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Invasive Species Weed Grants Get Noticed


News Media and Public Notice War on Weeds


In the year and a half since the Utah Legislature first passed Senate Bill 61, creating the Invasive Species Mitigation Fund to battle noxious weeds statewide, large and small projects have been started in several counties. Several legislators and news outlets have taken notice. In June 2012, A tour of squarrose knapweed treatment areas in Juab County was featured as part of a segment on the local current affairs program The County Seat. Daily news organizations, including KSL TV, the Deseret News and the Salt Lake Tribune all attended the tour and covered the story.

The 2013 ISMF grant announcement and spraying demonstration in Wasatch County was covered by multiple television and radio stations, and several newspapers.

State and local weed managers say they welcome the attention and scrutiny as they continue to wage war on noxious weeds throughout Utah.

Watch a video produced by UDAF on Utah's War on Weeds.
Wasatch County weed supervisor Quintin Lewis and Summit
County noxious weed enforcement officer (right) Dave Bingham spray noxious weeds from a rail car in the Heber Valley.

Dairy Industry Food Safety Drill to be Held in Utah


Government agencies regularly conduct emergency response exercises of various types to better prepare for disasters. Likewise, the dairy industry must test its response given the potential impact natural or manmade disasters could have on food safety.

On September 25-26, Dairy Management Inc. will lead a crisis drill scenario with Utah dairy industry and government agency representatives. The idea behind the drill to have dairy industry leader and government emergency response staff work side by side to determine how best to address and communicate about a disaster that may bring food safety into question.

CSA Utah Tour Visits Three Urban Farms


The Great Salt Lake Recourse Conservation and Development Council (GSL RC&D), with support from the Utah's Own program of the UDAF, sponsored a community supported agriculture (CSA) Utah tour in mid-August.

"The purpose of the tour is to give potential CSA customers and other interested parties a chance to see how a few farms run their operations," said Jack Wilbur, UDAF information specialist and CSA Utah committee member. The tour visited Borski Farms in Kaysville, Mololo Gardens in West Bountiful, and the Salt Lake County portion of Tagge's Famous Fruits and Vegetables.

The main CSA Utah events are two open house evenings with farmers in late February and early March, during CSA sign up season. The summer tour gives consumers a chance to see the farm in production. This is the first time in four years the GSL RC&D has put on a tour. Organizers are hoping to make it an annual event, and visit different farms each year.

For more information on Community Supported Agriculture and CSA farms, visit the CSA Utah website.


UDAF Launches Redesigned Website


www.ag.utah.gov


The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) announces the launch of its redesigned Internet website located at www.ag.utah.gov/  The website was reorganized to better serve the needs of the thousands of visitors who use the Internet to do business with the State or simply learn how this historic agency is serving their needs.  The website features easy-to-access online services, the latest livestock auction or commodity trading news, pesticide applicator training, and dozens of other services.      
The webpage is divided into logical agricultural topics such as Animals, Plants, Insects, and Food Safety. Farmers and ranchers who visit the site will see information organized to help them conserve their resources, and be more productive in their operations.  Business owners who work with the UDAF can find shortcuts to licensing and registration services that will speed them through the paperwork.  And for consumers, there are many pages devoted to information about Utah agriculture, food recalls and ways
to help protect our local source of food. 
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Taste of Utah Event a Success at the 2013 Utah State Fair





The 4th annual Taste of Utah event, hosted by the Utah's Own program of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, helped kick off the Utah State Fair in style with a day of free sampling of some of the best food products and fresh produce the Beehive State has to offer.

Nearly 40 companies staffed booths during the opening day event. New this year, board members from the Great Salt Lake RC&D, who sponsor the CSA Utah website, sampled fresh produce from three local farms that have community supported agriculture programs.

"We think it's important people see what's being produced in Utah," said Seth Winterton, Utah's Own program director. "It's also important that they understand the quality of the food that is here, and that they can identify face to face with a lot of our producers who are making the food."

Many of the individual projects of the Utah's Own program revolve around giving companies exposure to the public. Some of those participating in the Taste of Utah event estimate they gave out about 4,000 samples throughout the day.

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