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HAVE YOURSELF

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WHERE's the beefalo? pg. 12

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Countryside Edition

The perfect gift pg. 20

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keeping america rolling pg. 22


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Vol. 57 No. 11

Utah

Farm Bureau News Countryside Edition

WINTER 2011

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Features 8

Have Yourself a Dairy Little Christmas

12 Where's the Beef...alo?

20 The Perfect Gift 22 Keeping America Rolling

Contents 4

Christ's Example to Mankind

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The Voice of Agriculture

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Dust Regulations Are Blowin' in the Wind

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Protecting Agriculture's Heritage

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Convention Wrap-up

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Do you Have Room in Your Pantry for $500?

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Farm Bureau Leaders Visit U.S. Supreme Court

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Creating Time for a Fundamental Industry

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Making Their Point

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Women Make the Difference

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Creating Low-Cost Christmas Traditions

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Baxter Black: Keep the Faith, a Survival Kit

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Keeping It Warm & Safe

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Classifieds


Christ’s Example to Mankind By Leland Hogan, President, Utah Farm Bureau Federation

Traveling this time of year, whether in busy airports or winding your way down a country road listening to the radio, we are treated to the music of Christmas. Those chords of the holiday season take us on a journey of memories of home, family and Christmases past. The songs of Christmas carry with them wonderful messages of peace, Jesus Christ, of family and of simpler times.

memorate. The prophets of old foretold of the first Christmas day. Isaiah said, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel” – meaning God with us. Christmas provides us the opportunity to contemplate the birth, the life and the example of our Savior Jesus Christ and to reflect on God’s plan for mankind.

The songs of Christmas presenting sweet melodies like Silent Night, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day and White Christmas draw us back to memories of family and friends. Christmas is a time for reflection and giving thanks for countless blessing we enjoy living in America.

Sometimes in our highly evolved state or maybe due to the fast pace of today’s society, we forget or even deny that Christmas is a celebration of our Christian faith and not just a great folk festival. In many circumstances in America today, embracing God and open expressions of spirituality are frowned upon. For all Americans, the Christmas holiday is a time for reflection and recalling the truths for which great sacrifice was made on our behalf.

Celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ is an opportunity to give thanks for His spiritual guidance and recognize our potential - if we follow his example. His enduring message of love has echoed down through the centuries. Christ-like love of our fellow man is a highly prized human quality. When we have the spirit of Christmas, we remember whose birth it is we com4

“In spite of the many benefits God has blessed us with, how many times do we complain about little difficulties and trials? We lose sight of the big picture and fail to appreciate the really important things,” said Rhonda Chervin, author and university professor. “Just as

we cannot benefit from a wrapped gift under a Christmas tree until we open it, so gratitude can be seen as our way of opening the gift of God’s love intended by all the small and big positive events of our lives.” Christmas provides an opportunity to give thanks for our blessings and freedom. Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers, those less fortunate as our economy continues to struggle. Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers the many service men and women in the Armed Forces stationed around the world protecting this nation and fighting the enemies of freedom. During this Christmas season let us remember our fellow Americans as well as our neighbors around the world who are in need due to economic challenges, natural disasters, illness and hunger. As you are able, give of your time, talents and resources to help those in need and bring hope to those in despair. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


The Voice of Agriculture By Randy Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Utah Farm Bureau Federation

For more than 95 years, the name Farm Bureau has been synonymous with “The Voice of Agriculture.” The Utah Farm Bureau takes that obligation and challenge very personally and seriously. As our founders representing farmers and ranchers from 30 states gathered in Chicago, Illinois in 1919 the guiding principle they embraced was to make agriculture more profitable and the rural communities they support a better place to live. The organization has grown and its voice has gained power in the halls of Congress and at the Utah State Capital. Nationally, we have experienced 50 years of continual growth and a membership topping 6.2 million member families across 50 states and Puerto Rico. The Utah Farm Bureau has grown to more than 30,000 member families in 2011, an all-time high. But never have we deviated from that original founding principle. The simple formula to our success is that we have never moved away from our foundation – representing farming and ranching families across Utah and across America! The challenges are many and complicated. While profitability continues to be the policy cornerstone, Farm Bureau fights for private property rights, personal responsibility, individual liberty, limited government, less regulations and adherence to the divinely inspired Constitution our Republic was built on. Certainly we have our critics. Generally the critics don’t agree with our traditional values and views that recognize the goodness of America. That food security and abundance is a blessing and not a right of birth. That hard work and personal responsibility are the way to prosperity – not a government determining winners and losers. Occasionally even a farmer or rancher will criticize Farm Bureau. Often

the attack comes because we don’t agree with their “individual” point of view or our policy doesn’t encompass their concerns. Farm Bureau’s grassroots member involvement continues to be the hallmark of this great organization. Our policy process starts and ends with individual Farm Bureau members engaged in making agriculture more profitable and rural Utah a better place to live. Countless county meetings are held across Utah where volunteer leaders, member families and local elected officials gather to discuss issues and surface recommendations to solve the concerns. Ours is an open process where any Farm Bureau member can identify issues for discussion at the county level. Through these county organizations, programs and policy recommendations are forwarded to the state Farm Bureau for consideration. The Utah Farm Bureau annual state convention provides an opportunity for renewing friendships and an agenda of entertainment, industry experts, educational presentations, the Constitution and even some fun and games. But the fundamental reason for the annual state convention never moves far from the spotlight – policy adoption. For three days in November, board members, county presidents and 130 delegates representing every Farm Bureau member in Utah’s 29 counties come together to discuss, debate and adopt policy that will guide the organization for the coming year. Issues of great complexity like water rights, stream bed access, cap and trade, federal land policy, growing regulatory burdens and federal budget deficits are discussed at length. Simple concepts like patriotism, capitalism,

freedom of religion, states’ rights, being a good steward of the land, the Pledge of Allegiance and “In God We Trust” are reviewed by the delegates as well. As an organization, Utah Farm Bureau declares a set of fundamental beliefs that embrace the dignity of the individual and our moral obligation to preserve freedom for future generations. Farm Bureau’s grassroots policy process is the bulwark that has sustained this organization for nearly a century. Some will ask why as a farm organization we engage in “issues not pertinent to farm profitability or food production.” Booth Wallentine told me many years ago, “Yes, Farm Bureau is an organization of farmers and ranchers, but we are American citizens first. The Farm Bureau grassroots policy process gives this organization the right to call itself ‘The Voice of Agriculture’. Farm Bureau officers, staff and board members are committed to the annual ‘Utah Farm Bureau Policies’ as authorized by the delegate body. Through this process, elected officials at the local, state and national levels are assured we speak for Utah’s and America’s farmers and ranchers. Thank you for your continued support of the Utah Farm Bureau.

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The Ag Agenda

Dust Regulations are Blowin’ in the Wind By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Dust is a fact of life in rural areas, from driving on unpaved roads, to plowing farm fields and moving cattle from one location to the next. Recently dust has even made its way to Washington, D.C. Coming under attack by activists, it has been made the focus of congressional hearings and legislation. Rural dust is regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency, but a bill currently pending in Congress would remove naturally occurring dust from EPA oversight and out of the bull’s-eye of activist groups. A Dust Up Dust is no stranger to farmers and ranchers. In some parts of the country, like the arid West and Southwest, it’s as much a part of the ranch as the livestock and hay. Rural dust is regulated through the Clean Air Act’s National Ambient Standard. Areas, like in California and Arizona, that have a tough time meeting this EPA standard, are required to take further measures to reduce dust. But, unfortunately, a recent petition to EPA by activists has stirred up a dust storm in Washington.

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The activist group WildEarth Guardians has targeted 15 areas in the U.S. as being in violation of EPA’s dust standard. The group has given EPA 90 days to find the areas in violation of the law or it will take the agency to court. EPA’s standard serves to protect public health, and consequently focuses monitoring to larger population centers. Yet, of the 15 areas that WildEarth Guardians are targeting, nine have populations with less than 20,000 people. The group wants EPA to clamp down on dust in areas like Parachute (pop. 1,006), Pagosa Springs (pop. 1,591) and Lamar (pop. 8,659), all in Colorado. These are hardly the population centers in which these standards are meant to focus. By trying to meet additional regulations, these areas will literally have to limit driving on unpaved roads and plowing in fields, while hoping the rain falls and the wind doesn’t blow. Failure could result in loss of federal highway funds, among other consequences. Bite the Dust Currently, rural dust regulations are blowing in the wind, with many trying to determine which direction they may take. The Farm Bureau-supported Dust

Regulation Prevention Act (H.R. 1633 in the House and S. 1528 in the Senate) would help eliminate uncertainty of regulation once and for all. The legislation would remove naturally occurring dust in rural areas from EPA oversight unless scientific evidence can establish a causal link between rural dust and health effects. EPA admits that scientific evidence at best only “suggests” possible short-term health effects from rural dust, and further admits there is “inconclusive” evidence to show any longterm effects. Most importantly, passage of the bill would also give certainty to farmers and ranchers that activities, which are natural and integral parts of their farms, are not unduly restricted. They would be protected from being regulated as a result of blowing wind or a lack of rainfall or any other conditions from Mother Nature, over which they have no control.


Have Yourself a

Christmas Dairy Little

By Matt Hargreaves, Editor, Utah Farm Bureau News

With the arrival of the holidays, food takes on the unique role of bringing families together, binding current generations with the traditions of those who’ve gone before, and providing a focal point of thanksgiving. But what would our celebrations, gatherings or parties look – or taste – like without one very important member…dairy? Most family traditions will include foods like turkey, prime rib, potatoes, or even a Christmas ham. But some thought reveals that many of the rich, flavorful items that bring the oomph into the holidays use dairy products that are produced by farm families right here in Utah. Imagine your holidays without the varieties of pies, cookies, puddings and whipped cream. Then dig deeper – cheese balls, soups, cheese & crackers, pancakes and even cider with cream. Besides, water and carrot sticks just don’t have the same appeal as the infamous cookies & milk left for Santa, do they? Chief among the dairy delicacies used this time of year is butter. Picture mashed potatoes, popcorn at the movies, and warm rolls. What would they be without butter? Butter is the critical ingredient for flaky, melt-in-your-mouth pie crusts and sauces. Why do we love it so much? “The holidays are not just about eating – it’s about enjoying family, friends and fine foods,” said Becky Lowe, Vice President for the Dairy Council of Utah. “During the holidays, we love to cook up the classics – candy, pastries, baked goods, sauces and spreads – because they bring back fond memories – and any chef will tell you butter is superior and preferred for eating and cooking.” 8


The science of it all simply lends more credibility to our senses. The characteristic buttery flavor comes from the more than 120 compounds found in butter, but mostly from the combination of methyl ketones and lactones. While they are present in butter and the milk, their concentration increases when butter is heated up, “synergistically resulting in a full, rich butter flavor” according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. What’s more, butter provides the smooth and creamy consistency to sauces and wholesome, rich feeling to the foods we eat. So where did it come from? Surprisingly, it hasn’t changed much since the days when it became a food staple. Sources date the emergence of butter to about 4000 years ago, when nomadic travelers would store milk in pouches on the livestock they traveled with. The constant banging and sloshing eventually turned the milk into a butter-like substance.

Butter was also used during the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans, but by the Middle Ages, it was a common food often regarded as peasant food. According to several websites, butter began to regain favor after the Roman Catholic Church allowed for its consumption during Lent. In parts of northern Europe, it would be packed into barrels and buried in peat bogs to be stored for years. Archeological finds in Ireland have commonly found barrels of this butter-like substance buried today. Even the earliest expeditions to the Americas included butter in their food supplies, with the Pilgrims storing several tubs of butter on the Mayflower. How is it Made? Scientific research has helped us learn that milk has an emulsion like property, meaning that there are items grouped together that don’t

normally mix – in this case, water and oils in the milk. After separating the cream from the milk, the cream is pasteurized and allowed to age while refrigerated, which helps crystalize the butterfat. When friction or churning takes place, the butterfat and proteins break apart from the cream and begin to group together in a solid mass. Buttermilk comes about from the liquid separated from the solids and is sold separately. The solids continue to be churned and molded until a proper fat content is achieved. By law, butter needs to contain at least 80 percent butterfat, and it will also usually have about 15 percent water. Homemade butter can often have a lower butterfat content. After the churning and the draining of buttermilk, the solids are worked more by adding salt (unless unsalted butter is being made), perhaps the adding of color, and ensuring

Butter Facts

Normal butter softens to spreadable consistency at 60° Fahrenheit. Butter should be stored at between 32-38 degrees Fahrenheit in the fridge for up to six months, or between -10 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit frozen for up to one year. One pound of butter represents the amount of cream in approximately 10.5-11 quarts of milk. India produces the most butter worldwide at 1.4 million metric tons. The U.S. is 2nd with 522,000 metric tons, and France third. France ranks #1 in butter consumption per capita, while Germany ranks #1 in total consumption and the U.S. is #5. According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, butter has been used as a medicine, a hair dressing, an oil, a poultice to erase wrinkles and as a means for buying a wife. Butter can be made by extracting cream from whey.

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the proper moisture adjustments if needed. The butter is then molded into various shapes and sizes depending on the final use and/ or packaging, and then distributed either to retail, food service or food processing users. From Extra Money to a Full Blown Industry While the taste and essential processes for making butter haven’t changed much since first created, food safety and speed have. In the early days of butter making in the United States – during the early 1800s – butter was made from milk collected over several milkings, perhaps over several days. Dairy families would have to let the milk sit for a while, allowing the cream to naturally rise to the top and separate from the milk. At times, the milk would become somewhat fermented, but was still able to be made into what’s known as cultured butter, which is more popular in

Europe than in the Unites States. In the United States, butter is typically made from pasteurized milk and is known as sweet cream butter. A major breakthrough in butter production came about in the 1860s, which sped up the process and improved food safety at the same time. According to sources at the University of California-Davis, Swedish engineer Carl Gustaf Patrik de Laval invented the centrifugal cream separator that revolutionized the craft. The separator consists of a bowl, which spins thousands of revolutions per minute, with holes on the rim of the bowl. As the milk spins quickly, the cream and milk separate. The heavier milk naturally flows to the top of the bowl and empties out the holes, while the lighter cream collects in the center of the bowl. Instead of waiting for the cream to naturally separate, Laval’s invention

greatly sped up the process and made the product safer to consume because it avoided the risk of having the milk turn sour by sitting out too long. The butter was refrigerated quicker –helping avoid contamination. With the industrial breakthrough, butter factories started appearing in the U.S. in the early 1860s, though the first butter factory was created in Goshen, New York in 1848 according to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board. Whereas butter was predominantly made from milk supplied by a multitude of local dairy farmers as a source of extra income, there began to be businesses built exclusively for making butter once the improved separator and butter churns were invented. Facilities now are often taking milk seven daysper-week to keep up with demand. There are currently two commercial butter-making facilities in Utah, the


West Point Dairy Center in Cache County and Deseret Milk in Salt Lake County, with butter being made just hours after the milk has entered the facility. Though milk is coming in year round, cream volumes are generally the highest in the late fall, winter and early spring according to JD Rhea of the West Point Dairy. What’s in a Shape? Butter can come in large blocks for food service companies or in the common 4-ounce block at your local supermarket, but perhaps the most innovative shape comes from its use as an art form at several state fairs in the U.S. Using it as a medium similar

to clay, artists have worked with butter at many state fairs to promote each state’s dairy industry. Utah’s state fair has been commissioning a butter cow sculpture for many years sponsored by the Utah Dairy Commission. This year’s sculpture, “A London Dairy Pair”, shows a cow couple in the likeness of British royal couple of Prince William and Kate Middleton. Just as the methods for making butter haven’t changed much, neither has its reputation for quality when it comes to baking and cooking for the holidays. Whether it is Mom’s famous pie crust or the latest in culinary creations from famous chefs, most proudly tout butter’s superior tastes and textures. In baking, the

Buttery Mul led C ider

Servings: 8 Ingredients: 1/2 cup brown sugar 1 orange, squeezed for juice 1 lemon, squeezed for juice 8 cups apple cider 4 cloves, whole 2 cinnamon sticks 1 teaspoon whole allspice 1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided

Cooking Directions: In a large saucepan, stir brown sugar, orange and lemon juice, cider, cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice and 1/4 cup butter. Simmer covered for 1/2 hour, stirring occasionally. Remove whole spices. Pour into mugs and float 1/2 tablespoon of butter on top of each.

Sea Salted Caramel Servings: 3 dozen Ingredients: 1 cup (2 sticks) butter 1 1/2 cups brown sugar 3/4 cup sugar 1/4 cup dark corn syrup 1/2 cup light corn syrup
 1 cup whipping cream 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 teaspoon sea salt

Cooking Directions:

Butter the sides and bottom of a heavy 3-quart saucepan. Add butter and melt over low heat. Add sugars, corn syrups and cream; mix well. Raise heat to medium-high and bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium and continue to boil until mixture reaches 248°F (use candy thermometer). Remove saucepan from heat and stir in vanilla. Pour caramel immediately into a 9-inch square pan lined with buttered foil. Cool at room temperature until caramel begins to set, sprinkle with sea salt; cool completely. Use foil to lift caramel out of pan. Butter a large chef ’s knife and cut caramel into 1-inch squares. Wrap caramels individually in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week.

butter acts as a layer of fat that when baked, melts away leaving behind a flaky texture. Butter is a good source of Vitamin A and its flavor is used to compliment sweet baked goods. With its rich, full flavor, butter is a prized ingredient in much of the delicacies found during the holidays. Its dairy cousins whipped cream, milk, cheese and ice cream also provide the premium feel to the season often associated with food. As you gather with family, friends and other loved ones this season, take a moment to think of how things would taste differently without the role of dairy and thank the many dairy farming families for what they help bring to the table.


Where’s the Beef… alo? B y b y M a t t H a r g r e a v e s , E d i t o r, U t a h Fa r m B u r e a u N e w s

Yes, you read that right…beefalo. This isn’t a typo or some creative, trendy way of spelling, it is what it is – part beef, part buffalo. It is the latest effort from a Utah rancher to capitalize on growing demand for healthy meat options while continuing a family-farming heritage. What’s intriguing about rancher Doug Reid’s latest venture isn’t just the animal, but how he’s bringing it to market that makes his a unique story. So how does a man raised mostly in the suburb of South Jordan, Utah come to be at the forefront of what he hopes to be trend in healthy meat? It’s a situation many in agriculture are familiar with. “Though my family’s history was involved in agriculture in Duchesne, I was mostly a hobby farmer. I had some cattle and hay, while I was running some other businesses,” Doug Reid said. “Then I came to a situation that many face in agriculture – it was too much work being a hobby farmer, so I had to go either all in or all out. I’m all in.”

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If you haven’t heard of a beefalo before, it is a USDA registered breed of cattle that is between 17.5% and 37.5% bison. This percentage has been found to retain the look and taste of beef cattle while retaining some of the healthy meat properties of bison – including less calories, cholesterol and fat than traditional beef. In fact, USDA tests have shown it even has less cholesterol than chicken!

That 2nd generation animal would often retain too much of the bison traits, and so it would take another generation of breeding to achieve the proper 75-25 mix of beef versus buffalo.

Having heard of beefaloes before, Reid decided to investigate many of the claims he read on the Internet to see if things were too good to be true. He was pleasantly surprised to see that many were as good as promised, but that doesn’t mean it has been easy.

Reid found other beneficial traits for the animals once he started grazing them on his family’s land in Duchesne and Salina. Though calves are born a little smaller than typical beef calves, they are voracious eaters and gain weight very well. And to Reid’s satisfaction, they do quite well on marginal grazing lands without needing to be fed grains.

One of the tricks with raising a beefalo is just getting one, because the breeding can be challenging. Ranchers found that breeding a Bison bull with a female cow would produce an offspring, but the offspring were often infertile or they didn’t produce at all. However, when breeding a beef bull with a female bison, the problem was fixed. But that’s not the end of it.

“Needing to take three generations before you can get the animal you want is a deterrent for some people,” Reid said. “But once you’re there, they will produce a beefalo every time.”

“I think they get this trait from the bison’s instincts to survive,” Reid said. “Being entirely grass fed, we can sell the beefalo as premium product while retaining the great taste of corn-fed beef. From rancher’s perspective, we get a grain-fed product with a grass-fed price.”


Having successfully raised the animals, Reid was faced with another challenge of having to create a market. Bringing a new product to market isn’t easy, especially with the beef market largely dominated by Black Angus cattle. So instead of taking a lower price for his product, Reid is letting his beefalo do the talking.

show the growing trend towards providing as much locally-sourced food as possible. Providing a benefit to both local farmers and retail establishments, locally grown food gives those in agriculture an opportunity at educating consumers on where their food comes from. Reid is taken that a step further.

Just like any side of beef, beefalo selections come in any type you want. Roasts, ribs, brisket, ground, steaks, etc. Reid began selling his beefalo at the South Jordan farmers market this past summer by having the tantalizing smell of his grill bringing in potential customers. Coupling those positive results with growing Internet sales, Reid took on another daring venture – starting a restaurant.

If reading about where their food comes from can provide piece of mind to consumers, eating your burger at a restaurant from the rancher who raised it for you is taking it to a whole new level.

Even a passing glance at menus of restaurants or the many grocery stores throughout Utah will

The restaurant, named Bombdiggity, is located at 1481 West 12600 South in Riverton and provides a showcase for Reid’s beefalo. Diners can choose different sizes of burgers and hot dogs made from beefalo, along with fries, onion strings, chicken sandwiches and frozen custard. The décor inside features Reids efforts at edu-

cation, with comparative nutritional information, facts & figures about what beefalo is and more. The prices reflect an increase over straight beef, but about half the cost of traditional bison meat. With the added health benefits and the same great taste as beef, Reid has seen a steady supply of customers and positive feedback on both the restaurant and the meat. “I just like to tell people that it’s beef that is a little healthier for you,” Reid said. With a growing heard of animals, full-blown retail restaurant and growing online presense, Reid and his ‘Utah Beefalo’ brand definitely is “all in”. Only time will tell if the product secures a stable place in the market but the present definitely is encouraging. Those wanting more information on Reid’s beefaloes can visitutahbeefalo.com or on Facebook.


2011 Annual Convention

Pr ot e c t i n g A g r i c u lt ure ’ s H er i ta g e Celebrating its 95th annual convention, farmers and ranchers throughout the state gathered at the Davis Conference Center in Layton to talk about issues confronting agriculture in Utah, including Utah’s agricultural economy and impacts from the global economy, transportation planning, urban encroachment, and to look for ways and ideas Farm Bureau members can use protect their heritage. The Farm Bureau delegate body also deliberated and came up with policy recommendations to address issues impacting agriculture. Utah Farm Bureau President Leland Hogan greeted convention goers with an optimistic attitude about the challenges faced today and encouraged Farm Bureau members to be grateful for the positive elements of being involved in agriculture and to stick to proven principles that will ensure agriculture’s success in the future. Chief Executive Officer Randy Parker also congratulated Farm Bureau members on their many achievements throughout the year, including an all-time membership high of 30,055 members. Parker also showed a video presentation commending volunteer

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members and staff on the many awards and recognitions earned throughout the year and the Farm Bureau’s success at the state legislature. Well-known economist and professional speaker Jeff Thredgold addressed Farm Bureau members regarding the state of the current economy in Utah and how the U.S. and global economies impact it on a larger scale. Thredgold further included agriculture as one of eight key areas for sustained growth in the future. The 2011 Leopold Conservation Award was also presented by the Sand County Foundation, in partnership with the Utah Farm Bureau, Utah Cattlemen’s Association, and Western AgCredit. Utah Commissioner of Agriculture Leonard Blackham made the presentation of the award to the Osguthorpe family and their Red Pine Land & Livestock in Summit County. The award recognizes the conservation efforts of private landowners in Utah. Utah Farm Bureau Vice President of Communications Matt Hargreaves spoke to convention guests about the need to improve the way in which farmers and ranchers communicate with their neighbors and

non-farming consumers throughout the state. Citing the barrage of online resources devoted to tearing down agriculture, Hargreaves invited farmers and ranchers to do the best job they can at explaining the care they give their animals and how they are responsible stewards for the animals in their care. A number of break-out sessions were also held; helping Farm Bureau members further improve their communication skills; learn about opportunities for improving rural economic development; and deepen their understanding of the origins of the U.S. Constitution. Farm Bureau members and invited guests were further treated to words from Senator Orrin Hatch and the presentation of the 2011 Friend of Agriculture Award to family of late State Senator Dennis Stowell. Thank you to all Farm Bureau members that made the sacrifice to attend the convention, and we look forward to seeing many more at the convention next year in Davis County.


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2011 LEOPOLD

CONSERVATION AWARD Sandy County Foundation, the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the Utah Cattlemen’s Association, and Western AgCredit were pleased to name the Osguthorpe family as the recipient of the 2011 Leopold Conservation Award at the recent Utah Farm Bureau Annual Convention, November 17, 2011. “The Osguthorpes have made conservation a family tradition,” said Brent Haglund, Sand County Foundation President. “Through adaptive management techniques, innovation and outreach, Steve and his family are going a long way to ensure that the agricultural operation and its natural resources will, not only endure, but thrive for future generations.” “One thing my father taught us is if you have land, you leave it in better condition than you found it, for the benefit of the next generation,” Steve Osguthorpe said. When the Osguthorpes began working their 178,000 acres of land near Park City, primary income sources were livestock, crops, and wool. Although the family continues to run sheep and grow alfalfa, corn, barley, and oats, they have incorporated other sources of income into their agricultural operation. The Leopold Conservation Award, named in honor of world-renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, is comprised of $10,000 and a Leopold crystal. The award is presented annually in eight states to private landowners who practice responsible land stewardship and management. Other finalists for the 2011 award were: • Heaton Ranch, Karl & Raymond Heaton, Kane County • Dennis Stowell family, Iron County • Fred Thurston, Morgan County The Leopold Conservation Award in Utah is made possible through the generous support of Western AgCredit, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Utah Farm Bureau Federation, Farm Credit and the Utah Association of Conservation Districts (UACD).

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2011 FRIEND OF

AGRICULTURE AWARD The Utah Farm Bureau would like to pay tribute to Dennis E. Stowell, an advocate for agriculture and rural Utah and a longtime friend of Farm Bureau. Throughout a distinguished public service career, Dennis was recognized for his honesty and resolve. Dennis was an advocate for the farmers and ranchers of Utah relying on a common sense approach in framing debate and ultimately finding solutions. Dennis grew up on a cattle ranch in remote Rowland, Nevada located about two hours north of Elko. He attended school in a oneroom school until eighth grade and graduated from Elko High School. Dennis served in the Army Finance Division during the Vietnam War. He earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Brigham Young University in chemical engineering and served a LDS mission to Denmark. Dennis Stowell was proud to be recognized as a farmer and rancher who raised cattle, sheep and alfalfa hay. He was an inventor, businessman and public servant. His 25-years of public service included Mayor of Parowan, Iron County Commissioner and Utah State Senator. Dennis had a great appreciation for the Farm Bureau, its values and its people. He enjoyed attending and engaging in policy discussions with his Senate District constituents in Garfield, Kane, Iron, Beaver and Millard Counties. That grassroots understanding made him the champion of farmers and ranchers on land use, wildlife and water development issues. Sadly, within just hours of telephoning into the Millard County Farm Bureau meeting, husband, father, and statesman Dennis Stowell passed away on the morning of April 17, 2011 after a valiant battle with cancer. Dennis left a remarkable legacy he and his family can be proud of. The Utah Farm Bureau is proud to recognize Dennis Stowell with our Friend of Agriculture Award for dedicated service to family, faith, industry, community, state and nation.

2011 ELECTED

FARM & RANCH LEADERS Members from Utah’s 28 County Farm Bureaus met November 17-18 in Layton to select leaders for the state’s largest farming and ranching organization. Delegates re-elected Tooele County hay farmer and rancher Leland Hogan to his 6th two-year term as president of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. Hogan has and will continue to serve on the American Farm Bureau Board of Directors as well as the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture. Rulon Fowers, a hay grower from Hooper, Weber County, Rex Larsen, a cattle rancher and grain farmer from Spanish Fork, Utah County, and Edwin Sunderland, a dairy farmer and turkey producer from Chester, Sanpete County were all re-elected to two-year terms on the Utah Farm Bureau Board of Directors. John Reese, a cattle rancher and BLM range manager from Kanab, Kane County, was selected as the new chairman of the Young Farmer and Rancher Committee (YF&R). Dusty & Mandi Bingham, ranchers from Honeyville, Box Elder County; Joel & Becca Ferry, who farm and ranch in Box Elder County but live in Fruit Heights, Davis County; Meagher & Tiffany McConkie, ranchers from Altamont, Duchesne County; and Kelby & Kathy Iverson, ranchers from Hurricane, Washington County were selected to be on the state YF&R committee. Belva Parr of Utah County was elected as the new chair of the State Farm Bureau Women’s Committee. Parr owns sheep currently, but has been involved with agriculture all her life. She was recently recognized by the National Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium as its 2011 Ag Advocate of the Year. Re-elected to the State Farm Bureau Women’s Committee were Dot Jensen of Tremonton for District 1; JaNae Titmus of Grantsville for District 3; Tami Chew of Jensen for District 5; and Jeri Iverson of Washington for District 7.


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Zak and Marcy Miller of Richmond, Utah were the winners of the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher ‘Excellence in Agriculture’ award. The award was presented at the Utah Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Layton last week.

Matt & Lena Leak of Cornish, Utah were the winners of the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher ‘Achievement Award’. The award was presented at the Utah Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Layton last week and is considered the top honor for young farmers and ranchers in Utah.

The Excellence in Agriculture award is a competition that was initiated a number of years ago to recognize young farmers and ranchers involved in agriculture, but who don’t necessarily derive a majority of their income from an owned production agriculture operation.

The Achievement Award is a competition that recognizes those young farmers and ranchers that have excelled in their farming or ranching operations and honed their leadership abilities to superiority.

Zak works as an animal nutritionist for Cargill Animal Nutrition in Richmond, Cache County, focusing on nutrition management for dairy and beef cattle in Northern Utah and Eastern Idaho. He was raised in St. Anthony, Idaho on a family farm and ranch, with cattle, potato and grains. Zak attended college at Brigham Young University-Idaho in Rexburg, Idaho where he received a BS in animal Science and a minor in Ag Business. Zak and his wife Marcy live in Richmond with their three daughters. The Miller family, representing the Cache County Farm Bureau, competed with 13 other contestants for the award. Zak & Marcy received a plaque, a $500 check from the General Motors, a 2011 Polaris Trailboss ATV, and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Millers will compete at the American Farm Bureau annual convention in January. National winners of the Excellence in Agriculture award their choice of either a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra Truck, courtesy of General Motors.

YF&R

DISCUSSION MEET John Reese of Kanab, Utah won the Utah Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet. The competition was concluded at the Utah Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Layton last week and is considered the top honor for young farmers and ranchers in Utah.

The Discussion Meet contest is designed to simulate a committee meeting where discussion and active participation are expected from each participant. This competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The judges are looking for the contestant that offers constructive critThe contestants are evaluated on a combination icism, cooperation, and communication while of their farming operation growth and financial analyzing agricultural problems and developprogress of operation, Farm Bureau leadership ing solutions. and leadership outside of Farm Bureau. More specifically, the judges look for excellence in John currently works for the BLM in Kanab management, growth and scope of the enterprise managing allotments and implementing range and self-initiative that are displayed throughout improvements. John, his wife Dusty, and their two kids spend their spare time helping on the operation. the family farm raising sweet corn and Alfalfa The Leak family runs a Holstein dairy farm in while participating in livestock team roping Cache County and also raise 90 acres of alfalfa, and building their own cow herd. corn and other forage crops. Additionally, Matt works as an dairy nutrition consultant for Cargill John Reese, representing the Kane County Animal Nutrition. Both Matt and Lena are Farm Bureau, competed with more than 18 graduates of Utah State University, where the two other contestants from around the state in the competition. The ‘Final Four’ competitors inmet while working at USU’s Caine Dairy. cluded John’s wife Dusty, animal nutritionist Matt and his wife Lena live in Cornish with their Zak Miller from Cache County, and dairyman Russ Kohler from Wasatch County. For winfive children. ning the competition, John received a plaque, a The Leak family, representing the Cache County $500 check from the General Motors, a 2011 Farm Bureau, competed with seven other Polaris Trailboss ATV, and an expense-paid contestants for the award. Matt and Lena received trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation a plaque, a $500 check from the General Motors, (AFBF) annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. a 2011 Polaris Ranger ATV, and an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation Reese will compete at the American Farm Bureau Discussion Meet against Discussion (AFBF) annual meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii. Meet winners from across the nation during The Leaks will compete at the American Farm its annual convention in January. National Bureau annual convention in January against winners of the Discussion Meet have their Achievement Award winners from across the choice of either a Chevy Silverado or GMC nation. National winners of the Achievement Sierra Truck, courtesy of General Motors. Award their choice of either a Chevy Silverado or GMC Sierra Truck, courtesy of General Motors.


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Utah Farm Bureau Leaders Visit U.S. Supreme Court on Private Property Rights Utah Farm Bureau President Leland Hogan (left) and CEO Randy Parker (right) were in attendance in the United States Supreme Court December 7th when Justices heard arguments in the PPL Montana vs. Montana “navigable for title” property rights case. More than a century after statehood, the Montana Supreme Court ruled that more than 500 miles of privately owned streambeds with 10 hydro-electric generating power plants was the property of the state of Montana. Following the decree, the state sent PPL Montana a bill for $50 million in back rent.

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Utah Farm Bureau submitted an amicus brief on behalf of PPL Montana arguing certainty of title is critical to assuring ownership and investments in private property associated with streambed ownership across the Western United States. If the Montana action is allowed to stand, Farm Bureau is concerned judicial takings without due process or just compensation will take place in other states including Utah. Montana became a state in 1889. Recognizing the state of Montana facilitated development of the dams and power plants on Missouri, Madison and Clark’s Fork Rivers both Justice Scalia and Justice Sotomayor asked why the state had not previously sought streambed ownership under the equal footing doctrine. Scalia noted the state of Montana had assisted the hydro-electrics in their development exercising eminent domain as necessary. “In 120 years, why didn’t the state of Montana make its ownership interest known,” he asked? Utah Farm Bureau will be monitoring the progress of this case and keep Farm Bureau members informed as to its impacts on property rights.

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The Perfect Gift x By Susan Furner, Executive Assistant and Event Planner, Utah Farm Bureau Federation

Christmas is the season of giving. Have you ever wandered around looking for the perfect gift? As with all things, gift giving can be good or bad. Good if you are a person who has learned the art of gift giving. Bad if you are paralyzed with fear from the pressure of finding the perfect gift. My husband once sought advice from a friend on what he should get me for my birthday. She thought a moment and then responded, “Well, I can tell you what NOT to get her.” Interested, my husband asked, “What?” She said, “For my last birthday my husband got me a wider bicycle seat!” Laugh if you will, but hasn’t everyone given a gift that bombed? So how do you give the perfect gift? The best gifts have meaning because of the thoughtfulness that goes into selecting or making them. The gift should show care and have special meaning to the recipient. Here are a few tips that may help improve your gift giving. Take note of the likes and interests of your family and friends. Ideas will come when shopping together, during conversations and through shared experiences. A grandfather’s quiet observation led to one young man’s favorite gift. “I loved 20 20

trains as a child. There was an apple box in my grandfather’s garage that had a train printed on the side of it and whenever I would go into his garage, I would stand and admire that box. One Christmas I opened my gift from Grandpa and it was that cardboard train beautifully framed. I guess I didn’t know Grandpa had been watching me and had noticed how much I liked that simple picture on the side of an old apple box.”

When he arrived, the family had organized a 4th of July celebration complete with American flags. They honored him by honoring his love for America.

The perfect gift doesn’t need to be expensive. Last year, our family had a homemade Christmas. My oldest daughter painted each family member a bird that represented our personalities. My oldest son made our initials out of wood. My middle daughter wrote a story about our family entitled, The Organized Chaos of My Life where she described each of us and the dynamics of our family. My youngest son hand lettered our favorite quotes and my youngest daughter sewed each of us a teddy bear with our initials on it. It was a humble Christmas that was the richest Christmas we have ever had.

The perfect gift can be giving something that the recipient can’t or wouldn’t get for themselves. Another friend recounted, “The year before my father died, my friends created a slideshow for his birthday that chronicled his life of 88 years. As friends and family visited him throughout the day, they watched the show and he talked about his life, his family and friends and what life had taught him. It was the best birthday he ever had.”

The perfect gift speaks to the heart of the recipient and gives evidence that you understand what they hold most dear. When my husband lived in Chile, a family invited him over to their home for dinner.

The perfect gift of love was given to the world over two millennia ago at the birth of the Christ child in Bethlehem. He is evidence of God’s love for all his children. Indeed, love is the perfect gift.

The perfect gift comes from the heart. I asked a friend to tell me about a favorite gift she has received and she replied, “One of my favorite gifts was a letter my friend wrote to me telling me what she admired in me and how I had helped her. I still have that letter.”

I opened a Dove chocolate the other day and inside the wrapper it said, “Love is the perfect gift.” I believe that is true. Love is the golden thread of gift giving.


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This is the second segment of a four-part series on the ‘Fabulous Food Machine’, which represents four pillars of the American economy that function in harmony to provide those living in America and abroad with the safest, most affordable and most reliable food supply in the world. Those pillars include Farmers, Transportation Systems, Researcher & Scientists, and Farm Bureau. Look for the next segment of the series in the Spring Edition of the Countryside Magazine, coming in April.

Enjoying strawberries in December; peanuts from Alabama; crab from the Northwest; or bananas anytime all have one thing in common for Utahns. Transportation. In fact, you could probably apply that common denominator to most food eaten in the United States. As the time of year comes when many Americans are thinking of their blessings, an effective and efficient transportation system should rank up there with the best of them. While it may be tempting to say the most critical element of our food system in the United States is that of the farmer, it would seem just as critical to say that our ability to move food, commodities, supplies to and from the farm or ranch is just as critical. Without it, food costs go up, variety and availability go down, and so does farmer income.

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We all know we can’t grow Utah strawberries in December – and we don’t even grow bananas in the United States! Yet Americans have become so accustomed to enjoying these and other products and it is all because of our amazing transportation system. The ability of farmers to get their products to market in an effective and efficient way is critical to independence for a family as well as a nation. “On my recent trip to south and Central America, I saw what a difference transportation infrastructure makes for an agricultural economy and for the people,” said Leland Hogan, Utah Farm Bureau President. “Brazil specifically is an agricultural powerhouse, but they have to make market decisions differently because they don’t have the infrastructure. They have to take products to market during

their dry season earlier than they would like to, because their roads won’t allow them to do so in other times of the year. We have a great advantage in that area.” The Roads Frequently Traveled It is easy to look at the varieties of foods in our supermarket and the miles of twisted freeways and accept it as how things work today. But how did it get this way? One of the major turning points for American agriculture has to be the creation of the country’s interstate system under the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. With initial planning started by President Franklin Roosevelt, the highways and freeways were largely constructed under President Dwight D. Eisenhower to assist with evacuations and defense needs. In addition, they greatly increased the ability of farmers and ranchers to get their products to market.


Prior to the expansion of these transportation corridors, movement of agricultural products was largely confined to local markets, especially in the more rural regions. Today, agriculture products represent the largest group of products shipped on the road. “Farmers in Hooper could get their products to a market in Layton fairly easily, but getting them to Oklahoma was another story,” said Sterling Brown, Vice President – Public Policy for the Utah Farm Bureau. “This has expanded to where consumers can enjoy a variety of fresh produce year round. This luxury has become a perceived necessity in the minds of Americans today.”

Not wanting to be overshadowed by the improvements in our road systems, railways and waterways continue to play a pivotal road in getting agricultural products to market – especially in terms of exports. These two methods of transport are most used by the grain industry and serve farremoved rural areas where efficient road travel isn’t possible.

constantly on the cutting edge of all food trends. They serve as insiders for farmers and ranchers looking at what production decisions to make in the future based on what food companies are looking to provide. They also serve as experts on the other end, providing restaurants and others with knowledge of the quality products available.

The export markets are critical for the economic well being of our nation, providing a positive trade-balance and valuable market for excess goods. Currently, 50 percent of wheat, 36 percent of soybeans and 19 percent of corn in the U.S. has been exported in the past five years.

This has taken a local twist lately that is a benefit to local farmers and consumers alike. Many stores and restaurants are placing a value on being able to provide as much locally-sourced food as possible. When in season and available, these choices can provide extra income to local farmers and can enhance the feel of the establishment.

The highways and freeways that crisscross throughout our country have become critical arteries for our economy – both for agriculture and other industries – in similar ways to the many pipelines that carry water throughout the parched areas of Utah. Just as developed water has allowed Utah to become a growing and productive state, completed freeways and highways bring prosperity for urban and rural Utah alike.

From Gate to Plate or from Field to Fork Despite all the hours put in by farmer Joe, he doesn’t have the time to produce his crop and take it to market by himself. Nor does a suburban family in St. George or Sandy have the ability to call up a produce family in Layton or crawfish farmer in Louisiana to get their food. This is where food service and distribution companies serve a vital role.

But how is it that I-15 running through the urban heart of Utah can be a benefit to rural San Juan County? According to the Freight Policy Transportation Institute at Washington State University, the highways are the lifeblood for rural economies because of the function they serve at taking agricultural products to market and also for the multitude of manufacturing products that are delivered.

One such company in Utah and throughout the Intermountain West is Nicholas & C0mpany. Founded in Salt Lake City in 1939 by Nicholas William Mouskondis after he left his native Greece, Nicholas & Company started by selling discarded dented canned foods. With a lot of hard work and tenacity, the company has evolved today into one of the largest regional food distribution companies in the Intermountain West that carries a wide variety of food products to restaurants and other food companies.

What’s more, many of the businesses that support agriculture in rural communities, whether it is the local farm supply store, eatery or medical clinic, depend on products brought in from our highway system. So the critical interactions among community members that are vital in rural towns are dependent on both their rural highways, as well as the major interstates. “Those small highways serve as the aorta for economic viability in those small towns,” Brown said. “But in addition to having quality roads which we all use, agriculture has greatly benefitted from the addition of improvements in the trucking industry itself. More efficient vehicles and the capabilities to keep food cool, if not frozen, and has helped advance agriculture to a whole new level in our country.”

Nicholas and others serve a vital need by providing the products grown by farmers and ranchers to the end users, whether they are buying them at the grocery store, eating a nice dinner at a restaurant, or eating lunch at a school cafeteria. Distribution companies provide the latest in transportation technology and provide savings to both the growers and end consumers of food. An additional benefit is the research and product preparation knowledge that these food service companies provide. Nicholas has a team of chefs, produce experts, frontof-store specialists and others that are

“Restaurants and grocery stores are taking greater advantage of access to the locallygrown products grown in these small towns, which is providing another revenue source for family farms in rural Utah,” Sterling Brown said. One example with Nicholas & Company was how they were instrumental in helping the Summit County Beef brand get established. While beef raised in Kansas may be as tasty as beef in Kamas, the additional income generated by local ranchers by selling locally adds greatly to their ability to make a living. Nicholas was able to make contact with a group of ranchers looking to sell their beef locally and put them in touch with chefs and restaurants wanting to serve local beef. The deal has been a win-win and demonstrates how important transportation systems and companies are to agriculture, our state and national economy, and to our standard of living. While we may get a little tired of traffic congestion and construction, let us be thankful for the impressive transportation system we have in our country. The next time you sit down for a salad in January or slice of New York cheesecake, take moment to recognize how that food got there and give thanks.


Creating Time

for a Fundamental Industry By Sterling C. Brown, Vice President – Public Policy, Utah Farm Bureau Federation Many believe the Utah legislature only meets part-time for a 45-day general session. Not true. This year, there were four special sessions in addition to the general session. Furthermore, all 104 legislators serve on multiple committees, subcommittees and task forces. These assignments bring them back to Utah’s Capitol Hill several times a month. Per diems are allocated to help cover expenses associated with these interim (April through December) assignments. Though legislators have some input as to what committees they serve on, in large part, both House and Senate leadership determines which committees legislators are assigned. On occasion, issues arise that demand added time and attention to understand and resolve. In these rare instances, a bill is sponsored, passed and funded during the 45-day general session creating a legislative committee or task force to look into a particular issue or circumstance during the interim months. Creating an additional committee or task force is rare because legislators already serve on a number of committees, and second, additional funds are necessary to cover per diem. Understanding the process and resources necessary to assemble a legislative body 24

is key when trying to educate legislators and pass policy that advances your objectives. Existing legislative committees are designed to embrace all the issues such as healthcare, tax reform, ethics, public utilities, education, law enforcement, transportation and much, much more. Yet, again, there are times when creating a temporary, or interim committee, is helpful when trying to understand and resolve a particular issue. This year was one of those times. Among agriculture leaders, conserving Utah’s family farms was elevated to a priority that warranted additional legislative involvement and action. As such, efforts to sponsor, pass and fund a bill that would create a legislative task force for this purpose did not gain support and pass during the general session. Most would accept the defeat. Others would try again next year. Leaders get creative and make it work. Leonard Blackham, Commissioner of Utah’s Department Agriculture and Food, and Greg Bell, Utah’s Lieutenant Governor, readily agreed that conserving Utah’s farms and ranches needed prompt legislative discussion and action. Together, they found necessary funds within their existing budgets to fund an agricultural sustainability task force comprised of both legislators and industry

leaders. Both men co-chaired the task force with seven state Senators, 10 state Representatives and 16 local government and agriculture industry leaders serving with them. They met six times with laser focus and experienced discipline in finding ways to preserve Utah’s family farms and ranches. Time and time again, task force members recognized and expressed that today’s farmers and ranchers comprise a basic and fundamental industry to our economy, life-style and standard of living. Even during prolonged years of a deep recession, the general public forgets or doesn’t recognize the source of their breakfast, lunch and dinner. Increased regulations combined with economic and population growth continues to put pressure on the family farm. Poor local, county and state planning will lead to planning to fail. Farmers and ranchers are good stewards of the land. Wise planning and management of their lands protects critical watersheds, provides habitat for important wildlife, maintains clean water and air, and provides other benefits that save taxpayers the cost of cleaning the water and air. Overall, this kind of planning and management has the history and power to promote a better quality of life. Task force members surfaced eight primary issues. Each of these issues encompass many other issues pertinent to conserving sustainable farms and ranches all while producing


a safe, abundant and affordable food supply. The eight primary issues surfaced were the following:

Immigration Utah farms and ranches require an ample, sustainable and legal workforce.

Food Securit y Local farming provides the ability to feed people in their community independent of outside influences and keeps dollars spent on agricultural products in the local economy. Once prime or important agricultural lands are converted to urban development, the ability to produce food is lost and our ability to be self-sufficient is decreased.

Urban Agriculture Urban agriculture is a growing segment in which every acre counts. Creating agriculture friendly zoning ordinances will help expand food producing opportunities throughout our cities and counties.

Invasive Species More effective coordination is needed to inventory and control weeds on public and private lands and to educate the public. Grazing Management Livestock grazing is the dominant sector in Utah agriculture. While the number of permitted livestock on public lands has been decreasing, rangeland can support additional livestock grazing that is beneficial to wildlife, healthy lands, and quality recreational opportunities, if it is properly managed. Landscape-scale grazing management can be a tool to effectively manage the resource for wildlife and livestock.

Agriculture Promotion and Profitabilit y To be sustainable, agriculture must be profitable. This will require increased local marketing opportunities, processing capacity and distribution capacity. Next Generation Farms As the average age of farm operators in Utah continues to increase, it will be important to provide Utah farmers and ranchers with reasonable options for generating farm transfer. Irrigation Infrastructure The availability of water is critical to agriculture. Improving water distribution systems to deliver water to farm lands in a cost effective manner will be critical for

both sustainable agriculture and projected population growth. More than just surfacing these issues, task force members developed a list of proposed actions that industry and government leaders can implement and move the industry into another year and generation of sustainability. A few of these action items include: new legislative policies that protect important farmland; increased funding for conservation easements; invasive species and rangeland and water projects; creating local zoning ordinances that promote and protect critical agriculture lands; and inviting the federal government to eliminate unnecessary regulations. Several members of the task force were members of the Utah Farm Bureau’s board of directors. Others were members and supporters. Utah Farm Bureau appreciates the support and visionary leadership of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and both the executive and legislative branches of government. These leaders and elected officials are more informed, educated, committed and prepared to help young and old farmers and ranchers produce a safe, affordable and abundant food supply in a sustainable way.

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Making Their Point

By David Bailey, Vice President – Organization, Utah Farm Bureau Federation

Two Collegiate Farm Bureau Students Headed to Michigan for an Early Spring Break

Two Utah College students will be heading to Grand Rapids, Michigan early next year to compete in the National Collegiate Discussion Meet being hosted by the American Farm Bureau. Bret Yardley a native of Gunnison, Utah and Alyssa Chambliss from Hinckley, Utah each took first place at their respective Utah Farm Bureau Collegiate Chapter discussion meets. The Collegiate Discussion Meet is a 25-minute, round table discussion involving 4-6 participants per group. The competition is evaluated on an exchange of ideas and information on a pre-determined topic. The judges are looking for the contestant that offers constructive criticism, cooperation, and communication while analyzing agricultural problems and developing solutions. Contestants are ranked on their cooperative attitude, analysis and problem solving skills, and ability to articulate the issues with others. Except for an opening and closing statement addressed to the audience, the conversations are focused on those in the group. There are typically 3 independent judges who score the contestants based on the-before mentioned criteria.

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This discussion meet is an important activity that helps young farmers and ranchers learn to explain important agricultural issues based on their merits, not by using inflammatory language that is often found in current political debates.

their discussion meet skills in preparation for the competitions.

The Farm Bureau collegiate chapters are designed to give students an opportunity to further develop their leadership skills and transition them into the Young Farmer and Rancher program after graduation. The Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmers & Ranchers program includes both men and women between the ages of 18-35. The objective of the Young Farmers & Ranchers program is to provide leadership in building a more effective Farm Bureau to preserve our individual freedoms and expand our opportunities in agriculture.

1. Are the current and proposed Renewable Energy Policies beneficial to all segments of American agriculture? Why or why not?

The collegiate discussion meets at the state level are hosted by the district Young Farmer & Rancher (YF&R) county chairs and committee members. They line up the judges, time keepers, moderators etc. and make sure each contestant knows when and where to be for each round. Each collegiate chapter is involved with planning the date and times of the meets and they help advertised for the event and encourage fellow students to compete. Chapters also provide time for contestants to practice

The discussions are especially interesting to anyone building an agricultural career. This year’s topics were:

2.  How can we convince the public that the animal agriculture industry balances production efficiencies with the public’s expectations of animal care? 3.  Have farmers and ranchers effectively utilized social media to educate and influence the public? What strategies can be implemented to expand the interaction between producers and consumers? 4.  How do we capitalize on the growing world demand for agricultural products? 5.  What role, if any, should agriculture play in addressing health and obesity issues? Bret is attending Southern Utah University and Alyssa attends Utah State University. Both universities have established Collegiate Farm Bureau Chapters in recent years. Student contestants competed against other students at their local college Farm


Bureau chapters last month to determine the winners. Contestants competed in two round robin discussion meets where four finalists were then chosen to compete in the “final four” round. One winner was then chosen to represent each school at the national competition. Both Bret and Alyssa will receive an expense paid trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan where they will then compete against college students from around the country for a $2,500 scholarship. The competition is scheduled for February 18th & 19th at the Amway Grand Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids. Yardley is a senior at Southern Utah University majoring in Ag Business. He is one of the two percent of the population lucky enough to grow up on a farm as the oldest son of Cindy and Russell Yardley. In a job interview, when asked about his agriculture background and hearing Bret’s response, the interviewer replied, “You are the real McCoy.” He actively

promotes agriculture helping with Sanpete & Iron County’s Ag Field Days, sharing his farm experience with others and is serving as an officer in the SUU Ag Club. Currently Bret puts his agriculture knowledge to work for IFA in Cedar City. In addition to his farm responsibilities, Yardley has enjoyed raising pheasants and guiding pheasant hunters and fishermen. He graduated from Gunnison Valley High School where he served as the FFA President and as a Captain on the Wrestling Team. He is an Eagle Scout and is service oriented. After returning from an LDS mission, he married a wonderful Cache Valley woman named Audrey. They have made Cedar City their home until they graduate. Alyssa Chambliss grew up in Hinckley, Utah and attended Delta High School. It was there that she joined the FFA and discovered her passion for agriculture and love of teaching. Throughout high school Alyssa was extremely active in the FFA and spent the majority of my

time serving as a chapter officer and studying for various contests. Upon entering college in the fall of 2010, Alyssa chose agricultural education as her major and has never looked back. Now a sophomore, her main goals in college are to keep great grades and be as involved as possible. This year she is serving as the secretary for the USU Chapter of the Young Farmers and Ranchers, the treasurer of Collegiate FFA, and the vice president of the College of Agriculture Council. Alyssa also stays active in the professional organization for agricultural education majors called Alpha Tau Alpha and the Animal Science Club. After graduation, she plans on moving out of state to be a high school agriculture teacher. For more information about how to become involved with either the USU or SUU Farm Bureau Collegiate Chapter, you can contact David Bailey at 801-233-3020.

Women Make the Difference “Women Make the Difference” is the theme of the 2012 Annual Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Conference” scheduled for Wednesday & Thursday, February 22-23, 2012. The conference will be held at the CottonTree Inn at 10695 South Auto Mall Dr. in Sandy. The keynote speaker for the conference will be Matt Townsend, Communication and Relationship Expert. Townsend is the host of the “Matt Townsend Show” on KSL Radio every Saturday morning and frequent contributor to KSL TV’s morning show, “Studio 5”. Through entertainment and humor, Townsend teaches life-changing skills that help improve our most important relationships. Other presenters will include Leland Hogan, President of the Utah Farm Bureau, Belva Parr, newly appointed State Women’s Committee Chair, Sterling Brown, Farm Bureau Vice President of Public Policy, Kim Farah, LDS Church Public Affairs Media Manager and Lyndi Perry, Agriculture in the Classroom Media Specialist.

Thursday’s activities include a trip to the State Capitol for visits with State Legislators. Farm Bureau County Presidents and Farm Bureau Women will then host a lunch for all State Legislators. Conference attendees will leave the conference with a better understanding of the many ways they as women can influence their family relationships, impact their community and help preserve their agricultural heritage. The conference will begin with quilt block and registration check-in at 10:15 a.m. on Wednesday and conclude on Thursday at 2 p.m. Wednesday evening will be on your own. “The State Women’s Committee has worked hard to put together a conference agenda which provides insightful information to assist us in becoming more successful Farm Bureau volunteers. The conference will also provide practical information which can be useful in each attendee’s personal and family life,” summarizes Belva Parr, State Women’s Committee Chair. “I encourage every

Farm Bureau woman to set aside time to attend the conference. It will be time well spent.” Invite your friends who are not currently Farm Bureau members or Farm Bureau volunteers, register today and come ready to discover how “Women Make a Difference”. COST OF THE CONFERENCE IS $22.00 PER ATTENDEE. PLEASE CALL AURLINE BOYACK AT 801233-3010 BEFORE FEBRUARY 10 TO REGISTER FOR THE CONFERENCE. HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS AT THE COTTONTREE INN ARE $74.00 PER NIGHT PER ROOM FOR UP TO FOUR GUESTS. CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED. PLEASE CALL THE HOTEL AT 801-523-8484 AND ASK FOR A RESERVATION IN THE FARM BUREAU GROUP # 902644. TO GUARANTEE A ROOM AT THE $74.00 RATE, PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION PRIOR TO FEBRUARY 10, 2012.

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Creating Low-Cost Christmas Traditions By Jana Darrington, Utah State University Extension Assistant Professor, Utah County Family traditions are an important part of the holidays. As you enjoy this wonderful time of the year take a few moments and reflect on your family traditions. Due to changing circumstances, perhaps it is time to adjust or modify some activities as you look one year down the road.

known is costly. Also, it may not be practical to make 40 or 50 “neighbor gifts” for every family within a one-mile radius. It is okay to scale back and reduce your holiday responsibilities. When considering your current traditions, here are some things to ask yourself:

According to family scholars Nick Stinnett and John DeFrain, traditions are the “we always” of families. Traditions are familiar and predictable experiences incorporating practices or beliefs, which create positive feelings and can be repeated at regular intervals. They provide special meaning to individuals within the family and provide a sense of identity, feelings of belonging, and feelings of safety and security for each member of the family. Also, since traditions are often handed down from parents and grandparents, they create a unique feeling of connection between generations as well as among immediate family members.

•  How much is this tradition worth to me/my family? •  What could I do instead with my money if I didn’t spend it on this specific tradition? •  How much am I able to spend on this specific tradition? •  If I spend my money to do this tradition, a) what additional costs will there be in order for it to work? b) Is it worth the time I spent making the money to provide for this?

Family researcher William Doherty says that you need to be intentional about the traditions you have within your family. However, it sometimes happens that traditions “we always” do are no longer needed, or do not provide a sense of closeness, and perhaps are too hard to continue due to increased family size, or they no longer have special meaning. So it is important to evaluate current traditions and create new ones. As our economic times change, so might your traditions. Mailing out a Christmas card to every person we have ever

In answering these questions, you will be able to decide which traditions are most important for you and your family to keep. Once you have determined which traditions you will follow, you can begin to save the necessary funds that will allow you to complete your goals. Here are some tips to help you save for holiday expenses: 1)  Leave the credit card at home! When you go out to shop, it is tempting to buy gifts, decorations, and other holiday items on impulse. If you don’t have your credit card with you, you will be more conscious of what you are buying and how you are spending the money in your bank account. This also reduces the likelihood that you will be paying for those items well into the new year!

2)  Use a budget envelope for holiday shopping. You should know what you want to spend for specific holiday traditions, gifts, or decorations. You can put aside that money in an envelope marked for each category. As you get ready to do your shopping, you can easily take along that envelope and pay with cash. When the envelope is empty, you are finished with your spending in that category. This strategy helps you think about each item you buy more carefully – do you really need this? 3)  Use a savings account to budget for holiday expenses. For example, you may plan to spend $600 towards Christmas shopping and traditions. In this case you would divide $600 by 12 to determine that you need to put $50 into your savings account each month in order to have enough money available when the holidays roll around. This method can also be used to save money during the year for anniversaries, birthdays, back-to-school supplies and other things that do not come on a regular monthly basis. Saving and spending before and during the holidays can be a tricky thing. However, if you plan ahead of time, make a consistent effort, and stick to your plan, you can continue to follow your favorite family traditions, or create new traditions that will enable you to enjoy the Holidays with your family and friends. Contact your local Extension service for help on budgeting, additional savings tips and low-cost holiday recipes.

ON THE EDGE of COMMON SENSE KEEP THE FAITH, A SURVIVAL KIT By Baxter Black, DVM

President Carter’s reign was called the time of malaise, defined as a feeling of discomfort. Present times might be described as a time of anxiety. Still hopeful, but with very little trust in the people we put in office.

off employees with regret, are lending support to our friends and relatives, pay the rest of the income taxes, and keep listening to CNN to see when the next shoe will fall.

The recession has hit everybody and each of us has to find a way to get through it. We cannot let the niggling dread of what our well-meaning but inept government has wrought bring us down. I’m guessing that there is a segment of our population that doesn’t worry about our economic condition much. They are on both ends of the spectrum; those who live on a private or government pension, or welfare, who pay little or no taxes, and have no doubt the next check is coming…AND those who have money in the bank from inheritance or private investment, pay two/thirds of all the country’s income tax, and are confident they can ride it out.

To you who have never quit trying, I offer a short list. It has helped me keep pointed in the right direction. I have never been a man who made goals. That sounds funny from a fellow who can tell you where he will be entertaining next February 24, or May 5th. I pretty much live from today to my next performance road trip. In the meantime I have cows to check, calls to return, things to fix, church, friends to visit, family, and routine responsibilities.

Then there are others. Most of us I think. Those who have taken two jobs, moved into a smaller house, laid

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In my travels over the years I get to see my friends. They often say, “We should get together more often.” But, to me, I DO get to see and visit most of them every year or two. That’s a lot considering the distance between our homes. I can’t imagine ever “retiring,” as if this is a real job! During this recession many of us are being forced to face reality, the possibility of life-

changing upheavals, and a cloudy future. Personally, all my responsibilities seem to be swirling and spinning in my mind like puzzles on Wheel of Fortune™. They keep popping up like brush fires which need tended immediately. You put it out and another one flares up! I have given some thought about what is important to me to be able to survive the turmoil that roils around us. What I can personally do that will make a difference… while our leaders fiddle while Washington D.C. burns: KEEP THE FAITH DO GOOD WORKS KEEP YOUR SHOULDER TO THE WHEEL STAY IN TOUCH WITH THOSE YOU CARE ABOUT LISTEN…FIRST BE THANKFUL FOR EACH DAY And if that don’t work, I’ll go back to the drawing board ‘cause I’ve got a lot of chalk.


Keeping it

Warm & Safe By A.J. Ferguson, Vice President – Farm Safety, Utah Farm Bureau Federation

Winter is here and with it come many natural challenges to keep yourself safe and warm. Here are a few tips to help make this winter a safe winter wonderland for you and your family.

Keep your body warm                      

• Eat well balanced meals • Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine – These cause your body to lose heat rapidly • Wear a hat, scarf, and several layers of warm clothing • Wear water resistant boots and coats • Use gloves and mittens (mittens are warmer than gloves) • Outer clothing should be made of closely knit materials or wind resistant • Cold weather will cause extra strain on the heart. Consult your doctor if you suffer from high blood pressure or heart disease. • Work slowly in cold weather, the body is already working to stay warm • Remember to consider wind chill • Avoid walking on ice; many are injured each winter because they slipped on ice • Make sure family or friends know where you are during winter activities like skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping or working

CHRISTMAS LIGHTING TIPS   • Never overload sockets.   • Avoid the use of extension leads or adaptors.   • Always check for broken or damaged lights and loose wires. Replace bulbs with same type and rating as those originally supplied with lights.   • Switch lights off and unplug them before going to bed or leaving home.   • Replace failed bulbs immediately to prevent overheating.

ASSEMBLE A WINTER SURVIVAL KIT                      

• Blankets • First aid kit • Water proof matches • Windshield scraper • Booster cables • Sand bag or cat litter (to pour on ice or snow if extra traction is needed) • Tow rope • Tire chains (for heavy snow areas) • Shovel • Water and dried foods • Flashlight with extra batteries

QUICK TIPS FOR LADDERS            

• Always use a proper step stool or ladder to reach high places for decorations. • Don’t stand on chairs or other furniture to reach high places. • When climbing on a ladder always face the ladder and grip the rungs to climb. • Always keep three points of contact on the ladder. • Keep hips between the side rails and don’t lean too far or overreach. • Reposition ladder to be close to work area.

PREPARE YOUR CAR FOR WINTER              

• Check antifreeze level or consider having radiator system serviced • Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a winter mixture • Replace worn-out wiper blades to increase visibility • Replace worn tires • Check air pressure in tires • Keep gas tank near full to avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines • Keep a winter survival kit in you vehicle

WINTER DRIVING SAFETY        

• Slow down in foggy or other conditions that could cause poor visibility • Reduce speed on icy, muddy or wet roads • Give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination • Be alert for animals crossing roads

FROSTBITE

Frostbite is the freezing of the tissue or body part. Frostbite occurs when ice crystals form inside the skin, which can destroy the tissues, causing loss of skin or part of a finger, toe, etc. It most often effects toes, but can also affect ears, nose, and fingers. SYMPTOMS • Skin that is white and has a “wooden” feel all the way through • Numbness TREATMENT   • Move person to warm area.   • Put effected body part in warm water (105 – 110 degrees F) until skin is flushed.   • Don’t use hotter water or additional damage maybe caused.   • Separate injured fingers or toes with sterile gauze to prevent sticking together   • If sensation doesn’t return within 30 min. seek medical attention immediately

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AUTOMOTIVE FOR SALE: 1987 Volvo forward cab moving truck. 28000 LWD model FE613, 6 cylinder diesel, 22’ box. Low miles: 80,000. Call Ray E. Childs, Clinton 801-825-1701. FOR SALE: 1967 Chev C30 1 ton, rear dual wheels, steel 12’ bed, $1,200. 1941 Ford truck, $2,500. Call Doug 801277-1578.

FARM EQUIPMENT I BUY, SELL, TRADE AND LOCATE all kinds of farm machinery. Bale wagons, tractors, tillage, planting, harvesting equipment, etc. I have a large inventory at this time. Palmer Equipment is located one mile south of Manti on Highway 89. 435-835-5111 or Cell: 435-340-1111. www.balewagons.com. FOR SALE: 1998 hay rake, twin basket hydraulic Allen model 8827. 435-590-2226 or 435-477-8913. FOR SALE Kuhn 4000 RG Rotary Disc swather 13 foot cut. Used only 2 seasons. Bought new in December 2008. Excellent Condition. 2 point Gyrodine swivel hitch and urethane conditioners. $16,900 firm. Spanish Fork Call 801-592-4646 or 801-592-4647 or 801-592-4648. FOR SALE: 1953 Allis Chalmers Model CA. $1,500. Call Doug 801-277-1578.

FEED HAY FOR SALE: 300 small bales, certified weed free hay. $6.00 per bale. Call Dean 435-469-1003, Fountain Green. FOR SALE: 3x3x8 bales, straw, no rain, weed-free, $20.00/bale.801-940-2260. Layton.

LIVESTOCK 300 HD. BRED HEIFERS and 200 hd. Bred Cows ages 2-9 years, AI bred and Black Angus clean-up bulls, start calving March 1st. Call Charles Redd 435-459-1848 or 435-686-2221 Office. GELBVIEH AND BALANCER Heifers and bulls. Polled and many Homozygous Black. Buy Heifers ready to go with or w/o papers. A few cows available. Yearling Bulls are kept until spring. Erik 435/279-7669. FOR SALE: 100 head fancy bred cows, bred heifers, & open show heifers. Sell November 19 in Beaver, UT. Gib Yardley at 435-438-2424 or 435-310-0041. FOR SALE: Pure bred Columbia ram and ewe lambs. 27+ years breeding to the best. Call early or late, ask for Reed at 435-436-8792.

REAL ESTATE LOOKING for land, lease, pasture, existing operation, permits, something we can grow with. Wife & I have a small herd & would like to expand the herd & the family. Please call Chris or kaila 435-590-4970, 801-689-3456. Preston, Idaho: 191 acre gravity sprinkled farm for alfalfa, grain and corn. Excellent soils. 6 bedrm home, 2 story barn, hay shed, corrals and feed mangers for 100+ head. Thatcher, Idaho: 160 acre cattle and sheep ranch. Gravity sprinkled irrigation from canal on property; cheap water; fenced and cross-fenced, 4 BR home, 2 streams, outbuildings; very scenic and beautiful. 2 miles from groomed snowmobile trail and Cache National Forest. Great fishing and hunting. Preston, Idaho: 1743 acre farm with 300+ acres of sprinkle irrigated farm land, 1039 acres of dry farm plus pasture, older 100 cow dairy with cement corrals, farm home and a stream. Borders a reservoir. Portage, Box Elder County, Utah: 1954 acres at the mouth of Portage Canyon. Multiple uses include deer, elk and mountain lion hunting, 4 wheeling, livestock grazing and dry farming. Year round stream. Culinary water and 7200 volt power to property. Close to I-15. Marsh Valley, Bannock County, Idaho: 400+ head cattle ranch. 1479+- acres deeded. Includes 180+- ac. Full circle pivot, 160 acres under wheel lines and 150 acres of flood irrigated meadows with a year round stream. There are 258 BLM permits out the gate and 150 permits in a Soda Springs lease. Several year round streams flow through this ranch. The package includes 100 head of mother cows, a newer 4 bdrm home, machine sheds, 60’ x 80’ indoor arena and working corrals. Close to I-15. Several other properties are also available Call for details. Vaughn Benson Office: 435:753-4999. Benson Realtors, Logan, Utah bensonrealtors@yahoo.com. FOR SALE: 56 Acres of excellent farm ground in Cache Valley, plenty of water. 170.82 Acre Farm in Grace Idaho: Great farm ground. Very scenic, early water right. 260.54 Acre Farm in Grace Idaho: borders Bear River. Gravity pressurized irrigation. Wellsville Home on 1 acre: 6 beds, 2 3/4 baths, garden, Country setting. 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. Clarkston Land: a 57 and a 63 acre parcel with large fish pond. Must be sold together. New Townhome in Franklin Idaho: $109,900, 3 bdrm, 2 1/2 bath, Fully furnished! 1,500 sq ft, with garage. Legacy Ranch Homes: In Franklin, Idaho. Equestrian, lakeside and view lots. Homes from $149,900. 40 Acres Outside Soda Springs: Beautiful forest land with year around stream. 10 Acres in Trenton: Excellent farm land. Would make nice ranchette. Contact Brent Parker, @Home Realty, (435)881-1000 FOR SALE: 160 acres Wyoming. $19,500. Will finance at $250/month. Flat, sagebrush, Sweetwater County. Exit 184 near Wamsutter, Wyoming then 17 miles gravel road to narrow end of property. Legal description: T23NR91WSEC35W2E2. Brent 801-645-8129 or bpjorg@msn.com.

MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE: Satellite Stock Water Monitors: Save time, fuel and money by monitoring your stock water with the internet. Cost effective solutions are available. Check out the website: www.thirstyanimal.com or contact Kevin @ 435-691-2031 (I'm available weekday evenings and all day Friday/Saturday) FOR SALE: Featherweight sewing machines. Carma Davis. 435-513-2836. Leave message and phone number. 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. Reservations, more information: 435-548-2630, 1-866-618-7194, walsh.weathers@gmail.com, www. rosebudguesthouse.com. FOR SALE: Bostch stapler, model F94ED. Electric container box stapler, excellent unit. Call Ray E. Childs, Clinton at 801-825-1701. FOR SALE: Water. 53 Acre foot. Underground water right. Escalante Boulder Mt. Drainage, Garfield County. Certificated. Ready to go. Call Jim Riley Engineering, 801-355-1883. WHEATGRASSES, Forage Kochia and Legumes, wildflowers and much more. We can mix and deliver the seed you need. 801-774-0525 or email oboyce@utahseed.com. FOR SALE 2008 Polaris, 525 IRS Outlaw. Call 435-256-0093. FOR SALE: 2002 Kawasaki 650 4 wheeler, $5,000. 2004 Wanderer 5th Wheel 21 foot, $5,000. Home: 435789-1004 or Cell, 435-823-1004.

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


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