Tasting local products, running for food, and planting new educational roots. Read more below.
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Dr. Barry Pittman Appointed State Veternarian

Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, LuAnn Adams, has named Dr. Barry Pittman as Utah’s State Veterinarian.   Dr. Pittman is a graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine and most recently served as a frontline supervisor for the USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service meat inspection program in Utah. Read more.

Taste of Utah 2015

Local Companies show off products

The 2015 installment of Taste of Utah at the Utah State Fair was a two day event for the first time. Fair patrons got to try samples and learn about several exciting local products. The KJZZ television show, Utah Matters, interviewed company representatives during the event. Check out the interviews here.
Nathan Cable, left and Savanah Medina are two of the 160 students in the innaugural class of Roots Charter High School in West Valley City

Roots High Redefines Farm to School

October is farm to school month in Utah. Each week the Utah Office of Education will focus a blog on a school that uses local produce, dairy, meats and other farm products as much as possible.

UDAF will contribute one story about a new high school that grows some of its own food for lunch. But beyond that, the farm is the school and the school is the farm. Look for our story on Roots Charter High School at the end of October on our web page in the blog section on the front page.

Dressing up the Season with Agriculture

Now that autumn is here, grocery stores and farmers markets are starting to display pumpkins, unique winter squash, corn stalks, hay bales and other decorations. Because so many autumn and Halloween decorations have an agricultural theme or use agriculture products, during October the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food will be asking the questions on social media, what Ag. products do you use in your autumn decorations, and how do you use them? We'd love to see your photos, and some of our employees may even share some of theirs.
What will someone do with this funny looking squash, commonly called Red Warty Thing?

Agnar Food Run a Success

On a warm late September morning at the Utah State Fair Park in Salt Lake City, about 25 individuals and six teams took part in the inaugural Agnar 5K race.

While the race was the event, food was the theme. The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and several other agricultural organizations worked together to host the event. Proceeds were donated to the Utah Food Bank. There was even a mini petting zoo and mini farmers market. Many booths had information and education materials about agriculture. While the event was fairly small the first year, it was a great success, according to organizers.
UDAF microbiologist, Steven Wright, finished first among walkers in the inaugural Agnar 5K race at the State Fair Park.

UDAF to Start CNG Testing

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is creating a testing program for compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).  While the weights and measures program has tested other motor fuels for a long time, the increasing popularity of CNG/LNG has motivated UDAF to start developing testing protocols and prepare to launch a program is 2016.
“We want to create a fair marketplace for CNG,” said Brett Gurney, UDAF Weights and Measures manager.  â€œEvery consumer deserves a fair measurement when purchasing CNG for their motor vehicle.”

UDAF has hired a new inspector for the CNG program, Dean Overturf. Overturf, who has worked in the natural gas industry for many years, and owns a CNG vehicle, says he is excited to be the first CNG inspector in the state.

Over the next few months, he and Gurney will develop standard operating procedures and protocols for Overturf’s position and program. He will go through training and purchase testing equipment.  According to Gurney, they want to take their time and do everything right the first time.
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