2nd Year Invasive Species Weed Grants Announced

Weed Spraying Demo from Rail Car Highlights One Project

With Heber Valley railroad cars and Deercreek Reservoir as a backdrop, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced that nine ongoing projects and several new projects will receive a total of $1.3 million in grants from the Invasive Species Mitigation Fund. The money, available for use in July, will go to projects throughout the state that target several invasive and destructive weeds, many of which increase the severity of wildfires. 
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.
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Omega 3 Fatty Acids Add to Good Health

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food's Aquaculture program, regulates and support an industry that provides a very healthy food to consumers. Fish oil from fresh fish contains omega 3-fatty acids, one of the two main classes of essential fatty acids (omega-6 fatty acids are the other main type).  Essential fatty acids are fatty acids that the body needs as much as it needs vitamins and minerals. Investigation has found that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can lower triglyceride levels, thin the blood, raise HDL (good cholesterol) lower blood pressure, prevent strokes, lower levels of homocysteine, help arthritis and decrease inflammation in various parts of the body. Aquaculture operators in Utah sell trout to food processors to be sold to the public. They also sell trout to fee-fishing and private ponds, where trout can be caught and consumed.   Farmed fish also deliver those omega-3s, along with omega-6. 

Leopold Conservation Award seeks Utah farmers and ranchers who exemplify land stewardship

Applications are currently being accepted for the 2013 Leopold Conservation Award.

The Award, which is comprised of $10,000 and an Aldo Leopold crystal, recognizes Utah farmers and ranchers who demonstrate outstanding stewardship and sustainable management of natural resources. The Leopold Conservation Award is presented in honor of renowned conservationist and author Aldo Leopold who called for an ethical relationship between people and the land they own and manage. For more information, visit, or contact Matt Hargreaves, 801-233-3003,

Dairy Lab Employees Win Governor's Excellence Award

Four employees from the UDAF Dairy Testing Lab were honored for "Innovation and Efficiency" as part of the Governor's Awards for Excellence.
Sushma Karna, Dr. Steven Wright, Jennifer Sung, and Dr. Mohammed Sharaf were presented the award in a ceremony at the State Capitol in early May by Utah Governor Gary Herbert, Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and Utah Commissioner of Agriculture and Food, Leonard Blackham .

UDAF Employee Wins State Award for Work in Certified Public Manager Training

Utah Department of Agriculture and Food compliance specialist, Michelle Jack, was part of a Certified Public Manager (CPM) training team that was just named the 2013 Utah Askew Award recipient. The annual award is presented to individuals and teams to acknowledge exemplary work in the completion of their final projects.
The practical project, in which class members divide into teams and tackle a real-world management problem, is the final part of the three-course CPM certification process. At the beginning of the final course, students are encouraged to bring ideas for practical projects. Classmates are free to join the team and project of their choice. Jack chose a project called University of Utah Neurological Acute Care Patient Falls.  “I wanted to do something I didn’t know a lot about,” Jack said. “I thought people went to the hospital because they fell.” But, it turns out, patients do fall while in the hospital, and the neurological acute care unit is second to physical therapy in the number of falls at the University facility.
The project team went to work studying the problem and looking for solutions. They came up with 32 solutions, many of which were no-cost or low cost options, which they formally presented to their clients, as part of the course requirements. Among the options, were revamped patient fall area warning signs, that Jack created. The two main contacts at the Neuro unit were so impressed with the work, they invited department heads from other areas of the hospital to attend the team’s presentation. Many of the recommendations are being used throughout the University hospital and at other hospitals. “We made a difference way beyond our intended target,” Jack said proudly.
The CPM team will be presented their award medallions at the national American Academy of Certified Public Managers conference in Boise, Idaho, in September.
UDAF employee, Michelle Jack, designed new High Risk Fall area hospital signs as part of a team practical project in Certified Public Manager Training.
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