Utah Lake Water safe for irrigating food crops
Consumers urged to buy local during harvest season
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Commissioner Adams Urges Utahns to Buy Local Produce

LuAnn Adams, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, recent published an Op-Ed article in the Standard Examiner newspaper urging Utahns to buy more local fruits and vegetables as a way to support local farms, strengthen Utah's economy and slow development of Utah's rapidly vanishing prime agricultural lands. There is no better time to visit a local farmers market or roadside farm stand than during August, national peach month, and the peak of produce harvest for many local crops. Read her opinion/editorial piece here.

Horse Owners Urged to Have Animals Vaccinated Against West Nile Virus

With the rise in temperatures and mosquito populations, Utah horse owners are advised to vaccinate their horses to protect them from the West Nile Virus (WNV). The summer has stayed hot and it is not over yet. The threat remains. Read more. 

New Video About Utah Livestock Inspection Available Online

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a livestock inspector in Utah? A new video by the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food provides a short overview of some of the functions and tasks of livestock inspectors, in their own words. Watch the video.

Lt. Gov. Cox presents the Brand Inspection Bureau with the Governor's Award For Excellence during a ceremony in late April.
Mark Quilter, UDAF (left) and local farmer Luke Petersen, harvest kale for a test sample. Kale was one of eleven fruits and vegetables tested for cyanotoxins.

Concerns about whether irrigation water from Utah Lake could potentially contaminate produce  prompted UDAF to take produce samples for testing. This after a large algae bloom in the lake in July forced the lake to be closed. The lab in Florida where the samples were sent confirmed food irrigated with lake water is safe to eat. Read the Fox 13 news story about the findings.

UDAF Aquaponic Garden Reaches Milestone

On July 26, 2016, Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, LuAnn Adams harvested the first full size tomato from UDAF Aquaponic display garden in the lobby of the main office in Salt Lake City. For the first several months the garden housed only cool season crops such as lettuces. In the spring three tomato plants and one basil plant were added to see if warm season and cool season plants could thrive at the same time, something that doesn't usually happen outside in Utah. While the tomatoes are not producing as quickly as many plants in outside gardens, they are producing along side lettuce and other plants that like it cool.

UDAF Educates the Public about Bees During Pollinator Week

Joey Caputo, UDAF apiary inspector, looks at a frame from a beehive during a pollinator week event at Wheeler Farm in Salt Lake County at the end of June. Read more about the event and pollinators.
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