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Utah Farm Bureau News September 2010
News and views from the Utah Farm Bureau Federation
Vol. 56, No. 8
County commissioners concerned with El Paso payoff to Western Watersheds By Matt Hargreaves, Editor, Utah Farm Bureau News
The end of summer? This photo was sent in by Natalie Fawson for the Utah Farm Bureau photo contest. Scenes similar to this one are played out across Utah as the harvest is in full swing, kids head back to school, and farmers and ranchers begin to get ready for another winter. Photo courtesy of Natalie Fawson
U.S. agriculture paying price for inaction on Mexican trucks WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mexico’s trade retaliation against the United States is expanding in size and scope due to the U.S. government not meeting obligations to allow Mexican trucks to operate in the United States. Due to this inaction, America’s farmers and ranchers are paying a steep price and the American Farm Bureau Federation is calling for immediate action to correct the matter. The updated retaliation list published by Mexico includes tariffs that take effect today against U.S. pork, certain types of U.S. cheese, pistachios, a wide range of U.S. fruits and vegetables and other farm and non-farm goods. “Mexico is one of our best trading partners and allowing this retaliation to continue for a provision we are obligated to meet is simply unacceptable,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “The economic impact from this growing
list will be significant to many farmers and ranchers.” Mexico has taken this action because under NAFTA, Mexican motor carriers are allowed to transport international cargo within the U.S. In 2007, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced a demonstration project to begin implementation of the negotiated cross-border trucking provisions. In March 2009, Congress failed to renew the program to allow a limited number of trucks from Mexico to haul loads into the United States beyond a 25-mile zone. Mexico brought a NAFTA case against the United States on the issue. A ruling found that the United States was not in compliance with its obligations, and Mexico was granted the authority to retaliate if efforts are not taken by
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SALT LAKE CITY – County commissioners from several states met at Utah’s state capitol on August 12th regarding their concerns for potential side deals made with environmental activists to avoid litigation on a new natural gas pipeline. Box Elder County Commissioner Jay Hardy, a Box Elder County Farm Bureau member, called a meeting with County Commissioners from 11 of the 12 counties which will be impacted by the Ruby Pipeline project being constructed by the El Paso Corporation. The meeting brought together County Commissioners from Idaho, Oregon, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming. While the Commissioners were united in their support of the pipeline and the economic benefits it will provide their counties, they were equally alarmed at the appearance of a payoff to Western Watersheds Project (WWP) and the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) to the tune of $20 million. “This Western Watersheds agreement is outright blackmail,” said Kent Connelly, Commissioner for Lincoln County, Wyoming. “This is not good cooperation.” The group met informally at 10 a.m. with commissioners agreeing to the organization of their body and then moved on to express thoughts on the pipeline issue and to agree on a course of action to be taken when the group met with representatives from El Paso Corp. later in the day. At the meeting, commissioners from Lincoln County informed the group that the county had been identified by the federal government as a cooperating agency for the project, which gave them certain advantages in dealing with El Paso Corp. in terms of getting information and having
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“Activism” Utah Farm Bureau News (ISSN 1068-5960)
Matt Hargreaves, Editor Business Address: 9865 South State Sandy, Utah 84070-3205 Phone Numbers: General Inquiries: . (801) 233-3000 Address Changes: (801) 233-3009 Farm Bureau News: (801) 233-3003 Classified Ads: ....... (801) 233-3010 Fax: ............ ......... (801) 233-3030 FB News E-mail: . firstname.lastname@example.org Web site:...... ................utfb.fb.org National Ad Rep: The Weiss Group 9414 E. San Salvador Dr. #226 Scottsdale, Arizona 85258 (480) 860-5394 email@example.com Local Display Ad Information: Jennifer Dahl (801) 233-3005
UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION OFFICERS Chairman and President Leland J. Hogan, Stockton* Vice President Stephen A. Osguthorpe, Park City* CEO and Secretary/Treasurer Randy N. Parker, Riverton * Denotes member of the Board of Directors
BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1........................ John Ferry Corinne District 2................... Rulon Fowers Hooper District 3....................Flint Richards Erda District 4....................... Rex Larsen Spanish Fork District 5....................... Scott Chew Jensen District 6............ Edwin Sunderland Chester District 7.......................Nan Bunker Delta Farm Bureau Women’s Chairman...... Ruth Roberts, Penrose Young Farmer & Rancher Chairman.. Dustin Cox, Alton
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On August 28th thousands of Utah patriots gathered at the state capitol seeking change. Their battle cry – Take Back Utah! Farmers, ranchers, miners, energy interests and recreationists joined together as activists in a common cause. Equality among the states is not just an idea whose time has passed, it is a Constitutional principle. From statehood more than 100 years ago to the present day, our national government continues to hold and control two out of every three acres of our state. Is that equality? Absolutely not! Our state is treated as little more than property of the United States – a possession to be dictated to. One of the original Sagebrush Rebels of the 1970s, President Ronald Reagan said of this travesty, “The federal government can’t figure out if they are landlord or king”! Activism is born at the grassroots and comes from the heart. It is broadbased. It is an action verb. It draws like-minded people together in organizations like the nearly 30,000 Utahns who are members of the Utah Farm Bureau working together for the common good. Farm Bureau policy and advocacy actively supports sovereignty, equality and liberty. Policy makers in Utah and in Washington, D.C. need to recognize the difference between the kind of broad-based activism on display at the ‘Take Back Utah’ rally and the narrow interests of radical environ-
mental groups like Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) and Western Watersheds Project (WWP). Members of this environmental mafia use activist courts and threat of
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Chief Executive Officer lawsuit to impose their will, rather than seeking consensus, grassroots support and compromise. They are nothing more than prostitutes to the Equal Access to Justice Act rifling through the wallets of American taxpayers to fund their courtroom theatrics and blackmail tactics. This extreme activism is not representative of the beliefs and values of Utahns. SUWA continues to push for Congressional enactment of the Red Rock Wilderness bill seeking to lock up nearly 10 million acres of Utah into non-use. Utah’s entire Congressional delegation opposes the bill sponsored by New York Democrat Maurice Hinchey. WWP, who recently received a $15 million payoff from El Paso Gas to withdraw objections to its 640 mile long Wyoming to Oregon pipeline, is challenging the 32 year old Public Rangeland Improvement Act (PRIA) formula that sets the annual grazing fee on federal lands. Utahns oppose this kind of radical
environmentalism, blackmail and abuse of agriculture, industry and the American taxpayer. With a reported 3,000 Utah members and only 15,000 nationally, who does SUWA really represent? Their role and importance on the political landscape is highly overstated. To those patriots who gathered at the state capitol to rally for real and positive change, Mark Twain had some thoughts. “In the beginning of change, the patriot is a scarce man – brave, hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot.” Farm Bureau members are patriots and activists engaged in change through a time-tested grassroots policy process. Your policy calls for equality among the states. You want the politicians who gather within the beltway of Washington, D.C. to embrace the ideals of Founders. You want a central government with limited powers as defined in the Constitution. You seek a Utah where our Governor, elected by Utahns, determines what is best for our future – not a bunch of bureaucrats living 2,000 miles away on the Potomac. As a member of the original 1970s Sagebrush Rebellion, I was proud to be part of the 2010 Take Back Utah rally. It has become a continuation of that cause, now taken up by a new generation of Utahns who love liberty too. Thomas Jefferson told his generation and it applies to this generation as well, “A little rebellion now and then is a good thing!”
Utah Farm Bureau Federation names Jane Ashby as Director of Finance
The Utah Farm Bureau Federation has named Jane Ashby as its new Director of Finance. In that role, Ashby will direct the financial operations of the Utah Farm Bureau and assist County Farm Bureaus in meeting their financial obligations. Ashby has worked most recently as a Certified Public Accountant for Smith Powell & Associates in Salt Lake City. Previously, she was the CFO for West Ridge Academy (Utah’s Boys Ranch) for 12 years. Ashby has a strong background with non-profit organizations and enjoys the unique opportunities they afford. “I have a passion for non-profit organizations,” said Ashby. “It is rewarding to work for a higher purpose.” Ashby is excited to take on the new challenges of as well as con-
verting the Utah Farm Bureau’s
current accounting software. “Conversions take creativity and they are a fun challenge,” Ashby said. “Letting the computer do the work will do lots to save time.” “We are happy to have Jane join the Utah Farm Bureau family and look forward to the expertise she
brings to the job,” said Leland Hogan, President of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. “Just as family farms and ranches have to operate in a fiscally responsible manner, the Utah Farm Bureau does as well. We’re confident Jane will effectively help keep Farm Bureau on solid financial ground. Ashby graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting, specializing in Computer Science and Taxation. Ashby and her husband make their home in Tooele County.
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Never discount a woman’s voice
Someone once said that women get the last word in every argument and anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument. Being outnumbered by two daughters and my lovely wife, I can attest to this sentiment. It is this persuasiveness, persistence and passion that have brought women to the forefront of politics. They can swing elections, bring awareness to issues and sway the toughest critics. Because of their believability and influence, women help shape and broaden organizations like Farm Bureau.
Hell Hath no Fury Research shows that women are trusted more so than men. This is particularly true when it comes to issues like healthcare, educa-
tion and the community in which they live. Women identify with these issues because their families are personally affected by them.
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Bob Stallman American Farm Bureau President Because of this, women tend to speak from a first-person point of view, which lends more credibility to any issue. Just take a look at the significant role “soccer moms” played in President Clinton’s elections. Women also swing the vote in many state and local campaigns. A key tool at women’s disposal is
America’s ‘Great Outdoors’ listening session in Salt Lake City By Jill Little, UFBF Communications Intern
On August 3, 2010 the American Great Outdoors Initiative listening sessions came to the Radisson Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Nancy Sutley, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, Utah Governor Gary Herbert, and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker all addressed attendees during the general session that morning. Secretary Salazar wanted to focus, especially in Utah, on the connection between the outdoors and economics. “Our economy is coming back,” Salazar said. “If you put your finger on the sector that deals with outdoor recreation we frankly are growing many companies by double digits.” President Barack Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum establishing the America’s Great Outdoors Initiative to promote and support innovative community-level efforts to conserve outdoor spaces and to reconnect Americans to the outdoors. The Initiative has started a national dialogue about conservation and how to support the efforts of private citizens and local communities. “Public land use has been a contentions subject in the past we want do all we can to change that,” said Governor Herbert. “The spirit of cooperation is alive and well; and this administration will do all it can to foster that.” Governor Herbert drew great applause from the audience when he formally requested the Department of Interior to appeal the recent court decision that could potentially allow
nuclear spent rods within 45 miles of Utah’s capital city. Following the speakers remarks the floor was opened to attendees for questions, comments or suggestions. Many points of view were displayed during the open floor portion. One of the most prevalent was the need to focus on our nation’s youth; both with education and exercise. Agriculture was represented by a strong voice; Randy Parker, Utah Farm Bureau Federation Chief Executive Officer. Although Secretary Salazar seemed to be hurrying speakers though, he did take time to crack a few jokes with Parker, and inform the attendees that his office adorns a “No Farms. No Food” sign. Parker’s comments focused on the economic benefits agriculture brings to the state of Utah, and the need and ability of Utah to grow new wealth with some concerns. “The concern is the state of Utah is controlled 66 percent by the federal government,” said Parker. “That is concerning for our future. How do we determine the future for our children?” Following the General Session eight consecutive Breakout Sessions were held; where the full time was designated to audience participation. Four questions were addressed in the break out sessions. Challenges; What Works; Federal Government’s Role; and Tools. Breakout session conversations were aimed cover three main directions: Land Conservation; Public Access and Recreation; and Sense and Stewardship.
the Internet. A recent study shows that women spend more time than men on social-networking sites like Facebook and Twitter—averaging 5.5 hours a month compared with 3.9 hours for men. It is these sites that consumers, reporters and decision-makers go to for information, which helps explain why women are a growing force to be reckoned with. With significant issues currently facing U.S. agriculture and rural areas—like estate taxes, teacher shortages and the downturned economy—Farm Bureau’s female members play a major role in getting our messages heard. A Force to be Reckoned With The American Farm Bureau recently wrapped up its annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp, which is an intensive training session where participants learn how to communicate effectively for agriculture and Farm Bu-
reau. They train in public speaking and working with the media, as well as learn how to run for public office and testify in legislative forums. I’m really proud of the group of women who just graduated, as well as the graduates that came before them. Farm Bureau needs strong women leaders, both within women’s leadership programs and elsewhere in the overall structure of the organization. My challenge to Farm Bureau women is this: figure out where there are opportunities in leadership, step up to the plate and use your unique talents and abilities to fill in the gaps. The involvement of women in agriculture is important. Their involvement in Farm Bureau is vital. And whether they are running for public office, talking with their local Chamber or PTA, or using Facebook, women’s active engagement can be the factor that tips the scales.
Mike Rowe to keynote AFBF annual meeting
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Mike Rowe, the creator and executive producer of Discovery Channel’s Emmy®nominated series Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, will deliver the keynote address to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 92nd annual meeting on January 10, 2011, in Atlanta, GA. More than 5,000 Farm Bureau members from across the nation will gather in Atlanta Jan. 9-12 to hear from distinguished leaders and participate in a grassroots policy setting process that will guide the American Farm Bureau through 2011. A champion of farmers and ranchers and other hardworking Americans, Rowe has spent years traveling the country, working as an apprentice on more than 250 jobs that most people would go out of their way to avoid. Rowe knows how to get his hands dirty and has worked in just about every industry, including many agriculture jobs. “We are excited to have Mike Rowe as our keynote speaker,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Like farmers and ranchers, he’s not afraid to rollup his shirt sleeves and get his hands dirty. Mike understands that most things that contribute to our standard of living – such as abundant food – are the result of someone else’s hard work, dedication and skill, not magic. I think Farm Bureau members will get a lot
out of his message.” Some of Rowe’s Dirty Jobs have included apprenticing as a big animal veterinarian, cow feed lot worker, dairy cow midwife, rice plantation worker, egg producer, and a farmer for goats, pigs, turkeys, potatoes, and sugar cane. While Dirty Jobs showcases some of America’s toughest occupations, Rowe’s work doesn’t stop at the job site. He’s launched a website called mikeroweWORKS.com, where skilled
labor and hard work are celebrated in the hope of calling attention to the steady decline in the skilled trades and dwindling enrollments in trade schools and technical colleges. In furtherance of his support of farming, Mike is doggedly highlighting the issues facing America’s farming community through his website and specifically on his blog “The Future of Farming” (www.mikeroweworks. com/2010/08/the-future-of-farming/). Rowe was the keynote speaker at the 82nd National FFA Convention in Indianapolis last year.
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Heading back to school in rural America By Tracy Taylor Grondine, Director of Media Relations, American Farm Bureau Federation
It’s that time of year again. New school supplies and school clothes, as well as SpongeBob and Miley Cyrus lunchboxes, are on the minds of most youngsters. But, as the new school year quickly approaches, thoughts of sharpened pencils and three-ring binders are being outweighed in rural schools by more pressing issues like teacher retention and updated classroom technology. In Washington, D.C., lawmakers currently are at odds over federal funding formulas and rules on teacher credentials. But in rural communities, the heart of the matter is not about policies, formulas and rules; it’s about community, opportunity and equality. To many rural residents, the local school plays a significant role in community development. In fact, a rural area tends to revolve around its school. American Farm Bureau Director of Rural Affairs Sabrina Matteson perhaps said it best recently in her rural community building blog (http://ruralcommunitybuilding. fb.org/): “Town meetings occur in the auditorium or the school cafeteria and the library often serves as the local library. Residents attend the local school’s sporting events, cheering for the kids they know, which tend to be all of them. A school play is an opportunity for the entire town to roll out its support and to visit with all their neighbors. And because of its economic and social implications, the loss of a school is often greeted with all the enthusiasm of a funeral,” according to Matteson. A major hurdle facing rural America’s classrooms is the hiring and retention of teachers. The inability to attract and keep teachers is due to lower salaries in rural school systems,
geographic and social isolation, requirements to teach multiple subjects and grades, and lack of professional development opportunities. According to Thomas Farmer, director at the National Research Center on Rural Education Support at the University of North Carolina, rural school districts often have difficulty finding and retaining highly qualified teachers, particularly in the areas of special education, English language, and secondary math and science. Further, according to the June 2010 issue brief, Grow Your Own and Other Alternative Certification Programs in Rural School Districts, as many as 84 percent of rural school districts reported some difficulty filling teaching positions. Another challenge facing rural schools is that of access to technology. Affordable broadband access is a real concern for rural educators. While many children living in urban areas have the opportunity to click online and have the Internet pop up within a matter of seconds, rural students are often faced with “wait-and-see,” dial-up Internet connections. For rural schoolchildren to have the opportunity to be competitive and educationally on par with urban students, it’s important they be brought online and equipped with the same technological learning advantages. Incentives and funding for teachers to relocate to rural areas is just as crucial. Sharpened pencils and new lunchboxes may be important. But, making sure all of the nation’s kids have the same educational opportunities is imperative. To learn more about challenges facing rural education, as well as other rural development issues, please visit AFBF’s Rural Community Building Blog at http://ruralcommunitybuilding.fb.org/.
>Trucks Continued from P. 1 the U.S. to comply. “As we can see from the growing list of agricultural and food items on Mexico’s retaliation list, America’s farmers and ranchers are particularly vulnerable,” Stallman said. “We sell a huge amount of food and farm goods to Mexico, so we have a lot to lose. As the retaliation list continues to grow, it comes at a steep cost to U.S. agriculture.” Under NAFTA, U.S. food and agriculture exports have more than tripled, climbing from an average $3-4 billion per year prior to NAFTA to more than $12 bil-
lion in 2007, making Mexico the second largest export market for U.S. agriculture products. “The U.S. has made significant strides under NAFTA, resulting in increased export opportunities and the creation of thousands of American jobs,” said Stallman. “But, continued inaction by the U.S. to address our Mexican truck obligations is likely to erode the gains we’ve made.” NAFTA was fully implemented January 1, 2008. The agreement eliminates tariffs on U.S. agricultural products entering Mexico.
Western Farm Bureau Presidents and Administrators…met in Sun Valley Idaho to discuss issues of mutual concern. Public lands issues, including challenges to livestock grazing, topped the agenda. In addition, western water issues, the Wild Horse and Burro Act, immigration and wolves were discussed in depth. AFBF President Bob Stallman reported on national legislative priorities. Linda Johnson, AFBF director of policy implementation, discussed upcoming elections, governor’s races and redistricting. Twelve of the fourteen western states were in attendance. Six County Association Of Governments invited Utah Farm Bureau…to participate in Natural Resource Committee Meeting in Richfield. Six County AOG represents Juab, Piute, Sevier, Sanpete, Wayne and Garfield Counties. The meeting provided an opportunity for the Department of Natural Resource’s Wildlife Resources Division to present their wildlife management goals. Of concern to the AOG, was escalating numbers of elk and bison, adversely impacting long-standing livestock grazing rights. Related issues discussed included stubble height requirements, reinstating non-use livestock grazing permits and tying livestock and wildlife reductions together when land managers require grazing cuts. America’s Great Outdoors Initiative…included a Utah listening session hosted by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailers Salt Lake City Convention. Following an address to the Outdoor Retailers, Salazar moved next door to the Raddison Hotel where he faced a very supportive audience of outdoor enthusiasts. Several Utah Farm Bureau leaders from across the state attended including President Leland Hogan and CEO Randy Parker. In comments to the Secretary, Parker pointed out the unfairness of the Utah timing, with farmers and ranchers busy with food production and harvest. Farm Bureau submitted official comments and recommendations on behalf of Utah farmers, ranchers and consumers. Multi-County Meeting with El Paso Corporation…included county commissioners from 11 of the 12 counties the Ruby Pipeline will cross in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Oregon. In addition, representatives from Utah Association of Counties, Public Lands Council, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, Utah Wool Growers joined with the Utah Farm Bureau in expressing outrage at the $15 million blackmail payment El Paso made to Western Watersheds Project (WWP). WWP’s sole expressed purpose for existence is to end livestock grazing on federal lands. John Marvel has used the U.S. legal system and Equal Access to Justice Act to harass permittees and to rob millions of dollars from American taxpayers. County commissioners and competing energy interests were dumbfounded at the side deal, pointing out paying extortion to WWP has changed the dynamics of doing business in the future in the western United States. Farm Bureau called on El Paso to vacate their agreement with WWP. Governor Gary Herbert…joined the Utah Farm Bureau board of directors for dinner and a discussion of important issues including his campaign for the state’s highest office. President Leland Hogan welcomed the Governor and invited him to discuss why we should support his election bid. The Governor pointed out numerous good things happening in Utah. We were recently selected as the best place to live in America. We have the third best environment to do business. Unlike the federal government, we are dealing with funding issues and balancing our budget. Board members asked the Governor a wide ranging set of questions ranging from public lands, states’ rights and energy to immigration and global warming.
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Member Benefit Column
The Circus is coming to the Energy Solutions Arena Wednesday, September 22 – Sunday, September 26! Be prepared for a thrill-filled, mind-blowing circus spectacular where Family Fun is no illusion. Farm Bureau adult members can purchase lower bowl tickets for $20.25 ea. – a savings of $5.25 per ticket. Tickets for children ages 2-12 are just $10.25 ea. for either lower or upper bowl seats. Call 801-325-7220 (Joe Costanzo at the Energy Solutions ticket office) for performance times and to order your tickets. Be sure to mention that you are a Farm Bureau member! Visa or MasterCard accepted. (Children who have had their 2nd birthday are required to have a ticket.) San Diego Zoo/Wild Animal Park offer Farm Bureau members a discount on single day admissions. Renowned as one of the best zoos in the world with more than 4,000 rare animals, including giant pandas, orangutans, gorillas, polar bears and koalas, the San Diego Zoo is a can’t miss destination when you are in Southern California. At the Wild Animal Park you can get up close to some of the world’s most exotic animals. You won’t want to miss the journey into Africa bringing a whole new dimension to the Park. Or the 20 passenger helium balloon ride above the plains of Africa. Tickets for either the San Diego Zoo or the Wild Animal Park are just $31.00 per adult and $22.50 per child. Tickets only available by calling 801-233-3010. New Benefit: Additional Car Rental options: 1. Alamo – now you can save up to 20% off standard rates! Coupons for One Free Day with 5 day rental are available. Coupons are also available for $15.00 off a 3 day or longer rental with a Saturday night keep. Farm Bureau’s Contract ID # is 7015534. Call 1-800-462-5266 or visit utfb.fb.org to make your reservation on line. 2. Enterprise – Enjoy a 5% discount off already low rates! Many locations offer free pick-up. You will need your Farm Bureau membership number to make reservations. Visit utfb.fb.org to make your reservation on line. 3. National Car Rental – enjoy a 20% discount on car rentals. Join Emerald Club® and bypass the counter and choose your own car. Farm Bureau’s Contract ID # is 5029078. Call National at 1800-CAR-RENT® Visit utfb.fb.org and make your reservation on line. Utah State Fair – “UNCOMMONLY GOOD” CLIP the Utah State Fair coupon found on p. 15 in this issue of the FB News and receive up to 4 free admissions to the Fair with the purchase of four admissions. Must present the “Original” FB News coupon to qualify for the discounted tickets.. • Don’t miss seeing thousands of pounds of pure muscle in one place on one night! The Draft Horse Pull begins on Wednesday, September 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the arena. Utah Farm Bureau donates the belt buckles for the winners of this competition. • Saturday, September 18 is Farm Bureau Day at the Fair: 1. Make it a point to visit the Fair on this day and check out the Utah Farm Bureau sponsored Dutch-Oven Cook-off, featuring Utah’s Own products, held in the specialty tent beginning at 2:00 p.m. with the judging at 6 p.m. 2. Visit the Farm Bureau booth (F16) for a chance to win FREE groceries. 3. The Jr. Livestock Auction begins at 4:00 p.m. in the Livestock Show Ring. Support our 4-H/FFA youth by bidding on their livestock. If your son or daughter will be participating, let us know by calling 801-233-3010 before Saturday’s auction. Farm Bureau would like to bid on the livestock of our member families. • Little Hands on the Farm – September 9 – 19, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm west of the arena. Take your children or grandchildren to visit this interactive experience especially designed for children ages 2 to 10. Kids and their parents will enjoy learning more about the farm to grocery store process. Farm Bureau is a sponsor of this outstanding activity. **We recommend you plan enough time to visit the Dairy Farmers of Utah Butter Cow sculpture and all the other outstanding exhibits displayed throughout the fairgrounds. ** SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AMUSEMENT PARK TICKETS: San Diego Zoo or Wild Animal Park - $31.00 for adults at either venue and $22.50 for children 3 – 11. SeaWorld – 2 days for the price of 1. Adult passes are $55.00 & Child (3-9) are $48.00. Regular 1-day ticket prices are $69.00 & $59.00. Legoland California – passes with 2nd day FREE are just $49.00 ea. Legoland Triple Play: $60.00 (Reg.$87) 2nd day FREE (Legoland, Aquarium & Water Park) Universal Studios: A three day pass is just $59.00 per person. A regular two day pass is $67.00 for adults. For additional information about these or other Farm Bureau member benefits, visit utfb.fb.org or call 801-233-3010. Call 801-233-3010 to purchase tickets. Visa or MasterCard accepted.
Keeping the future safe
In the cities, FARM parents and SAFETY teachers are JOURNAL encouraged to help kids A.J. Ferguson stay “streetVice President -Farm Safety wise” against impending dangers. Rural children face many of the same threats and even more. For example, tractors, implements, livestock, and other rural-based dangers, such as chemicals, fencing, haystacks, canals, irrigation equipment, and farm buildings. It is imperative that these children are “farm smart” as well as “streetwise”. Many incidents involving children can be prevented through attention to details based on a good understanding of some fundamental principles. Make equipment and outbuildings safe. Anything that is hazardous to you, for example, a hole in a barn floor, protective shields left off equipment or even riding on tractors not designed for two riders are a few of the dangers. Simply making a farm safe for adults is not enough to keep children safe. Children are extremely curious, and have not had the experience on or around the equipment to protect them. They may be small enough to get past protective devices that would stop an adult. Dangerous materials should be inaccessible. Anything children might use to harm themselves or others should always be kept out of reach. Guns, electric hand tools, and chemicals are obvious examples. Know where children are at all times. This can be difficult on a modern farm, since both parents often have to join in the work. However, young children must be supervised. If both parents are working, daycare or some other form of adult supervision is essential. Don’t just let young children run around the farm unsupervised. Practice safety. Have you ever set down a container of pesticide for “just a second”, and ended up leaving it for several hours? The best planning and intentions only pay off if safety is practiced every minute. Set a good example. When children start to help out on the farm, they will follow your example. If you work safely and don’t take chances, they will too. Educate. Even small children can learn the rudiments of safety, such as which areas of the farm are “off limits”. As they get older, children can learn why certain things are dangerous. School programs and safety publications designed specifically for children enhance the learning process. Create a safe play area. A safe play area helps to keep children between 2-10 years of age safe. The location should be an area where contact with production and environmental dangers are limited in order to protect the youth from serious injury. The area of play should be established with boundaries. It should not be in an area where vehicles and farm machinery must past frequently. It should be within eyesight of a responsible guardian. The area should be age appropriate for the youth playing in it. This area should be maintained so that children will remain safe when playing there. Remember, children are curious and intrigued by big shining objects like tractors & harvesting equipment or even things to climb on such as hay bales. In the end, safety is the responsibility of the adults in charge. No matter how carefully they are taught, kids will still be kids. Let’s keep them safe.
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Residence: Henefer, Summit County Spouse: Lorin Family: (number of kids, grandkids, etc. in your family) We have 8 children —three girls and five boys—and 10 grandchildren with another on the way in September. Began Farming: I grew up in Maeser, Uintah County. My Dad raised Hereford cows and ran a small farm flock of sheep. Dad did not like sheep. I left Maeser, and went to USU, graduating in Business Education/Office Administration, and began teaching school. I met and married Lorin and have been helping ranch ever since; ironically, primarily with sheep. Kind of Operation: Sheep and Cattle Ranch Other organization involvement: LDS Church, past 4-H leader, election judge, vice chair of local precinct Republican party FB member since: About 1975
What got you involved with Farm Bureau? Our county president (Bill Roberts at the time) asked us to take over the Young Farmer and Rancher position in our county and to run for the YF&R State Board. We started a talent find in our county, served on the state YF&R committee and have been in Farm Bureau ever since. If you could, what one thing in agriculture would you change? The perception the public has about us being “dumb farmers”. I believe that most ranchers and farmers are intelligent as well as hard working. I would like people to appreciate our industry more. What do you see for Utah agriculture 20 years from now? Unfortunately I see less and less involvement in and understanding of agriculture. I hope the people of Utah will start to appreciate agriculture more and to understand where their food comes from. If they do, Utah agriculture will prosper. What do you like most about being a farmer/rancher? I love being able to be outside and see nature’s beauty constantly. I am also a big fan of baby animals. Why should women get involved in Farm Bureau? Women have the ability to reach out to children and other people and teach them about life on the farm, animals, and the benefits they give to society. Women also typically have more (or take more) time than their husbands to reach out to others. What is something people don’t know about what the State/County Women’s Committee does? I don’t think very many people realize our contribution to Ag in the Classroom. There is the financial contribution from the auctions and quilt sales, but there is also a big time commitment for farm field days, reading to children, etc. Why should anyone join Farm Bureau, and what are the benefits? The biggest benefit is the strength of numbers. Farm Bureau has tremendous lobbying power because of its membership. Anyone who wants to help the political causes of agriculture should be a member (no matter their commodity). What have you learned as being a Farm Bureau women’s committee leader or what do you like the most about it? I have learned more about the role of women in Farm Bureau. I like the association with other women across the state and learning about the various commodities. I am awed by the things these women accomplish. What are some of your fondest memories about Farm Bureau? I’ve enjoyed going to various conventions and meeting new people. My favorite was Nashville, Tennessee, the Grand Ole Opry. As secretary of the county, it has been my dubious honor to edit and make politically correct some of the blunt statements put forth at our annual policy development meetings. What advice would you give to young farm wives? Use your personal talents to help the operation. Some wives do books and paperwork. Others drive tractors. Maybe your talent is preparing delicious meals for the workers. An important one is looking at alternate income schemes. Wives can research and work on those. Choose what you want to help with and then do it well.
If you could be on any “reality” television show, which would it be? None. I hate “reality” TV. What did you want to be when you ‘grew up’? A teacher. I got my degree in Business Education from Utah State University and taught for a year and a half. Do you have a highlight of your time in Farm Bureau? One highlight is the trip we took to Washington D.C. where we met with congressmen and senators to address issues facing agriculture. A special thing about that trip is that it was free for us because we won the trip; our name was drawn out of those who had contacted their legislators. What is your favorite/most recent movie you’ve seen or book you’ve read? One of my favorite movies is “Miss Congeniality” although I like most “Chick Flicks”. I like to read and Jennie Hansen is my favorite author. What equipment do you use? (i.e. John Deere vs. Case) Or you can have another comparison question, like Holstein vs. Jersey, Angus vs. Hereford, Ford vs. Chevy, etc. Personally I use the computer and the stove. When I have to, I drive a Dodge truck and sometimes I pull the horse or stock trailer. We raise registered Hereford cattle; I think they are the best looking breed, although I don’t mind the Hereford/Angus cross. Plain Angus is boring. We have mostly white sheep with a few blacks for counters. My personal favorite in the herd is a pinto sheep (black and white); it is unique. What do you think of ‘American Idol’? Should there be a ‘Rural Utah Idol’? Not my thing. Any unique hobbies/interests? I like to crochet and since I spend a lot of time in the truck waiting for Lorin, I’ve learned to carry small portable projects to work on. I also like Sudoku, fill-in puzzles, reading, sewing and I collect lamb things. Anything else you want to add: Lorin herds our sheep in the summer and we spend a great deal of time in the Wasatch National Forest. One of my sons told a girl that his Dad was in the forest for most of three months. She asked, “What does your mother do?” He said, “She goes with him.” For 38 years I’ve been going with him and plan to continue doing so. We took our kids when they were young and now they all like to come visit us while we are there. I believe that ranching has made our marriage closer and happier because we have spent our lives literally together.
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$$$ Money Matters A special column for the Farm Bureau News provided by USU Extension $
Responsible credit card use By Dean Miner, USU Extension Agent - Utah County
I reviewed my financial records recently and noticed something intriguing. During the month of July, I had $1,623 in short-term savings certificates from which I earned a grand total of 76 cents for the month. Also for July, I used a credit card to pay for $1,592 of budgeted expenses from which I received $48.03 in cash-back rewards. What a country! I earned 63 times more on money I spent than on money I saved. Okay, now that I have your attention, let’s get to the point I’m trying to make. In this era of tough economic conditions, almost any positive statement about using credit cards is met with a chorus of weeping and wailing with some added gnashing of teeth. Admittedly, there is ample evidence of consumers who face dire financial challenges resulting from credit card misuse. But, at the same time, most reports show that around 50 percent of card holders do not carry a monthly balance. They pay in full each month.
If a consumer has a solid history of successful credit card use, why not take advantage of the perks? A friend shares a credit card with her sister in order to maximize the dollar volume of purchases that convert to free airline travel for them. Another friend uses a card issued by a sporting goods store so all his purchases earn a reward that he can use for his favorite pastime. I carry two cards that each offer a basic cash-back award for all purchases. Additionally, each quarter, card users can sign up for rotating bonus rewards in certain purchasing categories such as drug stores, movies or gas stations. Fortunately for me, the categories don’t always match. So from April through June, I can get an extra bonus buying groceries with one card then switch to the other card to get similar bonus money for grocery purchases from July through September. Many observers predicted the end of credit card rewards programs a year ago as congress passed new laws restricting many of the money-
making practices of credit card users. However, after a period of some adjustments, it appears that credit card issuers have renewed their bids to attract the more credit-worthy customers by offering a wide range of rewards programs. A colleague uses two cards, one for the bulk of his purchases and the other as a backup or secondary card. This spring he received a written offer from the secondary card issuer promising a $500 cash-back reward for making at least $2,000 in purchases each month for five months in a row. This reward was in addition to any other rewards he could earn using the card. So he switched from what was his primary card to his backup card for all his purchases and now figures to earn about 6 percent on the money he spends via credit cards this summer. Here are some guidelines on credit card rewards: If you are not comfortable with credit cards, don’t start using one for the potential rewards. It is not worth the risks. Check the rewards program of the cards you currently use. My daughter had never signed up for the bonus rewards her card offered and found she missed out on about $100 a year. If you are choosing a card rewards program, match it to your interests.
A card offering airline miles doesn’t provide much if the user doesn’t travel. Use your rewards card for as much of your buying and bill paying as you can in order to maximize your reward. However, if there is a fee to use a credit card to pay the bill, don’t do it. The reward is not worth it. Always be mindful of the temptation to use the card too much. Hopefully you noticed that in the very first paragraph, I mentioned “budgeted expenses.” Never charge something if you wouldn’t pay cash for the item. Be careful as you redeem your reward. Some rewards have expiration dates. Don’t lose the rewards you have earned. Other cards allow their rewards to be received as, for example, $20 cash or $25 as a gift card to a specific store. That’s great if it’s a vendor you normally use. If not, you may well be spending your reward money on something other than what is most important to you. If credit card use is a comfortable part of your financial management routine, take advantage of rewards programs. It can be worth several hundred dollars in cash or products. If credit card use is a worry for your family, forget about rewards as the rewards money is not worth the anxiety and risk.
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U.S. stands to pick up wheat exports forfeited by Russia
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States stands to gain a good share of the wheat export market that Russia is forfeiting due to the Russian government’s decision to halt grain exports until the end of the year, according to John Anderson, an economist with the American Farm Bureau Federation. The Agriculture Department today released its August World Agricultural Supply and Demand estimates or WASDE report. In the report, USDA projected a huge drop in Russian wheat exports for the 2010-2011 marketing year: 3 million metric tons, compared to 18.5 million metric tons, in the 2009-2010 marketing year. Russia decided to exit the grain export market this year because of a serious drought that is reducing crop prospects. “This is a jaw dropping reduction in exports for Russia,” Anderson said. “And because the United States is expecting a good wheat crop with good stock levels, our farmers stand to take up a big share of wheat exports that would have gone to Russia.” U.S. all wheat production is estimated at 2.26 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the July forecast and up 2 percent from 2009, according to the latest WASDE report. USDA is also projecting the highest U.S. wheat yield ever at 46.9 bushels per acre, up 1 bushel per acre from July and up 2.5 bushels per acre from last year. The U.S. stands to pick up export business because of expectations for a good crop and large wheat stocks, at just under 1 billion bushels. “The United States should pick up almost half of the wheat exports that would have gone to Russia,” Anderson said. “We have wheat when the other major exporters don’t have as much wheat.” Anderson said it is important to note that global wheat stocks are still strong. “We don’t have to worry about a global shortage of wheat right now, despite the difficulties in the Russian wheat market,” he said. “Overall, global wheat stocks aren’t all that tight, and the winter wheat crops in Argentina and Australia, who are big producers and exporters in the Southern Hemisphere, are looking pretty good so far. Futures have already retreated quite a bit from the highs set on the day of the Russian export ban announcement. Markets will begin to calm down over the next few days as everyone comes to terms with these adjustments.” In addition to the import news impacting the wheat crop, Anderson said the August WASDE report is important for the corn crop, and it is
being closely studied by the market. “The big news is USDA is forecasting a record corn crop, a record yield and record use,” Anderson said. In addition to more corn going in to ethanol production, USDA is forecasting more corn to go in the export market, to make up for the lost Russian grain exports. “Wheat is used as a feedstock for livestock in many countries, and because not as much wheat will be available for export, many countries will turn to corn to meet the needs,” Anderson said.
BLM to gather wild horses near Participants Garrison must provide their
FILLMORE, Millard County – The Bureau of Land Management plans to begin gathering excess wild horses from the Conger Complex Herd Management Area (HMA) near Garrison, Utah, on Tuesday, Sept. 7. Garrison is approximately 75 miles west of Fillmore, on the Utah-Nevada border. Members of the public are welcome to view operations once they begin. Those interested in participating in an escorted tour must meet at 6 a.m. MST at the Border Inn located in Baker, NV on the Utah-Nevada border on U.S. Highway 6 and 50.
own high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles, water and lunches. The BLM recommends that the public dress in muted colors for harsh field conditions, ranging from cool morning temperatures to warm weather in the late afternoon. Binoculars are strongly recommended. BLM is planning to provide public observation of gather operations daily so long as the safety of the animals, staff, and observers is not jeopardized and operations are not disrupted.
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Predators impact the bottom line Utah agriculture is highly dependent upon the livestock industry. Production of cattle and sheep account for nearly $500 million is cash receipts. Cattle and sheep are all highly vulnerable to predator damage in Utah, due to the nature of farm and ranch location and operation. In 2008, the latest year for which data is available, confirmed predator losses exceeded $2.3 million in market value. This does not take into account the extensive losses which occur from the separation of sheep and lambs or young calves from their flocks and herds due to predator attack, and the resulting death of those separated young animals. And this does not account for the numerous losses attributed to predators but which cannot be confirmed because the carcasses cannot be located for photography or counting. While these losses are extensive, and in many cases represent the margin of profit for some ranchers and farmers, the losses would have been immeasurably greater without the assistance of Wildlife Service personnel. In 2008, Utah Wildlife Services
assisted in control by taking 4,166 predatory animals, primarily coyotes. Coyotes, mountain lion, bear and red fox are the major predators for livestock in Utah. In addition, many grain producers suffer extensive losses from migra-
Practical Policy Sterling C. Brown Vice PresidentPublic Policy
tory birds because Utah is located on the major north-south flyway for birds, particularly Canada geese. No reliable estimates of losses are available for this damage, but it is extensive in parts of Utah. To the actual dollar loss to farmers and ranchers must be added the overall impact on the economy due to predator damage. Many Utah farm products, including the livestock industry, will add up to four dollars in the
non-farm production sector for each dollar of farm income from those products. Therefore, a $2 million cash loss to farmers from predation will cause well more than 8 million dollars in loss to the economy. Again, this is only the confirmed loss to farmers. Ranchers work around the clock to implement various husbandry practices to increase production and help reduce predation, including: 1) production of sheep and cattle in confinement, 2) penning or corralling the animals at night, 3) close surveillance by herders, and 4) shed lambing or kidding. There is a practical limit to husbandry practices for control of predation, and although these methods may be feasible on small farms, they offer little promise for range operations. Some of the techniques are not
compatible with profitable range and livestock management, and some are prohibited by public land management policies and regulations. Various nonlethal methods have been developed and tried in an effort to reduce predation upon sheep. These methods include repellents, guard dogs and exclusion fencing. These methods are an attempt to condition predators to avoid sheep and calves.
With profit margins more narrow for ranchers than in most past times, the need for effective predator control has never been greater. Effective government predator control combined with vigilant producer surveillance of his/her flock or herd is today’s best practice to prevent livestock loss. This time of year, mothers and owners of young livestock are keeping a close eye on young calves and lambs. Hungry and curious predators are also watching, including a new predator to Utah – the wolf. On August 5, 2010, Federal Judge Donald Malloy out of Missoula, Montana threw out the previous ruling that delisted wolves in the Rocky Mountain states, which included the small portion of Northeast Utah. This decision returned management of all wolves in Utah back under the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, and again listed wolves as endangered. Livestock producers can no longer remove wolves even if they are caught in the act of biting, harassing or killing livestock. United States Fish and Wildlife agents would be required to prosecute individuals that shoot at wolves even if it has a sheep in its mouth. If livestock producers witness or experience wolf activity, they are encouraged to promptly contact the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has indicated that if it can be demonstrated that a wolf is chronically killing livestock, they will take action and either lethally remove the wolf or take it back to one of the states from where it came. However, it is still unclear how “chronic” is defined and how many times it must kill livestock.
UFBF CEO Randy Parker (standing) and Resource Specialist Mark Petersen address a joint Israeli-Palestinian group of environmental scientists at the Utah Farm Bureau building in Sandy. The group was visiting several areas in the U.S. to learn more about how environmental concerns are addressed relating to agriculture. Photo by Matt Hargreaves
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Utah Farm Bureau Photo Contest winners
‘Best of Utah / Nature Scenes’. Submitted by Merilee Remund of Duchesne Co.
‘Growing Good Kids’. Submitted by Natalie Fawson.
August 23, 2010
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mers & Ranchers ‘All in a Day’s Work’. Submitted by Sammie Ott of Garfield Co.
Honorable Mention: ‘Growing Good Kids’. Submitted by Tamra Lewis of San Juan Co.
AFBF to host Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference Do you know a beginning farmer or rancher in your community? Encourage him or her to take part in the first-ever American Farm Bureau Federation Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Conference. AFBF, along with the USDANational Agricultural Library (NAL), have organized a national conference that will help educate and train beginning farmers and ranchers. The conference will be in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 6-7, 2011, in conjunction with the AFBF Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference. The conference is open to people of all ages and backgrounds. The registration fee is $200. Conference attendees will benefit from a full day of specifically targeted workshops on such topics as financial planning and niche marketing. Work from the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program grant projects will be highlighted in the agenda of the confer-
ence in support of the collaborative efforts of AFBF and NAL. These projects will showcase selected programs from across the country, which offer educational opportunities for beginning farmers and ranchers. Attendees will participate in
tours that highlight agriculture’s diversity in Florida, and they will have the opportunity to network with more than 700 of Farm Bureau’s young agricultural leaders. Keynote speakers include motivational speaker Andrew McCrea and farm business and financial
management consultant, Dick Wittman. This conference is a special project of the Start2Farm Clearinghouse, a component of the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program, a competitive grant initiative that is part of the 2008 farm bill. NAL and AFBF, with funding from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, are collaborating to collect and disseminate information for beginning farmers and ranchers. For more information, visit www.start2farm.gov. The goal of the conference is to increase skills, profitability and success for beginning farmers and ranchers through educational opportunities. Help us reach out to beginning farmers and ranchers across the country. Tell your friends and neighbors to join us in Orlando. For more information, contact Julie Roop, assistant director, program development, AFBF, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-406-3682.
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The Tavaputs Ranch finally giving way to pinyon and It takes at least an hour-and-a-half juniper woodlands thousands of feet on gravel roads to drive to Butch and below. While the valley bottoms are Jeanie Jensen’s Tavaputs Ranch, but dry and brown with temperatures when you get there you can see why in the mid-90’s, it is moist and green they keep winning awards for their on the plateau with temperatures in land stewardship. the refreshing 65 degree range. SumThe Jensens recently received the mer rainstorms are common, which Environmental Stewardship Award supports the vitality of the trees and hosted by the National Cattlemen’s grasses at this high elevation. Beef Association, which puts them in To get there you have to essentially competition for a national award. In climb the Bookcliffs, the imposing 2009 they received the Aldo Leopold range east of Price which is said to be Conservation Award for Utah pre- the longest escarpment in the world. sented by the Sand County Founda- One of my passengers was Richie tion, the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Gardner, USU Forestry Master’s stuthe Utah Cattlemen’s Association, and dent. His comment was that it felt Western AgCredit, which included like we were riding on a mountain $10,000. goat as we climbed the steep road in They run a 450-head cow-calf op- a pickup. The road climbs as dramatieration and are continuing a five cally as any I have seen in Utah, until generation family tradition of land it hits the top at 9,500 feet, and then the stewardship. They are one of the last terrain abruptly flattens into a rolling ranches that still move their livestock plateau. the old fashioned way, by trailing them with horses up and down the thousands of vertical feet between their summer range on top of the Bookcliffs and their winter range that extends far out into the San Rafael Swell. Jeanie said that when they were at the National Cattlemen’s Sunrise at the Tavaputs Ranch in Carbon County, meetings in where the Jensen family has been recognized for Denver and their responsible stewardship of the land and its a few Texas resources. Photo by Darren, McAvoy USU Forestry Extension ranchers heard how they still moved their cattle on horseback, they Extensive stands of quaking aspen expressed disbelief and a yearning to line the plateau and many of the steep still be doing things that way. hillsides below, appearing to be some It is an incredibly beautiful place of the most vigorous in Utah. Butch that has been enhanced by their five says it is just too steep and remote for generations of conservation ethic, them to have ever done any logging and it plainly shows. Lush Thurber on the property. He says that they fescue tops the plateau, with mag- did some harvesting on what is now nificent stands of quaking aspen lined his son’s ranch in Emma Park during by Douglas-fir and true fir forests, the 1990s, and that worked out well By Darren McAvoy, USU Forestry Extension
for them. Despite having difficulties for being a particularly well preserved getting it cleaned up properly, it looks community inhabited by Indians 1,000 great now and he is very happy that years ago. During summer months they did it at a time when log values they offer horseback riding adventures were relatively high, partly due to and guests can raft Desolation Canyon, the still operating sawmill nearby in Wellington. Some of the aspen stands appear to be losing their vigor, with large old trees standing out in the meadows and very few younger trees coming up around them. Since aspen typically only live for less than 150 years, it can be cause for conButch Jensen and his son Tate move catcern when the old ones are dying and tle on their ranch on horseback. The Jenfew young ones are sens have proven to be wise stewards of coming up to replace both livestock and the environment. Photo by Ron Francis, Utah NRCS them. It gave the plateau the unusual appearance of being an aspen savannah. which stretches out for many miles Gardner was adept at pointing out from the front windows of the guest aspen bark beetle activity in addition house and cabins. In the fall they guide to the usual host of aspen diseases. hunting trips for elk and deer. Many places have excellent aspen reUtah’s various universities are welgeneration despite the considerable elk come on the ranch to study the amazpopulations. During my short visit to ing landscape that the Jensens call the ranch I saw a herd of at least 50 elk, home. They cannot say enough about lots of deer, and fresh black bear tracks their relationship and the knowledge outside the cabin in the morning. This brought to them over the years by is the result of the remoteness of the USU Extension Range Specialist Roger location and a tribute to the quality of Banner and SUU Range Professor Jim Bowns. wildlife habitat on the ranch. Butch commented that he has seen One innovation that has paid off for excellent results in terms of wildlife them on their winter range in the deshabitat enhancement and forage pro- ert is to let the limited water sources act duction from the prescribed burns like a virtual fence to control where the they have done, along with the occa- cattle graze and for how long. Butch sional wildfire on the plateau. Active Jensen says that there are many years management of the sagebrush on that he could run a lot more cattle than their land is another example of their he does, but that leads to overgrazing. Instead he recommends that you find stewardship. The Tavaputs Ranch is a diversified the right number of cattle that your business, welcoming guests to their land can handle through the lush years ranch during the summer months and the lean ones. where they are happy to share their Common sense solutions like rotaknowledge of the land with any- tional grazing and a diversified busibody who asks. They demonstrate ness approach exemplify the Jensen’s an eagerness to share their ranching stewardship ethic, and demonstrate background and knowledge with just why they keep gaining deserved recabout anybody who asks. The Jensens ognition for their efforts. are one of several concessionaires that purchased licenses to run tours in the nearby Range Creek, which is famous
Dairy farmers can fight Johne’s disease threat with chlorine and stainless steel By Don Comis, ARS News Service
Two good tips for preventing Johne’s disease on dairy farms: Use stainless steel water troughs and add chlorine to the water. That’s according to Kim Cook, an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) microbiologist at the agency’s Animal Waste Management Research Unit in Bowling Green, Ky. Cook did the research with Carl Bol-
ster, a hydrologist at Bowling Green, and other colleagues. Stainless steel troughs are expensive, but not as expensive as Johne’s disease. Caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, this disease can cause losses of as much as $200,000 per year in a herd of 1,000 dairy cows. The losses are mostly from a drop in milk production and the need to cull
infected animals. A continued increase in the number of cases of Johne’s disease among dairy cattle suggests that there may be unknown sources of contamination on farms. Cook thought that water troughs would provide a perfect home for bacteria, so she counted the Mycobacteria in the slimy layers in water on the sides of the most commonly used troughs:
concrete, plastic, stainless steel, and galvanized steel. She wanted to see if there were differences in the ability of the bacteria to adhere to and survive on the surfaces of the different materials. Cook found high concentrations of the bacteria on all troughs within three days of inoculating the water with the bacteria, and they survived for more than 149 days. But the bacterial survival rate was lowest on the stainless steel.
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Fainting Goats provide unique opportunity to “get into agriculture”
animals all his life at his family’s farm near Uintah, also in Weber County, but has enjoyed the goats the most because of their calmer disposition. “Regular goats and sheep are always causing trouble, and cows eat a lot, so having these goats is
Others have shared similar experiences as to the ease of raising these goats and how they are particularly suited for those urban residents with a ranchette who want some experience with agriculture. “They’re perfect for the rural resident who wa n t s t o h a ve a fun pet,” said Julie Rose, a WeMatt ber County Farm Bureau member Hargreaves who lives in West Farm Bureau News Editor H a v e n . “ T h e y Some of Steve Bell’s long-haired fainting can use the extra goats graze near his farm in Weber County. space you have, opposed to falling over. Photo by Matt Hargreaves The goats were first reported b u t a r e n ’t g o in the 1880s when a traveling la- ing to cause any borer named John Tinsley came trouble. They’re naturally friendly, perfect for a few acres,” Bell said. “I wanted to raise something profto Marshall County, Tennessee, in curious, and very content.” Rose and her husband Kelly have itable and there’s a good market for the central part of the state, and brought four such goats with him. jobs in the city, but also operate the meat once they get older.” While goat meat, or Chevon as it Not staying long in the area, Tins- the ‘Painted Rose Ranch’ where ley moved on but sold the goats to they have fainting goats, horses, is called in upscale restaurants, is ducks, and more. The Rose fam- no where near as popular as beef local farmers who liked them. These fainting goats are slightly ily primarily shows their goats at among most Americans, there smaller than most goats, and they regional and national shows. Their are segments of society that are are virtually unable to goat Kade recently won MGR Per- consuming the meat with increasjump because their mus- manent Grand Champion. Rather ing regularity—particularly from cles tighten too much. than breeding large numbers of minority cultures. Bell focuses on the longhaired However the constant the goats (with a gestation period showing goats, and presents them working of muscles does of five months, fainting goats are provide for quality meat able to kid twice a year), Rose is at goat shows and county fairs. at the market, which is looking for quality breeding traits They are also wonderful for 4-H projects. Steve’s daughter Kacee one of the primary uses in her goats. Rose and others are preparing for also participates and likes to work of the goats today. Others prefer to keep the first Fainting Goat show to take with the goats. “They are no more challengthe animals for livestock place in Utah. The Rocky Mountain Fainting Goat Show will take place ing than raising anything else,” showing or as pets. Bell said. “But they don’t always Lenn Johnson works with a fainting “We really like having September 10-11 in Ogden. “We love the goats because it’s faint. When the goats are young goat at their ranch near Randolph in them as a sort of hobby or something we can all do together,” or around someone new, that’s Rich County. Photo courtesy of Johnson family pet,” said Gayle Johnson, Rich County Farm Bu- Rose said. “Plus they’re good for one thing. But just like you or I, as we get older and are familiar with reau member. Gayle and weed control!” things, we don’t startle as easily.” Farmer Steve Bell has cared for growing since the 1980s when they her husband Lenn are the YF&R Those interested in learning were almost extinct. Since then, Chairs for Rich more about fainting goats can do efforts by owners as well as the C o u n t y. “ We so by visiting the International American Livestock Breeds Con- k i n d o f g o t Fainting Goat Association website, servancy, to register breeds and into the goat http://www.faintinggoat.com/, or business acciincrease awareness have helped by visiting a local farm in Utah. dentally. When the breed rebound. Information on both the Rose The comical nicknames for the we bought our and Bell farms can be found at f a m i l y v a n , goat come from its trademark http://www.prrfaintinggoats.com “fainting” , which occurs when the the goats came or http://www.bellsgoats.com. For goat becomes excited or startled. In with it!” the more adventurous, Marshall The Johnson’s fact, it does not faint at all; rather, County, Tennessee continues to the phenomenon is a genetic dis- raise cattle with honor fainting goats with a festival order known as myotonia congenita. Lenn’s family, held every October in their honor. This causes a delayed relaxation but they enjoy Information on the ‘Goats Music of the outside muscles on the working with & More Festival’ can be found at A myotonic goat at the Rose Ranch in West Hathe goats ad do goat, causing stiffness in its legs. http://www.goatsmusicandmore. As it is only the outside muscles their children ven, Weber County faints after being startled. Photo by Matt Hargreaves com. that stiffen, the goats do not lose Bentley, Abby and Owen. consciousness or stop breathing. RICH & WEBER COUNTIES – The first expression most people get when they hear about “fainting goats” is one of puzzlement – ‘What is a fainting goat?’ Perhaps it is some new breed of heirloom tomato…a ride at the state fair… but surely not an actual animal. Right? Truth be known, fainting goats are just that—goats! Officially known as Myotonic Goats, they are also referred to as wooden-legged goats, Te x a s Wo o d e n l e g goats, scared goats, stiff-legged goats, nervous goats, Tennessee Goats, and Tennessee Meat Goats. Whatever you call them, they are pretty unique animals that never fail to captivate whoever watches them. The earliest-known domesticated farm animal, there are more than 400 million goats worldwide; however, there are only approximately 10,000 fainting goats worldwide. That might not seem like very many, but their numbers have been
Far from painful, the goats simply have to wait about 10 or so seconds before they can resume their normal activities. The completely falling over to one side is more common in younger goats. As they get older, the goats learn to simply brace themselves until their muscles relax, so they walk stiff-legged as
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Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument seeks nominations for Monument Advisory Committee The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is seeking nominations for its Monument Advisory Committee. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Advisory Committee (GSENM-MAC) provides advice and recommendations on science issues and the achievement of Management Plan objectives. All fifteen seats on the committee need to be filled. Each GSENM-MAC member will be a person who, as a result of training and experience, has knowledge or special expertise which qualifies him or her to provide advice from among the categories of interest listed below. As appropriate, certain committee members may be appointed as Special Government Employees. Special Government Employees serve on the committee without compensation, and are subject to financial disclosure requirements in the Ethics in Government Act and 5 CFR 2634. Eight members will be appointed as follows, one from each of the
categories listed below: · An elected official from Garfield County, to represent the interests of County residents; · An elected official from Kane County, to represent the interests of County residents; · A representative of state government; · A representative of tribal government; · An educator, to represent the educational community; · A representative of the environmental community; · An outfitter and guide operating within the Monument, to represent commercial users; and · A livestock grazing permittee operating within the Monument to represent grazing permittees. Seven members will be appointed as special government employees, one for each of the following areas of expertise: · Archaeology; · Botany; · Geology;
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Baxter Black: Principles Sometimes you have to choose between personal principles and sympathetic understanding. For example, as a public personality, I have deliberately chosen to decline invitations to do political fund raisers. Although I have strong opinions, I leave those national issues to pundits with thicker skin. Once I had a request to make a commercial for a lady running for office. I explained politely for the reasons stated, that I wasn’t comfortable doing politics. “Fine,” she said, “Here’s what I want you to say…” It was my mother-in-law. Of course I made the commercial! I have had occasion to decline paying jobs to be on programs where I would have had to be in the company of individuals whose amblings, behavior, or writings, I find obnoxious. Why put myself through the stress. Last month I received a package in the mail from a publishing company. They had sent me a children’s book to look over, maybe to write a blurb or mention in my column, web site or radio program. As a rule I don’t often have the time to read all the books or listen to all the CDs I receive. I may skim them quickly but I rarely get a blurb or a forward written. I thought I recognized the author’s name or the book idea. I vaguely remembered a phone call, but it was a nice kid’s book that was well illustrated. The short story was about a young girl finding an abandoned horse becoming concerned, and eventually getting it in a horse-rescue facility. It was well done, an honest heart-felt story that didn’t get mushy and was realistic about the problem of abandoned horses. It was better than I expected. Then I looked at the last page. It listed organizations to contact for more information about horse neglect, rescue and therapy. Staring up at me like an obscene gesture in a passing car window was listed the Humane Society of the United States. I wrote back to the publisher expressing my regret that I would not be able to pass along or recommend the book because of their association with HSUS. A group that has such a poisoned reputation in the horse world among so many veterinarians, horse raisers, trainers, cowboys, auction operators, trail riders, packers, breeders, performance and show people, not to mention many horse-related associations. In large part because they bear a chunk of the responsibility for the tragedy of animal suffering and abandonment that has befallen the magnificent equine. They were at the front of the ill-fated closure of horse slaughter plants which severely diminished the value of all horses. HSUS is the Rod Blagojevich of the horse world. I admit I didn’t ponder long on my decision, because of my familiarity with HSUS. I do feel sympathy for the author and artist. They mean well and are genuine in their concern for the problem. But they are simply innocent of the HSUS that continues to be exposed for its less-thanhonest portrayal of itself as a benign fundraiser that cares for abandoned or abused horses. The publisher fell in with bad companions and will be judged thereby. For info on the underside of HSUS find consumerfreedom.com
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>El Paso Continued from P. 1 legal standing. Additionally, officials stated that as a cooperating agency, they were concerned that the ‘Record of Decision’ (ROD) was made prior to any information about the WWP deal being known, which is counter to how things should have been done. The ROD under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) is required to address the impacts on “cultural, social and economic resources”. Commissioners felt that without public knowledge of the WWP deal, this complete evaluation was impossible and the decisions of the county commissioners could have been different. It was also stated that El Paso has not met with Lincoln County commissioners to date to request a Conditional-Use Permit needed for construction, and that surely the WWP deal would now play a role. “The BLM is supposed to analyze the cumulative impacts of alternatives to the project,” said Joel Bousman, Commissioner for Sublette County, Wyoming. Bousman felt that this evaluation wasn’t possible without the full knowledge of the WWP agreement. All attending the meeting recognized that the pipeline would be an economic driver for the counties
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during the construction phase and a real contributor to local economies into the future. Nevertheless, county commissioners and executives were also concerned that the private deal on public lands violates Section. 202 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA). Of chief concern to those in attendance was the fact that the terms of the agreement with WWP were unknown to those government officials who will be impacted by both the pipeline and any potential negative impacts on ranching, mining, and other uses of the land. Though not an official body with the ability to make binding decisions, the multi-state group of commissioners agreed on a list of five statements and encouraged each county commission to formally adopt the list in their respective counties. The list included the following: • Present for review a full copy of the agreement with WWP; • As a cooperating agency, Lincoln County has special rights. The WWP agreement should never have been executed without Lincoln County’s knowledge and involvement; • The Coalition reserves the right to legally challenge the agreement after reviewing it, especially if the
agreement provides for illegal activities such as the purchase of grazing permits and relinquishments; • Individual member counties in the Coalition further reserve the right to join Lincoln County’s challenge as friends of the court; • Individual members of the Coalition further reserve the right to reconsider already issued conditional-use permits to the extent of their reconsideration authority, based on review of the WWP agreement. Upon agreeing to the above statements and adjourning the meeting
to WWP was made because El Paso couldn’t afford delays in construction brought on by litigation. It was claimed that delays could cost El Paso in the area of $1 million per day. Cleary explained to the group that El Paso would not be in a position to reveal the agreement with WWP because he felt it would violate the confidentiality of the agreement, but that he would check with WWP to see if they could release the agreement to the commissioners. Breaking the confidentiality could provide millions more to WWP without any strings attached, Cleary
UFBF CEO Randy Parker addresses a multi-state coalition of county commissioners, representatives from El Paso Corp, and members of the public regarding the financial agreement with Western Watersheds Project. until after lunch, when the Coalition would be meeting with representatives from El Paso Corp., a side meeting between Utah Farm Bureau President Leland Hogan, County Commissioners from Nevada, Utah and Wyoming, and the leadership of the Public Lands Council (PLC) took place. It was made known that upon confronting El Paso Corp. regarding the WWP deal, PLC had also been offered a payment of $15 million in an attempt to “balance the deal”. PLC is a group of state and national cattle, sheep and grasslands associations with a focused goal of advocating and representing public land ranchers in 12 western states. It was revealed that the PLC deal is to “protect, enhance, and defend” public lands grazing, focusing on projects that use science to improve rangeland resources and wildlife habitat, and cannot be used for litigation. Meetings resumed in the afternoon with the Multi-state Coalition joined by representatives from El Paso Corp., including Jim Cleary, president of El Paso’s Western Pipeline Group. Cleary reiterated to the commissioners the economic value the pipeline will bring to their counties, and explained that the payment
said. Cleary tried to assuage the commissioners by stating that the current deal prohibits WWP from using any of the money for litigation, but would be used instead for purchasing base property and other activities to protect the rangeland, similar to projects funded by El Paso via the Nature Conservancy. Cleary claims there was nothing illegal about the deal it signed with WWP, but acknowledged that in retrospect, El Paso should have probably made the agreement known to all parties. After a series of presentations made by local scientists and interested parties, Utah Farm Bureau CEO Randy Parker provided comment not only on behalf of the many grazers in the northern part of Utah, but for the general multiple-use philosophy of public lands. “Farm Bureau is concerned that El Paso is funding WWP and an illegal activity – the purchase of “chiefly valuable for livestock grazing” rights and retirement,” Parker said. “This is illegal under the Taylor Grazing Act and Utah State Law.” John Harja, Public Lands Policy Coordinator for Utah Governor
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Celebrating a day in the life of a farmer Cash prizes, pizza parties, and teacher resources are just some of the prizes available in the fourth annual Celebrate Agriculture creative story contest sponsored by Farm Bureau’s Women’s Committee. The purpose of the contest is to foster a greater understanding of Utah’s agriculture industry and the role which farmers and ranchers play in supplying our food, fiber, fuel and other farm products. “A Day in the Life of a Farmer” is the topic for the 2011 contest. All children in the third through eighth grade are invited to participate in the contest by submitting their story to the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee in their county. “Teachers are invited to provide an opportunity for their students to participate in the contest,” said Ruth Roberts, Chair of the State Women’s Committee. “In addition to encouraging the use of their imagination, creating a story for the contest offers children an excellent opportunity to practice their writing skills while learning more about the work farmers engage in everyday to grow the crops and raise the livestock which provides the food we all enjoy eating. They will also become more familiar with the challenges and risks inherent in food production.” Each county sponsors a contest with the first place winners from each of the 6 grade levels entered into the state contest. Only entries submitted by the county Women’s Committee are eligible for the state competition. The deadline for entries in the state competition is April 15, 2011. Deadlines for each county contest are varied. Please contact your county Farm Bureau Women’s Chair to learn the details of the con-
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test in your county. A list of all the county Women’s Chairs with their contact information is available at utfb.fb.org>programs>Women’s Committee>County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee Leaders. Each county determines the prizes awarded to their county winners. At the state level each first place winner receives $100. Each second place winner receives $50.00 and each third place winner is awarded $25.00. The six first place winners and their classmates are eligible for a class pizza party sponsored by Western Aurline AgCredit. The teachBoyack er of each of the six first Women’s Committee place winCoordinator ners receives agricultural resources for the classroom including a Farm Facts Book, an Ag Quest game, an accurate agriculture based storybook, and a hands on activity for the students. The Farm Facts book published by the American Farm Bureau provides readers with an opportunity to learn more about the business of farming and why agriculture matters. The Ag Quest game has been designed around a question and answer format which can be adapted to a variety of teaching situations. This game was researched, developed and produced by Utah State University’s Agriculture in the Classroom program. You can learn more at http://extension.usu.edu/aitc/.
>El Paso Continued from previous page Gary Herbert’s Office of Planning & Budget said that under the State Land Use Management plan, anyone who seeks to relinquish or purchase grazing rights for retirement will be challenged legally by the state of Utah. The Land Use Management Plan (HB 264), amended in 2005, requires consideration of state and local interests in the federal land use management process and planning policies related to managing for the sustainability and health of the renewable resources such as water, timber, forage, recreation, and wildlife. Though Cleary tried to calm fears of forced selling of grazing rights by citing a “willing seller ” provision in the agreement, many commissioners and ranchers attending were concerned the definition of “willing seller” can be stretched. Additionally, Cleary did suggest that this agreement could help protect the environment because some studies point to livestock grazing as detrimental. Several participants challenged Cleary’s comment. At the close of the day’s meetings, there appears to be work left to do. Lincoln County, Wyoming did indicate they were preparing to file a lawsuit relating to the ROD. County Commissioners appeared to be heading back to their counties with the recommendations of the Coalition, as well as to “wait and see” if El Paso is able to release the information related to the agreement. Most of the counties plan to re-evaluate their conditional-use permits already issued because they feel the conditions have changed.
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Valuable honey bees By Clark Israelsen, USU Extension Agent - Cache County
Wayne County Farm Bureau President Dick Pace and his wife Becky Pace (Wayne Co Secretary) represent the county Farm Bureau in a local parade in Loa. As summer winds to a close, many counties have held County Fairs, with County Farm Bureaus being represented at several of them. September will feature the State Fair in Salt Lake City, and again Utah Farm Bureau will be represented at booths, competitions, and at Farm Bureau Day on Sept. 18.
Honeybees have been domesticated since the time of the building of the Egyptian pyramids. These busy social insects have repeatedly demonstrated their value to society as they fly from plant to plant collecting nectar. This process pollinates many flowering plants, fertilizing them and allowing them to reproduce. Without the vital work of bees, the productivity of plants would be diminished and our society would quickly become hungry. There is evidence that beneficial bees are sometimes killed with insecticides that are intended to control destructive insects. A USU Fact Sheet provides some suggestions for pesticide applicators and bee keepers to reduce honey bee losses. What the Pesticide Applicator Can Do ~ Choose insecticides that are non hazardous to bees whenever possible. The more hazardous insecticide active ingredients include many of the organophosphates and the carbamates, and some of the synthetic pyrethroids and neonicotinoids. ~ Apply insecticides in late evening, night, or early morning while bees are not actively foraging. Evening applications are generally less hazardous to bees than early morning applications. When high temperatures cause bees to start foraging earlier or continue later than usual shift time accordingly. ~ Apply insecticides when temperatures are not expected to be unusually low following treatment. Residues will remain toxic to bees for a much longer time under such conditions. ~ Contact the beekeeper and ask him to remove his colonies from the area or to keep the bees confined during the application period.
What the Grower Can Do ~ Never spray a blooming fruit tree with any insecticide for any reason. ~ When insect pests have been damaging a crop every season, use a preventative program of early season application before the insect populations increase or before foliage growth and weather conditions reduce the effectiveness of insecticides. ~ Learn the pollination requirements of the crops you raise. Application of insecticides hazardous to bees on these crops, or driving beekeepers out of your area by the use of insecticides on other blossoming crops, will likely cause lower crop yields. ~ Learn about the beekeeper’s problems with the poisoning of bees and enter into mutually advantageous agreements with him or her to best produce bee-pollinated crops. What the Beekeeper Can Do ~ Mark colonies of bees that are next to orchards or fields that may be treated. Post your name, mailing address, email address ,and phone number in printing large enough to be read at some distance in all apiaries so you can be contacted readily to move the colonies before hazardous insecticides are applied. ~ Choose apiary sites that are relatively isolated from intensive insecticide applications and not normally subjected to drift. ~ Keep hives out of fields treated with the more hazardous insecticides for at least 36 hours after the application. Tests have shown that about 90 percent of bee mortalities occur within 24 hours after application. ~ Learn about pest control problems and programs so you can develop mutually beneficial agreements with growers concerning pollination service and prudent use of pesticides.
Leading economist slated for Farm Bureau conference
A leading expert in classical economic principles will deliver the macroeconomic outlook at the third annual American Farm Bureau Federation commodity outlook conference set for Oct. 13-15 in Pittsburgh. Dr. Robert Genetski, one of the nation’s premier interest rate forecasters and investment advisers, has conducted pioneering research on the role and impact of taxes on economic prosperity. In the early 1980s, he correctly forecasted that tax cuts would help end the nation’s economic malaise by boosting productivity and by helping reduce both inflation and interest rates. Other speakers at the Farm Bureau
outlook conference include Daren Coppock, president and CEO of the Agricultural Retailers Association; Bob Yonkers, vice president and chief economist with the International Dairy Food Association; and Dale Cougot, senior economist with the National Cotton Council. Other speakers will address the outlook for livestock, grains and oilseeds and wheat. There is no conference registration fee for Farm Bureau members or staff. The conference will be held at the Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel. For conference registration information, contact Jennifer DuMars with AFBF at (202) 406-3624 or jenniferd@ fb.org.
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Meagher & Tiffany McConkie
State Young Farmer & Rancher Committee ~ District 5
(Carbon, Daggett, Duchesne, Emery, Grand, San Juan & Uintah counties) Going once, going twice, SOLD. That’s how this crazy happy life began. That’s right, I meet Meagher at an auction barn. It took Meagher three times of bringing cattle down to sell before he got the courage to ask me out. I think it was because his dad told him he was running out of cows to sell. That’s how I became a rancher’s wife. We live in a small community of Altamont, where we run a cow/calf operation. We have BLM land in Colorado, and a forest permit up Indian Canyon where we graze our cattle in the summer. We also raise grass hay for the winter months. Meagher is a fourth generation cattle rancher, not only on his father’s side (the McConkie’s), but also his mother’s side the Jessen’s. Meagher has had many influences from his Dad and Mom, to his Grandpa Gary, to ranchers and farmers around the community. Meagher and I are the proud parents of three beautiful girls: Ty, Mads, and the newest addition Sadie. Meagher is very involved in raising and teaching his girls the importance of hard work – they truly are becoming his right hand men. Being a rancher’s wife has definitely been a learning experience. In the beginning, I believed everything Meagher would tell me, until he pushed it too far. We had just got some chickens that were laying eggs, and one of the chickens was clucking quite loudly. Meagher told me that I needed to go help the chicken out. It must have a stuck egg. So not knowing better at the time, I went out and checked under every chicken and found nothing. Later that day we went to Grandpa Gary’s for Sunday dinner, when Meagher turned to me and said, ‘Tell my Grandpa what happened with one of the chickens’. I turned to Grandpa and told him about a chicken apparently having a stuck egg. I immediately knew that I had been taken as a fool when everyone burst into laughter. I’ve learned to ask many questions before doing anything that silly again. Learning to tag the new baby calves almost landed Meagher in the hospital. My job was to slowly bring the truck to a stop when Meagher jumped out to grab the calf. It didn’t quite go that smoothly. As Meagher jumped out I immediately slammed on the brakes, and with the door swung open, and Meagher jumping out, he met the door and he met it hard. As he regained his composure and picked himself off the ground, I had to turn away to hide my smile as he was explaining that I didn’t need to brake that hard. I learned that day that if I was ever mad at Meagher, I could always slam on the brakes. There are many firsts being married to a rancher: The lunches in a horse trailer to get out of the wind after a long ride, or eating lunch in the middle of the field come haying season. I also had a pressure cooker explode in the kitchen while trying to bottle just like his grandma, and believe me that’s a whole other story. With the late nights, the 24-hour workdays, and realizing a rancher’s work is never done, it has definitely been a learning experience to say the least A rancher’s wife doesn’t only cook and clean, their responsibilities go beyond that. Meagher has taught me to work the cattle, to irrigate, to drag the fields in the spring, and to cut the hay in the summer. I’m also learning to do the finances which is always fun. I guess that all just goes with the job description. Being in Farm Bureau has really been a great experience for both Meagher and I, being able to meet new people and to share experiences that we have had in making it in this tough occupation. I look back at the years I have been married to Meagher, and I wouldn’t trade the laughter, tears, and struggles for anything. I am truly blessed to have a hard working husband, who really takes an interest in the lives of his children, and to be able to raise my children on this beautiful ranch. I will continue to strive to be the perfect rancher’s wife, even if it means checking for stuck eggs.
The BLM plans to gather and remove an estimated 480 wild horses for placement in the adoption program or long-term pastures. An estimated 50 studs of the captured wild horses from the Confusion Mountain HMA will be returned to the range to adjust the sex ratio and slow population growth. Up to 30 of the Conger Mountain HMA wild horses will be released (about 20 studs of the captured wild horses will be returned to the range to adjust the sex ratio and slow population growth and about 10 mares will be treated with fertility control and returned to the range). This will bring the population of horses to appropriate management levels established through the Warm Springs and House Range Resource Management Plans. The Confusion Mountain HMA is located in Juab and Millard Counties 30 miles north of Garrison, Utah, and encompasses approximately 293,000 acres, with a current population estimated at 368 wild horses (based on a Feb. 2010 population inventory). The Appropriate Management Level (AML) for the Confusion Mountain HMA has been established at 70-115 wild horses. This means that 250 horses will need to be removed during the gather to achieve AML.
The Conger HMA is located in Millard County 20 miles northeast of Garrison, Utah, and encompasses approximately 170,000 acres, with a current population estimated at 291 wild horses (based on a Feb. 2010 population inventory). The AML for the Conger HMA has been established at 40-80 wild horses. This means that 230 horses will need to be removed during the gather to achieve AML. AML is determined through landuse planning efforts that involve public participation, vegetation inventories and allocation of forage in terms of animal unit months; the BLM determines the appropriate number of wild horses and burros that each Herd Management Area can support in balance with other uses of and resources on public land. Planning efforts include an inventory and the monitoring of all uses of the public rangelands. Information on the gather and observation opportunities is available from the BLM Wild Horse and Burro Information Center, 866-468-7826 (866-4MUSTANGS) or wildhorse@ blm.gov . For photos and updates on the status of the gather please visit the BLM Utah website at www. blm.gov/ut .
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Doubling exports in five years: How we do it
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), the Coalition of Service Industries (CSI) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) put forth a comprehensive approach today to double U.S. exports in five years – a key goal of President Obama’s. Under this approach, the three organizations outline policy changes needed to improve market access and level the playing field in a competitive global market. Doubling exports in five years is an ambitious but achievable goal if major changes are enacted. The NAM, the CSI and the AFBF believe the following recommendations are essential to achieving this goal: · Enact pending trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. · Pursue new trade agreements. · Reduce non-tariff barriers. · Improve competitiveness with investments in infrastructure and trade facilitation initiatives. · Pursue a Doha Round agreement that expands world trade. · Improve export promotion efforts and financing policies.
environment that addresses discriminatory trade barriers erected by many of our trading partners. CSI and its members are ready to partner, and we welcome our government’s leadership. “If drastic changes are not made to double exports, our nation’s manufactured goods exports will fall nearly $300 billion short of the President’s goal in 2014,” said NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Frank Vargo. “Our partners and competitors are moving forward with negotiating new free trade agreements and enacting other policies to boost exports, and the U.S. is being left behind. America needs to enact policies to make it easier for U.S. companies to reach new markets.” The Coalition of Service Industries is the leading business organization dedicated to the development of U.S. domestic and international policies that enhance the global competitiveness of the U.S. service sector through bilateral, regional, multilateral, and other trade and investment initiatives. For more information, visit http://www.uscsi.org/. The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.
“Growth in U.S. agricultural exports will be achieved with aggressive actions to expand market opportunities and reduce trade barriers,” said AFBF “If drastic changes are not made to double exports, our Director of International Policy Rosemarie Wat- nation’s manufactured goods exports will fall nearly kins. “These measures are $300 billion short of the President’s goal in 2014.” critical for increasing U.S. -Frank Vargo, NAM Vice President of Internaagricultural competitivetional Economic Affairs. ness around the world and meeting the growing world demand for food For more information about the Manufacturers or to with U.S. agricultural products.” “While services account for 80 percent of the U.S. follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please economy, they account for only about 31 percent visit www.nam.org. of U.S. exports, in part because of the prevalence of barriers to services trade around the world,” said CSI President Bob Vastine. “If the President’s goal of doubling exports is to be realized, the U.S. government must create a supportive trade policy
>Johne’s Continued from P. 12 When she added 3 tablespoons of chlorine bleach per 100 gallons of trough water weekly, she found that, by the end of the third week, less than 1 percent
Using stainless steel water troughs and adding chlorine to the water can help prevent dairy cows from getting Johne’s disease, caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, according to new ARS research. of the bacteria remained on stainless and galvanized steel troughs. On the other hand, 20 percent remained on plastic and 34 percent remained on the concrete troughs. The chlorine’s disinfectant effects may have been weakened by the higher pH of concrete and by the tendency of plastic to absorb chlorine. Based on these results, using stainless steel water troughs with chlorinated water should be one of the recommended practices included in any Johne’s control plan, according to Cook. This research was reported in the journals Veterinary Microbiology and Bovine Practitioner.
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Paleontology; Social science; Systems ecology; and Wildlife biology.
Members will serve without monetary compensation, but will be reimbursed for travel and per diem expenses at current rates for Government employees. The Committee will meet at least twice a year. Any individual or organization may nominate one or more persons to serve on the GSENM-MAC. Individuals may nominate themselves for GSENM-MAC membership. To make a nomination, submit a letter of nomination, a completed nomination form, letters of reference from the represented interests or organizations, and any other information that speaks to the nominee’s qualifications. The specific category the nomi-
Utah Farm Bureau News nee would be representing should be identified in the nomination letter and in the nomination form. The Utah BLM State Director and Monument Manager will review the nomination forms and letters of reference. The State Director will confer with the Governor of the State of Utah on potential nominations. The BLM State Director will then forward recommended nominations to the Secretary of the Interior who has responsibility for making the appointments. GSENM will accept public nominations until 4:30 p.m., September 20. Requests for nomination forms and further information may be directed to Larry Crutchfield, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument Headquarters Office, 190 East Center, Kanab, Utah 84741; phone (435) 644-4310; or email email@example.com.
Ag groups applaud Supreme Court ruling on biotech alfalfa WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s nationwide ban on the cultivation of biotech alfalfa. This remands the case back to the District Court and then back to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine what interim measures can be implemented while the agency completes its environmental impact statement process. The news was welcomed by a coalition of agricultural organizations who had filed a joint friend-of-the-court brief to the Supreme Court in support of the petitioners in “Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms.” The brief was submitted by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), American Seed Trade Association, American Soybean Association (ASA), National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance (NAFA), National Association of Wheat Growers (NAWG), National Cotton Council and National Potato Council. In the lower court case, environmental groups and individual organic alfalfa farmers sued USDA claiming the agency’s decision to grant deregulated status to glyphosate-tolerant (or “Roundup Ready®”) alfalfa violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). After finding a NEPA violation, the lower court enjoined almost all planting and sale of Roundup Ready® alfalfa
and the Ninth Circuit affirmed. The Supreme Court reversed the injunction, finding that the District Court went too far in presuming that the only remedy available for a NEPA violation is a nationwide injunction rather than the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) proposed partial deregulation. The court explained that “a partial deregulation need not cause respondents any injury at all, much less irreparable injury.” Accordingly, the court concluded that “the District Court abused its discretion in enjoining APHIS from effecting a partial deregulation and in prohibiting the possibility of planting in accordance with the terms of such a deregulation.” The friend-of-the-court groups agree that the Supreme Court decision to reverse the lower courts’ ban protects the deregulatory process and thus the rights of farmers who choose to grow biotech crops, and who want access to the benefits that biotechnology can provide. It also reinforces earlier Supreme Court decisions instructing federal courts that nationwide injunctions are extraordinary remedies.
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See you in Atlanta!!!
Come along with your Utah Farm Bureau friends to Atlanta, Georgia, site of the American Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention, January 9-12, 2011. In addition to great discussion on the current agricultural issues of the day, you’ll be able to visit sites such as the World of Coke, CNN Headquarters, Atlanta aquarium (the nation’s largest), 1996 Olympic Park, and more!! Contact Susan Furner for more information.
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Utah young farmers & ranchers to visit nation’s capitol In January 2011 the United State Congress will convene for the 112th Congressional session. Newly elected senators and representatives will be anxious to begin a new era in policy making and
made the trek back to our nation’s capitol to meet, in person, with our political leaders. Farm Bureau is planning another legislative expedition in late February 2011. This trip will involve Farm Bureau’s young farmers and ranchers. The State YF&R committee has set out to raise more than $20,000 from varDavid Bailey ious sponsors to make Vice Presidentthe trip affordable for Organization young couples involved in agriculture. political maneuvering on behalf of While in Washington, D.C. partheir constituents. Even Utah will ticipants will meet with members be breaking in a new senator who of Utah’s Congressional delegawill be taking over the reins from tion, expand their understanding Senator Bob Bennett. The legis- of how Farm Bureau works to eflative process is an interesting fectively influence national public procedure that involves a variety policy, and enhance their sense of of challenges and bureaucratic appreciation for history by visitintricacies. Farm Bureau has been ing several interesting sites in the a part of the process for nearly Washington, D.C. area. As part of 100 years. Over the years count- these activities, the Farm Bureau less Farm Bureau members have group will visit each of Utah’s Congressmen and update them on the issues that are affecting agriculture. Some of the issues that will be discussed include animal we l f a r e , i m m i gration, endangered species, energy and environmental concerns along with several other imYF&R members join UFBF President Leland portant issues. Besides the rich Hogan and other staff in Washington, D.C. historical and powhere they visited historic sites such as the litical experience White House, as well as made presentations that will be had to Utah’s congressional delegation. in Washington, D.C., participants
will also have the opportunity to visit the American Farm Bureau offices. While there they will meet with AFBF staff and receive instruction and updates on leadership and policy topics. The trip
preserve our way of life…I was even able to meet the late Senator Ted Kennedy!” State Young Farmer and Rancher Chairs Dustin and Harmony Cox invite all interested young farmers and ranchers to consider attending the worthwhile experience. Those interested can contact their county or state YF&R represent a t i ve f o r m o r e information. The tentative dates for the event will be February 25th – March 2nd. Given that space is limRancher Rowdy Fitzgerald, Summit County, ited to 25 couples, poses a question to Representative Rob Bishop county Farm Buwhile visiting the congressional delegation in reaus are asked to limit their par2007. ticipation to one couple per county also provides an opportunity to initially. After October 1st, if there forge new friendships with Utah are still unfilled spaces, reservaYF&R members and share in the tions will then be taken on a first common opportunities and chal- come, first serve basis. To register, lenges that are unique for young contact your county Farm Bureau
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Everyone who has the opportunity to go, should go…it really enriched my sense of duty to represent agriculture and to preserve our way of life.” - Kelby Iverson, Washington County farmers, ranchers, and their families. Kelby Iverson from Washington County attended the last YF&R Washington, D.C. trip held in 2007. He said of the experience “it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Everyone who has the opportunity to go, should go…it really enriched my sense of duty to represent agriculture and to
representative. You can also contact David Bailey at 801-233-3020 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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FOR SALE: 2006 Eagle Rock End Dump Spread Axle 39’ $29,000. 1998 CPS Belly Dump Single Gate $12,000. Call 435-686-2221 or 435-459-1848. FOR SALE: ’79 KW conventional 60” sleeper, power steering, 380 Cat, retarder, 13 speed, 4:11 rear ends, air ride, all aluminum, original tires, no caps, good rubber, good sound truck. 801-510-8497. FOR SALE: 2007 F-350 Powerstroke Crew-cab, 8’ bed 4x4 6sp, manual transmission, 130,000 miles, HD Ranch Hand bumpers front and rear $16500. Call 435-686-2221 or 435-459-1848.
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: 435340-1111. www.balewagons.com. FOR SALE: Green metal corral panels, some new, all good. One 12’, one 16’ panel. Two 6’ gates with hangers, one 8’ gate with overhead brace and bottom rail. Take all panels and gates for $100. Lots of wagon and tack stuff, too much to list here. Chance of a lifetime. All top quality. See to appreciate. Possible delivery. For directions to my place call 801209-1344 or 801-209-1346. GOOD USED EQUIPMENT: will consider offers. Self-propelled round bale wrapper, $10,000. Agway 5000 round bale feeder, $4,000. Knight 8024 spreader, $3,000. JD 1610 chisel plow, $1,800. Hesston 1510 spreader, $400. Hesston 1505 agitator, $300. Earl Glenn, 435-245-6667. FOR SALE: JD7800 Tractor 140hp, 7700 hours, Duals $45,900. NH TV-145 Bidirectional Tractor with Loader and Discbine Swather, 3780 hours $69,900. NH BB960A 3’X4’ Big Baler 5500 bales $59,900. Darf Hay Rake 17 wheel $8900.00 Call 435-686-2221 or 435-459-1848. FO SALE: 505 New Holland baler. 4 cylinder, Wisconsin gas engine, 3 string, runs good. Late 70’s model. $5,000 OBO 801-518-6667. 435-690-9989. FOR SALE: 8 N Ford tractor, runs great! $1,600. 3 – 3 phase 5 hp industrial electric motors, $50 ea. or make an offer. Call Jake 801-292-1767 or cell: 801-597-1556. FOR SALE: 1066 Farmall Tractor with cab and loader bucket with grapples. Runs good. $8,000.00. Call Art at 435-691-1223. If no answer leave a message for call back. For Sale: 15 steel slant panels for feed bunk. Calf size: 16 feet long, 16 spaces. $100 per panel or $1400 for all. Please call 435-864-7146 FOR SALE: 5’ brush hog, little use, $750. 6’ 3 pt. hitch rock rake, $150. 7’ 3 pt. blade, needs welding, $200. Ford 8N front bumper, $50. Ford 4000 tractor with loader, diesel, Selector-o-speed transmission, good rubber, $4,000. 801-451-2432 or 435-452-2129. FOR SALE: CIH 8570 baler. $15,000. 435452-1312. For sale: Challenger self-propelled swather, 16’ header, 160 hrs. Serial # HS92119, Model SP115B. JD tractor, 6430 premium, 4 wheel drive with cab, 1800 hrs, $55,000. Hesston baler 4760 3x3, bale ejector, S/N HP 73321. $40,700. 435-384-2226, Ferron, UT 84523.
LIVESTOCK Line One Hereford Replacement Heifers For Sale: 20 Top Quality registered and commercial weaner Hereford heifers for sale. Call
Jonathan (801)450-6458 or Craig (435)381-2523 at Johansen Herefords and see us @ www.johansenherefords.com for more information. FOR SALE: 150 Bred Heifers AI’d to Black LBW Bull, start calving 1st of March, 250 solid mouth running age Cows 1300lbs, start calving February 10th. Ready for delivery November 1st. Call Charles 435-686-2221 or 435-459-1848. THE DOCTORS say cut back on 50 years of horse related activities. For Sale or Trade: Registered Quarter Horses, 1 Paint Palomino Mare age 13, (never bred but would make excellent brood mare). Sorrel gelding. Both horses broke to ride and pack, load easy, no blems. Gentle but good travelers, never buck. Ideal for woman or older children. Not kids horses. Also selling: one 16” heavy duty roping saddle. Full skirts, double rigged, rawhide covered tree. Excellent condition. Antique Doctor’s buggy, approx. 100 yrs. old, with all leather harness with head stall, lines, reset wheels with rubber tires…complete $3,750. In excellent condition. 801-209-1344 or 801-209-1346. BRED HEIFERS FOR SALE: 60 head registered polled Hereford heifers. Bred to calving ease bulls to start calving early. Top quality, complete EPD’s. Take all or part; with or without papers. Contact Phil Allen & Son, Antimony. 435-624-3236.
FOR SALE: Torrey Scenic Land: 175.83 acres with excellent water rights. Clarkston Land With Deep Pond: 57 and 63 acre parcels. Seller Financing! Cache Valley Land: 14.94 acres with water shares and water rights. Land By Oneida Narrows: 400 acres. Borders Maple Grove Campground and boat dock. Heavily wooded. Seller Financing! Can subdivide. Dairy Farm in Cache Valley: 41 acres. Irrigated. Updated home, excellent crops. Double 5 Herringbone parlor. Mink Creek Idaho: Price reduction! 26.9 ac hillside property, along Hwy 36. Irrigation rights. Beautiful home site. Seller Financing! Land in Clarkston: Price Reduction! Seller Financing! $95,000 for 42 acres. Beautiful farm against foothills. County road goes through. 194.6 acres in 3 parcels and 105 acre parcel. Ranch in Thatcher Idaho: Seller Financing! Cattle ranch.760 acres. Mountain pasture with 48 BLM AUMS. 72.77 acres irrigated land with new system. Early water right. Farm in Thatcher Idaho: Excellent meadow/farm. Half mile of Bear River frontage. 3 large pivots. Seller financing. Fruit Stand in Willard: Along Highway 89. 15’ x 15’ walk-in cooler. Excellent retail opportunity. Land in Cache Valley: 72.14 acres in Young Ward. Water rights and grazing land. Legacy Ranch Townhomes: $119,900, 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath, 1,500 sq ft, garage. Legacy Ranch Homes: In Franklin, Idaho. Equestrian, lakeside and view lots. Homes from $149,900. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000. FOR SALE: Wyoming 160 acres near Wamsutter, 17 miles from interstate highway. Flat, sagebrush, 1300’ wide, 5,280’ long. $32,000. Will carry contract with 10% down @ 11.25%. Brent 801-731-3819. firstname.lastname@example.org FOR SALE: 10 acres in Hanksville UT. Paved access with access to water, electricity. $25,000.00. Call Art at 435-691-1223. If no answer leave a message for call back. FOR SALE BY OWNER: Horse ranch or gentleman farm in Sanpete valley. 18 acres, 2776 square foot house, 3 car garage, shop, 4 stall barn, huge Quonset, loafing sheds. Three wheel lines, irrigation well, .67 cfs of water. Tractor, all equipment. 435-445-3567 250 ACRE RANCH: lovely home, detached garage – only $295,000. Fenced, cross fenced, three acre Bass/Catfish pond, water wells, automatic waterer, pastures, corral, near Branson-Springfield, MO airport. For details/photos, http://www.omrelistings.com/ OMRE229FR.htm or call, Jay Lee, 435-6354959 (home) or 435-635-1209(work).
UTAH VACATION IDEA! Hiking, fishing, hunt-
ing, mountain biking, horse trails, more. Everything’s close to the Rosebud Guest House. Near Ashley NF, Strawberry River, Starvation. Fully equipped cabin. Pet-friendly. Corrals. Reservations, more information: 435-548-2630, 1-866-618-7194, walsh.weathers@ gmail.com, www.rosebudguesthouse.com. FOR SALE: Treadmill Pro Form 325i. Pulse monitor, incline feature, hand weights. Ex. Cond. 435-336-5370 or 435-640-4951.
AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Resource Analyst: Part Time. Degree or working toward degree in Natural resources, agriculture or related field. Skilled in research, communication and document Preparation. Utah Association of Conservation Districts. Reply to Susan.email@example.com 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.
Utah Farm Bureau News
Utah Governor Gary Herbert (center) joined the Utah Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors at the UFBF Center in Sandy to talk about issues related to his campaign for governor including public lands, energy and the economy.
Fainting goat enthusiasts Abby Johnson (top) of Rich County and Kacee Bell (right) of Weber County show off some of the fainting goats on their respective farms. The animals are easy to work with and make great additions to smaller farms along the Wasatch Front.
Utah Farm Bureau President Leland Hogan (left) and CEO Randy Parker participated in the ‘Take Back Utah’ rally in Salt Lake City, to draw attention to the importance of the multiple-use philosophy of Utah’s public lands, which includes access for grazing.
A future buckaroo tries his hand at roping a more stationary steer at the Beaver County Fair. Farm Bureau Insurance and the federation both participated in the fair with an information booth staffed by agent Linda Noyes and Safety Vice President A.J. Ferguson.
Salt Lake County Millard County Board meeting, Sept. 7, 7:30 p.m. at UFBF State office -Board meeting, Sept. 15, 7 p.m. at the insurance office. in Sandy. Board meetings have been changed to the 1st Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. State and Regional Activities -Counties should begin scheduling a date for their County Utah County Annual Business Meeting. Board meeting, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. at USU Ext. office -Country Farm Fest, Oct. 14-16 in Payson. Visit Washington County www.countryfarmfest.com for more information. -Board meeting, Sept. 1, 8:00 p.m. at the insurance office. -Sept. 18. Utah Farm Bureau Day at the State Fair. Emery County -UFBF Center will be closed Sept. 6 for Labor Day -Board meeting, Sept. 15, 7:30 p.m. at the county courthouse in Castle Dale -UFBF Annual Convention registration deadline, Oct. 22. Sevier County -Board meeting, Sept. 23, 8 p.m. at Insurance office in -County Recognition Program (Gold Star Awards) forms Richfield due Oct 31. -Sevier Summer Social, Sept. 25, at Richfield pool -Volunteer membership year ends Oct. 31. Iron County -UPDRIP meeting, Sept. 16, Heritage Center in Cedar -2011 UFBF Hay & Forage Symposium. January 27 & 28 City, 1 p.m. in St. George, Utah. Hands on workshop on January 27. -Iron Board meeting, Sept. 28, Cedar City Library, 7 p.m. Questions? Call Spencer Gibbons at 435-770-4590.
September RAC Meetings: Visit wildlife.utah.gov. The September RAC Meetings will deal with Fishing Guidebook & Rule, CIP of Zoological Animals R65703, and the DL&L Black footed ferret reintroduction plan (NR RAC only) -Southern RAC, Sept 7, 7 p.m. Richfield High School -Southeastern RAC, Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m. John Wesley Powell Museum (1765 E. Main St.) in Green River. -Northeastern RAC, Sept. 9, 6:30 p.m. Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (450 N. 2000 W.) in Vernal. -Central RAC, Sept. 14, 6:30 p.m. Springville Jr. High; 165 S. 700 E. in Springville. -Northern RAC, Sept. 15 p.m. Brigham City Community Center (24 N. 300 W.) in Brigham City.
Beaver County -Board meeting, Sept. 22, Time and location TBA.
-Statewide Board meeting for Division of Wildlife Resources, September 22 & 23, 9 a.m. at the boardroom Sanpete County of the Dept. of Natural Resources (1594 W. North Temple) -Sanpete Ag Day, Sept. 8, County fairgrounds at 8:30 in Salt Lake City. Please note the date change. The a.m. meeting will address Board appeals, Fishing Guidebook -Board meeting, Sept. 23, 7 p.m. at Insurance office in & rule, CIP of Zoological Animals R657-03, and the DL&L black footed ferret reintroduction plan (NR RAC only).
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This newspaper has information relating to agricultural issues in Utah. There is a feature on fainting goats, and stories on the Ruby gas pi...