Vol. 58 No. 6
Farm Bureau News SUMMER 2012
A New Kind of
SUMMER CAMP WELCOME TO GRILLING SEASON P.12 GREEN ECONOMY P.16
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The lifeblood of America. Theyâ€™re the humble heroes who rise before dawn and battle the elements. They put clothes on our backs and food on our tables. Their genuine values and tireless work ethic are an inspiration to us all. We appreciate all that Americaâ€™s farmers do and invite you to join us in saying thanks at www.fbfs.com/SayThanksToAFarmer. FB02-ML (3-12)
Vol. 58 No. 6
Farm Bureau News Countryside Edition
Features 12 Summer Grilling Guide
14 A New Kind of Summer Camp
16 Green Economy
Contents 4 Protect Your Water! 6 Sage Grouse: Another Spotted Owl? 8 The Great Rural American Paradox 9 What is Farm Bureau? 10 My American Farm: Not Your Average Game 11 Are you the Face of Farming & Ranching? 21 ATV Safety Training Saves Lives 21 Hope in Summer of Discontent 22 Caring for More Than Profits
18 Utah's Consumer Supported Agriculture
25 Leopold Conservation Award 26 Chiropractics Popular With Horse Owners 28 Stop Identify Theft Cold 30 Calling All Shutterbugs 31 Classifieds
Protect Your Water! BY LELAND HOGAN, PRESIDENT, UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
A few months back, several ranchers in Tooele County who graze cattle on public land reported to Farm Bureau that their local U.S. Forest Service (USFS) manager approached them seeking their signatures on a ‘changeof-use’ application – which is used when converting water rights from one use (livestock) to another. If the rancher was unwilling to sign, they were told it could adversely impact the grazing of their cattle on their Forest Service grazing land. Farm Bureau quickly called together the players in this potential water showdown. In attendance were ranchers in question, Forest Service representatives, State Engineer and a team from state water rights, county commissioner, Utah Department of Agriculture and Farm Bureau. The Forest Service said their actions were in error and that their seeking a signature on a change application was a misunderstanding of their obligation to notify grazing permit holders of an agency action. The Forest Service was seeking from the Utah Division of Water Rights, the ability to manage under a ‘sub-basin water user claim’ to 4
in their words “simplify the process of changing diversions” for water use like livestock water troughs scattered across several grazing allotments. The sub-basin document referenced by the USFS was dated from 2002, prior to the 2008 passage of HB 208 sponsored by Rep. Mike Noel defining who can hold a Utah water right based on beneficial use. Utah Code 73-3-31 specifically notes, “that a beneficial user does not mean the public land agency issuing the grazing permit.”The ranchers quickly informed the State Engineer they want to keep the change process as it is, and have the Forest Service submit applications for any change of use or change of diversion. It seems the action of the legislature in 2008 didn’t sit well with the federal agencies. In mid-summer of 2008, Regional Forester Harv Forsgren issued a guidance document to Forest supervisors related to livestock water rights, approval of water development projects and cost sharing. Forsgren wrote “The Intermountain Region (USFS) will not invest in livestock water improvements, nor will the agency authorize water improvements
to be constructed or reconstructed with private funds where the water right is held solely by the livestock owner.” Simply stated, you might have a Utah water right, but the USFS will not allow you to maintain it, unless you give them joint ownership. The USFS guidance further provides step-by-step instructions to its employees on obtaining livestock water rights in Utah and across the west. The Utah State Engineer is currently issuing livestock water certificates to the filedon allotments of the Forest Service across Utah. USFS recognizes this is a certificate tied to the grazing permit and the land and is not a water right. However, Forsgren points out, this is only the case “until a court issues a decree accepting these claims…as water rights.” This seems to be a thinly disguised threat by the USFS to challenge state water law and sovereignty in court. To ramp up the USDA’s Forest Service western water grab, in 2010 Title 16 of the U.S. Code related to National Forest added Section 526 Establishment and Protection of Water Rights. It states: “There are authorized to be appropriated for expenditure by the Forest Service
such sums as may be necessary for the investigation and establishment of water rights, including the purchase thereof or of lands or interests in lands or rights of way for use and protection of water rights necessary or beneficial in connection with the administration and public use of the national forests.” There has always been distrust and an uneasy relationship between the states of the arid west and the federal government on water. Water is scarce and the limiting factor for future economic growth. Water has always been recognized as the property and regulatory responsibility of the sovereign state. Even when the Carter Administration claimed a reserved water right exists for federal lands and wilderness areas, the federal government backed off and now makes applications based on state water law. The USFS guidance notes that the water belongs to the states and acquiring it must be pursuant to state law. Please note, the federal government is currently doing all they can to claim water rights apparently including blackmail of permittees, filing diligence claims or filing for livestock certificates awaiting the courts to decree to them Utah water rights.
Tombstone, Arizona illustrates the level to which the Forest Service can hold local interests hostage. Tombstone, for more than 130 years has piped its water from the Huachuca Mountains 30 miles away. Even after the Huachuca’s were designated a federal wilderness area in 1984, the city was allowed to maintain its road and access to its springs providing Tombstone with water for culinary needs and maybe as important fire protection and public safety. In 2011, torrential rains destroyed the city’s pipes supplying water. Tombstone notified the USFS they were going to repair the damage as they had in the past. Initially, USFS claimed Tombstone didn’t own the water. After documenting ownership, Tombstone sought relief based on public health, safety and welfare. The USFS gave the OK, but said they could not use mechanized equipment to make the repairs. With only shovels, picks and wheelbarrows to remove debris and repair broken water pipes, the mayor of Tombstone and city crews started into the USFS administered “wilderness area.” City employees were met by armed Forest Service agents demanding no “mechanized equipment” (wheelbarrows) could be taken up on
the mountain. With drought and early hot temperatures, Tombstone continues to be at risk because of an over-reaching federal bureaucracy. One has to ask the question; are the aggressive tactics of these Obama administration federal bureaucrats in Utah and Arizona based on electionyear politics? Whatever the case, it is paramount that Utahns protect their water rights. Permittees with established livestock water rights based on Utah’s beneficial use laws should make sure your filings are in place, valid and protected.
Sage Grouse: Another Spotted Owl? BY RANDY PARKER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
It is now widely recognized that radical environmentalists and government bureaucrats used the threatened northern spotted owl and the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to destroy the timber industry in the northwest in the 1990s. The antilogging interests put thousands out of work, closed down hundreds of timber mills and devastated rural economies and communities based on the accusation that timber cutting threatened the survival of the spotted owl. Loggers didn’t threaten the survival of the spotted owl; in fact, it turns out, the spotted owl’s tougher cousin the barred owl was the culprit. An Oregon State University study found that the invasive barred owls outcompete the northern spotted owl for “space, habitat and food.” Smithsonian Magazine quotes a Forest Service official admitting, “despite two decades of dedicated management efforts, northern spotted owl populations continued to decline throughout much of their range due to the barred owl.” U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is now considering lethal (killing) and non-lethal methods 6
of removing barred owls from the spotted owl’s range. Was this a USFWS mistake or a hidden agenda? What was the cost of environmental radicals achieving their goal of shutting down the timber industry in the northwest? In December 2011, I attended a briefing for the Western Congressional Caucus in Washington, D.C., where representatives of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and USFWS presented their strategy for addressing declining sage grouse populations in some areas of the West. Sage grouse are large, ground-dwelling birds that feed primarily upon sagebrush and are known for their unique courtship rituals. As I listened to the BLM and USFWS presentations, I was puzzled by their pronouncements. Grazing was identified as a greater threat to sage grouse than predation. Energy development, urbanization, fragmentation (roads and access) and noise were the buzzwords! These pronouncements were ear candy to the eco-terrorists and Obama Administration bureaucrats hell-bent on shutting down the economic future
of the Great Basin region and beyond. Like the spotted owl before, we deserve to know if the sage grouse determination is based on science or simply advocacy by the courts and the government? Legal wrangling and a change-ofmind finding by Obama’s USFWS moved the agency from a 2005 “not warranted” for listing finding to their 2010 “warranted but precluded” finding. Meanwhile, the judicial activist U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Windmill of Boise, Idaho ruled that energy development and livestock grazing are contributing to a decline in sage grouse breeding activity requiring the agencies to develop sage grouse management plans and requiring an ESA final listing decision by 2015. The USFWS listing position change seems a bit inconsistent. Drought and wildfires raged across the West from 2005 – 2010 damaging hundreds of thousands of acres of habitat. Also, note that USFWS’s prohibition on controlling egg-sucking predators like ravens and crows on public lands seems at odds with “saving the sage grouse.”
The question deserves an answer before millions of dollars are spent, development impeded and private property rights impacted. Was the USFWS finding change based on science or simply agency advocacy? USFWS was recently blistered for their advocacy and lack of science in actions and testimony related to listing California’s Delta smelt. The tiny minnow shut down pumping of irrigation water to thousands of farm acres in California’s Central Valley, Judge Oliver Wanger of the District Court of Eastern California was incredulous with the federal “experts.” He wrote regarding the USFWS’s smelt expert, “I find her testimony to be that of a zealot. I’ve never seen anything like it.” Regarding USFWS credibility Wanger added “...it is an attempt to mislead and to deceive the Court into accepting what is not only not the best science, it’s not science.” Judge Windmill is Clayton, Idahobased Western Watershed Project’s hand-picked member of the judiciary to help them implement their antigrazing agenda on the public lands. With the spotted owl experience
as back up, opponents of multipleuse and sustained yield principles are now targeting the expansive sage grouse range located in 10 western states (California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming), totaling around 100 million acres and encompassing approximately one-half of the BLM administered acres. In good faith, Utah Governor Gary Herbert has taken a proactive approach and assigned a Sage Grouse Work Group to identify a Utah Strategy to keep the bird off the endangered species list. This process is currently identifying “core areas” wherein activities emphasizing healthy sage grouse populations will be embraced. As these core areas and Utah’s greater concentrations of sage grouse are being identified, they seem to be associated with livestock grazing and farming – western Box Elder County, Rich County and Parker Mountain in central Utah. This recognized symbiotic relationship seems to fly in the face of the anti-grazing Western Watersheds and Windmill ruling.
Historically, pioneer journals report sage grouse were scarce during settlement of the West. Estimated sage grouse populations topped out between 1930–1960 with expanding cultivation and when livestock grazing on the western public lands and predator control efforts were at their peak. Interestingly, the slow decline in sage grouse numbers began in the 1960s when environmental concerns curtailed grazing and predator control programs. USFWS says that to protect the species from extinction, the minimum effective population range-wide is 5,000 mature birds, with 500 breeding adults per region. The current population estimate for the sage grouse is between 350,000 and 535,000 birds. So why the court order? Like the northern spotted owl, the sage grouse faces little or no threat from traditional land use in the West. It is simply the radical environmentalist’s use of the courts to implement their anti-grazing, anti-energy and antidevelopment agenda.
THE AG AGENDA
The Great Rural America Paradox BY BOB STALLMAN, PRESIDENT, AMERICAN FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
A wise man once said that rural America has become viewed by a growing number of Americans as having a higher quality of life, not because of what it has, but rather because of what it does not have, like traffic, crime and crowds. This sentiment can be seen in the growing number of urban transplants that have made their way toward greener and more spacious pastures. But, while many Americans equate living in the country with a simpler way of life, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The reality is that poverty in rural America is increasing, while opportunity continues to decline because of limited education, healthcare and broadband services. So, rural America being defined by what it does not have can also be a negative. It’s the great rural America paradox. Connecting Kids The lack of technology, infrastructure and even basic services present major challenges for rural citizens. This is evident in rural classrooms, where nearly one in four U.S. kids attends school. Struggling rural school districts are grappling with teacher retention and lack of education technology that their urban counterparts take for granted, while seeing enrollment that is growing at a faster rate than anywhere else in America. Top this off with increasing rural poverty that 41 percent of rural students live in daily, as well as an increasing number of students with special needs. There’s 8
a misconception that rural America and schools are stable and financially secure. But, they face every challenge that urban schools do, and more. That’s why Farm Bureau is supporting the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act which is up for reauthorization.This law helps rural schools and communities that are affected by declining revenue from timber harvests. This year alone, rural communities stand to lose more than $346 million for improvements to public schools and other valuable infrastructure and stewardship projects. Failing to reauthorize this bill jeopardizes the economies and education systems of more than 780 already-struggling rural counties and school districts in 41 states. Connected Nation Teachers aren’t going to remain in rural areas without access to basic technology and services and neither will healthcare professionals and small business owners. Access to broadband plays a huge role in whether rural communities survive and flourish or wither and die. As the number of rural doctors continues to decline, so do rural businesses. According to Inc. Magazine, 70 percent of business owners in rural America will need to transition their businesses to new owners by 2020. That is a staggering figure. And, by all counts, it appears that broadband access is a major component of the economic engine. Many states across the nation are addressing rural technology
challenges. One program in particular that is being utilized by many states is Connected Nation, a broadband adoption project to create connected communities. This program trains regional leaders how to work with their communities to secure more internet access and connect more people. They make up community planning teams that help groups engage in teaching computer classes, mentor older adults and help with online job searches. It is Connected Nation’s philosophy that rural communities benefit through assessment, planning and self help, while citizens benefit through expanded access to relevant technology. Importantly, the private sector benefits from a more investment-friendly environment and increasingly techsavvy consumers. So, while rural America remains for many an idyllic land of open spaces and simpler ways of life, those who live there know the real deal. Access to basic services continues to be essential for rural communities and the competitiveness of our nation. Rural residents and their children shouldn’t be kept at a disadvantage by inadequate education, healthcare and business opportunities. It’s time to get past the paradox.
We Work for Those
who Work to Feed the World BY DAVID BAILEY VICE PRESIDENT – ORGANIZATION, UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
This is the last segment of a four-part series on the ‘Fabulous Food Machine’. The ‘Fabulous Food Machine’ represents four pillars of the American economy that function in harmony to provide those living in America with the safest, most affordable and most reliable food supply in the world. Those pillars include Farmers, Transportation Systems, Researchers & Scientists, and Farm Bureau.
When I say lobbyist, you say…%$*#^?Q. When I say politics, you say…+@#_(! Most of us have a negative reaction to lobbying and lobbyists and maybe even politics. It’s a result of watching the 10 o’clock news and the stories of special interests’ hired guns back in Washington, D.C. that dominate the headlines at times. Big oil or big whatever appears to have bottomless bank accounts that support teams of lobbyist who wine and dine their local congressman for such things as the ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ or underwater basket weaving microselective research. While some of the stories in the headlines about these activities simply make us sick, there are those of us that consider lobbying more about educating than the dirty work. Farm Bureau is an advocate for agriculture. In short, “We work for those who work to feed the world”. The forth component of the “Fabulous Food Machine” is the politics of Agriculture; or better said it’s Farm Bureau and the role it plays among the other players in the food machine. The first three components focused around the production, research, inputs, marketing, transporting and supplying you and I with the food, fiber and fuel we need. While many countries have the ability to accomplish much of these activities they lack the political will to ensure that production agriculture is adequately protected within their borders. As with any machine, it works best with all the moving parts working together to accomplish efficient movement and output. Today, less than two percent
of our population here in the U.S. is involved in producing agriculture goods – and among the 98 percent who are not, fewer and fewer of them have any sort of connection to a farm or ranch. Just more than 50 years ago, nearly 20 percent of the population worked on farms and ranches. The dramatic shift in the past half-century has been possible through cutting edge technology and increased efficiency. This shift has enabled our country to have both a reliable food supply and a work force that has allowed us to broaden our economic horizons. There are, however, a few unintended consequences from such an intense and relatively quick migration from farm life to city and suburban life, as we now know it. That’s where politics and Farm Bureau come in. Because so many people in our society grow up without stepping a foot on a farm or ranch they simply are not educated about what it takes to safely produce the products we consume every day. Many of these same people make their way in life to a place where they end up as legislators or government officials. Farm Bureau works to protect agriculture from those who may not understand the ramifications of the actions they take or the laws they help to pass. Farm Bureau monitors bills that make their way through the political bear trap we call the legislature. Many of these bills have good intentions and are crafted to enhance our lives and to give us stability and assurance as a body of citizens living in Utah. However, those drafting the bills simply don’t understand how their
potential law may negatively impact farmers and ranchers, and their ability to produce the food we consume. That’s where Farm Bureau steps in. Farm Bureau serves to educate others about protecting our ability as a state and nation produce our own domestic food supply. This effort is a vital part of the four pronged engine we call the ‘Fabulous Food Machine’. Without Farm Bureau educating lawmakers and lobbying in behalf of farmers and ranchers, our ability to safely produce food and compete with the nations of the world would be sorely jeopardized. The ‘Fabulous Food Machine’ we have here in America is the biggest, fastest, most refined top of line, cutting edge food machine on the planet. We lead the world in output efficiency with total U.S. crop yield (tons per acre) having increased more than 360 percent since 1950. We have the greatest food, fertilizer and seed scientist the world. Our rail, highway, byway and air transportation system is second to none in getting our products to market. The last component is vital in preserving our nation’s ability to accomplish what few other nations in the world have. George Washington once said “I know of no pursuit in which more real and important services can be rendered to any country than by improving its agriculture, its breed of useful animals, and other branches of a husbandman’s cares”. Farm Bureau is here to ensure those willing to produce are food are able to continue doing so. 9
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BY AURLINE BOYACK, VICE PRESIDENT, UTAH FOUNDATION FOR AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM
All the popsicles are gone! The screen door is squeaking because it has been opening and closing over and over again as the kids go in and out and out and in. Now they are complaining that it’s too hot to go out and play. The mantra of the day is, “Mom, I’m bored!” What to do? There is a new interactive game in town! Access is just a mouse click away, wherever the internet is available. MyAmericanFarm.com is the portal to numerous free online, interactive educational games. “My American Farm is more than the games and resources; it’s a fun, engaging and easy way to share positive, educational messages about agriculture,” says Dan Durheim, Executive Director of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Numerous games are available offering alternatives suitable for each age
group of students K -5 and including such diverse games as Farmers Market Challenge for third grade students, GPS Maze for students in the fifth grade or Let’s Make Something Tasty for grades 3-5. For example, in Ag across America, players discover agriculture across America by solving geography-based questions! Suitable for grades 3-5, playing time is 5-7 minutes. The curriculum covered is primarily geography and includes agriculture themes such as farmers feed the world and agriculture is everywhere. Perhaps your children in grades 3-5 would like to test their math skills and learn fun facts about America’s most Amazing Grains. Playing time for this game is 7-10 minutes. How about choosing Equipment Engineer and building the perfect piece of agricultural equipment to get the job done? Or Be the Farmer! Math in Action! Grade Levels: 3-5. This game features word problems challenging children to solve problems with measuring,
division of multi-digit whole numbers and learning about perimeters and areas. Then there is Wild Water Adventures challenging the gamer’s reading skills as he skis, kayaks and rafts through several obstacle courses. Playing time is 10 -15 minutes and is designed for grade levels 3-5. Every game includes a trivia section, an America’s Heartland video related to the subject of the game and the opportunity to cast a vote for a project associated with the game’s subject. Follow the instructions for creating a sustainability passport and when enough points are earned while playing a game, each player can add a stamp to their passport. Challenge each of your children to be the first to fill their passport with stamps! Not wanting to leave out the younger family members, MyAmericanFarm. org recently launched a new online game developed for pre-kindergarten
and kindergarten students. “In My Barn” is the first game for pre-K-K audience on My American Farm. Students use math skills to help game character ‘Farmer Faye’ care for her animals. Students earn points while they play, which help them fill a grain storage silo. In My Barn is closely aligned with the PBS Kids Ready to Learn Math Framework, which supports STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning. The game also meets national standards for mathematics instruction. “We are excited to launch this new STEM-related game and activities on My American Farm,” said Dan Durheim. “A solid understanding of core subjects such as science and mathematics lays the groundwork for students to grow in their understanding of where food, fiber and renewable fuels come from.”
Click on “Fun Family Activities” for activity sheets to enhance and reinforce lessons learned during the games. These lessons include solving a maze with multiplication and division problems, using a budget to plan delicious and nutritious meals from food purchased at a farmers market or using a word bank to discover the answer to an intriguing riddle. At this site you can also checkout a list of suggested books for reading as a family and find links to other great resources. The educator resources section of the website features lesson plans and supplements to equip community volunteers with everything to extend the lessons from the game into a local classroom or community event. The games at My American Farm are entertaining and educational. Kids have fun learning about agriculture. Since the games are themed to focus on math, science, social studies, language
YOU can be THE Face
arts, problem solving skills and health matters, participants are able to reinforce many core concepts necessary for elementary school curriculum standards. Summer is the time for vacations and enjoying friends and family, but it can also be a great time to brush up on math skills, science, social studies, geography, and language arts. My American Farm is a fun, interactive way to accomplish this goal. Explore this exciting interactive game website with your children. And go buy some more popsicles! The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture’s My American Farm project teaches agriculture literacy to students and consumers. Players learn where food comes from and how those products get from the farm to their dinner plate. The site and resources are made possible through the generous support of Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business. To take advantage of all the free My American Farm resources, games and activities, visit www.myamericanfarm.org.
U.S. Farmers and Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) is looking for the “Faces of Farming and Ranching” to help put a real face on agriculture at the national level through special events, media coverage, advertising and other marketing and promotional activities. If you are a standout farmer or rancher who is … proud of what you do
eager to share your stories of continuous improvement with others
actively involved in telling those stories
… then enter by Sept. 8, 2012 at www.fooddialogues.com. Winners will receive:
• a $10,000 stipend • a $5,000 charitable donation in their name • the opportunity to tell the real stories of today’s farmers and ranchers
Finalists will be announced at the November Food Dialogues in New York and the winners will be announced in January 2013. Official rules and additional details available at www.fooddialogues.com.
Wholly or partially funded by one or more Checkoff programs.
PHOTO COURTESY OF UTAH CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION
BY MATT HARGREAVES, EDITOR, UTAH FARM BUREAU COUNTRYSIDE MAGAZINE
Summertime in America is a time of family gatherings, celebrations, and hosting parties. Often, these meetings take place outdoors and they often involve food – particularly grilling. Here are a few tips and suggestions to help you at the local butcher shop or grocery store as you select some of America’s fine meats. Enjoy!
The USDA grades beef at three levels: Prime, Choice, and Select. Prime is the highest quality meet you can get and is most expensive. There is a big difference in tenderness and flavor. It is graded by having 11% of more intramuscular fat or “marbling”. The more tender meat comes from younger animals. • Choice beef has similar guidelines to prime, but smaller fat content of 4% - 8%.
• Select grade is the most common meat on the grocery store shelves. The fat content is the lowest, from 2% - 4%. This is quite acceptable for ground beef and cube steak. • Howtodothings.com says that in general, the best cuts of beef and pork are the ribs, loins, and rump. These are taken from the back of the animal and are tenderer than cuts from the front of the animal. Front sides include shoulders, flanks, and legs. • Many say the best cut of beef is the top blade steak. Ask the butcher to remove the connective tissues in the middle. • The Porterhouse is a combination of tenderloin and strip loin. It is the King of Steaks and is more expensive. The T-bone is similar to the porterhouse, but the later has more tenderloin than the T-bone. Filet mignon is a lean part
of the porterhouse and has low marbling. The sirloin is cheaper than other cuts, but is still tender and tasty. The rib eye is the most popular of steaks because it has adequate marbling and is very juicy and flavorful. • Choose steaks and roasts that are firm to the touch, not soft. Choose beef with a bright cherry-red color, without any grayish or brown blotches. • Premium steaks, such as strip (top loin), T-Bone, Porterhouse, ribeye, rib and tenderloin, usually have a higher price per pound, but you can also find tender steaks that are a good choice for family meals such as ranch (shoulder center), top sirloin, flat iron (shoulder top blade), chuck eye and round tip. • For the most healthy options, choose lean cuts of beef, of which there are 29.
• Grain fed vs. Grass fed. All cattle spend the first year or more of their lives in the pasture, but for the final 3-6 months, the vast majority of U.S. beef cattle are fed a nutritionally balanced mixture of grain and nutrients. On a small number of U.S. farms, ranchers raise cattle that continue to feed on grass through the final stage. There are no safety or significant nutritional differences between grassfinished and grain-finished products. The principle differences are taste and texture. It's a choice that is available to consumers. Most American consumers prefer the taste of beef that comes from corn-finished cattle; however, the grassfinished market aims to satisfy a smaller group of consumers who prefer the concept of cattle grazing through the final stage of production. • Angus beef comes from a Scottish breed. One or both parents need to be able to be traced back to this registered breed. Kobe beef is from cattle called Wagyu, from Japan. Kobe beef exceeds prime standards and can have a fat content as high as 50%, but typically it’s around 30%.
Modern-day production has reduced pork’s fat content, with many cuts of pork as lean or leaner than chicken. • For beginners, cuts such as bacon, sausage, smoked hocks & shanks,
cutlets, ground pork, tenderloins and chops are recommended. For grilling, chops, tenderloins and ground pork are recommended. Pork chops cook the quickest. • Pork chops are the most popular cut from the pork loin, which is the strip of meat that runs from the pig’s hip to shoulder. They can originate from the loin, rib, sirloin, top loin or blade. Loin chops are from the lower back and have a characteristic T-bone shape. These have a lot of meat. Thickness on chops will range from ½ an inch to 2 inches. • Choose meat that’s pale pink, with a small amount of marbling and white (not yellow) fat. There should be little or no liquid in the bottom of the tray of your uncooked meat. • Pork tenderloins will typically range from ¾ to 1½ pounds. It has a mild flavor, so it’s best prepared with added spice rub, marinade or sauce. Be careful to not overcook. The tenderloin can be in marinade from 2 to 12 hours, if stored in a refrigerator. • Spareribs. These come from the belly of the hog and are known for their delicious, meaty pork flavor. These ribs are the least meaty variety of ribs, but full of flavor. Spareribs are typically larger and heavier than back ribs. Country-style ribs are cut from the sirloin or rib end of the pork loin. These are the meatiest variety
Grilled T-Bone Steaks with BBQ Rub 2 to 4 beef T-Bone or Porterhouse steaks, cut 1 inch thick (about 2 to 4 pounds) Salt BBQ Rub: 2 tablespoons chili powder 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar 1 tablespoon ground cumin 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 teaspoons cider vinegar 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
of ribs. You can cook these wet or dry, applying rubs or sauces. • Use a thermometer to ensure proper doneness. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the cut, and it should reach at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.
There are four USDA quality grades for American lamb; Prime, Choice, Good, and Utility, with 80 percent of American lamb graded prime or choice. There are five major cuts for American lamb; the shoulder, loin, rack, leg and foreshank & breast. The best cooking method depends on the cut. Tender cuts of lamb, like the rack, loin and some parts of the leg are best done with dry heat methods, like grilling. Lamb should be cooked with a meat thermometer; 145 degrees for mediumrare, 160 degrees for medium, and 170 degrees for well done. Lamb should stand about 5-10 minutes before slicing, but keep in mind that temperatures will continue to rise upon standing. The rack is where you’ll find rib roasts and rib chops, perfect for grilling. The loins are where you’ll find your loin chops. The shoulder has a blade chop and arm chop good for grilling. The foreshank & breast have riblets, spareribs, and cubed lamb used for kabobs. Lastly, the leg is where you’ll find sirloin chops.
Total Recipe time: 25 minutes. Makes 4 Servings
Combine BBQ Rub ingredients; press evenly onto beef steaks. Place steaks on grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill, covered, 11 to 16 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 15 to 19 minutes) for medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness, turning occasionally. Remove bones and carve steaks into slices, if desired. Season with salt, as desired. For more recipes, visit www.beefitswhatsfordinner.com, www.porkbeinspired.com, or www.americanlamb.com.
a new kind of summer camp BY MATT HARGREAVES, EDITOR, UTAH FARM BUREAU COUNTRYSIDE MAGAZINE
HURRICANE – The dog days of summer bring memories rushing back for kids and teens in Utah and around the country – favorite foods, family vacations, summer jobs, and the novelty of summer camp. A family in Hurricane, in the heart of Southern Utah’s Dixie, is taking this tradition and twisting it to serve both an educational and entertaining end. “We got the idea from Sherrie Reeder, who has done this same thing at her family’s farm (Staheli Farms) down near St. George,” said Kathie Iverson. Kathie and her husband Kelby are owners of the Western Legacy Farm and Ranch in Hurricane. “At the farm camp, we help kids learn about the life of a real farmer and rancher. They get the opportunity to care for farm animals, learn how to 14
perform farm chores and develop an appreciation for where their food comes from.”
then go for a pony ride and learn the in’s and out’s of saddling up and the art of being a real cowboy or cowgirl.
The camp takes place Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to noon, for the first three weeks of June. Each day of the camp has a theme, and the kids learn from Iverson how to care for animals or to perform the chore they are learning about that day. Then comes the application as the kids perform a variety of tasks.
During the farm camp’s first week this past June, the kids experienced first-hand some of the realities of farming. Soon after the farm’s rabbit delivered babies, Iverson and the kids were saddened to learn that all seven of her babies died. Though difficult, it did provide a unique opportunity to talk about the cycle-oflife.
The themes for the four days include: Farm animals/livestock, chickens & eggs, gardens and fruits, and tractor and farm safety. Animal Day During the farm animal day, children at the camp learn how to care for horses, goats, cows, pigs, and rabbits. Iverson talks about how to care for each animal – including how to groom him or her. Kids
“I may have been more sad than the kids, but it did give us a good chance to talk about what can happen to animals, even with proper care,” Iverson said. “We talked about how you can get attached, but that it’s all part of life.” Garden and Fruit Day The garden & fruit day lets kids learn about the cycle of garden plants and fruit
trees. They learn to tell the difference between a weed and a good plant in the garden patch, how to harvest and prepare foods from the garden, and how to bottle or freeze fruit from the fruit trees. Farm Safety Day Farm Safety is one of the most important things the kids learn while at the farm camp. They learn how to be safe while around tractors and farm equipment, as well as the importance of water. While water is critical to the survival of a farm, it can also be dangerous for small children. Chicken and Egg Day During the chicken and egg day, farm campers learn all about how to candle eggs and the proper way to clean them. Candling is done to see whether chicken eggs are fertile or not. Kids also talk about the lifecycle, from an egg to a baby chick. They learn the difference between an egg that can be eaten and the egg that will hatch a baby chick. Iverson also teaches the proper way to care for chickens and how their nests should be taken care of to provide clean and fresh eggs.
mouth in the community, and benefitted from the generous support of Hurricane City, who included information about the camp in its citywide utility mailing. Some of this year’s attendees were repeats from last year’s inaugural camp, which spoke to the quality of the experience. “[Mason] has loved the camp. He went last year and has talked about it all year…about how he wanted to come back to farm camp,” said Jaclyn Watts, from LaVerkin, Utah. Watts has two children, Mason and Eliza, attending this year’s farm camp. Others came from out of state for the experience. “We have our grandkids come visit us from Denver, and we wanted to give them a unique experience,” said John Greear. Greear and his wife Kathie read about the farm camp in their city utility bill, and thought it would be great for their grandkids Indie and Hunter Hobbs.
At the end of the day, kids also learned how to make dolls out of hollyhock flowers – something the Mormon Pioneers did as they traveled west into Utah.
Why Host a Farm Camp? While the idea of summer camp is fairly established in people’s minds, there surely are easier ways to make money than hosting a farming summer camp. The camp does provide some income for the Iversons, but that isn’t the primary goal.
Registration for this year’s camp was full for all three weeks, with some latecomers having to be told to try again next year. Iverson publicized the camp via word of
“We had learned a lot through Farm Bureau experiences and talking with others that we thought it would be a good opportunity for us to help educate
others about agriculture,” Kathie Iverson said. “The kids eat this stuff up because they haven’t had the opportunity before. They love it. They leave each day tired, but in a good way.” This farm camp is part of a growing trend in what’s called ‘Agritainment’ or ‘Agritourism’, where the public can have an entertaining experience while participating in some form of agriculture. This can involve things such as farm camps, corn mazes, trail riding, u-pick farms, and more. Statistics have shown that most families are three-to-four generations removed from working on the farm or having a family member do so; with this, the direct connection to where their food comes from is lost. More farmers and ranchers are opening up their farms to the public to help them get an idea of what it takes to feed, fuel and clothe the world. Some participate in ‘Farm Field Days’, often organized by a County Farm Bureau, USU Extension, and often a mix of many organizations, while others host activities such as the farm camp on their own. “We thought it would be a great way to show people how farmers and ranchers care for their animals,” Iverson said. “And we love meeting the new kids.” While completed for this year, the farm camps will start up again next June. For more information on the farm camps, and other activities put on by the Western Legacy Farm & Ranch, visit westernlegacyfarmandranch.com.
GREEN ECONOMY BY MATT HARGREAVES, EDITOR, UTAH FARM BUREAU COUNTRYSIDE MAGAZINE
ANNABELLA – Ready to grow; that’s how Rustin Peterson describes his family’s new greenhouse in Annabella, just a few miles from Richfield in Sevier County. This new hydroponic greenhouse is one of the only lettuce-producing greenhouses north of Arizona in the western United States. It has the potential to provide restaurants, grocery store shoppers and farmers markets of southern and central Utah with a unique local food. ‘Ready to grow’ describes both the prime conditions inside the Cove View Gardens greenhouse where the Peterson family is growing hundreds of heads of butter leaf (also known as Boston Bibb lettuce) and Red Romaine lettuce, as well as the capacity to which the family is producing. “We’re about at our limit without hiring outside help and building new greenhouses; but we aren’t really able to find too many new customers without going outside of Richfield,” said Ruston 16
Peterson, son of owners Russ and Carol Peterson, and a manager at the greenhouse. The potential to grow the business into several greenhouses is a definite possibility, especially given the response to the crops the Petersons have been producing since February of this year. In fact, the initial idea for the farm was to have several greenhouses, but the family decided to start small and see how it worked first. “I was approached by a hunting client about putting in $8 million dollars in greenhouses and a solar field project, which would employ about 50 people,” said Russ Peterson, who in addition to starting this greenhouse, has taught in public schools and run a bird hunting business. “Unfortunately, the loaning institutions decided against that because of the bad economy. Although we were disappointed, we downsized the initial project to fit our personal financial abilities.”
As mentioned above, the Peterson’s greenhouse is hydroponic. This means that the lettuce is grown in a water facility, rather than in soil, which is different than the typical lettuce grown in the U.S. With hydroponics, all the essential growing nutrients are included in the water solution The young lettuce plants, or starts, are placed in a plastic tray, which allows root systems to grow and spread. In the greenhouse, the plants receive a constant warm, humid growing environment (about 80 degrees year-round), which helps them thrive. Because of Utah’s dry climate, it is easier to manipulate the conditions inside a greenhouse by adding humidity, rather that the other way around. The greenhouse uses about 800 gallons of well water each week, which is tested and analyzed for nutrients. If additional nutrients are needed, they are added and the water process starts all over again.
The Petersons feel growing lettuce this way gives them an advantage in several areas. First, with the recirculating water system, the greenhouse only uses about 10-15 percent of the water of a typical lettuce field. Second, the Petersons feel they are able to avoid most of the problems with diseases and pests by growing indoors in a controlled environment. “Most diseases come from the soil, so we’re able to avoid that by simply using the water and exact nutrients,” Ruston Peterson said. Keeping the temperature consistently less than 80 degrees also prevents the lettuce from getting a bitter taste, which is a sign the plant is entering its reproductive mode. In addition to maintaining a consistent temperature, the family uses technology to control temperature, humidity, CO2 and airflow. The growing process begins with the Peterson family growing lettuce starts in a bedding material made from volcanic rock. The rock is super-heated to a liquid state, and then spun like cotton candy to make a spongy type material that allows the initial roots to form and provide structure for the young plant. After a few days, the plants are moved to the growing trays in the greenhouse, where they receive the nutrient solution. They continue to grow in the warm temperatures, anywhere from 40 to 60 days until they are harvested, depending on the variety. The Petersons offer their lettuce in a
variety of forms. The first is called “live lettuce”, in which the plant is harvested with the roots still attached. Placed in water, the plant will continue to survive for weeks, rather than days, providing shoppers with a fresher lettuce and more nutrients. The family also provides the typical heads of lettuce, with the roots chopped off, and a bagged mix of lettuce for restaurants to use. “With your lettuce just being five minutes old, instead of five days old, when you make your salad, the nutritional difference is huge,” Russ Peterson said. Cove View Gardens provides many varieties of lettuce to choose from. Shying away from the more popular iceberg lettuce, which is mostly water and has marginal nutritional value, the Petersons grow the following varieties of lettuce: Butter lettuce; often used as a wrap. It has a mild taste, and is very good in a mixed salad. Two Star; a full-headed leafy green variety. Excellent for use as a crown on sandwiches and hamburgers. Red Romaine; a full-headed lettuce that adds color to salads. Five Star; a mix of five different lettuces planted in one head. This lettuce is a popular choice because the ability to have a variety of lettuces in a salad by purchasing just one head of lettuce. Using only family to run the greenhouse, harvest the heads of lettuce, pack and bag the cut lettuce, and transport it, the Petersons are able to produce about 400 heads of lettuce per day, year round. This amounts to approximately 10,000 plants in one stage or another in the greenhouse at any one time.
“That sounds like a lot of lettuce, but if the lettuce production from outside Utah stopped, our 400 heads would allow each person in Sevier Valley only one head of lettuce every 57 days,” Russ Peterson said. Son Ruston adds that typical consumption of lettuce is one head per person, every two weeks. The family is also experimenting with growing basil and some other herbs. At the family’s current production size, they are growing enough lettuce to meet the demand in the Richfield area by supplying the local Fresh Market grocery store as well as local restaurants and other clients. By producing yearround, the Petersons are able to keep the prices of their lettuce constant, rather than adjusting to weather and supply forces with swings in price. The greenhouse also allows the family to maintain a supply for their buyers throughout the winter, when typical field growers are not producing. This market is where Ruston Peterson hopes to make up for the extra heating costs they incur. The next step is simply to decide if it is worth the added investment to expand into Salt Lake City or St. George, experiment with farmers markets or tap into the food service market with a distributor like Nicholas and Company. With the success they’ve had so far, growth shouldn’t be a problem. For more information on Cove View Gardens and their unique varieties of Utah lettuce, visit http:// coveviewgardens.com or visit the Fresh Market store in Richfield. 17
Utah CSA Farms Creating More Options for
Farmers and Shoppers
BY MARIESA BERGIN, PROGRAMS ASSISTANT, UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
When you walk into Sandy, Utah’s Momentum Climbing Gym on any Wednesday summer evening, you may be surprised to find countertops that are normally cluttered with harnesses, carabineers, and chalk bags, loaded instead, with enormous, brown paper bags filled to the brim with freshly harvested vegetables. In fact, throughout the harvest season, all over the state, farmers are stationed in parking lots, on street corners, at gas stations, you name it, distributing the week’s harvest to their crop shareholders. Each shareholder and farmer is a participant in the national growing trend of Community Supported Agriculture, commonly referred to using the acronym CSA. CSA’s allow the consumer to purchase a share of the farm’s production and reap the harvest, while allowing the farmer to spread risk. Perhaps it is the convenience of a "one stop shop" for all of your produce, or maybe the 18
environmental push to “go-green” and reduce transportation costs that have made CSA’s so popular in recent years, but the industry is definitely growing, and it’s growing fast. Full time farmer Jeremy East of Davis County reports that when he started his CSA back in 2001, he was the 4th farmer in the state to do so. His initial membership of 50 shareholders has since grown to 500 members. KSL news writer, Tonya Papanikolas, recently reported that last year more than 35 Utah farms and almost 3,000 Utahns participated in a CSA, an astonishing increase since East’s beginning in 2001. Typically shareholders pay an upfront dollar amount ranging anywhere from $100-$500 depending on what kind of food they want, and how much of it they’re planning to buy. The majority of CSA’s produce primarily vegetables, but there are several that offer fruit, dairy, meat, grains, and even freshly baked bread or home-canned goods.
Three years ago, Farm Bureau member Thayne Tagge of Weber County took his 68 acres of orchards and crops scattered across northern Utah and started a CSA, ‘Tagge’s Famous Fruit’. It has since grown to be one of the largest operating CSA’s in the state. Tagge’s farm started out producing fruit only, but has since balanced that with a variety of vegetables every week for his shareholders. Particularly in Utah, this amount of fruit is not common for a CSA share. In 1997, Tagge left his career as a CPA and became a full-time farmer overnight when he bought his neighbor’s farm. His love for Bear Lake’s irresistible raspberries had previously led to yearly vacations during the three-week harvest season to sell fruit. He and his now wife, Cari, carted 50 cases of berries from Logan Canyon to Sugarhouse every morning and sold them out of their improvised, cartrunk fruit stands. Soon, one fruit stand became six, and Brigham City peaches coupled their raspberry crates. Now, 15 years and 68 acres
later, the Tagge’s continue to sell at a number of farmers markets while managing their CSA. Tagge said that he noticed CSA’s becoming more and more popular a few years back and decided to give it a shot with his farm. It has been a huge success. “The idea of the community getting their food through a CSA is a great benefit for them because of the quality of product that customers are receiving at a rate that is often below retail value,” Tagge said. Fruits and vegetables are picked at their ripest point and distributed to shareholders within the week or even the day. Tagge prides himself in distributing only naturally, and locally grown produce to his CSA members. He points out that his shareholders are doing a great service to the economy of the state and to local Agri-business owners and employees by spending their money on locally-grown food. Some CSA’s still import from outof-state to keep their members happy year-round, but Tagge says that he grows 99 percent of what
he gives his customers. “If I find something special on another farm that I think my customer’s would enjoy, I might purchase some and throw it in their share just for fun, but everything they get is locally grown.”
the season. Through weekly emails, Facebook page updates and blogs, farmers are constantly updating their members on what’s going on at the farm. This is a great way of educating the public about agriculture.
Each CSA is unique in its origin, operation, and membership. East Farms CSA owner, Jeremy East (mentioned above), says that when he decided to jump into Community Supported Agriculture in 2001 it was with the help and funding of The Great Salt Lake Resource and Conservation Development Council. The RC&D is a non-profit organization with seven councils in the state of Utah that have fostered the creation and expansion of Community Supported Agriculture throughout the state.
“I believe many families are buying into CSA’s so that they can teach their kids where their food is coming from,” East said. “Many in the new generation have no idea where their food comes from, and there aren’t many taking the time to educate them on it. Community Supported Agriculture is a way for kids and adults to learn what’s in season, and to be exposed to the risks and reality of life in Agri-business.”
With its help, East now has more than 200 acres of vegetables with enough diversity to keep his shareholders happy. He offers the perspective that a CSA partnership between farmers and shareholders creates a unique opportunity for farmers to tell their stories during
When you join a CSA your eyes are opened to the local seasons for your fruits and vegetables. Some might see this as a deterrent, but both East and Tagge stand by their CSA’s because it offers a way for consumers to support the local market, become educated about farming, and become connected with agriculture again. 19
ATV SAFETY TRAINING
By A.J. Ferguson, Vice President – Farm Safety, Utah Farm Bureau Federation
As the warmer weather sets in, families will take time off to go and enjoy this great time of year. Many will take ATVs with them. Consequently, it is important to take a moment and review ATV safety. Proper training is one of the best ways to help prevent injuries and fatalities. ATV Safety programs are taught online. The online course sponsored by Utah State Parks and Recreation is called Know Before You Go! The youth offhighway vehicle (OHV) safety online course fee is $30 per student and must be passed only once. These safety classes are geared towards children between the ages of 8-16 years of age (or until they get their state issued driver license). It is illegal for any child under the age of 8 to operate an OHV on any public land. Utah State Legislature realized that if families were to buy an ATV, the children would be riding it whether or not it was legal. The realization of this led them to help prepare those youth who would be riding with proper safety and skills. Passing this course is mandatory for all children, ages 8-15, in order to ride on public lands. If a student takes the test and fails, they will need to pay for and take the test again. The decision to allow children to operate ATVs still resides with the parents,
who need to make wise decisions. According to Fred Hayes, Utah OHV Education Specialist of the Division of Parks and Recreation of Utah, “This safety class has helped reduce the numbers of fatalities and injuries on ATVs.” Parents are asked to remind their children that they can help keep fatalities and injuries down by understanding and practicing what has been presented during the online course. Parents should act as role models and demonstrate to their grandchildren, children or teenagers that they take ATV safety seriously. This will help instill the need to always wear a helmet and other appropriate riding gear, as well as riding safely. Remember that riding ATVs should be a fun and positive activity. Listed below are some helpful tips on how to have a safe and fun time while riding ATVs. If you are using an ATV for camping or vacationing this year, remember, safety is the key to making it a good experience. If you have any questions or comments please contact me at (801) 233-3006 or visit http://stateparks. utah.gov/ohv/education for information on how to register for the online course.
ON THE EDGE of COMMON SENSE In this summer of discontent, we still have reasons to be thankful to be an American. This 4th of July, we as a people filled our city parks and backyards, watched the fireworks, grilled our burgers and flew flags on our front porches. Once again displaying our loyalty to a concept, a constitution, a country that represents something bigger than we as individuals.
• Always wear your helmet. (With face shield or goggles) • Fit the ATV to the rider. (There should be at least three to six inches of space between the rider and ATV seat when standing on the foot pegs) • NO PASSENGERS, this means only 1 person per ATV, unless the model is specifically designed for more passengers. • Know your owner’s manual. • Check your ATV before you ride. • Get training. • Ride within your skills. • Parents always supervise children and teenagers. • Never ride alone. (Always have another operator and machine when you ride.) • Preserve the environment. • Avoid wearing long scarves and baggy clothing that could get caught in moving parts of the ATV. • Stay on marked trails. • Don’t harass wildlife. • Obey federal and state rules regulating the operation of ATVs. • Respect other peoples properties and rights. • Look ahead for obstacles that might cause problems. • Lend a hand to someone in distress. • Wear sensible protective clothing. (Boots, gloves, long sleeve shirts and denim pants) • Watch local forecast for weather report. • Ride sober.
HOPE IN THE SUMMER OF DISCONTENT
who has suffered from the economy; a lost job, a late payment, a repossessed house or car. The outpouring of help, in time, trade or money by individuals, companies and taxpayer-supported programs has kept the vast majority of those affected, off the streets and from going hungry.
We can look with pride and compassion on the thousands of military and civilians who have and continue to fight the war on terror. The Mideast fighting wore us out but our armies stood strong and stayed together. They represent us as a people with fair but ferocious dignity in the face of back-shooting fanatics hiding behind their women’s burkhas.
We have watched our dysfunctional Congress and White House dither and pose, pontificate and piddle, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb…all thunder and no rain. Yet most of us still get up and go to work intent on doing our job. We are the teeming masses that keep the wheel turning, the lights on, and gas in the car, just trying to do the right thing.
We as citizens can also take some comfort in the generosity of our neighbors from coast to coast. There is hardly a person who is within two degrees of separation from a friend or family member
We somehow manage to stay positive. I believe this comes from a deeply-ingrained sense of belonging, of being an American. We are rock-solid in the knowledge that our country was founded on faith
By Baxter Black, DVM
in God and the principles of freedom. That we as individuals can make a difference and as a family, united, we are a formidable force. Flags are still flying in our front yards this 4th of July week. The grill is still on the deck, burnt sparklers are stickin’ out of the trash can, and lawn chairs are in disarry, all remnants of our 236th birthday celebration. Now we march back to work with a renewed sense of what we each are part of…this country, the United States. We are secure in the knowledge that regardless of the challenges from home and abroad, when the chips are down we will stand together because…we belong to each other. I pledge allegiance to my neighbors, my family, my community, and to the flag of our country, the United States of America.
CARING for more than PROFITS BY STERLING C. BROWN, VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC POLICY, UTAH FARM BUREAU FEDERATION
The image of the family farm with its red barn, a few chickens in the yard, some pigs in the mud and cows in the field isn’t accurate anymore. But neither is it the sterile, mechanized, emotionless “food factory” that some would have us believe. Today, United States animal agriculture is a dynamic, specialized endeavor – the envy of the rest of the world. Only in America can 1 percent feed 100 percent of the population as efficiently as we do. What is the key to this efficiency? The best cared-for livestock and poultry in the world. Modern farm animal production is no accident. Improved animal housing, handling practices, and healthy, nutritious feeds are the result of billions of dollars of private and government research into how to raise healthy animals. As American agriculture grows and changes, 22
there are two constants: farmers’ concern for the welfare of the animal, and their dedication to providing the highest quality, safest food in the world. Yet, animal rights issues have permeated our culture and animal agriculture is seeing the effects. There are some who want us to believe that farm animals deserve the same rights as humans. To believe that man and all other animals exist with the same rights is anthropomorphism, or the “humanizing” of animals. Without question, man has the moral obligation to avoid cruelty in dealing with all animals in all situations. Stewards of farm animals believe and practice that no segment of society has more concern for the well-being of poultry, livestock and fur-bearing animals than farmers and ranchers. One of the primary reasons someone goes into farming or ranching is a desire
to work with animals. Animal agriculture is very competitive in the United States, a career that pays the farmer a slim profit on the animals he cares for. It is the farmer’s own interest to see the animals in his charge are treated humanely; guaranteeing him a healthy, high quality animal, a greater return on his investment, and a wholesome food product. No advertising campaign or salesman can convince a farmer to use a system or product that would harm an animal or human. Farmers are always looking for ways to improve their farms to ensure animal welfare and the economics of production. Farm animals are generally kept in barns and similar housing, with the general exception of beef cattle and sheep, to protect the health and welfare of the animal. Housing protects animals from predators, disease, and bad weather or extreme climate. Housing also makes
breeding and birth less stressful, protects young animals, and makes it easier for farmers to care for both healthy and sick animals. Modern animal housing is well ventilated, well-lit, clean and scientifically designed for the specific needs of the animal, such as the regular availability of fresh water and a nutritionally balanced feed. Housing is designed to allow the farmer to provide the best animal care and control costs. Over the years, farmers have devoted most of their “sweat and toil” to the production of food and fiber. Not only have they had to deal with the rigors of Mother Nature and fickle market conditions but also with increased regulations that cause uncertainty and hardship. One of the difficult things of being a farmer is the many tasks involved in the trade. Famers must be skilled in production and husbandry practices. They must be adept at financial planning and understand and appreciate marketing techniques. Each
of these skills could very easily involve a full-time employee. But because of the very nature of farming, which is a family operation, the farmer and his family must be able to do all of them effectively. Now, they have been pushed into the public spotlight because of issues like animal rights. Many curious food consumers did not grow up on a farm. A growing number of these consumers have been removed from such exposure for generations. This growing dynamic leads to misconceptions and controversy. Critics of the American farmer and rancher would have us believe the farmer is more and more closing their gates to the public, and in turn, generating secrecy, animal cruelty and mischief. This is inaccurate, misleading and unfortunate. Farmers and ranchers have a strong history and tradition of encouraging and inviting local, state and national elected and public officials to visit their farms.
Community leaders and neighbors have benefited from seeing and working on these farms. Owners of farm animals are continually reaching out to private and public schools inviting them to Farm Field Days where young minds can see first-hand how professionals properly care for animals. In addition, more and more farmers have posted online, unscripted video footage of their farms and ranches to help educate and inspire the young and old to proper animal welfare and husbandry practices. These “virtual tours” are helping to bridge the gap between rural and urban, past and present and informed versus the uninformed. Farmers and ranchers are stewards first – stewards of animals. They are professionals. There priority is animal health and safety. This attention, combined with ongoing research and technology, leads to a sustainable animal agriculture industry.
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July 31, 2012 Presented by Sand
County Foundation in partnership with The Utah Farm Bureau Federation (Farm Bureau), The Utah Cattlemen’s Association, and Western AgCredit
2011 recipient Osguthorpe Family photo credit: Ron Francis
Leopold Conservation Award In his influential book, A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. The development of a land ethic was, he wrote, “an evolutionary possibility and an ecological necessity.” A land ethic is alive and well today in the thousands of American farmers, ranchers, and foresters who do well by their land and do well for their land. Sand County Foundation proudly presents its Leopold Conservation Award to a private landowner who exemplifies the spirit of a land ethic — an individual or a family committed to enhancing the natural resources that are in their care.
In Utah, Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award in partnership with Sustainable Conservation and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. The Leopold Conservation Award winner receives an Aldo Leopold crystal and a check for $10,000. Leopold Conservation Awards recognize extraordinary achievement in voluntary conservation, inspire other landowners through their example, and help the general public understand the vital role private landowners can and do play in conservation success. The Leopold Conservation Award in Utah is sponsored by: The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, Western AgCredit, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the Utah Association of Conservation Districts, and Farm Credit.
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Chiropractics Gaining Popularity Among Horse Owners BY ALYSSA CALL, UTAH FARM BUREAU COMMUNICATIONS INTERN
With a race coming up, Joe licks his lips in satisfaction after another successful chiropractic appointment with his regular doctor. Joe’s doctor just finished putting his shoulder back into place. Joe had been tossing his head around his left turns, and sure enough, the doctor found Joe’s left shoulder was out of place. But this isn’t the story of the nagging injuries of a weekend warrior or current high school track star – Joe is a barrel racing horse. The practice of large animal chiropractic care is becoming more popular in Utah. In fact, Dr. Tanya Bartlett, DVM for Equine Edge Veterinary Services, says that about 70 percent of her appointments result chiropractic and acupuncture care. Bailie Richins, a student at Utah State University and current State FFA Officer, is studying Equine Science 26
in order to pursue her dream of being an equine chiropractor. “It is an interesting field, there is a huge need for it, and this has been my dream job for as long as I can remember.” Richins sees benefits first hand because she takes her own horse to get chiropractic care. “Think about it from a human perspective; we need our back worked on if it is hurt, horses do too,” said Richins. One of the most common problems that Bartlett sees with her equine practice is with the sacroiliac (SI) joints. “With those SI joints we are always asking these performance horses to use their hind end a lot. The get underneath themselves and collect up. [ Joe] is a barrel horse so he’s really getting down in the dirt,” Bartlett said.
“If those SI joints are out, they pinch the sciatic nerve and that becomes very painful and some horses will stop working, others will work through it but won’t work as well.” Bartlett begins every chiropractic appointment with a general acupuncture exam, this gives her an idea whether or not the horse has chiropractic issues. “From going over the pressure points alone, I can not only spot chiropractic issues but also lameness, kidney and liver problems,” said Bartlett. “This portion of the exam gives me a heads up on the general health of the horse and allows me to get my hands all over them.” Bartlett works with performance horses including draft pulling horses, what she calls her “big boys.” These 2,800 pound horses pull more than 9,000 pounds from a straight stop for
20 feet. With the significant size of the draft horses, Bartlett had to get creative with her chiropractic care. “I figured out how to do it by just pushing up on their shoulder almost like a football player technique, ramming into their shoulder to put it back in.” Bartlett studied at Colorado State University where they offer courses on acupuncture and chiropractic care. She wasn’t able to take any classes during her time at Colorado State, but when she started practicing veterinary medicine, she noticed a large need for chiropractic care.
“I would have people I’d known all my life and I knew that they knew their horses well and were good horseman that they knew what was going on with the horse. And they’d bring me a horse and tell me this horse is off, it’s not working correctly. I would do a lameness exam and they horse wasn’t lame,” said Bartlett. “I just felt like we were missing something, I went in search of something else that would work well for these horses.” Bartlett decided to spend six months completing a chiropractic course in Kansas at the American Animal Chiropractic Association’s school, Options for Animals.
“They accept both veterinarians and chiropractors at the school so there’s a good mix of the two,” Bartlett explained. “You really learn from each other. The veterinarians needed to learn how to feel that joint movement better and, of course, the chiropractors needed to learn more of the animal anatomy and physiology stuff that we knew.” While most of Bartlett’s experience is with horses, she has also worked with bucking bulls, show bulls and a few dairy cows. While young, the industry shows promising signs of growth, as an additional resource for animal care.
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I gathered information for this column via an Extension trail that took me from Weber County to Delaware to Idaho. It has good ideas for protecting your credit information. Requesting a credit freeze is a very effective way to monitor your identify and protect against identify theft. Several years ago, in an effort to provide individuals with a tool to protect their identity, credit bureaus made available the option of requesting a credit freeze (also called a security freeze) for their credit report. A credit freeze means that your credit file cannot be seen by potential third-party creditors conducting background checks unless you give permission. For example, if someone steals your identity and applies for a credit card, your credit report is not released to the credit card company because it is frozen and the thief is stopped. This added layer of security means that thieves can’t establish new credit in your name even if they are able to take over other elements of your identify because they don’t have your secret personal identification number or password. A credit freeze is a great option for someone who doesn’t frequently apply for credit and wants peace of mind when it comes to identify theft.
fees waived, and seniors are often exempt from the fees in most states. Victims must send a valid copy of a police report or provide the police docket number for the identity theft. Utah security freeze rights established by state law All Utah residents are eligible to apply. The cost is $10. The freeze will remain permanent until there is a removal request by the consumer. To obtain a credit freeze, simply go to each of the three main credit bureau websites and complete the order forms. Note that both spouses have to freeze their separate credit files: Experian: www.experian.com/freeze Trans Union: www.transunion.com Click on “Place a security freeze” Equifax: www.equifax.com Click on “Place a security freeze on report”
If you request a credit freeze on your credit report it will not lower your credit score and you can still use your existing credit cards. You can also still receive a free credit report at www.annualcreditreport.com. You can still obtain new credit, but you will need to pay $10 - $20 to each credit bureau to temporarily lift the freeze.
Using the credit bureau websites is not difficult and does not take long. When placing the credit freeze you will be provided a personal identification number or password. You can use this number or password if you choose to temporarily authorize the removal of the credit freeze for the release of your credit report for a specific purpose or time frame, such as applying for new credit. You must freeze your credit file with all three consumer reporting agencies. You can also submit a written request if you prefer, but note that you must send it by certified mail.
You can request a credit freeze regardless if you have become a victim of identity theft or not. Victims of identity theft can have any
The down side to a credit freeze is we are often unaware of how often our credit histories are needed. Even if you don’t
plan to borrow money, you might need to suspend a credit freeze to get an insurance policy, utility service, an apartment or even a job. If you lose your cell phone, your provider probably won’t give you a new one until it verifies your credit. A temporary removal of the credit freeze may cost you $10 - $20, depending on the agency. So if you know you will be shopping around for a mortgage, or there may be security checks while you are looking for a job, you may want to hold off from freezing your credit. Though a credit freeze has fees associated, it can be a less expensive option to protect against identity theft compared to paying for a credit protection service. It also will give you the peace of mind knowing your financial identity is safe.
If you become a victim: File a police report immediately and get a copy!
• Contact your creditor of the affected account. • Stop payment on checks. • Request new ATM and credit cards. • Change passwords or PIN numbers. • Call your other creditors. • Contact the three reporting agencies: Equifax, Experian and Trans Union. Add a “victim’s statement” to your file. • Request a free copy of your credit report to check for additional affected accounts. • Place a fraud alert in your files with caution. • Contact the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). 1-877-IDTHEFT is the FTC’s hotline for ID theft victims to file complaints and get information to repair credit. • Or go to www.consumer.gov/idtheft
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Calling all shutterbugs! It’s time once again for the annual Utah Farm Bureau photography contest, when you or someone you know can share your best pictures with the entire Beehive State and possibly win a cash prize. So get those fresh batteries in the camera and get your artistic eye ready for a great season of picture taking! As always, rural settings and rural lifestyles are the preferred themes for all submissions, and contestants are limited to one winning entry. As in years past, both digital and printed photographs may be submitted – but digital photos are preferred. There are three categories in which to enter: Kids in the Country (photos involving youth, children or families), The Best of Utah (nature or landscape photos), and All in a Days Work (the work of producing food and fiber in Utah). A winner for each category will be selected and will receive a $100 cash prize and may be published in the Utah Farm Bureau Countryside magazine. Are you ready to submit your photos? The deadline for the 2012 contest is August 1, 2012, and is limited to Utah Farm Bureau members and their immediate families. Photography contest rules: 1. Digital entries should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For publication purposes, photos must be at least 1021 X 768 pixels or higher. 2. Print entries may be mailed to Utah Farm Bureau, Attn: Matt Hargreaves – Photo Contest, 9865 S. State Street, Sandy, Utah 84070. A stamped, self-addressed envelope needs to accompany your print photo entry if you want your photograph returned. 3. Include a brief description regarding the entry, plus the participant’s name, address, telephone number and valid Utah Farm Bureau membership number. Prize winners agree to hold harmless and release Utah Farm Bureau Federation (UFBF) staff, officers, and affiliated entities from loss, claim, injury, damage or expense. UFBF May, without offering any consideration to or obtaining permission of its submitter, use any such photograph for any purpose, such as publishing it in Countryside magazine, Utah Farm Bureau News, use on UFBF’s website, or reproducing it for other UFBF use.
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1. Non‑commercial ads for Utah Farm Bureau members selling items they grow or make themselves, or used machinery, household items, etc., they themselves have used in the past. Each member family is entitled to one such ad free in each three-month period. Ads can be up to 40 words or numbers such as phone number or Zip. Words such as “For Sale” are included, initials and numbers count as a word. All words over 40 cost 25 cents each. Ads over 40 words not accompanied by the extra payment, or not meeting the above requirements, will be returned to the sender. Family memberships cannot be combined to create larger ads, nor can a membership be used for free classified ad purposes by anyone other than immediate family members. Ads run for three months. 2. Commercial ads for Utah Farm Bureau members where the member is acting as an agent or dealer (real estate, machinery, handicraft items made by people outside the member family, etc.) cost 25 cents per word. Payment MUST accompany such ads or they will be returned to the sender. Members are entitled to one such ad. Ads run for one month. 3. Ads for non‑Utah Farm Bureau members cost 50 cents per word. Payment MUST accompany such ads or they will be returned to the sender. Ads run for one month. In all ads, short lines requested by the advertiser, extra lines of white space, and lines with words in all caps count as 6 words per line. Ads with borders and bold headlines may be submitted and placed within the classified section, but will be charged the display advertising rate. Please contact the classi‑ fied advertising department for further information. No insurance ads will be accepted. ***DEADLINE: ALL ADS MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE 15TH OF THE MONTH IN ORDER TO APPEAR IN THE NEXT ISSUE. EXCEPT FOR THE JANUARY ISSUE, WHICH HAS A CLASSIFIED DEADLINE OF DEC. 5. Only free ads (Category 1 ads of 40 words or less) will be accepted by telephone at 801-233-3010, by fax at 801-233-3030 or e-mail at email@example.com. Please include your membership number. Ads must be received no later than the 15th of the month Mail ads, typed or neatly printed, with any payment due, to Utah Farm Bureau News, Classified Ad Department, 9865 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070-2305. Free ads must be resubmitted by mail, telephone or fax after running for three months. Ads for which there is a payment due will be run as long as payment is received in advance. ALL CLASSIFIED ADS will be listed on the Utah Farm Bureau web page unless the Utah Farm Bureau member specifies otherwise when placing the ad. The ads on the web site will run concurrently with the classified ads in the Utah Farm Bureau News. NOTE: The appearance of any ad in the Utah Farm Bureau News does not constitute an endorsement or approval of the service or merchandise offered. While every effort is made to ensure the legitimacy of services or merchandise advertised, the Utah Farm Bureau News or the Utah Farm Bureau Federation accepts no responsibility or liability for services or products advertised.
AUTOMOTIVE ’02 CHEVY SILVERADO HD: 8.1 liter, big block with Allison trans. Extended cab, long bed, white with grey cloth. LS pkg. with cruise, power windows & seats. Service work performed at Chevy dealer. All service records included. 39,256 miles. Call Paul, 435-901-0748. 2006 HARLEY DAVIDSON, 1450 FXWG, excellent condition. (435) 828-7435 FOR SALE: 1967 Chev C30 1 ton, rear dual wheels, steel 12’ bed, $1,000. 1941 Ford truck, $2,500. Call Doug 801-277-1578.
FARM EQUIPMENT I BUY, SELL, TRADE AND LOCATE all kinds of farm machinery. Bale wagons, tractors, tillage, planting, harvesting equip‑ ment, etc. I have a large inventory at this time. Palmer Equipment is located one mile south of Manti on Highway 89. 435-835-5111 or Cell: 435-340-1111. www.balewagons.com. FOR SALE: Bobcat 463 skid loader diesel 3 ft wide 1460 hrs new tires great for barns landscape small areas excel‑ lent condition 7500.00 435-678-2984 FOR SALE: 6410 John Deere tractor 90hp 4500hrs 2wd 16powerquad rh reverser open station with canopy 18.4xR38 rear 11.00x16 front 90% 3pt 540/1000 pto good condition 22000.00 John Deere 38 forage chopper hay pickup and corn head good blades 540 pto good condition 3500.00 obo 435-678-2984. JD 346 BALER: Ex cond. Bales 800 bales ea. year. $3,500. Fillmore, UT. 801-372-4019. FOR SALE: 5 hp Berkley Pump with starter panel. Excellent condition. Call Keith 435-823-5620. FOR SALE: 1953 Allis Chalmers Model CA. $1,000. Call Doug 801-277-1578.
LIVESTOCK FOR SALE: American Celtic Cattle Association Long Yearling Irish Black Bulls. Visit www.777ranch.org for pictures. For more information, call Rick Benson at (435) 749-9016. ALPACAS REGISTERED BREEDING age Females, Young Breeding males, fiber males, the ultimate livestock business for small acreage farms. Want to learn more?? Call and come for a visit Crooked Fence Alpacas & Mill – Ted & Linda Kenison 801-367-1629. CHAROLAIS BULLS for Sale: Yearlings and 2 year olds also 2 red factor Charolais X Polled Hereford bulls. Call Riley Taylor 435-691-4037
REAL ESTATE UTAH VACATION IDEA 2012! Hiking, fishing, hunting, mountain biking, horse trails, more. Everything's close to the Rosebud Guest House. Near Ashley NF, Strawberry River, Starvation. Fully equipped cabin. Pet-friendly. Corrals. Reserva‑ tions, more information: 435-548-2630, 1-866-618-7194, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.rosebudguesthouse.com. *Malad, Idaho 953 acre Standing Rock Ranch – SOLD. *Thatcher, Idaho 160 acre gravity sprinkled ranch with home, machinery, good fences and year round stream. *Bear Lake 89 acre recreational retreat north of Liberty with trees, wildlife and privacy. *Preston, Idaho 191 acre gravity sprinkled farm with home, outbuildings and corrals. *Preston, Idaho 400 cow Grade A Dairy on 56 acres with 5 bedroom 5000 square foot home, 414 lock-ups and double 9 parlor. *Several other great properties also available. Contact Vaughn Benson at Benson Realtors, Logan 435-753-0960. @HOME REALTY, BRENT PARKER, (435)881-1000 19.5 Acres in Cache Valley. Plenty of irrigation water, Views, Excellent ranchette property. 28.72 Acres in Weston. Borders Bear River with views. Irrigation water. Great retreat. 2 Lots in Paradise. Well permit and secondary water. Horse property. 170.82 Acre Farm in Grace Idaho. Great farm ground. Very scenic. Early water right. 242.93 Acre Farm in Grace Idaho. Borders Bear River. Gravity pressurized irrigation. Dairy Farm in Cache Valley 41 acres. Irrigated. Updated home, excellent crops. Double 5 Herringbone parlor. 23 Acres in Grace, Idaho. Mini ranchette with home, barn and hay shed. 40 Acres Outside Soda Springs. Beautiful forest land with year around stream.
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AGRICULTURAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES CIRCLE FOUR FARMS: If you are looking for a career in a fun, rewarding team environment, Circle Four Farms is the opportunity you’ve been searching for. We’re offering quality full time entry-level animal production positions with train‑ ing 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, Incen‑ tive 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. Central Regional Manager Position for Utah Farm Bureau Utah Farm Bureau Federation invites applications for the Central Regional Manager position beginning June 28, 2012 and closing July 12, 2012. The successful candidate is responsible for coordinating and implementing state Farm Bureau programs and policies; training elected leaders and maintaining working relationships with county leaders, local officials, government agencies andFarm Bureau insurance agents. The assigned territory includes 10 counties in the central, east and southeast areas of the state and requires extended travel. Candidate also must be able to live within assigned territory and will be provided a company vehicle. The ideal candidate will have effective communications skills, written and oral; computer skills; understanding of agriculture; knowledge of political processes; college degree or comparabletraining; and be highly motivated and reliable with limited supervision. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send applicationdocuments by July 16th, 2012 to Linda Erb, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 South State Street, Sandy, UT 84070-3205. For questions call 801-233-3009.
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We are updating our membership online payment software to be integrated with our membership system in Iowa. When you go to the link under Make a membership payment on our website ( http://utbf.fb.org), you will be prompted for only your membership number and last name. It will then bring up your cur‑ rent membership information, which you will verify, change, or add to, including the farm, employment, and issues of interest questions that are sent to you now in your renewal packet. When you make this payment it will be posted to your membership account that same day. We are accepting VISA and Mastercard, but NOT electronic checks. If you have any questions or problems you can call Jane Ashby at 801-233-3008 or Linda Erb 801-233-3009.
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801-233-3010 Complete details for all benefits can be found at utfb.fb.org Visa and Mastercard Accepted Thur. July 19 – Tues. July 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. Excluding Sunday July 21. Farm Bureau Discounted tickets: Call Jeff Kooring @ 801988-8900 or email email@example.com Ticket prices including discount: $40.00, $19.00, $13.00, & $6.00. Ages 3 & above require a ticket.
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All day passes: Pay just $36.16 (incl. tax), a savings of $11.71 off the regular ticket price. Best price for anyone over 4 planning to go on the rides. Advance ticket purchase only. Non- refundable. Season Passes: $98.99 ea. (incl. tax). Advance ticket purchase only. Non- refundable.
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All day passes: $17.50 ea. includes tax. Regular price is $24. 95 + tax. Not valid July 4, July 24 or September 3, 2012. Good at both Seven Peaks Water Parks. Advance ticket purchase only.
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