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UDAF says goodbye to a retiring commissioner, welcomes a new commissioner, and surveys Utahans about agriculture and food issues.
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Adams Named

UDAF Commissioner

Governor Gary R. Herbert has named LuAnn Adams as commissioner of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. Adams has served as Box Elder County Commissioner since 2011. She also worked 16 years as the Box Elder County Recorder/Clerk. See full story.

Adams Confirmed as UDAF Commissioner


The Utah Senate confirmed Box Elder County rancher and former county commissioner, LuAnn Adams, as the Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food. The confirmation came in mid-February, during the 2014 Utah Legislature General Session. Full story.

Technology in Agriculture Video Series Released by UDAF


The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has completed a series of six short videos that highlights changes in technology, as it relates to various agriculture industries, that allows today's farmers and ranchers to produce more food than previous generations, while protecting their land and animals better than ever before. You can view the entire series here. In each issue of this publication this year, we will provide a short preview about one of the segments. Our February focus is on the Fruit industry in Utah. Utah is one of the larger producers nationally of tart cherries, apricots and sweet cherries. We also have significant apple and peach harvests in the Beehive State. From mechanical tree shakers for tart cherries to improved nursery stock for apples and other fruit, Utah's orchards are more productive than ever.
 

Dave Carter Named Brand Inspector of the Year, 2013



Dave Carter, left, accept his award from Brand Inspection Bureau Chief, Cody James.

Dave Carter, state livestock theft investigator, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, was name the Brand Inspector of the Year, 2013. Carter was presented the award at the Utah Cattlemens Association winter meetings in Salt Lake City in December 2013.

Carter has worked in public service for more than 38 years. He is a former Juab County Sheriff, and also worked for Millard County before joining the State of Utah as the Livestock Investigator for the Department of Agriculture.  He has been the State Livestock Theft Investigator since January 2010.  Carter works tirelessly traveling the state investigating complaints of stolen and missing livestock, both on his own or working with local law enforcement.  He also uses his time to ride the state and get to know the livestock men in the different areas and where they run their cattle.  Carter has great knowledge of the livestock industry and of the laws protecting the industry.  He is a significant part of keeping the Utah livestock safe from theft.

Congratulations to Dave Carter and his family on this honor.
 

UDAF Working Toward Electronic Brand Inspections


The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has contracted with two companies to develop software that will allow inspectors to conduct brand inspections and animal health inspections in the field and electronically upload the data to the UDAF offices in real time. When completed, Utah will be one of the first states using an electronic animal health and brand inspection system. Read the full story.
 

Utah's Own Helps sponsor, promote CSA Open House


It's called Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). If you haven't heard of it, that's because it is still a small, but growing trend among local food enthusiasts. CSA is a partnership between consumers and individual farms or small groups of farms. Consumers pay for their harvest share up front, at the beginning of the season. In return, they receive a weekly share of the harvest that is ripe each week, for a set number of weeks during the growing season. Every farm involved runs their own CSA in a way that suits . The CSA open house and the CSA Utah website, www.csautah.org, provide consumers the opportunity to compare CSA farms and pick the program that best suits them. Read more about CSAs and the open house on the UDAF website.

Commissioner Releases Results of Public Opinion Poll


After being confirmed by the Utah Senate in February, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, LuAnn Adams, announced some of the results of a new public opinion survey commissioned by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food.

The telephone survey, conducted by NSON research with 400 Wasatch Front and Cache Valley residents, asked people their opinion about several issues related to Utah agriculture. Nearly 95 percent of those surveyed believe that agriculture is important or very important to the future of the state of Utah. Respondents were also asked about several factors related to purchasing food, such as freshness and locally grown. Other questions covered topics such as whether tax dollars should be used to help preserve agricultural lands, and whether wolves should be introduced into the wild in Utah, as they have in Wyoming. Read the full story.

Applications Available for Weed Control Grants


UDAF is seeking applications from qualified entities for Invasive Species Mitigation grant funds. The application period ends March 17, 2014. Go to our website for more details. Story and application.

Weed Control Assn. Meetings Feature ISM Report


Three employees of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) and three county weed supervisors, updated members of the Utah Weed Control Association on some of the progress of the Invasive Species Mitigation (ISM) Fund grants. The fund, which started in 2012, with a $1 Million appropriation from the Utah Legislature, received an additional $2 Million in 2013.

Rich Riding, UDAF weed program supervisor, reminded association members of the importance of documenting success.

"Ninety percent of the grant funds are intended to be used for on-ground implementation. Documenting successes is critical," said Riding.

UDAF ISM contract manager, Mark Quilter, stressed the importance of accurate and timely contracting procedures and reporting to the continued success of the program.

"The Legislature loves maps and data," Quilter said.

Weed supervisors from Tooele, Juab and Utah counties also reported on some of the successes they've seen from the ISM funding. For more information on UDAF's noxious weed program, visit our website.


A helicopter sprays herbicide on an area of Utah Lake beach infested with the invasive weed phragmites in 2012. This is one of the early success stories of the ISM program.

Utah's Own Presentation at the Utah Legislature


It's all about the food


Once a year, during the legislative session, the Utah's Own Team prepares a morning snack for state senators and representatives. The food presentation is an excellent way to remind and educate  government leaders
of the quality and local tastes of Utah.
 
Every year upon arrival the Utah's Own Team is greeted with animated exclamations such as: "Yay! It's Utah's Own Day" or "Utah's Own Day is my favorite!"
 
The menu always includes favorites, such as Condies Foods Broccoli Salad and Assorted Utah Truffles; as well as introduces new or less-known products. This year, Idle Isle Candies and Boden Candy were showcased to honor Box Elder County, the home county of newly appointed Commission Luann Adams.
 
Commissioner Adams made her debut in a Utah's Own apron in the kitchens of the House and Senate, answering questions and networking with the Legislators. In speaking on the Senate floor, she emphasized the importance of agriculture and committed to double the growth of the Utah's Own
membership in the coming year.
 
The Utah's Own team is always grateful to the employees of the department for recruiting new food and agriculture companies and keeping the program in mind while doing other their daily work  projects. It is also important to see local catering companies feeding our employees at the lunches provided during training activities. Thanks again for the efforts
made to set the example of putting our dollars to work supporting those friends of agriculture that use products that are part of our programs.
 

Former Commissioner Blackham Celebrates Retirement with UDAF Employees

Retiring Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, Leonard Blackham, and his wife, Laura, finally take some time to get some food, after greeting guests at Blackham's retirement ceremony and open house at the UDAF office in early January, 2014.
Congratulations Commissioner Blackham, on your retirement. Your employees and friends at the Department, and throughout the agriculture community will miss you!
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