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Taste of Utah Kicks Off Utah State Fair

Nearly 50 local food companies participated in this year's Taste of Utah event during opening day of the Utah State Fair. This is the fifth year of the successful event. Thousands of opening day fair patrons get to sample local products and talk directly to company owners or representatives. Several of the companies featured at the event are taking part in the Utah's Own store at the fair, which runs through Sunday September 14th.

Eat Local Week--Sept. 6-13

It is Eat Local Week. What are you doing to eat local. Several food product companies located in the Beehive State provide locally produced products year-round. But right now, during the peak of fruit and vegetable harvest season, it is fairly easy to pick up local food.

Tips for finding local products:
  • Look for the Utah's Own label on products in grocery stores. Some stores have a local products section.
  • Look for local Utah produce in grocery stores seasonally
  • Visit a farmers market
  • Visit a roadside farm stand
  • Eat at a restaurant that features local products on their menu.

Eagle Scout Project Helps Sage Grouse

The Sage Grouse Initiative is an ambitious partnership between private land owners, federal and state land agencies. The Initiative works to restore habitat for sage grouse, one of the West’s most iconic birds. The public has gotten behind the initiative. One boy scout in particular made the Initiative part of his Eagle Scout project. Read the story.

NRCC Tour Features Russian Olive Discussion

Russian Olive control efforts in Sevier and Emery counties was one of the topics discussed on the recent Natural Resources Coordinating Council tour through Central and Eastern Utah. Tour participants were even treated to a demonstration of tree removal using heavy equipment near Richfield.

The projects are funded through the UDAF managed Invasive Species Mitigation Fund. Robert Hougaard, director, Division of Plant Industry and Conservation, explained that removing the trees is only part of the story. Treated areas need to be sprayed for three to five years to keep the invasive trees from returning.

It's still grilling season. Whether you are cooking at home indoors or out, Jay Schvaneveldt, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, has some safe food handling and cooking tips to help you and your family avoid food born illnesses.
Safe food handling tips from UDAF
Utah Agricultural Products BBQ Happening on October 11
For the nineteenth year, Cache Valley will celebrate Utah agriculture during the Utah Agricultural Products BBQ on October 11 from 3 – 5 p.m. before the Utah State University football game against the United States Air Force Academy.

Sponsored by Utah’s Own, this Logan, Utah tradition features agricultural products produced in Utah including corn, beef, dairy, turkey, pork, onions, lamb, mushrooms, and more.
The entry fee for an adult is $10 for individuals 11 and older. Children from age three to ten are $5. All proceeds from the event support scholarships for the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences students at USU.
More information about the event is available at

UDAF Celebrates Farmers Market Week at Wheeler Farm

Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, LuAnn Adams, spent part of her Sunday in early August celebrating farmers markets at the Wasatch Front Farmers Market at Historic Wheeler Farm in Salt Lake County.

The kickoff to National Farmers Market Week was a chance to promote the importance of farmers markets to Utah's economy. Direct sales from farms to consumers accounts for $16 million a year. Statewide there are 45 farmers markets and 1,800 farms that sell directly to consumers.
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