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Avian Flu Remains a Concern Nationwide

Take Steps to keep Birds Safe

State veterinarians at the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food are again reminding commercial and backyard bird owners to stay vigilant and take steps to protect their birds from avian influenza. While there was only the one confirmed case in Utah a few months ago, outbreaks continue in the upper Midwest region of the US. View a list of the latest outbreaks. Become familiar again with things you can do to protect your flock. A list of steps can be found on the UDAF website.

UDAF Accreditation Renewed

Congratulations to  the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Chemistry Division on their recent re-certification with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation.  This has been a long process for the Division with a lot of paperwork, preparation, and testing.  This means the UDAF lab will continue to comply with international testing standards and quality, and Utahans will continue to receive a superior standard of service. 

Utah's Own Starts New Round of Regional Summits

Local Chapters to be formed

Utah's Own is again hosting regional summits throughout the state. The first of five Regional Workshops was held on Friday, April 24th, in Brigham City for Utah's Own members and food entrepreneurs located in northern Utah.  More than 80 people attended the special training event that also featured breakout sessions to discuss establishing Utah's Own Chapters in Box Elder and Cache Counties.  Local chapter leadership can work with the Utah's Own Program to provide area specific training and networking opportunities in their local area, something they have had to travel to Salt Lake City to have in the past.  The second Regional Meeting was held in Orem on April 30th for Utah, Wasatch, Emery, Carbon, Duchesne, Uintah and Daggett Counties.  Meetings will be held in Richfield, St. George and Salt Lake during May.
Read more about the upcoming May 19th Summit in Salt Lake County

Vesicular Stomatitis (VS) Confirmed In One Mule in Utah

Tests conducted by the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) in Ames, Iowa, have confirmed the finding of vesicular stomatitis (VS) in one mule located in Kane County.  Four other horses are showing symptoms of VS and are undergoing tests.  An additional nine horses may have had contact with the mule and four horses.   All of the suspect animals are in isolation and under quarantine. Read the full story.

UDAF's Get Growing gardening video series available

Carly and Coleman, the farmers at Backyard Urban Garden Farms (BUG Farms), in Salt Lake City, "starred" in the first two segments in the series.

In April 2015, UDAF and local farmers shot a series of six videos with local farmers that covered topics of interest to backyard gardeners.

"The idea behind the videos is that fruit and vegetable farmers, especially smaller scale farmers do things on their farms that are not that different from how backyard gardeners might do things," said UDAF's Jack Wilbur, who produced the first six segments.

So far there are two segments each on planting and irrigating, as well as segments on soil preparation and weeding.

"As the summer goes on, we may add segments about pest control, harvesting or other summer or fall issues," said Wilbur.

The videos are available on YouTube:


UDAF Weights and Measures Program Significantly Increases Precious Metals Scale Compliance


Program Honored with Governor's Award for Excellence

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) Weights and Measures Program received the Governor’s Award for Excellence during a ceremony on May 5, 2015. UDAF began receiving complaints and inquiries in 2010 from consumers, retail establishments and other regulatory agencies regarding the accuracy and types of small scales used by retailers to buy and sell gold and other precious metals. In 2013 UDAF Weights and Measures inspectors began officially inspecting precious metals scales statewide. They found that only 38 percent were in compliance. Most of the time, out of compliance scales were in the not in the consumers favor. A year later, after an educational effort, in conjunction with local law enforcement, follow up inspections found 83 percent compliance. This effort levels the playing field for consumers looking to sell jewelry and other precious metals.
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