorus, which has many uses. From it, phosphoric acid is made, which is in many household products today including cleaners, colas, medicine and dentistry products. Mike then gave a historical perspective on how the mining was done 50 years ago versus today’s practices. He assured the group that during the tour, they would easily see the difference in reclamation efforts. As the tour left, the first sight visited was called the Henry Mine. Monsanto mined at that location for nearly 20 years. When Monsanto left, it smoothed things up and planted mainly Smooth

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Moll received a Grammy® for directing and producing Foo Fighters: Back and Forth and an Academy Award® for his film The Last Days. During his filmmaking career, Moll has directed and produced numerous documentaries covering topics from the Holocaust to an epic trek across the Sahara Desert, teaming up with heavyweights such as Matt Damon and Steven Spielberg along the way. Farmland will premiere nationwide in spring 2014.

Brome, Alfalfa, Timothy and Orchard Grass and Intermediate Wheat Grass. However, there were some large scars across the mountainside that were still visible. At more recent sites, the untrained observer would not even notice that mining had ever taken place. Great efforts are made to make accommodations for wildlife and livestock, including some bat projects. Mike talked about the grazing association that ran its cattle on the reclaimed property. He said that they have had some livestock poisoning issues over the years, but they are becoming fewer and fewer as they improve the technology and efforts to reclaim the land. The Tri-State Range tour is a great opportunity for northern Utah ranchers to increase their ranching knowledge, so make plans to attend next fall. Contact your local USU Extension agent for more information.


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Forest service agent alerts Utah ranchers of warning signs for marijuana grows on public land

ST. GEORGE – Law enforcement officials first noticed the problem of growing marijuana plants on public land in a part of northwestern California known as the ‘emerald triangle’, but have seen the problem spread nationally as growers have looked for areas of isolation and limited public access in order to reduce the likelihood of being noticed. These criteria match up with several areas in Utah that ranchers frequent with livestock. So in an effort to deal with the everincreasing problem, U.S. Forest Service (USFS) agents are hoping to alert Utah ranchers to warning signs of what could be illegal – and potentially dangerous – marijuana grows on public land, and enlist their help in cracking down on drug runners. “We’re hoping to help people know what to look for and what to do – and what not to do – so they can help us fight this huge problem,” said John Ball, special agent with the U.S. Forest Service, currently stationed at the Dixie National Forest office in St. George. “Law enforcement is limited, so the more eyes we can

have out there the better.” Ball shared many of his findings at this year’s Utah/Arizona Strip Range Conference back in April, but is continually reaching out to audiences, whether they are ranchers, hikers or hunters to get their help in this growing

knowledges there are different types of marijuana growers, including those growing for personal use or smaller indoor growers, special agents are focusing on a larger group known as Drug Traffic Organizations (DTO) which are growing 1,000 or more plants in a specified area, because Along the Countryside Matt Hargreaves Vice President- Communications these groups are producing massive amounts of the ilproblem. legal drug, impacting the land on “This was mostly in California a larger scale and carrying with as late as 2003, in Humboldt them a more dangerous criminal County, but it hit Utah big in element. 2008 and started to spread,” Ball In addition to the criminal elesaid. “The Pine Valley Ranger ment involved, ranchers should District has seen the majority of be concerned because of the pogrows.” tential negative impacts associBall explained that law en- ated with the activity, including forcement has found more grows theft or loss of water resources, (the term for illegal, cultivated contamination of soil, forage marijuana plots) on forest ser- and water from excessive use of vice land than they have BLM chemicals and fertilizers, large (Bureau of Land Management) amounts of trash left behind, and land because, he suspects, there a potential for soil erosion, leachis more access to water, limited ing effects and run-off. access because of wilderness “These crops need a lot of waareas, and easier places to hide. ter, so these growers will divert While law enforcement ac- water or take it from someone without the owner even knowing about it,” Ball said. He elaborated that they had found a plot in Garfield County that had been using water diverted all the way from Panguitch. Others he has read about have taken water from miles away from the original source. The risk of soil and water contamination comes from growers using chemicals to boost yield in short amounts of time. Many of the products have been banned in the U.S., while others are availPhoto courtesy of U.S. Forest Service able at your neighborhood farm Marijuana grows on public land often rely on water stolen from local farmers, supply store, including Rotenone municipalities or other sources. The black tubing above, found on remote forest and Furadan. In and of itself, lands, is a red flag of illegal activity. these products are not hazardous

if used properly with the right intent. The problem, however, is that those growing the drugs are not concerned with application rates and thus apply high concentrations in areas with little thought for after-effects. One of these effects is the potential for soil erosion and runoff, as the crops are grown and harvested quickly, leaving nothing in their wake to stabilize soil. The last and perhaps most important reason ranchers should be concerned and attentive to possible marijuana grows is for their own safety. Rather than simply growing for their own use, these grows represent millions of dollars in the drug trade and there have been reports of public land users being intimidated by growers, if not assaulted or shot, by growers. Forest Service publications also document law enforcement seizing firearms and finding booby traps on public lands, which also pose a threat to ranchers, hikers and hunters. It is particularly for these last reasons, in addition to wanting to incarcerate these individuals, that a list of warning signs has been prepared by the forest service agents, as well as a list of “Do’s and Don’t” for public land users. Other warning signs of a potential illegal marijuana grow include: • Plastic/PVC sprinkler piping coming from streams or springs on public land • Clearing of brush and timber • Signs of cultivation/soil disturbance in unlikely areas • Unusual structures located in remote areas to include those made from


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cut brush and timber, as well as tents erected in unusual areas Buckets, garden tools, fertilizer bags, propane tanks, etc. Large purchases by individuals of fertilizer, garden hoses, plastic PVC pipe, chicken wire, machetes, different size pots, camouflage netting or clothing, etc. Garbage in remote locations

Utah Farm Bureau News know the exact location by use of existing landmarks, maps or GPS coordinates. • DO make note of any vehicles or persons in or around the area • DO exit the area on the same route you entered • DO notify law enforcement immediately

drugs and may provide rewards for information leading to the seizure of marijuana grows. For more information or to provide assistance, please contact John Ball with the Dixie National Forest at 435-652-3121 or jmball@fs.fed.us.

“The biggest red flag is going to be when ranchers find ¾ inch irrigation Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service piping in a remote Marijuana grows on public land have been increasing in recent years, coming forest area,” Ball into Utah as early as 2008. said. “When you see that, it should imme- • DO keep this infordiately tell you to note mation to yourself where you are and then after notifying the leave the area.” proper authorities The taking note of • DON’T enter a garwhere you are is critiden/grow area, or go cal information that can any closer than is nechelp law enforcement, essary to identify the because some of these plant(s) as marijuana grows are hidden from • DON’T look around aerial view. While ranchthe area for additional ers can be helpful in asplants or garden sites sisting law enforcement, • DON’T take a sample they want to emphasize plant or segment of a that public land users plant with you should not attempt to • DON’T leave any untake anyone into custody necessary sign of your or infiltrate the area, but presence in the area leave the investigations • DON’T return to the to law enforcement ofarea unless accompaficers instead. nied by law enforceAdditionally, the folment authorities lowing are recommended do’s and don’ts which Agents do appreciate apply upon discovery of any information from a marijuana garden: ranchers that may aid • DO your best to them in their fight against

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Utah Farm Bureau names Chris James as Director of Finance The Utah Farm Bureau Federation has named Chris James as its new Director of Finance. In that role, James will direct the financial operations of the Utah Farm Bureau and assist County Farm Bureaus in meeting their financial obligations. Prior to coming to the Utah Farm Bureau, James worked as the Regional Comptroller for Lee Enterprises, which owns the Provo Daily Herald. He was also Assistant Comptroller for Deseret Management Corporation and an auditor with the public accounting firm of Hansen, Barnett & Maxwell. “I’m happy to come to work for Utah’s farmers

and ranchers, and support them in the valuable work they do,” James said.

“We are happy to have Chris join the Utah Farm Bureau family and look forward to the expertise she brings to the job,” said Leland Hogan, President of the Utah Farm Bureau Fe de ration. “Just as JAMES continued on page 20


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YF&R leadership conference headed to Cache County

Shine your boots and dust raising food crops in the summer off that old cowboy hat and along with harvesting a bounty join Utah’s Young Farmers and from their vineyard, orchard Ranchers (YF&R’s) from across and berry patch. They also make the state for the 2014 YF&R bunk beds for children and have Leadership Conference. The combined their passion for rural annual conference will be held life and communication skills at the Riverwoods Conference and shared them to the world Center in Logan, Utah this through their YouTube channel upcoming January 31 - February and website, where you’ll find 1, 2014. As always, we expect videos about everything from a big crowd of ambitious, young farmers and County Connection ranchers from David Bailey Vice President- Organization every corner of the state. The previous conference, where more than 200 gardening to shop tips to culinary YF&R’s attended, was held in arts and perhaps a little old St. George last January. fashioned country wisdom. Over E a c h y e a r , t h e Y F & R the last seven years, they have Leadership Conference is moved taught Dave Ramsey’s ninearound to different places in week Financial Peace University the state to give variety and to course to nearly 500 people, encourage participation from equipping them with the tools YF&R’s from around the state. t h e y n e e d e d The Riverwoods Conference t o c h a n g e Center is just a few years old their financial and is very accommodating and picture. Dave unique in its setting in heart of says you have to Cache Valley. As usual the agenda “live like no one for the conference is packed full else so someday of the latest agricultural topics you can live like and training YF&R’s need to be no one else!” successful agriculturalists. There This is what the will be several break-out sessions Coopers want that address funding sources for you. for beginning farmers, grazing Jay spent improvement project loans and m u c h o f h i s utilizing niche marketing to p r o f e s s i o n a l stabilize your agribusiness just c a r e e r a s a to name a few. trainer, seminar Jay and Maggie Cooper will be leader, conference emcee and, our keynote speakers on the topic in general, “edutainer”. While of finances – more specifically Maggie has also been a presenter debt reduction/elimination and trainer, she spent most of her and wealth building. Because career “backstage” - script writing, they followed Dave Ramsey’s producing videos and conference principles, they have been able planning. Jay and Maggie are to retire early and realize their engaging, dynamic speakers dreams. They love life in Erda, that their audiences have come

to count on to use unorthodox methods of presentation to get their point across. Come and hear the Coopers, they promise you won’t be bored. Instead you’ll be enlightened, entertained and hopefully make two new friends for life. You can check out Jay and Maggie’s passion for the rural life by visiting their Youtube channel - youtube.com/dirtfarmerjay or their website - http://www. dirtfarmerjay.com. Registration for the conference is $60/person and lodging at the Springhill Suites hotel is $94/night. YF&R’s interested in attending can register by contacting Hannah KentJohnston at the Farm Bureau office in Sandy at 801-233-3011. Most county Farm Bureau’s in the state provide some level of financial assistance for those YF&R’s interested in attending. It’s best to contact your county YF&R chairperson or President to find out more details on your counties procedures. The registration deadline is Jan.

5th and due to limited space early registration is encouraged. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. You can always contact me for more information about the conference at 801-233-3020 or david.bailey@fbfs.com We look

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forward to seeing you there. There are several other YF&R events of note coming up as well. Don’t forget the annual YF&R Discussion Meet which will be held at the Davis Convention Center in Layton on November 20th at 5:00PM. Winners will be competing to win a Polaris 4-wheeler and a trip to compete at the national competition in San Antonio, Texas. The YF&R program is also hosting several FFA Discussion Meets in the next few weeks where FFA students compete to win a iPad. The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) national YF&R Conference is also scheduled to be held in Virginia Beach, Virginia in Mid February. To top it all off there will be several YF&R district committee members being elected this year as well as a new YF&R state committee chair. As part of the Farm Bureau convention in Layton a YF&R caucus will be held Thursday morning at 8:30 AM, November 21st where these elections will take place. You can also support those YF&R’s that have applied for one of the two YF&R awards. The awards for the top YF&R Achievement and Excellence in Ag Awards will be announced at the evening awards show on November 21st. There seems to be no shortage of opportunities to get involved in the YF&R program these days. It’s important that we get as many young people as we possibly can at these events and functions. The future of our industry depends on it.


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YF&R Focus: Matt & Paige Gray

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We are the Grays – Matt, Paige, Robert (3) and Wyatt (11 months). Matt grew up in a small town in Southern Utah called Central. His family has been in the area since the late 1800’s. His great grandfather was one of the original settlers of the town of Central. Located 30 miles North of St. George, the climate was nice and the only problem was getting water into the valley for irrigation. Eighteen families started and only six remained when they finally went through a 120 ft. lava ridge and brought water to the town in the early 1900’s. Matt’s Grandfather started running cows at the age of eight, quitting school just to ride the Pine Valley mountain range looking for strays. These strays, which were sold in Pine Valley after they were rounded up, would be the start of his ranching career – and a continuation of ours. I (Paige) was born in Ogden. Being raised with five brothers on a replacement dairy farm, I learned how to work and wrangle boys. This is a good thing now, having three to deal with! It was my dad’s dream to start his own dairy farm. When I was three, we headed to Idaho and bought an old beef feedlot and fields near Jerome. They worked hard to carve a productive replacement dairy heifer farm and feedlot out of that old farm. I learned to love and care for the land, and most importantly how to work as a family to build something you can be proud of and have fun doing it. Between the two of us, we bring a stubbornness and will to go after what we want and find a way to make it work. We know that is how the ones before us made it and we know

that is the only way we will make it as well. In 2007, the stars aligned at Brigham Young UniversityIdaho and the romance of a soils class brought us together. Matt had finished a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was studying for a degree in Animal Science. I was studying Horticulture. I graduated later that year and we were engaged. We were married in July of 2008 and Matt graduated in 2010. After graduation, we left for an internship in the Nebraska Sand hills, to the Rex Ranch; a 200,000 acre/25,000 head cow/calf, yearling operation. It was our assignment to work with one full-time employee and one other intern to calve out 950 head of heifers by saddling up at 4:00 a.m. and working till well after dark. Calving heifers on open range for two months brought some character building opportunities to our marriage. We finished the four-month internship with brandings, doctoring yearling, moving solar pumps and enjoying working on a big ranch. We then moved to Southern Utah were we acquired a job working for an absentee landowner in Pine Valley, approximately 12 miles from Matt’s hometown of Central. We take care of 10 head of horses, a small herd of purebred Belted Galloway’s, three homes and 25 acres of irrigated pasture. We love living in Pine Valley and it seems like the closest thing to Idaho in Southern Utah. Along with the ranch in Pine Valley, Matt works part-time with his father on the 120 head cow/calf ranch. We run on approximately 100,000 acres of Forest Service and BLM land and raise 70 acres

of hay ground. Our dream is to do what those before us have done, carve a living from the land and all it has to offer with hard work and determination. We know it can be done we are just trying to figure out how – I am sure that sounds familiar! The Farm Bureau has already helped us as we try to find a way to reach our goals. We are grateful for the Farm Bureau, for what it stands for and how much we’ve been able to learn and the many good friends we’ve made. We enjoy being a part of it and look forward to meeting more YF&R’s through the coming years. The most exciting part of all this is our little family. Our boys

Robert and Wyatt are our joy and the reason we are working so hard to build this lifestyle. Boys are so much fun to have on a ranch and they enjoy every aspect of ranch life; they love going out to collect the eggs, feed the animals, and riding the horses and four-wheelers as often as they can. They are what life is about, we are so excited to raise them the way we have been raised and hopefully instill in them the values we hold so dear. In our spare time we are involved in church, local fire department, Farm Bureau, hunting, camping and fishing and just being together as a family.


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Farmers rally in D.C. for immigration reform

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Nearly 60 Farm Bureau farmers and leaders from 14 states gathered in Washington recently to advocate passage of a new farm labor program as part of comprehensive immigration reform. Joining more than 600 business leaders during the Americans for Reform immigration flyin event, Farm Bureau members spent the day on Capitol Hill talking with their congressional representatives about their need for a reliable workforce. The American Farm Bureau Federation is urging Congress to pass immigration reform this year. Utah Farm Bureau CEO Randy Parker was part of a Utah delegation that was pushing for sensible immigration reform to help farmers and ranchers

maintain viability in today’s labor market. “Immigration reform is critical for the agricultural industry,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Many farmers rely on an immigrant labor force and without reform, growers will begin to plant less labor intensive crops or go off shore. “Simply put, either we import our labor or we import our food,” said Stallman. Farm Bureau is urging Congress to pass an agriculture labor program with both short and longterm stability. “It’s a way to

keep our experienced workforce, while making sure we have access to a legal workforce through a streamlined and flexible guest worker program in the future,” said Stallman. Americans for Reform is comprised of conservative faith, law enforcement and business groups from around the nation. The group held more than 150 congressional meetings the last week of October on immigration reform. For the latest tweets from flyin participants on the event, follow #Ready4Reform on twitter.

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family farms and ranches have to operate in a fiscally responsible manner, the Utah Farm Bureau does as well. We’re confident Chris will effectively help keep Farm Bureau on solid financial ground. James was born and raised in Southeast Montana (Miles City) received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Utah State University. He has been a licensed CPA since 2001 and is active in the Utah association of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. James and his wife Heidi live in Lehi with their four children (13, 9, 4 and 2 months). In his spare time, he enjoys athletics (he was a sprinter for the USU track team) and coaching youth sports. Please give him a warm Farm Bureau welcome the next time you see him.


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Increased pressure and regulations lead to ACES

Nearly 40 percent of Utah’s lakes and reservoirs are not meeting their beneficial uses due to nutrient pollution. According to Utah’s Division of Water Quality, five primary sources of nutrient pollution include: wastewater treatment plants, chemical fertilizers, agriculture, urban run-off and fossil fuels. Nitrogen and phosphorus are nutrients that are natural and essential for healthy streams and lakes, supporting growth of the algae and plants that provide food and habitat for fish and smaller aquatic organisms. Too much nutrient pollution, however, can make recreational activities – such as swimming – unsafe or undesirable. In 1999, the Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture, released a Unified National Strategy for Animal Feeding Operations (AFO’s) to minimize water quality and public health impacts. Utah partners, comprised of Utah’s farm organizations and commodity groups, state and federal agencies, and other interested parties, rallied and prepared a voluntary, incentive-based Utah strategy. The goals of the Utah strategy were three-fold: First, restore and protect the quality of Utah’s water for beneficial use, to maintain a viable and sustainable agricultural industry and keep the decision-making at the state and local level. Second, reduce the amount of animal waste, nutrients and sediment that enter Utah’s waters as a result

of agricultural practices. And third, more effectively coordinate existing state and federal agency technical expertise and financial assistance programs with agri-

Practical Policy

Sterling Brown Vice President- Public Policy

cultural landowners that need assistance. The Utah partners all agreed that a voluntary, incentive-based approach was generally the best way to encourage landowners to implement best management practices to improve water quality. Important to the success of this approach was a high level of trust among landowners. Landowners have often feared that a cooperative effort with government-sponsored technical assistance programs would jeopardize property rights or the economic viability of their operation. A government-directed, penalty-oriented program to require major modifications of farming operations will not be nearly as successful as an education and incentive-based, voluntary program. It is a well-proven fact that landowners are wary of providing detailed information about their operations for fear of receiving a citation or fine if a violation is identified, whether the violation was purposeful or not. Even with broad coalitions and partnerships, significant Utah landowner participation, and data demonstrating reduction in nutrient pollution in Utah’s waterways, government – particularly federal agencies – continues to develop and adopt new

regulations directly impacting the sustainability of Utah’s farm and ranch operations. Utah is well positioned to address nutrient pollution. Utah’s Division of Water Quality recently completed a twoyear study on the economic and ecological effects of nutrient pollution. The result is a site-specific, rather than a “one-size-fits-all”, approach. Strategies include: First, a Utah Department of Agriculture and Food sponsored, voluntary-

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based “Agricultural Certificate of Environmental Stewardship” (ACES) program to reduce nutrient pollution from agricultural sources. Second, technologybased standards for wastewater treatment plants that will result

Photo courtesy of NRCS

in significant nutrient reductions for relatively minimal costs per month per household. Third, a watershed-based approach for nutrient standards that will focus ACES continued on pg 30


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Annual heath screening fair at Utah Farm Bureau’s convention

For more than 20 years, and materials by Ameritech the farm safety program has College. Please, take advantage provided a variety of health of it. If you have any questions screenings for your personal about any of these services or well being during the annual tests please feel free to contact convention. This year, to be me at 801-233-3006, or if you eligible for the new tradeshow would like other types of health drawing (three $100 bills) you evaluations offered during our will need to have six of the tradeshow please, let me know. health screening ticket lines signed by those Farm Safety administering A.J. Ferguson Vice President- Farm Safety the screening. This means, you can choose to have your blood pressure checked, pulse, glaucoma, or visual acuity. These Prepare your car for winter tests will be provided free of travel: charge. This is vital informa- • Check antifreeze level or tion for your current health consider having radiator condition. system serviced In addition to the tests men- • Replace windshield-wiper tioned above, the following fluid with a winter mixture medical screenings will be • Replace worn-out wiper available for free. I must emblades to increase visibility phasize that the results should • Replace worn tires be taken to your personal • Check air pressure in tires medical provider for further • Keep gas tank near full to evaluation if the results indiavoid ice in the tank and cate an abnormal condition. fuel lines These results will be given to • Keep a winter survival kit in you on-site. you vehicle • Cholesterol • Glucose Winter survival kit for your If you are considering par- vehicle should include the folticipating in the cholesterol lowing: and glucose tests, they need to • Blankets be done while you are fasting • First aid kit for at least 12 hours. Plan on • Water proof matches having those tests done early • Windshield scraper in the morning of Nov. 15 prior • Booster cables to having breakfast. There will • Sand bag or cat litter (to only be a limited amount of pour on ice or snow if extra these tests available. If you are traction is needed) interested, do it early. • Tow rope The Farm Bureau is provid- • Tire chains (for heavy snow ing this health screening fair areas) for you as a member service, • Shovel thanks to donations of the time • Water and dried foods

• Flashlight with extra batteries Christmas decorations, including lights and trees, are fun traditions. Stay safe by following these tips. Christmas lighting quick tips: • Never overload sockets. • Avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors. • Always check for broken or damaged lights and loose wires. Replace with proper replacements. • Switch Christmas lights off and unplug them before going to bed or leaving home. • Replace bulbs with same type and rating as those originally supplied with lights. • Replace failed bulbs immediately to prevent overheating.

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materials, there are four basic practices to improve soil health. 1) Disturb the soil as little as possible; 2) Grow many different species of plants through rotations and diverse mixture of cover crops; 3) Plant cover crops around harvest time to keep living roots growing in the soil for as much of the year as possible; and 4) Keep the soil surface covered with residue year round. The NRCS asserts that following these four steps will provide a healthy and fully functioning soil. This will also benefit farmers, as healthy ground leads to increased production, increased profits, and natural resource protection. According to NRCS, “managing for soil health is one of the easiest and most effective ways for farmers to increase crop productivity and profitability while improving the environment.” While there may be benefits to cover crops, farmers and ranchers do need to take many factors into account to see if it makes sense for them. For instance, if the monetary value of implementing the process is too high for the benefits provided, it may not be appealing. Cover crops do require extra costs and COVER continued on pg 25


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vision enacted by Congress in 1866 that provided for public access across public lands by granting rights-of-way for the construction of highways. R.S. 2477 was repealed in 1976, but such rights-of-way that were established before its repeal are considered to be valid existing rights. 

Utah Farm Bureau News The three environmental groups were allowed to intervene as defendants in the lawsuit.  The parties engaged in long-term, good faith negotiations that resulted in the detailed and comprehensive settlement that has now been approved by the Federal District Court, and which dismisses the lawsuit. Under the settlement, pub-

lic highway rights-of-way are recognized in those segments of the three claimed routes for which evidence of historic use satisfies the requirements of R.S. 2477.  The terms state that the roads shall not be developed, widened or otherwise enlarged, although they may be repaired if necessary.  In addition, the public may once again access the clear-

November 2013 ing known as Camp Ethel at the end of the Granite Canyon Road.  The parties also agreed that vehicle travel on some segments of the roads is subject to seasonal restrictions, and that Juab County would adopt an ordinance requiring vehicles to stay on the roads and not travel past their ending points, which the County passed in February 2013, and for the County to help patrol the roads on high-use weekends.  The BLM has agreed to conduct monitoring concerning water quality in Granite Canyon Creek and other resources, and the County and the BLM will continue to work together in balancing needs for public access and protection of the WSA and its resources.  The State and Juab County have agreed not to claim other R.S. 2477 rightsof-way in the WSA and will limit their claims to rightsof-way on federal lands adjoining the WSA to twelve designated routes. The settlement underscores that representatives of the federal government, the State of Utah and its counties, and the environmental community can, through good-faith negotiations, resolve R.S. 2477 claims.  This is especially important given that in the last few years, the State and counties across Utah have filed over 25 similar Quiet Title Act lawsuits asserting claims for approximately 12,000 R.S. 2477 rights-of-way on federal public lands across the State.


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some local agriculturists would rather not budget for them. Many farmers have been getting by with their personal methods of ground conservation for years and have maintained healthy soil and bountiful crops all the while. Financial concerns aren’t the only factor to account for. Planting cover crops also takes manpower and time. Those with plenty of help may have more attraction to the idea, but for many, the time and effort may be of more value spent elsewhere than on an involved process of laying cover crops. Simply put, the time used planting a cover crop may be more valuable than money because of the time of year when it is done. “In our great state, weather conditions typically only allow for one crop per year, on average,” said David Bailey, Vice President for Organization for the Utah Farm Bureau and a part-time farmer in Liberty, Weber County. “Because of the shorter farming season, some farmers take advantage by planting winter wheat – as this unique wheat can begin growing at end of season and produce a quick harvest early in the spring, thus providing for 1 ½ to 2 crops per year – which gives local farmers a head start here in Utah. However, farmers often don’t then have the time to plant cover crops.” While Utah farmers might not implement the latest methods or cover crops that the NRCS has been advocating, many farmers use their own variation of cover crops, which can still be effective. After a harvest, many Utah farmers water the stubble from wheat or barley crops. Watering the stubble gives remaining seeds a chance to germinate and the stubble the ability to recycle nutrients back into the soil. Once this takes place, farmers will then mulch the stubble back into the

Utah Farm Bureau News soil like cover crops are. “This is a popular method and is easier, cheaper and still effective,” Bailey said. Bailey also uses alfalfa as a form of cover crop. “Alfalfa in the first season is a fickle crop. It needs a “nurse” crop or cover crop to grow simultaneously with the alfalfa in order to provide support. While the alfalfa will have a steady start with the nurse crop’s assistance to prepare it for next year’s harvest, the nurse crop also gives a harvest in this first year so that the ground isn’t wasted for the year and can thereby still provide profit. Still, the NRCS campaign continues to encourage the use of traditional cover crops in Utah as an effort to reduce and prevent erosion. However, it’s important to remember that erosion isn’t as prevalent in Utah. “We don’t get the moisture, [heavy rain storms, and humidity] here like they do in the East,” Bailey said. Eastern states also farm on ground that is more predominately hill & slope which increases the likelihood and effects of soil erosion. In contrast, Utah benefits from primarily flat farmland and therefore most of our ground avoids runoffs and attrition. Do Utah growers need to use traditional cover crops? As with many aspects of farming, there’s no one answer that fits for everyone. If you’d like more information, NRCS has produced a video on soil health training. The video features Mark Henning, an area Agronomist for NRCS, and Marlon Winger, a state Agronomist for NRCS. They discuss, explain, and give examples of different soils that use or don’t use cover crops. The video is available at http:// goo.gl/FsyzAR or visit the NRCS website at http://www.nrcs. usda.gov.

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herd spends some time on the public lands. In Utah, with nearly 70 percent of the land within our borders controlled by the federal government, it is imperative to the ranchers and the local tax base that scattered livestock water remains under state control. Forest Service suggesting they need to control the water to maintain their multiple-use mandate for livestock grazing is nothing more than a red herring. It is nothing more than an attempt to divert our attention from the ultimate goal – control! Representative Mike Noel, author of the Utah Livestock Water Rights Act, already provided the needed assurances. Livestock water rights under the Utah law are appurtenant to the grazing allotment on which the rancher’s livestock are watered. The state’s statutory commitment provides much more as-

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surance to livestock ranchers and the rural communities they support than the word of the federal bureaucrats and the whims of our fickle legal system. Livestock water scattered across the Utah landscape in troughs, developed seeps and guzzlers benefits not only livestock but the state’s wildlife, including threatened and endangered species as well. Livestock production is the economic underpinning of Utah’s rural communities. Passage of H.R. 3189, The Water Rights Protection Act, will build rural communities by providing badly needed certainty; not by the federal government seizing privately held assets through relinquishment or diminishment of water rights belonging to ski resorts or ranchers. Utah Representatives Jim Matheson (D-UT) and Chris Stewart (R-UT) have joined Mr. Bishop in this bipartisan effort.


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Utah’s Young Farmers and Ranchers: The future of Utah agriculture!

Here are the finalists for the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer & Rancher Achievement Award and Excellence in Agriculture Award. These represent some of Utah’s best and brightest young farmers and their families. The winner of the Utah Farm Bureau Achievement Award will receive a 2013 Polaris Ranger 4X4 and expense-paid trip to the 2014 AFBF Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, January 12-15, 2014. The winner of the Excellence in Agriculture award & Discussion Meet will receive a 2013 Polaris Trailboss ATV, as well as the expense-paid trip to San Antonio. The winners of the ATVs will also receive a year’s worth insurance policy from Farm Bureau Financial Services and a safety helmet from the Utah Farm Bureau Safety Program. At the American Farm Bureau Federation competitions, the top winners of the Achievement Award, Excellence in Agriculture Award, and Discussion Meet will each receive their choice of either a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado or 2014 GMC Sierra. Nationally, the three Achievement Award runner’s-up will each receive a Case IH Farmall 65A, a $5,000 savings bond, and a STIHL Farm Boss chain saw. The three runner’s-up for the Excellence in Agriculture award will receive a Case IH Farmall 45A, $5,000 savings bond, and STIHL Farm Boss chain saw. The three Discussion Meet finalists each receive a Case IH Farmall 55A, $5,000 savings bond, and STIHL Farm Boss chain saw. Utah’s young farmers and ranchers have already embarked on the journey to the winner’s circle in Nashville by entering the state competition this fall. Utah’s representatives for the national convention will be announced Thursday, November 21 at the Awards and Recognition Program from the field of candidates.


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Achievement Award Applicants

Jason & Carlee Christensen

Jeremy & Shay East

Have a produce farm in West Point, Davis County

Have a turkey farm in Moroni, Sanpete County

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kade & Penni Wasden Run a cattle ranch in Aurora, Sevier County

Brandon & kjrista Yardley Farm & ranch in Milford, Beaver County

Joel & Becca Ferry Farm & ranch in Corinne, Box Elder County


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Excellence in Agriculture Award Applicants

John & Dusty Reese

Range conservationist & farmer from Kanab, Kane County

Brett & Jaclyn Jeffs

Work on family cattle ranch in Castle Dale, Emery County

kenny & Jamila McFarland

Grow produce & other crops in West Weber, Weber County.

Jeff & Jennie Christensen Work on family cattle ranch in Price, Carbon County

Jared & Cassie Lyman

Range conservationist, 4-H staďŹ&#x20AC;er & ranchers from Escalante, Garfield County

Addison & Jen Hicken

Farm and ranch in Heber City area of Wasatch County


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UPDATE

Russ & Heather kohler

Work on family dairy & cheese creamery in Midway, Wasatch County

Dave & kalei Robbins

Raise crops and Hampshire sheep in Springville, Utah County

Brett & Jenna Madsen

Raise turkeys and work on family farm in Chester, Sanpete County

Jacob & Christy Briggs

Work on family farm in Syracuse, Davis County

Matt & Paige Gray

Work on cattle ranch and farms in Pine Valley, Washington County

Mike & LeAnn Adams

Raise crops and cattle on familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s farm in Parowan, Iron County


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initially on pristine headwaters. Fourth, an adaptive management approach in developing and implementing site-specific nutrient standards that will be protective of Utah’s waters. This counter approach and strategy to the federal agencies increased regulatory efforts puts Utah citizens in a better, more flexible position to determine our own solutions. In March of this year, Senator Ralph Okerlund (R-Monroe) sponsored and passed Utah legislation (SB 57) creating the ACES program. The primary purpose of the legislation and Utah specific program is to provide further protections from continued federal intrusion through increased regulations. The ACES

Utah Farm Bureau News program is an attempt to ensure all participating agricultural producers are making decisions that balance production and environmental demands. The new legislation requires the Utah Conservation Commission to establish standards and procedures for administering the ACES volunteer program. ACES is designed to complement the existing AFO program. In addition, ACES encompasses not just animal feeding operations, but is designed to protect all sectors of production agriculture, including: farmsteads, grazing lands, and cultivated croplands. Utah producers can request ACES protection for any sector or combination of sectors. To participate, farmers and ranchers must complete three steps: education, application and evaluation.

The ACES certificate will be for a five-year term, with renewal for an additional five years upon inspection. Efforts are underway to ensure farm records are properly protected from both the government and public. Additionally, future legislation will attempt to limit possible fines and penalties from the State of Utah when ACES is maintained properly. Utah Farm Bureau policy supports responsible actions designed to allow and protect the rights of farmers to produce without undue or unreasonable restrictions, regulations or harassment from government. Further, federal programs should not be used as a means to force state and local governments to conform to federal authority. Leaders, authors and supporters of the ACES program

November 2013 attended and presented at Utah Farm Bureau’s annual Midyear Conference last July in Richfield, Utah. Attendees at the annual Utah Farm Bureau Convention in November at the Davis Convention Center will have an opportunity to hear presentations on ACES and ask questions. Judicial decisions, combined with increased government intrusion, result in a continued “chess game” with players comprised of the courts, lawmakers and the private sector. The development of ACES is a recent private sector response to the ongoing judicial and lawmaker persistence.


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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 15TH OF THE MONTH IN ORDER TO APPEAR IN THE NEXT ISSUE. EXCEPT FOR THE JANUARY ISSUE, WHICH HAS A CLASSIFIED DEADLINE OF DEC. 5. Mail ads, typed or neatly printed, with any payment due, to Utah Farm Bureau News, Classified Ad Department, 9865 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070-2305. Free ads must be resubmitted by mail, telephone or fax after running for 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: ’02 Aztec 25 ton 3 axle tilt deck equip trailer, $10,000 OBO. ’89 Ford T9000 dump truck, 3406 Cat engine, 15 spd road ranger transmission, $3,500 OBO. 801-391-6663. FOR SALE: 1987 Volvo box truck 22’, f613, 170 diesel engine, LWB 28,000, 79,500 miles. 1979 Ford F700 truck. 16’ combination container and grain rack & dump bed. 42,500 miles. Clinton, 801-825-1701.

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: 8 N Ford Tractor. Very good condition. New paint. Like new tires. Implements incl plow, disk scrapper. 435637-3736. FOR SALE: Paul Scale, Model 2425. Portable scale squeeze chute. $1,000. Jim at 801-254-4856. For sale: Case IH 770 DT deep tillage heavy off set disc 16 feet. 435-678-2984. FOR SALE: 3 forage wagons: 2 JD 716A, front and rear

unloading with tandem axles & 1 Gehl 810 front unloading only. 801-254-4550.

FEED:

FOR SALE: Straw 3x3x8 bales. Clean straw baled behind combine. $20.00 per bale. Layton 801-940-2260. WANTED: wheat, oat, triticale, or grass hay or rained on alfalfa . Call Steve 801-514-9961. LIVESTOCK BRED HEIFERS for sale. 50 head registered polled Hereford heifers. Bred to calving ease bulls to start calving early. Top quality heifers from a proven program. Take all or part – with or without papers. Contact Phil Allen & Son, Antimony, 435-624-3236. FOR SALE: Columbia Breeding Stock. Selling replacement ewe lambs and yearling rams. Breeding to the best for 28 yrs. 8 yr.ave.wool clip, 24.8 microns 54.71% yield. Call 435-4368792, Reed Christensen. ROCKY MTN. ANGUS SALE: Sat. November 9 at the Weber Co. Fairgrounds, Ogden. 1 p.m. selling registered Angus females, bulls and project steers. Consignors from 4 states. For a sale catalog or information call 801-540-6818 or 208-6745679. Registered Gelbvieh and Balancer females for sale. This year’s open heifers and bred cows of various ages. Erik Johnson 435 279 7669 Tremonton, UT FOR SALE: 50-60 cows – heifers of all ages! Angus, Gelbvieh, Balancer – many registered! Also selling bulls off these cows! Reducing my herd in half and I don’t care which half I keep. Fall and spring calving. Larry 435-864-7879. 20 Top Quality Hereford females for sale.  Weaned heifers and mature cows available.  Line One registered and commercial females for sale.  See more at www. johansenherefords.com or call Jonathan/Craig Johansen @ 435-650-8466/435-381-2523. Icelandic sheep for sale. Excellent gourmet flavor and quality meat. This spring’s lambs are $200 each. Proven Registered ewes are $400. Icelandic sheep are bred for fleece, meat and milk. Also have Icelandic fleeces priced at $30 each.   801-543-4343

REAL ESTATE:

UTAH VACATION IDEA! Hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, horse trails, more. Everything’s close to the Rosebud Guest House. Near Ashley NF, Strawberry River, Starvation. Fully equipped cabin. Pet-friendly. Corrals. Reservations, more information: 435-548-2630,  walsh. weathers@gmail.com, www.rosebudguesthouse.com. TWO HOMES, bldg. lot on 5 acres, 71 shares irrigation water. Brick home, 5 bed, 2 ¾ bath, walk-out basement, new furnace and ac, double garage, 7 out buildings, rental brick next door. $450,000, Harrisville. 801-782-8068. FOR SALE: Ranchette. 13 acres bordered by asphalt road and I-15, for advertising commercially. Culinary water, mountain water, electricity, Quonset: 60’ x 20’, granary, irrigated, ½ mile from Meadow, UT. Great place to build home, store RVs or raise horses/cattle. $160,000. 801-372-4019, Derk. HOME REALTY, BRENT PARKER, 435-881-1000. NEW! Paradise home on 3.61 Acres.  Large two story shop with apartment, horse facilities, pasture, gardens, mother-inlaw apartment. 6.41 Acres in Cache Valley.  Also 10.01 acre parcel.  Views.  Horse Property.  Well permit. Home on 1.49 acres.  Located in Cache Valley.  Shop and 2 pole barns. Home on 1.52 acres. Located in Franklin.  Fish pond and well landscaped. 2,414 Acres in Cove.  Beautiful recreational property with cabin. Located up High Creek Canyon.  10.23 acre feet of water. 4.37 Acres in Mendon.  $50,000 Excellent horse property.  Views of  valley and mountains.  Additional land available.18.9 Acres in Mendon.  Views of Cache Valley and the Wellsvilles.  Acreage for home in Riverdale Idaho.  Overlooks scenic Bear River.    Two Wellsville Parcels.  Stream runs through. Horse property.  10 Acres Overlooking Hyrum Reservoir.  Horse property.  Beautiful views.  34 Irrigated Acres in Cache Valley.  Good farm land with level ground and easy access. 60.96 acre ranch in Morgan Valley.  Could be divided.  65 shares of water and a 6 bedroom home.   Great views.   Two parcels in Nibley

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in Cache Valley.   3.76 acre and 3.61 acre  adjoining  lots  Horse property. Can be subdivided. Irrigation shares. 18.75 Acres in Cache Valley.  Artesian well already dug.  Secondary gravity pressure irrigation.  2.56 Acres in Cache Valley. Country lot with plenty of irrigation water.  Cabin in Logan Canyon.  Beautiful setting close ro river.  View lots near Wellsville between 1 and 5 acres. Horse property.   2.03 Acres in Preston, Idaho.  Excellent shop and older home.  City water. $82,500.  Dairy Farm in Cache Valley  41 acres.  Irrigated. Updated home, excellent crops. Double 5 Herringbone parlor.  185.38 Acres in Cache Valley with views.  Can be divided.  Located in popular Maple Rise area.  Borders national forest.  37.91 Acres located on the foothills of the Wellsvilles.  Can be divided in up to five lots.   Water shares.   Canal runs through.   40 Acres Outside Soda Springs.  Beautiful forest land with year around stream.  400 Acres Bordering Oneida Narrows Reservoir.  Beautiful and secluded.  Adjacent to campground and boat dock.  Could be subdivided into camp sites. Seller financing. bparker@homerealty.com; website: www. brentparkerrealty.com.

MISCELLANEOUS:

14.1 Acre feet of Provo River Water asking $11,500.00 / acre foot. Used in the Heber/Midway area. First class right as well as other high water classes. Can show beneficial use. For more information call Grant (801)358-5602 Cell. FOR SALE: 2 rolls metal roofing, 730 sq feet ea. 13’ wide x 60’ long. Good for siding as well as roofing. 435-637-3736. FOR SALE: Bostich stapler, model F94ED, foot operation, $250. Electric container box stapler, model 400. Ex condition, $400. Clinton 801-825-1701. FOR SALE: Mastertow car tote. In good condition. Call for more information. 435-640-1444.

AGRICULTURAL OPPORTUNITIES

EMPLOYMENT

ZONE 2 COORDINATOR -Utah Association of Conservation Districts. Professional/administrator to six conservation districts covering Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele and Weber Counties. Districts are local governments, subdivisions of the state (Utah Code 17D Chapter 3) governed by elected boards to protect soil, water, and other natural resources. B.S. in soil science, watershed science, natural resources, agriculture or related discipline, proficient in writing and public presentation. Job Description at www.uacd.org. Apply to susan. jackson@ut.nacdnet.net. PART-TIME WORK:  The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) needs part-time survey interviewers to contact agricultural producers for the National Agricultural Statistics Service, an agency in USDA.  We are in particular need in Duchesne, Uintah, and San Juan Counties. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle.  Starting pay is $10.43 per hour.  Paid work time includes training and travel, and mileage is reimbursed at $0.565 per mile traveled.  A farm background is desirable but not essential.  If interested, please contact Debra McArthur at 435-687-9720 or 435-820-1071. Circle Four Farms of Murphy Brown LLC: 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 Herd Technician animal production positions with training provided. Challenge yourself with a stable company that offers a starting entry-level wage of $10 to $11, plus a full benefit package including: medical, prescription, dental, and vision insurance, life insurance plan, short and long term disability, company paid pension plan, 401(k) savings plan and more. C4 Job Application required. For more information please call our office: Circle Four Farms, PO Box 100, 341 South Main, Milford UT 84751, Phone (435) 387-2107, Fax (435) 387-2170. EOE / PWDNET - If you require accommodation or assistance to complete the application process, please call Lacy Davis at (435) 387-6047.  When you contact Lacy, please identify the type of accommodation or assistance you are requesting.  We will assist you promptly.


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County Scenes

Utah Farm Bureau News

[Top] The Corn Maze of Brett Herbst at Cornbelly’s by Thanksgiving Point in Utah County paid tribute to the BYU v. Utah college football rivalry which will take a break for the next few years. [Middle] Carding wool for Sanpete County’s Farm Field Days is Annette Hansen from Fountain Green. [Bottom] Sherrie Reeder of Washington County talks with kids at her family’s farm in Washington Fields for the County’s Farm Field Days in October.

November 2013

FB County Corner Salt Lake County ▶ Board meetings are the first Tuesday of each month. Sevier County ▶ Board meetings will now be the 4th Wednesday of each month. Washington County ▶ Board meetings are the first Wednesday of each month. Piute County ▶ Annual Business Meeting, Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. at the Extension Conference room, County Courthouse in Junction. Iron County ▶ District 7 FFA Discussion Meet, Nov. 5, 5 p.m. at SUU. Wayne County ▶ PARM working group, Nov. 7, at Wayne County Courthouse, 10 a.m. ▶ Annual Business Meeting, Nov. 8, 6 p.m. at the County Courthouse in Loa State and Regional Activities ▶ November 5. Election Day ▶ Utah Association of Conservation Districts Convention, Nov. 6-7, in St. George ▶ Utah Farm Bureau Convention, Nov. 20-22 ▶ UFBF Board Meeting, November 23 ▶ UFBF Center closed for Thanksgiving holiday ▶ Utah Farm Bureau Campaign Management Seminar, Dec. 3-4 at State Office. ▶ DWR Board & RAC Meetings In Nov., DWR Board Meeting: Fishing Recommendation and Guidebook 2014, Meeting dates approval for 2014, Conservation permit allocation 1yr., Conservation permit allocation 3 yr (scheduled for 2015). Meeting Scheduled for Nov. 7. RAC Meetings to address: Big Game 2014 Hunt Tables and Dates; CWMU Recommendations. ▶ Northern RAC, Nov. 6, (Wednesday) 6 p.m. at Brigham City Community Center. Moved because of Election Day. ▶ Central RAC, Nov. 7 (Thursday), 6:30 p.m. at Springville Public Library Meeting room ▶ Southern RAC, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. at Cedar City Middle School in Cedar City (Change) ▶ Southeastern RAC, Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m. at John Wesley Powell Museum in Green River ▶ Northeastern RAC, Nov. 14, 6:30 p.m. at Wildlife Resources NER Office in Vernal Next DWR Board Meeting in December 4-5. RAC meetings in December on 3rd & 4th for Central and Northern. 10, 11, 12 for Southern, Southeastern, and Northeastern.


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