Prevent food borne illness, using safe food handling tips; UDAF awards specialty crop grants; winter squash side dish recipes for holiday dinners; pesticide applicator workshops continue through Dec. 15.
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Norbert the Turkey Gets Pardoned

UDAF Commissioner LuAnn Adams (r) with Governor Gary Herbert and Matt Cook of Norbest, at the annual turkey pardon event, November 24, 2015. Norbert the turkey will live out his life at Thanksgiving point.

For more on the event, watch a short video prepared by UDAF, as well as local news coverage:
Deseret News
Fox News
City Weekly
Utah Governor's website

Prevent Food Borne Illness at Home

Tips for Safe Food Handling

If you've ever been to a grocery store a day so before a major holiday like Thanksgiving, you've probably encountered larger than normal lines. Despite a growing trend of people eating out more often and cooking less from scratch throughout the year, a lot of people cook large meals this time of year. To keep you and your family safe from food borne illness, UDAF has compiled some safe food handling tips to help you cook like a pro.

Rule Change Helps Small Poultry Producers

It is now easier for small scale poultry producers to process and market their products locally, thanks to changes in State rules that took effect in November. Read more.

Pesticide Applicator Workshops Continue

UDAF's 2015 pesticide applicator workshop series continues through mid-December. You still have a few chances to participate this year:

• December 2- Orem: RSVP TO ATTEND –CALL 801-851-8460
New Location:  Central Utah Water conservation District Board Room,
355 West University Parkway, Orem, Seating Limited to 100 people.
• December 3 Hurricane
Washington County Fairpark, 700 South 5300 West,
Exhibit Building, Hurricane
• December 8- Salt Lake City
Utah State Library, 250 North 1950 West, Salt Lake City
• December 15- Logan Bridgerland Applied Technology College, 1310 North 600 West, Logan

Read more on the UDAF website.

UDAF Awards More Than $300,000 in Specialty Crop Grants

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) has approved 18 projects to receive a total of $314,578.39 from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant program (SCBGP). The UDAF received 26 proposals this year. More information, including a list of the projects receiving funding, can be found on the UDAF website.
Holiday dinners this time of year often include sweet potatoes/yams as a side dish. Did you know there are also a lot of winter squash varieties that make excellent side dishes? Here are a few examples of locally created winter squash side dishes:

Black Forest Squash Mash
In October, Utah hosted the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference in Salt Lake City. The purpose of the conference is to develop guidelines for the National Shellfish Sanitation Program, which provides public health protection to consumers of molluscan shellfish. In Utah, UDAF inspects shellfish in processing and retail sales facilities.
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