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Utah Farm Bureau News

Vol 55 No 9

Matt Hargreaves, Editor

COUNTRYSIDE EDITION FALL 2009

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UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION OFFICERS Chairman and President Leland J. Hogan, Stockton* Vice President Stephen A. Osguthorpe, Park City*

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1......................... John Ferry Corinne District 2.................... Rulon Fowers Hooper District 3.................... Flint Richards Erda District 4........................ Rex Larsen Spanish Fork District 5....................... Scott Chew Jensen District 6.............. Edwin Sunderland Chester District 7....................... Nan Bunker Delta Farm Bureau Women’s Chairman...... Ruth Roberts, Penrose Young Farmer & Rancher Chairman.. Garrick Hall, Cove

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State Sovereignty Under Attack

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Health Care Debate

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U.S. Trade Gone by the Wayside?

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Norman Borlaug Remembered

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Recognizing Fatigue

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Enjoying Sustainable Living

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Farm Bureau County Meetings

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2009 Farm Bureau Convention

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Running for Office?

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From the City to the Countr y

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Let’s Discuss It!

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Clean Water Amendments Attack State Sovereignty

By Leland J. Hogan, President, Utah Farm Bureau Federation

We have all heard the term “slippery slope.” As it applies to the reach of the federal government, slippery slope is ubiquitously used to warn against regulatory creep that generally occurs when laws are passed. By amending the Clean Water Act, there is no need to question the prediction of regulatory creep - it will quickly become a reality. A bill before Congress would have us slipping to a point where puddles that accumulate after a rain storm could potentially fall under the regulatory authority of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). That bill is the Clean Water Restoration Act (CWRA). The use of the term “Restoration” is a misnomer, purposely used to mislead. In fact, passage of the CWRA would expand EPA and Army Corp of Engineers’ current authority to regulate ‘navigable” waterways to all “waters of the U.S.” Anywhere water collects could be subject to rules requiring federal permits for such everyday tasks like dirt removal, constructing farm ponds, flood prevention or even making changes in land use. Clearly the target of the CWRA drafted by Senator Feingold (D-Wis.), is overturning the 2006 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Rapanos v. United States. The Court upheld private property rights, finding that isolated wetlands, not connected to “navigable” waters does not fall within the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers. The Clean Water Restoration Act would ultimately expand the jurisdiction of the federal government to include all

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interstate and intrastate waters including groundwater, ditches, culverts, desert washes, erosion features, farm and ranch stock ponds and prior converted cropland. Farmers and ranchers who make changes to their private land, like improving drainage or even switching from one crop to another, may find themselves unknowingly in violation of the Clean Water Act. An amended CWA could ultimately require years to obtain federally mandated permits to make changes or improvements in your own private property. Most troubling for farmers and ranchers would be the provision allowing citizen activists with a lawyer to sue landowners for generally accepted management activities on their own land if the activist feels there is a violation of law. Proponents of the expanded authority claim it is needed to protect the waters of the United States and wetlands. Truth is, passage of the CWRA would overturn and undo decades of laws that allow the federal government to regulate navigable and related waterways while appropriately partnering with state and local governments to protect our water resources. Adding another layer of federal regulation would usurp Utah’s right to regulate its own waters, increase government red tape, and do nothing to improve water quality. Feingold’s bill strikes at the foundations of state’s rights and sovereignty. It would give the federal government veto power over local water and land use decisions.

In H.C.R. 6, passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor Jon Huntsman, Utah expresses opposition to expanding the federal jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act. Chief Sponsor Representative Mel Brown, a Utah Farm Bureau member, drafted the resolution to call on Congress to preserve the traditional powers of the state over land and water use within its sovereign borders. The current system of protecting our nation’s water resource is working without increasing the federal bureaucracy and regulatory costs. Claims that the CWRA would not be a burden to America’s farmers and ranchers are untrue. Congress needs to defeat this federal power grab.


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Health Care Debate Must be More Deliberate By Randy Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Utah Farm Bureau Federation Elections have consequences and the most recent one has changed the Congressional landscape and legislative priorities of Washington, D.C. With Congress just wrapping up its annual August breather, many Americans are left catching their collective breath regarding the hurry up nature of the 111th Congress; especially as it relates to health care reform. The recent presidential push suggests there is more interest in passing a bill, any bill, than rationally identifying meaningful reform. Farm Bureau believes health care reform is needed, recognizing whatever action is taken will effect all Americans and a substantial portion of our nation’s economy. However, let’s also recognize that Americans enjoy access to the best health care available in the world. America’s entrepreneurial spirit has provided the backdrop for medical breakthroughs that are the envy of the world. Massive health care reform should not choke off innovation, create rationing, destabilize physician training, infringe on doctor/ patient relationships or extend waiting periods for care.

ment’s responsibility for health care costs, expand the federal deficit, fail to contain increasing medical costs, and worsen the problem of rapidly escalating medical spending while still leaving millions of Americans uninsured.

and purchase their own health insurance. Farm Bureau supports tax incentives and deductions that will help self-employed individuals pay for health care and to afford health insurance for their families.

The administration’s and Congressional leader’s attempt to gratify political favoritism has been met with contempt and consternation across the land. August recess is historically a time for members of Congress to return to their home states for congenial visits with their constituents. Not so this year! Fast tracking health care reform, continued efforts to centralize and increase the reach of the federal government, an out-of-control bloated federal budget and exploding federal deficits have lead to contentious Town Hall meetings across America.

Farm Bureau supports expanding tax incentives for health saving accounts. Reform to create a health insurance “exchange” would make it easier to compare prices and purchase insurance products while increasing market competition. These and other reforms will increase availability, quality and affordability without the creation of a public insurance option run by the federal government.

The deliberate, well-thought-out and reasoned approach to policy making that is demanded by Americans appears to have been abandoned for political expediency.

Farm Bureau is concerned about disparities between rural and urban The Obama administration and majority health care. Shortages of facilities party leadership in Congress had hoped and qualified health care professionals to pass a massive health care reform continue to challenge our rural commupackage before the annual Congressional nities. According to the U. S. DepartAugust recess. Just like the Waxmanment of Health and Human Services, 20 Markey cap and trade legislation, it percent of Americans live in rural areas, appears many members of Congress while only nine percent of doctors in our left Washington without doing their country practice there. homework. The U.S. House healthcare overhaul, driven by special interests, Health care reform must not only exceeds 1,000 pages. Few members address access but cost. Agriculture had read it and even fewer understand it. is cyclical in nature, creating tight profit margins for farm and ranch families. The Congressional Budget Office has Unprofitable years are as common as reported the proposed legislation would profitable ones. Most farmers and significantly expand the federal governranchers are self-employed individuals

Let’s not let politics permanently damage America’s health care system. We don’t want Britain’s rationed health care and we don’t want the long lines and waiting periods of the Canadian system. As with our own personal health care, a well-defined surgical approach is better than wildly swinging a meat axe in an attempt to fix the problem. America still has the finest health care in the world.

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The Ag Agenda

Has U.S. Trade Gone by the Wayside? By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Trade has always been important to the United States, especially the agriculture industry. Not only does it boost jobs for millions of Americans, but it expands our opportunities to reach wider markets, making us global players. According to Shakespeare, all the world’s a stage…Unfortunately, lack of an international trade agenda over the last eight months has left many U.S. industries watching from the wings while their competitors perform front and center. Closing an Open Door Talking of foreign relations in 1913, President Woodrow Wilson opined that “Our interests are those of an open door—a door of friendship and mutual advantage. This is the only door we care to enter.” Fast-forward nearly 100 years and we are still seeking that open door policy by way of trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and Korea, all of which have been left on the table. Meanwhile, U.S. agriculture is losing millions of dollars in exports to competitors all too enthusiastic to take our market share. The United States exported a recordsetting $115.5 billion in agricultural products in 2008. In part because of unsigned trade agreements and lack of a world trade deal, the Agriculture Department predicts that number will fall to $97 billion in 2009.

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In addition to inaction on already-negotiated trade agreements, there is more evidence that the U.S. commitment to trade is wavering. For more than a year now, we have not been in compliance with our obligation under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) allowing Mexican trucks to drive on U.S. highways. In retaliation, Mexico has imposed tariffs of up to 45 percent on 90 American agricultural and industrial imports. And yet, there is still no action to remedy the situation. While the administration needs to address trade agreements and World Trade Organization negotiations, both of which are on the table now, we should also look for other market opportunities for agriculture. Proactive vs. Inactive Ninety-five percent of the world’s population lives outside U.S. borders. That means for every 20 consumers of food and agricultural products, only one of them is an American citizen. Instead of being proactive and taking advantage of potential global markets, it seems we are instead shutting off our borders and becoming protectionists. Trade helps improve the overall U.S. economy. According to USDA, in 2006, agricultural exports created $117 billion in economic activity, including jobs in manufacturing, food processing and packaging, transportation, advertising and other services. Beyond the farm gate, agricultural exports are a driving factor in the entire U.S. economy.

On the farm, trade is even more important. Most farmers and ranchers rely on export markets. In 2008, more than 33 percent of total market cash receipts for agriculture came from global sales. Through agreements such as NAFTA, agriculture exports have almost tripled since 1996. So, it makes no sense to stop now. During these economic times, the U.S. can’t afford to get caught in the protectionist propaganda of those who oppose U.S. trade. This only allows other countries to move forward with trade agreements, increasing their competitiveness, striking deals with our partners on the world stage while we are dancing by ourselves in the wings.


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Norman Borlaug A Celebrity Worth Remembering By Lynne Finnerty, Editor of FBNews, the official newspaper of the American Farm Bureau Federation

Several celebrities have passed away this year. Dr. Norman Borlaug was the celebrity a lot of people never heard of. He did something much more important than entertain us. He fed the world. Borlaug, 95, passed away on Sept. 12. The Iowa native leaves a legacy of saving hundreds of millions of people from starvation and advancing plant breeding technologies to help feed a growing population. Shortly after graduating from the University of Minnesota, Borlaug in 1944 took a job with the Rockefeller Foundation doing plant research in rural Mexico. There he saw that, due to wheat rust, farmers could not produce enough even to sustain themselves. Borlaug and his team of researchers developed a diseaseresistant variety and helped Mexico meet its food needs. When the Rockefeller Foundation and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization saw what he accomplished, they presented Borlaug with an even bigger challenge—saving the Indian subcontinent from widespread starvation as harvests failed and population exploded. Borlaug and his team decamped to India and Pakistan, where they developed wheat varieties that produced four times as much grain as before. His technological breakthroughs, dubbed the Green Revolution, prevented certain famine for millions.

It didn’t take long for Borlaug’s Green Revolution to spread throughout the Middle East. His plant breeding methods were later applied to improving rice varieties in India and developing high-protein maize in Africa. Borlaug also had to work to convince farmers in the developing world to trust him—a man who didn’t look or sound anything like them—and take a chance on his technologies. A member of the wrestling team in college, he said that he often drew on lessons learned on the wrestling mat—lessons in courage and perseverance. Borlaug received dozens of honors for his life-saving work, most notably the Nobel Peace Prize, as well as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. He could have rested on his laurels. Instead, up until the end of his life he continued his research as well as foundation work to reduce malnutrition in the developing world. Also, feeling that there should be something like a Nobel Prize for agriculture, he founded the World Food Prize to recognize others whose work enhances the global production and availability of food. And he returned to the proverbial wrestling mat time and time again in support of continuing our advances through agricultural biotechnology. He grappled with what he believed to be the greatest threat to peace and

progress—human hunger. Borlaug believed the only way to feed a growing world was to continue to increase food production. He generously allowed himself to become the world’s most visible and respected spokesman in support of our biotechnology advances. That more people aren’t aware of Borlaug’s achievements and how they have made us all more foodsecure is a shame. That’s why the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in 2008 selected a biography of Borlaug, The Man Who Fed the World, by Leon Hesser (2006), as its “Book of the Year.” As the end of this year approaches, the inevitable reflections will start on all the celebrities we’ve lost. Not to take anything away from anyone else, but Borlaug’s Green Revolution has saved a large part of the world from a great human tragedy. If ever there was a life and legacy worth celebrating, it is that of Dr. Norman Borlaug.

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Recognizing Fatigue By A.J. Ferguson, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Director of Farm Safety

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It is very common to feel that there is not enough time to do everything that needs to be done. As you try to make more time in your day by working longer hours at night, you start to deprive yourself of sleep, food and sometimes water. In regard to safety, fatigue can be an individual’s worst enemy. It can also cause accidents that damage machinery and possibly injure or kill you. Why is sleep important? Most adults need seven to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep to feel alert. Lack of sleep will cause slower reaction time leading to more injuries and accidents. You might miss important safety instructions because you are too tired to concentrate or you may find you have difficulty in getting along with co-workers because you are tired and irritable. Lack of sleep can also result in health problems. Stress can lead to sleepless nights and mental fatigue. Eliminating as much stress as possible will help to eliminate fatigue also. Here are a few simple tips to help reduce stress: • Learn to accept problems that you can’t change, do not dwell on them • Work on keeping a positive mind-set • Make sure you take care of your physical health

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The following tips can make dealing with the stress of everyday life easier. You will also find it easier to find solutions to your problems: • Set goals that are realistic and attainable • Remember to avoid overload. There are only 24 hours in a day. It is OK to say “no” when you don’t have the time to do it • Take time to be nice to yourself; by enjoying your family, nature, music or a good book • When burdens become too heavy, talk to someone like a spouse or trusted friend

Other ideas to help you sleep include: • Avoid coffee and drinks containing caffeine before bed • Don’t overeat before going to bed, this can cause heartburn or stomach cramps • Limit the amount of liquids you drink at night so you’re not always getting up to go to the bathroom • Get enough exercise, but avoid strenuous exercise two to three hours before bed • Don’t take work to bed with you; your bed should be for sleeping • Consider taking a short nap when you get home from work, but make sure it doesn’t interfere with your ability to sleep at night

I understand that when reading these ideas on how to reduce stress and improve sleep, that you might feel more stress because your days are already too busy. Please, remember that these are suggestions that can help. Don’t feel that you have to do all of them. However, if a few of these ideas can help reduce stress and help you sleep more soundly, isn’t it worth it? Remember that fatigue is real and can cause serious injuries or death. Look for the warning signs of fatigue, such as slower reaction time, difficulty concentrating or irritability. Your family needs YOU. So, keep alert, life is too precious to lose to fatigue. For questions or comments contact A.J. Fergusson at the Utah Farm Bureau, 801-233-3006 or aferguson@fbfs.com.


Sustainable Living Be Thrifty and Thrive Through

By Margie P. Memmott, Today we are more wired up, plugged in, and world savvy than ever. Many of us care deeply about the threats facing our environment, and are committed to making Utah State University Extension Agent, Juab County a difference. But it’s not always easy to know exactly what to do. Here are some suggestions for people of all ages to get started. Collectively, our actions can make a positive difference to our environment!

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Your home is your largest single source of energy use. Save energy by turning off lights and water, washing clothes in cold water, and keeping the heat set a few degrees lower and the air conditioning a few degrees higher.

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When you’re done surfing and Instant Messaging, turn your computer off, which could save an average of $90 of electricity a year. If you must leave your computer on, tell it to go into “sleep” or “hibernate” mode, which saves power. Save even more juice by unplugging your computer (or flip the switch on a surge protector) to stop the “phantom load” problem.

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Download (legally) the latest album online. Purchasing music online can cut out waste from shipping and all those CDs and CD cases.

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Instead of commuting by yourself, there are other options that can reduce energy usage, and save you money. Carpool, use public transit, catch a bus, or ride your bike.

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Maintain your current vehicle. Try not to accelerate quickly. Slow down! Driving the speed limit saves gas. Avoid excessive idling. If stopping for longer than one minute, it is more efficient to shut off your vehicle. Keep your engine tuned and your tires properly inflated.

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Support local food growers. Traditional food items can travel thousands of miles from their point of origin to the consumer. By choosing locally grown products, you can provide your family with a higher quality, better tasting product, support a local economy and reduce the energy use associated with transporting food long distances.

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What better way to save some of that locally grown food than preserving it yourself! Everyone who has done at least a little preservation knows how satisfying it is to look at the jars of fruits & vegetables in the cellar for the winter! One word of caution: make sure the recipe you use is safe and

scientifically tested and approved. There are many recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation that look beautiful, but may not be processed adequately enough to kill yeasts, molds, bacteria and botulism spores. The USDA Guide to Home Canning and other food preservation fact sheets are available at extension.usu.edu/publications then click on ‘food and nutrition’ and ‘food preservation’. Kick the bottled water habit. Consumption of bottled water has greatly increased in recent years. However, there is a high energy cost associated with bottling and transporting water to areas distant from its source. Since most municipal systems have water that is as good as if not better than bottled water, save yourself some money by filling a reusable water bottle at home!   Say no to paper AND plastic! Your choices at the grocery store matter. The majority of plastic bags given out at most grocery stores are not recycled. Why not say no to paper AND plastic, and get reusable cloth bags? They are extremely durable, come in a variety of sizes, and last much longer than paper bags.   Find ways to reduce your power bill. You can cut down on costs and find out which machines are actually worth keeping plugged in. Simply connect your appliances to a Kill-aWatt electricity usage monitor and it will assess their efficiency. Calculate your electrical expenses by the day, week, month, or year while also checking the quality of your power by monitoring voltage, line frequency, and power factor. You’ll know if it’s time for a new refrigerator or if that old air conditioner is saving you money.

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For more information visit extension.usu.edu/energyconsumer, Utah State University Extension’s energy consumer website. This site is designed to provide information on energy topics relevant to your life, with a focus on what YOU can do to save energy, and keep more money in your wallet.  Don’t miss out on rebates and credits for energy efficiency upgrades! Check out the rebate and credit fact sheet for details or contact Michael Dietz at 435-7973313, michael.dietz@usu.edu or Margie Memmott at 435-6233451, margie.memmott@usu.edu.


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Capitol Reef Historic Fruita Orchards Still Producing in

FRUITA, Wayne County – The conditions in most of Wayne County are some of the most remote and harsh in the country if you’re looking to grow an orchard, yet this did not stop pioneer settlers from doing just that more than 130 years ago. Now, the orchard which became the small town known as Fruita has become the largest managed by the U.S. National Park Service (NPS). The area was first discovered by explorers in 1872, the first resident of the settlement arrived in 1879. The first recorded landholder was Niels Johnson, a European settler who arrived soon after and built the first home in the area in 1886.

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National Park By Matt Hargreaves, Editor, Utah Farm Bureau News

The settlement was known as Junction for many years, as the valley sat at the junction of the Fremont River and Sulphur Creek. Soon after Johnson arrived in the area, he planted fruit trees and experienced success. Encouraged by the results, and at the request of Brigham Young, other families arrived soon after and the area was separated into mini-orchards for the settlement’s families to take care of. Despite the higher elevation of 5,400 feet, the 200 acres within Fruita valley are protected by sandstone cliffs which retain the heat of the sun and provide a milder climate than the surrounding communities in Wayne County.

“The canyon walls give a micro-climate for the area,” said Cindy Micheli, Education Outreach Coordinator for the NPS, based at Capitol Reef. “It also protects the fruit from the winds.” Despite the success growing the fruit, settlers in the region were transient. No more than 10 families resided in the area at any given time, and by 1937, the average orchard had changed hands seven to eight times. The frequency with which families moved had more to do with the remoteness of the area than it did the success of growing fruit. The region was so productive that it was referred to as “Eden of Wayne County.”


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Borrowing a line originally credited to Brigham Young, historian E.B. White claims that residents worked hard to make their orchards “so pleasant that when you look upon your labor you may do so with pleasure, and that angels may delight to come and visit your beautiful locations.”

“Because of that method of exchange, the town missed out on the ‘Roaring 20’s’, but it also was sparred much of the pain of the Great Depression,” Micheli said. “But these weren’t wealthy people; they were quite poor by most standards and life was difficult.”

The location of the community along the Fremont River was also beneficial because it brought irrigation water for the crops the settlers grew; yet it was also spared the problems of flooding experienced by the other nearby settlements of Aldrich, Caineville, and Blue Valley.

At the height of its production, the community orchards boasted approximately 2,600 trees of all kinds. The orchards were aligned in what the NPS calls a “vernacular landscape”, which means that it “evolved through use by the people whose activities or occupancy shaped it. The land use patterns of such a landscape reflects the physical, biological and cultural character of the everyday lives of these people.”

The irrigation water provides for a variety of fruits and vegetables to be grown in the area. The orchards were so productive that at one time, fruits made their way to places such as Price, Richfield and even as far away as Elko, Nevada. That’s not to say that the travel was easy, as the rough terrain took an hour and a half to travel the 10 miles to nearby Torrey. In fact, the community remained relatively isolated from the rest of the world until after World War II, when visitors began to come and visit the newly created Capitol Reef National Monument. It wasn’t until after the war that Fruita (as it was renamed in 1902) received its first mechanized tractor. Local residents relied on barter trade for goods they needed, though some used currency that came in from second jobs held outside of town. The area didn’t even receive its first paved road until 1962.

The orchards included seven varieties of cherries, six varieties of peaches, three varieties of plums, two varieties of apricots, and two varieties of pears in addition to almond, nectarine, pecan, walnut and quince trees. However, the largest of the crops were the apples, which included 23 different varieties. In addition to today’s commonly eaten varieties like Braeburn, Ginger Gold, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious and McIntosh, the orchard includes two heirloom varieties and a unique subvariety of a Red Delicious apple that is found only in Capitol Reef. Known as the Capitol Reef Red, its characteristics include “prolific clustered fruiting on downward curving side branches, nearly stemless fruit, and russeting on the upper half of the fruit.” The unique apple is currently listed on the

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Ark of Taste, a register of endangered or culturally specific foods maintained by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. The heirloom apples include the Rhode Island Greening, the favorite apple of Benjamin Franklin, and the Winter Pearmain. Much of the diversity of fruits produced in the orchard is still maintained today by the NPS orchard crew, which manages the 1,800 trees currently in production. Many of the fruit trees were originally planted by the settlers. The orchard is the largest of the 129 park units maintained by the National Park Service that have historic fruit or nut trees. But fruits were not the only crop grown in the area. Families also grew sorghum (used for syrup and molasses), vegetables and alfalfa. Additionally, according to the NPS, Brigham Young encouraged settlers to plant Mulberries in an attempt to develop a silk industry from the caterpillars that inhabit the trees. Settlers also hoped the berries would serve as food for birds and a distraction from eating their other fruit. With the establishment of the Capitol Reef National Monument, more and more people were becoming familiar with Fruita. Even as families moved out of the area, many would return to harvest the fruit for both fresh consumption and canning purposes. More than a luxury, canning fruit was the only way many of the local residents survived through the winter.

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The canning of fruit and the harvest became such a cultural identity to the area that it became a major issue that needed to be resolved when the park service expanded and took over the area in the late 1960’s. The NPS decided to purchase all the Fruita properties still privately owned in the late 1960’s through a “willing seller/ willing buyer” basis. Out of necessity, eminent domain was used to acquire the last property in the community in 1968 from the Gifford family. Prior to the NPS deciding to maintain the orchard, staff wondered what to do with all the fruit produced there. In the 1970’s, the NPS removed 430 fruit trees; which resulted in a furious uproar from former residents and extended family members.

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In 1979, many former Fruita residents and nearby community members requested the ability to keep harvesting the fruit produced in the orchard. A study in 1993 found that many Utah residents continued to come and pick fruit, harvesting nearly 97 percent of what was grown. One woman in particular boasted of producing 800 quarts of fruit per year. Today, visitors to the park are welcome to stroll through the open fields and help themselves to as much fruit as they can eat while in the orchards, free of charge. Those harvesting fruit for canning are asked to pay the market price as determined by the park superintendent after checking with local commercial orchards. The money raised is used to help offset the costs of running the orchard.

The separate orchards still have the names of many of the families that managed them. Additionally, the Gifford homestead remains in place and reopened in 1996 as a cultural demonstration site and sales outlet of fruit and pies. The flowering of crops ranges from late March and early April for cherries and ends in early May for Apples. The harvesting of fruit begins in early June for cherries, and extends until midOctober for apples. While the Capitol Reef National Monument stretches from the southeast corner of Sevier County, through Wayne County and down into Garfield County, the Fruita district is accessed off of Highway 24, approximately 11 miles east of Torrey. More information can be found online at http://www.nps. gov/care/historyculture/fruita.htm.


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Great Taste CAN BE Worth the Wait By Matt Hargreaves, Editor, Utah Farm Bureau News

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The saying goes that things get better with age. Several farmers along the Watch Front and in other markets throughout the state are proving that statement true when it comes to providing heirloom varieties of produce at Farmers Markets. Heirloom plants are cultivated plants that were more commonly grown during earlier periods of human history compared to the more traditional varieties used today in production agriculture. While the masses in society have given preference to certain varieties of plants, segments of society embracing these older varieties are becoming more common. “It’s just the taste that is amazing,” said Kent Baum, a personal trainer originally from New York who also grows heirloom tomatoes, eggplant and cucumbers on three acres in Murray, Salt Lake County. “These varieties have been handed down from generation to generation because of their taste.” The definition of an heirloom variety is subject to debate; however, general guidelines require plant varieties to be

at least 50 to 60 years old and be an open pollinating plant, as opposed to a plant that propagates through grafting and cutting. Open pollinating is pollination of plants by means of wind, birds, insects or other natural methods. Because of this, pollen sources may be unknown, causing the traits of some plants to change over time. Others are self-pollinating, which helps preserve the traits of plants time and again.

The trend for growing these products has been increasing in recent years as many individuals want to have a more direct connection with their food. As farmers and ranchers have become so good at what they do –efficiently growing food for more than 300 million Americans and others worldwide – many not directly involved with agriculture have forgotten what it is like to grow at least a portion of their own food.

The most popular varieties of heirloom produce are tomatoes, rice, watermelon and cucumbers, though heirloom varieties of many fruits and vegetables exist.

“It may have been seen as a snobby thing at first, but really it’s all about growing things in your own backyard and being more self-sufficient,” Messer said. “In addition to the plants we sell for food, we’re also encouraging people to store seeds in order to be better prepared in case of emergency.”

As its name suggests, heirloom produce varieties have often been passed down from one generation to another and from all parts of the world. “We’ve found that heirloom fruits and vegetables are just a great opportunity to preserve our heritage through food,” said Patricia Messer of Late Bloomin’ Heirlooms in West Jordan. “We’ve had parents from the former Yugoslavia share stories of their time there – all because of an heirloom tomato they were enjoying from that region.”

“People need these skills in case the trucks stop filling the stores with food,” added Heidi Williams, Patricia’s gardening partner. But above all, the growers of these plants return to the debate over taste. Taste is what brings the customers back every week according to Kent Baum. Baum explains that one

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reason these varieties may not be available in the grocery stores is because the produce is much more fragile, does not ship well, and does not have as long of a shelf-life. These are all minor limitations in his opinion. The limited durability of the plants makes them an ideal crop for the Farmers Market, with customers returning each week to see and taste the different varieties available. What Baum doesn’t sell, he donates to the local fire department or food bank. “We grow Armenian cucumbers, Oriental eggplant, Prosperosa eggplant that is native to northern Italy, and our most popular is the ‘Touch of Lavender’ eggplant,” Baum said. “We have also started selling kits that are ready for people to make fresh salsa, which include some heirloom vegetables.” The names and the colors are another part of the charm of heirloom produce. If the colors don’t grab your attention and

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speak to their differences, their names and shapes surely will. Tomatoes feature such descriptive names as Green Zebra, Arkansas Traveler, Banana Legs, Believe it or Not, Black Brandywine, Cherokee Chocolate or Cherokee Purple, Dagma’s Perfection, Hillbilly, and the Mortgage Lifter. They can vary in shape from the traditional beefsteak tomato, to ones that look like bell peppers, fingerling potatoes, eggs, or pear-shaped. Other names of produce will also be sure to catch the eye, including Little Spooky (eggplant), King of the North (Sweet Pepper), Hungarian Hot Wax (hot pepper), Cream of Saskatchewan (melon), Dragon’s Tongue (snap bean), Mexican Sour Gherkin (cucumber), White Patty Pan (squash), Ten Commandments (gourd), Bloody Butcher & Country Gentleman (corn). With the plethora of varieties, growers of these products suggest two steps if

you want to grow your own. First, Kent Baum suggests that you study up on the topic. Learn more about the different tastes, shapes and characteristics which different varieties have. Learn from those who have done it before, and then share what you’ve learned with others. “The best student eventually becomes the best teacher,” Baum said. Secondly, the growers suggest that you find a reputable seed company, to ensure that you’ll get what you are paying for. Given the nature in which some of the plants are produced, seeds from inexperienced growers may not give you the plant you want. Those wanting to learn from experienced growers can contact Patricia and Heidi at Late Bloomin’ Heirlooms (www. latebloominheirlooms.com) and register for a class. Other information can be found from your local USU Extension office.

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6:30pm County Fairgrounds, Minersville

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6:00pm FSA Office, Randolph

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7:00pm Bridgerland ATC board room, Logan

Salt Lake

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7:30pm UFBF Office, Sandy

Carbon

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Davis

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Sanpete

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7:00pm County Courthouse, Manti

Duchesne

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Sevier

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Iron

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Juab

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Kane

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Cache

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7:00pm TBA. Contact Regional Manager.

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South Box Elder 10/15

7:00pm Bear River Civic Center

6:30pm Foster’s restaruant, Panguitch

Summit

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7:00pm Summit Co. Courthouse, Coalville

7:30pm Crystal Inn, Cedar City

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7:30pm County Courthouse, Vernal

7:00pm Valley Elemenatary, Orderville

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7:00pm TBA. Contact Regional Manager.

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7:00pm USU Extension Office, Delta

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7:00pm Morgan Co. Courthouse, Morgan

Washington

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7:00pm USU Extension Office, St. George

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Hands to Heal Hearts By Matt Hargreaves, Editor, Utah Farm Bureau News

The grief over losing a child is said to be something no parent should have to endure. In recent years, too many families throughout Utah and across the United States have experienced such a loss when sons and daughters lost their lives in defense of their country overseas. Kaziah Hancock, an artist and goat rancher from the south end of Manti in Sanpete County, is using her gifts to bring some measure of healing to these families. Nestled in the corner of her bedroom, with a view of the mountains and her beloved goats, the sounds of Kaziah Hancock’s paintbrush against canvass tell the story of compassion toward her fellow man – and more especially the respect and profound appreciation for the ultimate gift a soldier can give his or her country. Hancock is busy adding strokes to her oil portrait so that she gets the emotion and soul of the fallen soldier to rest in her painting. For more than six years, she has dedicated her time and talents to bringing some measure of love and

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comfort to the families of soldiers who have given their lives in the military campaigns of Iraq and Afghanistan since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. “I was listening to the radio one day, trying to find something good to listen to, and this one station came through clear as it ever has, and I just sat and listened to the report of Utah’s first fallen soldier,” Hancock said. “I thought that I had to do a painting of that boy.” After writing a letter to the families of the fallen soldiers, offering them a portrait as a gift, Hancock got to work painting an 18” x 24” oil-on-canvas portrait of the first two Utah soldiers that were killed in Iraq. Those were Chief Warrant Officer John Darren Smith and Marine Staff Sergeant James W. Cawley. After finishing the portraits and sending them to the families free of charge, Hancock committed to painting more portraits of other soldiers that gave their lives.

“I just feel that we’re not here on this earth to only consume,” Hancock said. “What do we have that hasn’t been paid for with the blood of soldiers?” A friend then asked if Kaziah was only going to paint the Utah soldiers or if she’d continue and paint others. She told her friend that any soldier’s life is worth as much as any of those from Utah. So she started to paint more. “You can’t paint them all!’ my friend told me,” Hancock said. “And I replied that I can try until I either get them all done or I expire.” Working on them one at a time is precisely what Kaziah has been doing. She was given a mailing list for fallen soldiers from the U.S. Department of Defense because of the importance of the gift that Hancock provides. After contacting families and offering the free portrait, Hancock has the family send her three high quality photos of the soldier as well as a brief write-up on whatever the family chooses. Then Hancock takes care of the rest.


After studying the photos and write-up, Hancock first sets to work to paint the eyes of the individual. She feels as though if she can get the emotion correct in the eyes, it will let her into their soul. Hancock has described the eyes as her road map to the rest of the painting. After painting 23 portraits, Hancock realized two things. First, that it was going to take her a very long time to get this done if she did not get some help; and second, that as an artist who can normally sell her portraits for $2,000 to $20,000, she was going to run out of money working completely pro bono. Yet Hancock refused to accept money from the soldiers’ families. This is how Project Compassion got started. In 2004, Kaziah incorporated Project Compassion Soldier Fund, Inc. as a certified nonprofit organization, and brought on four additional artists to help her with the demand for portraits. Those artists include Clarence DeVries (a veteran himself), Anne Marie Oborn, JoAnne Musser, and Layne Brady. Shortly after this, a major benefactor from California met with Kaziah and after learning about the project, offered to cover the costs of supplies for all the artists.

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“It was an example of the widow’s mite and the king’s ransom coming together,” Hancock said. “It was great. Now, we’re only about $25 per painting short of covering all our costs.” Project Compassion has benefitted from the assistance of The James R. Greenbaum Jr. Family Foundation, FedEx, the Packaging Corporation of America, and Fredrix Artist Canvas.

In the years since its inception, Project Compassion has produced approximately 1,700 portraits, with Kaziah painting more than 641 herself! Asked why she offers so much, Kaziah offers a simple answer that is rooted in a love of her fellow men and of freedom. “I feel the grief of those mothers,” Hancock said. “I see goodness in them. This is just my way of saying ‘I’m sorry about your loss.” In an interview with The American Veteran, Hancock talked about her gift of a portrait, in relation to the sacrifice the solider and family has made.

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do is to say that I respect what your [child] has done. I want you to know that [they] have earned my respect.” For her work, Hancock has received recognition, awards and coverage in the media almost too numerous to mention, including the Public Service Award from the American Legion Auxiliary. But all she wants to do is let the families of today’s heroes know that she cares about them, and then enjoy her time on her ranch. “Here, I’m the queen of my 15 acres and my goats,” Hancock said. “This is God’s gift to me.” Despite the humble conditions surrounding her home in Sanpete County, a great work is taking place inside that is blessing the lives of thousands of military families whose children have given the ultimate sacrifice. For more information on Project Compassion or how you can help complete the work of more than 3,000 additional remaining portraits, call 435-835-9429, email projectcompassion@manti.com or visit www.heropaintings.com.

“It’s like trying to put a band-aid on a broken heart,” Hancock said. “All I can

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Working to Keep Everyone

By Jennifer Hobby, AgrAbility Program Coordinator es, Contributions by Matt Hargreav Editor, Utah Farm Bureau News

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picture may be worth a thousand words, but no picture can capture the radiance of one smile from young Kevin Mouritsen of Young Ward in Cache Valley. Kevin, who is 18 years old, was born with congenital birth defects so rare that it does not have a name. Kevin’s parents Allen and Becky Mouritsen simply call it ‘Kevin’s syndrome’. ‘Kevin’s syndrome’ has affected his growth, lowered his vision and hearing, stunted his speech and limited his cognition. In spite of this, Kevin greets visitors with an enormous, welcoming smile and excitedly invites them in to watch a favorite movie. Kevin was not the only child in his family to be born with this syndrome. The family had a younger son Scott who succumbed suddenly to a case of strep throat which spread to his heart and caused fatal damage. Scott was only three. “Kevin didn’t have nearly the amount of complications that Scott did,” said Becky Mouritsen, Kevin’s mother. “We were glad when we finally found out what happened to [Scott]. We had spent many months feeling guilty and trying to figure out what we did wrong.”

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Kevin has two younger siblings Sandra age 14 and Adam age three. Both were born without the syndrome. Becky mentions jokingly that as Sandra follows Kevin through school she is often asked if she is Kevin’s older sister as she is already quite a bit taller.

AgrAbility’s program coordinator Jennifer Hobby, Case Manager Dave Ezola and a USU student worker, Braden Jensen went to the Mouritsen’s home to meet with the family, conduct an assessment and determine what AgrAbility could do to help Kevin be able to participate on the farm.

“I’m his big little sister,” Sandra says. As is the case for many younger farmers, Kevin’s father farms and holds a full-time off farm job – chiefly for benefits like health insurance. Kevin’s mom, Becky takes on the responsibilities of not only caring for a home and family, but also a disabled child. Like a lot of farm families, the Mouritsens demonstrate an almost visible bond and connection with one another, a strong faith in spite of their hurdles as well as a commitment to stay strong and independent. This can be seen and felt as one interacts with Becky and the other children. They radiate a clear pride in ‘our farm, our family and our Kevin.” AgrAbility first met the Mouritsens in 2008. The family became aware of the program during an outreach activity at a transition fair for school age children with disabilities and their families. The request was a small but meaningful one for assistance in modifying the family’s tractor so that Kevin could safely ride with his father as he worked on the family’s farm.

When the family bought the tractor, the implement dealer Burke Pitcher of Pitcher Sales Farm Machinery in Lewiston, knew of Kevin’s desire to be a part of the farm and installed a small, bench buddy seat. During the course of AgrAbility’s assessment, Kevin’s mother Becky mentioned that despite his small size it was sometimes difficult to hoist him into the cab. “He may be small, but he’s strong,” Becky Mouritsen said. “He’s heavier than he looks.” The family requested that the modifications be made after the harvest because the tractor was in the fields. Jennifer and AgrAbility’s program manager Luke Petersen returned to the farm in November – ironically on Kevin’s 18th birthday – to finish the assessment and complete the modifications. After working with the family and discussing some options it was recommended that an additional step be


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The additions made by the lab also brought piece of mind for Kevin’s parents.

That afternoon, Jennifer and Luke took the plans to Stan Clelland at Utah State University’s Assistive Technology (AT) lab. AgrAbility and the Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) which oversees the lab have had a partnership since the introduction of the AgrAbility project to Utah in 1998. During that time, the UATP program and especially Stan and the assistive technology lab have collaborated on numerous projects to help Utah farmers and ranchers.

“I’m glad that he’s a lot safer while riding in the tractor now,” said Allen Mouritsen, Kevin’s dad.

For Kevin, the lab provided a seat back designed for a wheelchair, some belting for the seat belt and some other materials to make the upgraded buddy seat a reality. In total the AT lab’s contributions totaled nearly $300 worth of materials, but the value to the Mouritsens was much greater. “This is a case where cost is not the issue,” Clelland said. “What’s important is that Kevin can spend the time with his dad, and be more independent.”

AgrAbility also manufactured the additional step for the project. Steps are a simple modification that the AgrAbility program frequently uses. “A $25 step can do wonders to save a guy’s back, hips and knees,” Luke Petersen said. “Often the first step on a tractor is nearly two feet high.” Assistive technology or devices that can help persons with disabilities are not cheap; however, and any assistance given to families is greatly appreciated. “It’s phenomenal how much a seemingly simple assistive technology device can cost, let alone more expensive devices such as wheelchairs and lifts,” says Jennifer Hobby. “It can be impos-

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sible for individuals and families to afford on their own.” Beyond assistive technology, AgrAbility advocates for, and links farm families with, other programs which can help alleviate some of the terrible expenses which can come with having a disability, serious injury, or other health problems. It seems unfair, but it’s true that having a disability can be an impossible financial trap. Rural people have been underserved by programs such as Medicaid, vocational rehabilitation and traditional health and mental health services. Often these programs have disincentives for employment built-in, which is particularly unacceptable to our farmers and ranchers for whom work is their life. AgrAbility of Utah is a free program set up by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to help provide assistance to farm families in Utah who are being negatively impacted in any way relative to health. In many cases, it is the farmer who needs assistance after injury or even age starts to make

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everyday work tasks less manageable. However, AgrAbility of Utah also understands that the productivity of the farm is not just dependent upon the farm worker’s health but the financial, physical, and mental health of the entire family. For this reason, it is AgrAbility’s goal to help provide needed assistance to both the farmer and the farm family members. “AgrAbility of Utah wants our state’s farmers and ranchers who are struggling with medical, prescription drug and equipment modification costs to know that we’re here and able to help them access the help they need,” Hobby says. “We also want to let them know that help in fact exists to support them in staying safe, healthy and independent.” For Kevin and his family, a custom buddy seat added a visible and tangible means to increase his quality of life. Now Kevin has an opportunity to add a meaningful activity to his life and to the life of the farm. Similarly, AgrAbility professionals will continue to work with the family to assist them in navigating and accessing additional resources which can help alleviate some of their financial burdens and ensure that Kevin may be as independent and self supportive as possible. AgrAbility sees small successes like these as just as important to the future success of the Mouritsen farm as support offered to a principal operator or more expensive and complicated forms of assistance. “This has been a great program to work with, we wish more people knew about it,” said Becky Mouritsen. If you, or someone you know could benefit from the free services offered by AgrAbility of Utah please contact their office toll free at (877) 225-1860 or visit them online at www.agrabilityofutah.org.

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Farmers, ranchers and supporters of agriculture meet at

2009 Farm Bureau Convention in Layton The 2009 Utah Farm Bureau Federation State Convention, Nov. 18-20 in Layton, will feature great speakers that promise to deliver powerful messages regarding the national economy, energy concerns, animal welfare policies, property rights 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. Governor Gary R. Herbert; Utah’s newly appointed governor, has been invited to address Farm Bureau members regarding the importance of Utah agriculture. During his time as Lieutenant Governor, Herbert has been a strong supporter of rural Utah. Conference goers will also hear the inspiring story of Mike Ramsdell, a Bear River, Utah native and author of the spy novel

‘A Train to Potevka.’ Described as “equal parts spy novel and faith-based inspirational piece”, Ramsdell will talk about his experiences working as an intelligence officer in the last days of the U.S.S.R. Deseret Book describes the novel as a “tale of failed espionage, escape, and second chances.” The 2009 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. “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.” More details on the convention will be provided in the November issue of the Utah Farm Bureau News. Those interested in attending the convention need to contact their County Farm Bureau Secretary prior to the October 23rd registration deadline. For more information, contact Brenda Barnes at 801-233-3040 or brenda.barnes@fbfs.com.

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Running for

Office? Individuals have a moral responsibility to help preserve freedom for future generations by participating in public affairs and by helping to elect candidates who share their fundamental beliefs and principles. This fundamental Farm Bureau philosophy is a reason why Utah Farm Bureau is hosting and sponsoring a Campaign Management Seminar in April 2010.

percent vote on actual message content. There are two basic groups of voters. First, the “informed.” This group represents 14 percent of registered voters. The remaining 86 percent are “un-informed.” The segment of the population least interested in the political process actually decides the outcome of most elections.

The seminar is designed for candidates running for public office, their spouses, their campaign managers, individuals interested in running for public office in the future, and prospective campaign managers. The school was developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation with input from political consultants and staff of both major political parties. The school teaches how to evaluate the candidate and electorate, build a campaign structure, raise money, enlist allies, create coalitions, and get last-minute election-day voter attention.

During the course of the seminar, Johnson will provide a formula for winning elections: electable candidate + right issues + adequate funding + sound organization (winning attitude + effective strategy) = victory. “Prior to selecting a theme,” Johnson cautions, “look for things bugging people. Then pick only two issues to build a platform.”

The seminar is taught by Linda Johnson, Senior Director of Policy Implementation for the American Farm Bureau Federation. Johnson is a former U.S. Senator Aide and former Director of Government Relations for the Washington Farm Bureau. For nearly 20 years, this seminar has instructed thousands of candidates, throughout the country, on the theory of winning a campaign. The result has been a 76 percent success rate nationwide. Johnson will stress that candidates know who their audience is. Fifty-five percent of registered voters vote based on body language, facial expressions, and other visual clues. Thirty-eight percent vote on vocal quality and the remaining seven

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Farm Bureau’s purpose is made easier when elected men and women know and understand the challenges and needs of production agriculture and rural Utah. This seminar, presented by American Farm Bureau and sponsored by Utah Farm Bureau, is designed for County Farm Bureau’s to surface and register individuals to attend the seminar who will best represent the interests of farmers and ranchers in the halls of local, county, state and national public offices. This seminar has proven to properly prepare individuals to win elections. Utah Farm Bureau is proud to sponsor this Campaign Management Seminar April 6-7, 2010 at the Farm Bureau Center in Sandy. Total attendance will be capped at 30 individuals. Registration will be $75 for Farm Bureau members and $125 for non-Farm

By Sterling C. Brown, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Vice President – Public Policy

Bureau members. Interested participants must contact Sterling Brown at 801-233-3004. Actively participating in a process of surfacing candidates is fundamental to maintaining freedom. America is an ‘Institution of Freedom’. Farm Bureau is an ‘Institution of Freedom’. As such, we must involve ourselves in far more than just farm and ranch-specific issues, although we must never lose sight of those issues. As citizens, we have an obligation to preserve this land of America as an ensign of freedom to all nations. Farm Bureau’s greatest contribution to this country has been its vital role in support of freedom of the individual, and of a government designed to safeguard this freedom. Farm Bureau has fought long and effectively in support of individual freedom and against centralization of dictatorial power in government. Farm Bureau members have struggled successfully against the many legislative proposals which sought to encroach on individual liberty. Steady progress and continuous achievement in seeing and solving new problems is the price which must be paid for the maintenance of freedom. Again, accomplishing Farm Bureau’s purpose is made easier when elected men and women understand the challenges of production agriculture. Begin now to consider and approach individuals that would best represent your interests in the halls of government. Then use this seminar to assist them to that end.


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New Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Blanche Lincoln

Doubts Climate Change Bill Will Pass Senate Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.), the new chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is casting doubts on the future of climate change legislation in the upper chamber. “I think it’s a heavy lift for the Senate,” said Lincoln. “We have a tremendous amount of work to do, having been in the hearings today.” Lincoln has been a vocal skeptic of creating a cap-and-trade system and her

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opposition could play a significant role in bringing the measure to defeat. Her unwillingness to support the bill stems from her belief that a cap and trade system could place undue hardships and costs on the nation’s farmers and ranchers.

said in an article with CQ Today. “In my opinion, the House cap-and-trade didn’t do all of that.” Farm Bureau looks forward to working with Lincoln to defeat climate change legislation in its current form.

“The objectives are to clean up our environment and to create jobs and to lessen dependence on foreign oil and keep our economy strong,” Lincoln

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By Kim Tracy, San Juan County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Chair

Fr o m t h e C i t y to the Country

No Better Change Growing up in Clearfield, Davis County I knew all my life I wanted to be a Mom and a ranch wife. During those years I built a cute little dream world of what my perfect life would be. Charley and I met at Snow College in Ephraim, Sanpete County, each of us pursuing Animal Science and Agriculture Education degrees with a goal of going back to work on the ranch after completing school. Now In Monticello, San Juan County, I am my kids Mom. Motherhood is so much more fun than I ever imagined and having three kids grow up on the ranch is where I want to be. Living in a rural town I get questions about the change or shock, being a city girl and moving to the middle of nowhere. Prior to the move, I thought I was ready for anything; but the biggest surprise has been that nothing has changed when I thought it would. I love living here. There is strength in our community that comes from having family close-by and as a community, looking out for each other and our kids. It has been said that in our small town you could pick up the phone, dial the wrong phone number, and still have a conversation for a half-hour or so! Being a ranch wife is unpredictable. At night after supper, rather than a relaxing

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evening, you’re thinking about getting ready for the next day’s plans, you pause to answer the phone or listen to messages left during the day and hear about six pair of cows in the neighbors’ wheat field. They must have jumped over or found a hole in the fence you just fixed that day. Other tasks could include scheduling bull testing, ordering supplies, and rescheduling a vet to come to the ranch to cast a calf with broken legs. The to-do list has just gotten bigger, in addition to being a mother and wife, filling out loan papers, paying bills, doctoring calves, branding, riding to gather cows off grazing land, moving them down to water then at the end of the day pushing them back up, barn chores, running here and there to get horse shoes and vaccine; and all of this when you just got back from a 120 mile round trip to pick up a part for the tractor the previous day. Survival, life ,death, missing cows, bottle feeding doggie calves, fixing fences, helping with calving, hauling cows to a sale, signing papers, and finally cleaning up before fixing lunch are some of the ways I can help the ranch run smoother.

so fast; they do especially at the ranch. One minute you can’t wait for them to get bigger so they can throw down a calf to brand and reach the peddles on the equipment, and the next minute they go out on their own gathering cows, tracking and driving them to where they need to be. Out here, I can drive around town and find my kids faster than if we were to use a cell phone; plus, out here, the cell phone coverage isn’t very good.

I love and appreciate my ranch hands, our kids. We all work together and work hard. People say kids grow up

They do a grown man’s work every day in a smaller body and love every minute of it, hoping to be doing the same

I know they are different from other kids, because our kids could ride horses before they could walk. At first, they rode in the front of the saddle, then in back of me riding double, and then they were confident enough and wanted to ride by themselves. They are different because they know when told to stop; they should to stop right away. They could be heading into a sink hole, or a mother cow is on the fight or the saddle is coming loose. These are things you don’t have time to stop and explain to them. They have to know they can trust us, and that danger can have life or death consequences.


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thing in 20 years with their own families. Because of our choice of business we follow the seasons and we depend so much on moisture and what the weather is going to be like. We keep prayers of thankfulness going up to our Heavenly Father and practice faith no matter what might be coming our way. We are always mindful of the stock market, the color and sex of calves, drought, fire or the economy, and we know to try to accept nature taking its course. Learning about the circle of life in a not so cushioned way is another challenging aspect of country life; this includes things like the facts of life and how you need a healthy mother cow and bull so that we can have calves in the fall to sell. When doing a task, obeying and following through might mean they miss out on a little free time because it takes a little longer to do chores, getting the animals fed and breaking the ice for water. Dropping what they are doing to help out when a bull gets on the highway differs from the adventures that city kids have afterschool. Throughout our state or anywhere you go, someone knows someone else or something about our small town. People are fascinated and comment how they would love to live here but… They talk about our town and people, the mountains and desert beauty they’ve seen when driving through. There are benefits of living in our rural area, because we can move to the ranch in the winter and in summer go back to town. We like to be close to wherever the cows are. I love working as a family, together seeing the miracle of life, enjoying a clear night, going on moonlight walks listening to the different night sounds and seeing the beauty of the stars; then waking up and starting off the day with bright clear skies with a clean, dewy rebirth of a new work day. Checking heifers, hauling hay to feed cows down below the ranch, just being together, looking over things and keeping up with what’s going on makes me feel happy and complete. Sorting cows in a coral also gives Charley and me a chance to work on communication in our marriage. We’ve made an agreement; if we’re not having fun anymore it’s time to quit. Living in a rural small town gives you the opportunity to keep in touch with good community members. Many a day goes by when I count my blessings of family and of being free to work in agriculture and enjoy rural America’s inspiring lands and animals, especially in Monticello. In fact, there is only one drawback I can think of living in a rural area – shipping and handling.

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LAND, FARM & RANCH PROPERTIES

UTAH COUNTY: 1. $1,995,000 REDUCED 1 MILLION+$$$!!! 300 AC. FANTASTIC PROPERTY WITH RES. POTENTIAL. LOCATED IN BIRDSEYE. 2. REDUCED $2 MIL! $2,900,000! One of a kind prop. in Birdseye. 103 AC. 12,000 sqft home, huge shop w/ apt, great barn. 400 ac ft water. MILLARD COUNTY: 3. NEW LISTING: $99K 39 AC. POWER, WELL RIGHT. RES. AND AG. USE. SELLER FINANCING. 4. NEW LISTING: $125,200! 40 AC. 34 SHARES OF DELTA IRR. 5. NEW LISTING: $383,350! 115.40 AC. 106 SHARES DELTA IRR. 6. NEW LISTING: $99K! 200 AC. brush ground, power, spring. 7. NEW LISTING: $20K! 40.08 AC. power, water right, possible res. 8. NEW LISTING: $249K! 320 AC. WINTER RANGE W/WELL. 9. NEW LISTING: $195K! 280 AC. RANGE & REC GROUND. 10. NEW LISTING: $199K! 300 AC. RANGE GROUND. 11. NEW LISTING: $184K! 231 AC. RANGE GROUND. 12. NEW LISTING: $493K! 783 AC. Prime range. Well, power, corrals. 13. $1,299,000; 640 AC. RANCH & FARM COMBO. 120 ac. of prime alfalfa, 2 pivots, 2 wells, 482 ac.ft. of underground water. 400 hd feedlot. 14. $299K; 440 AC OF RANGE GROUND WITH W/112 HEAD GRAZING PERMIT INCLUDED, WHICH RUNS FROM MAY 15TH TO OCT. 15TH. 15. $660K! 437.25 AC. COMBO IRR. FARM GROUND W/ CATTLE OPERATION. 100 sh. irr. Power, corrals, 2 wells, 54' X 108' quonset. 16. 359K! 240 AC. HWY 100 FRONTAGE. GREAT GENTLEMAN FARM. 50 SHARES IRR. WELL. CORRALS, & POWER. 17. 399K! 200 AC. HWY 100 AND CT. RD. FRONTAGE. 50 SH. IRR. 54' X 108' METAL SHOP. POWER & WELL. 18. $2,500,000! Outstanding producing farm! 420 ac. of prime alfalfa ground, 100% full water rights. 3 pivots, 2 wells, new 80'x280' hay barn. 19. $159,900! 4 bd. 2 ba. 1980 sqft home on 2.47 ac. Poss. 2nd dwelling w/ 2nd power. Corrals, 60’x45’ open barn, 40 hd stock water rights. 20. $299,000! Fantastic home/ranch/farm site on +/- 42 ac. W/ 2 AC.FT. of water. Paved road access & power. 21. $1,590,000 Great ranch/farm combo w/ home, feedlot & grazing permits! 1080 tot. ac w/ 120 ac. alfalfa, 2 pivots, 2 wells, 482 acft water! 22. 9.55 AC - 204 AC. PRIME PASTURE. I-15 FRONTAGE. SELLER FINANCING/ OWNER AGENT. 23. $219,900! 160 AC. HWY 100 FRONTAGE. POWER & WELL. 50 SH. CHALK CREEK IRR. 24. $353,225! 355.17 AC. RANGE GROUND. HWY 100 FRONTAGE. FULLY FENCED. 75 STOCK WATER RIGHTS. 25. REDUCED 140K!!! $339,900. FANTASTIC HOME AND HORSE PROPERTY. 2400 SQFT. 3 BD 2 BA NEW 3 STALL HORSE BARN. 26. $320,000! 160 AC. HWY 100 AND COUNTY ROAD FRONTAGE. GREAT GENTLEMAN FARM. 25 SHARES OF IRRIGATION. 27. $321,385! 323 AC. range ground, well. ¼ mi of HWY 50 frontage. 28. $119,000! Approved 21 lot subdivision in Abraham area, NW of Delta. SANPETE COUNTY: 28. REDUCED $180K! $550,000! 220 AC. LOCATED B/W HWY. 89 AND HWY 132. RANGE GROUND, FULLY FENCED, SPRING. JUAB COUNTY: 30. SELLER FINANCING! $1,795,000: Mills: 2080 AC. Great cattle ranch property! 3 sep. pastures, 2 wells, 3 artesian flowing wells, 1 pond.

SCOTT W. PACE, 801-360-2500 swpace@yahoo.com FOR MORE INFO: www.landandranchsales.com

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Let’s Discuss It! It’s just about time to sharpen up your discussion skills and hone your closing statements. Yep, it’s almost time for another round of Farm Bureau discussion meet madness. The last few years have proved that the competition continues to get better. Each year brings us different subjects and diverse perspectives. This year is no exception. In preparation for this popular event many county Farm Bureau’s hold practice events to help competitors understand what the competition feels like and trains them on how the flow of the event should be. Contact your county Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) chairman for times and locations in your area. The discussion meet is designed to replicate a typical committee meeting that you would find in government, business or other organizations in which decisions are made in groups. Each competitor will have an opportunity to give a 30 second opening statement, after which contestants get 20-25 minutes to discuss and explore solutions to the given topic. Toward the end of the time period, each contestant will have a minute to prepare for their closing statement. In voluntary order, contestants then have one minute to sum up some of the discussion points and potential solutions. If you have never participated in the YF&R discussion meet before, I encourage you to find someone in your county who has and get familiar with the structure and topics of discussion. I have learned while watching this event over the years that the most vocal contestant is not always the one who wins. Courtesy and helping others become

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involved in the discussion seem to be a common thread among the winners. It’s also clear that past winners have had a pretty good grasp on the given topics and have researched a variety of perspectives for each of the issues. All have thought through the issues and topics and have formulated reasonable solutions. They also look to others by asking inquiring questions to help the group come up with worthy solutions. Whatever your strategy, the event is a lot of fun and it’s intriguing to watch. This year’s list of questions and topics includes the following: • How can agricultural producers reach out to the public to gain their support on important issues impacting agriculture? • Environmental • Animal Welfare • Food • Collaborating with other industries • The U.S. has the safest food supply in the world. How do farmers continue to improve the public’s perception of their products? • Domestic supply • International supply • Industry safety standards vs. government safety standards • Conventional and/or organic • What can be done to encourage young people to get involved in the agricultural industry and remain? • Profitability • Niche marketing • Production agriculture • Agri-business • How can we continue to bridge the gap between farmers/ranchers and lawmakers in order to have an

influence in the changing political environment? • Different generations • Training (county, state, national) • Different industry segments The Utah Farm Bureau hosts the annual YF&R Discussion Meet at our annual convention in November. We also host similar discussion meet competitions for FFA students across the state as well as a discussion meet for college students with our USU Farm Bureau chapter. Participants in each competition have the chance to win some great prizes. In the YF&R event first place takes home a new Polaris 4-wheeler sponsored by IFA and an expense paid trip to the American Farm Bureau convention, held this year in Seattle, Washington. There they compete against state winners from across the county for a chance to take home a new Dodge truck. The college competitors compete for an expense paid trip to the national collegiate competition where they compete for a $2,500 scholarship. And finally the FFA students compete at the county level for an expense paid trip to the state YF&R leadership conference, held this year at Ruby’s Inn near Bryce Canyon, where they then compete for a laptop computer. The FFA competition and prizes are sponsored by Western AgCredit. Runners-up of each event also receive some fabulous prizes. To get signed up and for more information about these exciting opportunities to compete, please contact your county YF&R chairman or you can contact me at 801-233-3020.


Backyard Animal Husbandry

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by Baxter Black, DVM

The phenomenon of Backyard Animal Husbandry is spreading among urban folks with no farm background. They are choosing to raise fowl and small mammals to eat! The economy is the main factor but it apparently appeals to the “Homegrown is Better” mentality. This rediscovery of the truth in the human/ animal relationship must be agitating to the animal rights groups who have spent millions brainwashing the young and gullible, that raising animals to eat is somehow abnormal. But, as the animal rightists are discovering, people aren’t stupid. The new urban animal husbandrymen are only two generations from grandmas that milked cows, butchered their own hog, raised chickens to eat and made their own sausage. Even if these urban newcomers only do it for a couple of years they will learn the importance of proper nutrition, parasite control, vaccinations and manure management. If their goat or rabbit gets sick they will realize that antibiotics are a miracle drug! They will learn about withdrawal dates before slaughter or drinking the milk.

Big city small animal veterinarians may be forced to take continuing education courses in the care of small mammals, TB testing, and diseases of poultry. Hanging by their stethoscope and thermometer will be a hog snare, cow halter and a sheephook! Although I am surprised by this renewed interest in livestock raising by these, mostly female urbanites, I shouldn’t be. In the last twenty-five years women have flooded the veterinary profession, the ag schools, the 4H and FFA, They are compassionate by nature and aggressively practical when it comes to protecting and providing for their family. To the mortification of PETA and HSUS; there is no question in HER mind when she hears the animal rights loonies equate the value of a rat or a monkey to that of her children. We who raise livestock as ‘professionals’ know the financial investment and the moral responsibility that we bear from the animals in our care. We also understand the emotional attachment to those beasts that will make the ultimate sacrifice for our benefit. In the first half of the 20th century over half the population was involved in agriculture first hand. Now that number is less than 2%. Therefore it is logical

that a large portion of the human race is inherently good with animals. So that means in any cross section of urbanites, many hundreds of thousands of ‘animal lovers’ have been removed from the shepherd/lamb relationship, That capability and desire is inside them just waiting to participate in the natural cycle of “sex and birth and death and life”, as one urban goat raiser described it. Both 9/11 and the recession have opened our eyes to the reality of surviving. They have exposed the frivolousness of some of the choices we made when we had the luxury to be wasteful. Seeing these urban animal husbandrymen join the ranks of animal production with serious intentions is encouraging. It’s like the world is tilting back and righting itself again.

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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. Only free ads (Category 1 ads of 40 words or less) will be accepted by telephone at 801-2333010, by fax at 801-233-3030 or e-mail at aboyack@fbfs.com. Please include your membership number. Ads must be received no later than the 15th of the month Mail ads, typed or neatly printed, with any payment due, to Utah Farm Bureau News, Classified Ad Department, 9865 South State Street, Sandy, UT 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

MUST SELL: ’91 Ford F350 dually 7.3 Diesel, automatic transmission. Give me a call, make an offer. Also for sale, Dayton bench drill press and yard lights. 801-361-5021. FOR SALE: 1967 Chev C30 truck with 12’ steel flat bed, V8, 4 sp, rear duals. $2,500 or make offer. Clear title. Call Doug anytime at 801-277-1578. MUST SELL!! MAKE OFFER! A Great Car! Clean 2005 Chev Malibu LS. AM/FM CD Player, cruise control, electric windows/locks. Excellent gas mileage: 33 MPG hwy/29 MPG at city traffic speeds. Carfax report shows no problems. Nice wheels, good tires. $7,595 or OBO. Call Ken Ashby 801-599-2727. FOR SALE: 1974 Dodge D-600. Gas. Tradewind Cattle & Dump. Schwartz hoist. Powers both ways. Call 801-787-3149 or 801-465-2632.

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: 2009 24’ gooseneck trailer, 14,000 GVW. Pulled 1500 miles. Like new. $5,300 obo. 435-733-6764 or 435-738-5525 evenings. FOR SALE: 30’ 20,000 lb. equipment trailer. 435-619-2328 FOR SALE: Farmall cub tractor with bladed grass mower, $1500. 3 Dayton 5 hp 3-phase electric motors, like new, make offer. Call Jake at 801-292-1767. FOR SALE: Western and Wade Rain wheel lines. 7 total 5x7’ wheels, 4” & 5” pipe. $1500 - $3500 per quarter mile. Call 435-477-3538 or cell 435-590-7536. WANTED: Potato Digger, 1 or 2 row. Call 435-654-1182.

FEED

FOR SALE: 150 tons Alfalfa. 80 tons oat hay. Grace, Idaho. 1-208-425-9016. ALFALFA & ALFALFA Grass hay for sale in Green River. 3x3x8 and small bales. Call 435-260-1846 or 435-260-9982. FOR SALE: 350 tons of 1st crop hay for sale. Can be sold in any amount of tonnage. Home - 435-722-3814 or 435-828-6208 – cell. HAY FOR SALE: Good quality, no rain. Mapleton. 801-360-8426 or 801-489-3422.

LIVESTOCK

YARDLEY CATTLE COMPANY ANNUAL PRODUCTION FEMALE SALE. 115 HEAD OF FANCY BLACK SIMMENTAL, BLACK ANGUS, AND BLACK MAINE ANJOU BRED HEIFERS AND COWS WILL SELL, AND 15 HEAD OF OUR TOP SHOW HEIFER AND DONOR COW PROSPECTS. Plan to attend Yardley Cattle Company’s Focus on the Female at the ranch in beautiful Beaver Utah November 21, 2009 at 1:00. Breed the best and forget the rest. If you want the best we have them for you in volume. 41 years of AI’ing to the top bulls in the nation has produced one of AMERICA’S GREATEST COW HERDS. They have been selected for fleshing ability, performance, and maternal traits. Contact Gib Yardley 435-310-0041, Jeannie Yardley 435-421-1200, jeannieyardley@yahoo.com. Steven Yardley 435-310-1725. www. yardleycattleco.com FOR SALE: Gelbvieh and Balancer Heifers. Excellent Bloodlines, and EPDs, Low Birth wt. Many Homozygous Black and polled, Papers Available 435 279-7669. BRED HEIFERS FOR SALE: 70 head registered, polled Hereford heifers. Bred to calving ease bulls to start calving early. Take all or part with or without papers. Contact Phil Allen & Son, Antimony 435-624-3236. LINE ONE REPLACEMENT HEIFERS & proven mature females For Sale. Top Quality registered & commercial fall Hereford heifers for sale. Proven mature females also available. Call Jonathan (801)450-6458 or Craig (435) 381-2545 at Johansen Herefords. See us online @ www.johansenherefords.com ROCKY MOUNTAIN ANGUS Female and Bull sale. Sat. November 14, 2009. 1 pm at the Golden Spike Auction Arena, Ogden. Selling 50 registered females and 30 bulls. For a sale catalog contact Judy Mc Calmant at 801-544-1902 or email HYPERLINK “mailto:macbull@Q.com” macbull@Q.com. UTAH CATTLEMENS Classic All Breeds Bull Sale. Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 7 p.m. Utah Fairgrounds. Selling 9 breeds. Sponsored by the Utah Cattlemens Association. For a sale catalog contact Utah Cattlemens Assn at 801-355-5748 or sale manager Judy Mc Calmant 801-544-1002. NAVAJO-CHURRO cross meat lambs for sale. Excellent flavor. Call 435-820-1812 for current pricing.

TLM BOUNCER SON-3/4 Maine-Anjou. 2 year old Bouncer son, heck of a nice bull. Semen & Trich tested, ready to go. Sold some cows, can’t use him this year. Easy calving, great disposition. EPD’s Available. Reg # 379706. Call Darrell Gardner at 435-749-1700.

REAL ESTATE

LAND NEAR MILLS JUNCTION: 15 minutes Southwest of Nephi, 1221 acres. Sevier River runs through property. Good winter country for 100 hd. For more info go to butchjohnsonrealty.com or contact Paul Freed, 801-580-2722 LAND – 1885 Victorian Home in center of Kanab, UT on 1 landscaped acre w/23 fruit trees, water shares included. 2400 sq ft home with 4 bdm, 2 baths, large covered patio, 3 car garage/workshop & upstairs storage. ‘Grainery’ apartment. 435-644-5645. Legacy Ranch: Fishing a few steps from your back door. 20 minutes north of Logan in historic Franklin, Idaho, and two hours north of Salt Lake.  Equestrian, lakeside and view lots available.  Homes from $149,900.  Call Brent Parker, @ Home Realty, (435)881-1000.  Land By Oneida Narrows: 400 acres.  Borders Maple Grove Campground and boat dock on Oneida Narrows Reservoir.  Canyon heavily wooded with maple trees. Can be subdivided into cabin sites. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. Dairy Farm in Cache Valley: Modern operating dairy on over 41 acres of irrigated ground.Has updated home, excellent irrigation system and crops. Double 5 Herringbone milking parlor and 2,000 gallon tank. Turn key operation. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. Land in Mink Creek Idaho: Beautiful hillside property in a canyon setting. 26.90 acre parcel, located along State Highway 36 in the Mink Creek area. Irrigation rights and 1 residential water right. Would make beautiful home sites. Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000 Land in Clarkston: Price Reduction!  $95,000 for 42 acres. Beautiful farm ground located against the foothills, north of Clarkston. The county road goes through property. Lots of deer and other wildlife. Land is in CRP and Greenbelt. 194.6 acres in three parcels and 105 acre parcel available.  Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @ Home Realty, (435)881-1000. Ranch in Grace Idaho: Excellent operating cattle ranch.  760 acres. Excellent mountain pasture with 48 BLM AUMS.  72.77 acres of irrigated land with completely new irrigation system. 44 acres has new wheel lines.  Excellent early water right.  25 water shares.  Buyer to verify all information. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000 Cattle Ranch in Grace Idaho: Nestled in the mountains, overlooking the Bear River. 2 homes.  Year around stream.  Ranch can sustain 150 pairs of beef cattle.  Cattle and machinery can be purchased independently.  Buyer to verify all information.  Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. 

MISCELLANEOUS

FOR SALE: Border Collie pups, papered, working parents. Cows & sheep. Wormed & vaccinated. Ready to go October 11. $75 unpapered, $125 with papers. Registered, bred Suffolk ewes also available. 435-421-9533 Weber Co or visit www.circle-s-fabrication.com. ALERT!!! UTAH COUNTY FARMERS NEEDED Do you have ½ hour to share your story with local students. Fun, educational, easy! We need you to tell kids how you do what you do. JOIN IN! Contact: Belva 801 380-7282 or Belva@gobelva.com FOR SALE: 534 head grazing permit rights for 11 months. 5 months on Utah’s Fishlake National Forest and 6 months on BLM at Hanksville, UT. Call 435-836-2149 or 435-691-1223. BOOK YOUR 2009 VACATION STAY NOW: Hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, more. Everything’s close to the Rosebud Guest House. Near Ashley NF, Strawberry River, Starvation. Fully equipped cabin. Pet-friendly. Corrals. Reservations, more information: 435-548-2630 ,  1-866-618-7194 , walsh.weathers@gmail.com, www.rosebudguesthouse.com. EAST WEST MARTIAL Arts Center, Inc. Tae-kwon-do, Hap-Ki-Do, and self defense classes 5 days a week for children and adults. One month special, $69 (20+ classes) and FREE Uniform (value $45). Call 801-266-6333. 4550 S. 900 E. Salt Lake City, UT. www.saltlaketaekwondo.com WANTED: Old glass insulators wanted by a serious collector. These are the glass knobs that held the wires on top of the old phone poles. Also looking for old metal telegraph signs, etc. in good condition. 435-753-5786. REGISTERED: Border Collie pups. $300. Guaranteed to work. 1-435-6375383.

AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

CIRCLE FOUR FARMS: If you are looking for a career in a fun, rewarding team environment, Circle Four Farms is the opportunity you’ve been searching for. We’re offering quality full time entry-level animal production positions with training available. Challenge yourself with a company on the grow that offers: Starting wage $10 to $11.50 per hour plus benefits – total value $30,420. Medical, Prescription, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Life Insurance plan, Short Term and Long Term Disability, company paid Pension Plan, 401(k) Savings Plan with company match, Gain$hare Plan, Incentive programs, Paid holidays and vacation, Educational reimbursement, Ask us about a relocation package, For more information please call our office: Circle Four Farms, PO Box 100, 341 South Main, Milford UT 84751, (435) 387-2107, Fax (435) 387-2530, www.c4farms.com, Equal Opportunity Employer.


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801-233-3010 Complete details for all benefits can be found at utfb.fb.org Save 12% on all monthly reoccurring charges for new and existing customers (includes voice, text & e-mail services) FREE activation (savings of $35.00!) Visit a T-Mobile store or authorized T-Mobile Franchise to arrange for your Farm Bureau discount. Should you choose to arrange your migration to the Farm Bureau discounted program by phone call 1-877- 453-8824.

Set up a new account today! Call 1-866-464-8662. Each of the above requires you to do the following: Ask for the “American Farm Bureau” discount. Be prepared to show your Farm Bureau membership card. Use promo code 12832TMOFAV Visit utfb.fb.org, click on Member Benefits>T-Mobile, then use the direct link to T-Mobile to choose the program best suited to your needs.

New prescription coverage Save an average of 30% on prescriptions. The discount may be as much as 75%. This is an open formulary program so all prescription medications are eligible for discounts. Both brand name and generic medications qualify. Receive “lowest price” logic to guarantee that Farm Bureau members get the best pricing on prescriptions. The card is accepted by over 400 participating pharmacies in Utah and by 57,000 nationwide. Take the card printed below to your pharmacy and begin to save today. Additional cards (each family member wanting the discount will need their own card) for family members are available by calling 801-233-3010, or by contacting your Farm Bureau Insurance agent. All cards are pre-activated and can be used immediately.

FALL SPECIAL!!! TAKE HOME A FREE NIGHT! Stay 3 straight nights at over 1500 Choice hotels between August 31 and November 19th and as a Choice Privileges® member you can earn a FREE night. Plus…Plus!! Get 500 Bonus Choice Privileges points for every completed qualifying stay booked at choicehotels.com or 800-2582847. Be sure to use Utah Farm Bureau’s discount code, 00800599. Additional information and requirements to qualify are available at choicehotels.com. Choice Hotels is now available through your iPhone.

SHIFT TO HIGH–SPEED INTERNET ACCESS WITH AGRISTAR Utah Farm Bureau and Agristar are offering the biggest savings on the fastest satellite service available anywhere! If you don’t have access to cable or DSL – then Agristar is for YOU! Download up to 1 Mbps and upload up to 128 kbps. The Star100 is an ideal system for farms, families and rural businesses. Includes the new HN9000 with .74m dish. 15 month service agreement with the 15th month FREE. Service agreement includes a full range of agricultural information services at no extra charge. Agristar uses state of the art, 7th generation business-grade technology from Hughes (world’s leading satellite Internet company). Monthly Service: Ag Information Services: Special FB Start-Up Price:

$ 59.95 Included only 224.98*

and installation)

*Price shown is after $175.00 in rebates

(includes equipment

Visit utfb.fb.org >member benefits>UNA Rx>pharmacy list to locate a participating pharmacy near you.

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