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USDA Announces Funding for Next Generation of Farmers & Ranchers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. BFRDP is an education, training, technical assistance and outreach program designed to help farmers, ranchers and managers of non-industrial private forest land–specifically those aiming to start farming and those who have been farming or ranching for 10 or fewer years. It is managed by the National Institutes of Food and Agriculture. NIFA will competitively award grants to organizations conducting programs to help beginning farmers and ranchers. Grant applications are due June 12.

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Farmers & Ranchers Invited to Attend their County Farm Bureau Spring Issue Surfacing Meeting

Farm Bureau members are encouraged to participate their county's Spring Issue Surfacing Meeting (SISM) to bring up issues of concern for the Farm Bureau to research for possible policy recommendations. The schedule of remaining meetings is found in the Spring Farm Bureau Magazine. You can look at the schedule online HERE.

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Farm Bureau Women

Engaged, Empowered, Strong

Women play a significant role in agriculture and in Farm Bureau. The most recent Census of Agriculture found that the number of women serving as principal operators of farms and ranches in the United States had increased over the past 20 years. In 2007, 13.9 percent of farms and ranches had female principal operators. As women take a more active role in production, they are also becoming more involved in organizations that represent farmers and ranchers. Click HERE to find out more about the Utah Farm Bureau Women's Committee and its influence on agriculture in Utah.

  • Looking for a produce-only Farmers' Market that supports only Utah farmers and ranchers? Click HERE to find the Farm Bureau sponsored markets in Salt Lake County, and find other farmers markets throughout the state via Utah's Own.
  • Ag in the News - links to recent articles on Utah and American agriculture
  • Farm Bureau has provided a list of resources to help farmers and ranchers understsand how the Affordable Care Act will impact them.
  • Has your farm been in contiuous use for at least 100 years? If so, you may qualify to become a 'Utah Century Farm'. Click HERE for more information on how to become a Century Farm and how to receive the proper signage to dispaly. Click HERE for the application.
  • Check out the Utah Farm Bureau group page on Facebook. Visit facebook.com and become a 'Fan' of the Utah Farm Bureau. This is another avenue to use to tell agriculture's story, bridging the gap between consumers and their food. You can also look up videos on the 'UtahFarmer' channel on YouTube.
  • Read Utah Farm Bureau Federation CEO Randy Parker's monthly column HERE.
  • The Spring edition of the Utah Farm Bureau Magazine is available HERE. You can also read archives of past months publications HERE.
  • Check the America's Heartland Web site for details on where and when the show airs in your market.
  • You can now pay your Utah Farm Bureau membership dues online! You can also pay registration costs for the Annual and Midyear conferences. Visit the 'Membership' tab above to be redirected to a secure payment location.
  • FFA students can go HERE. to learn more about the connection between the FFA and the Utah Farm Bureau, including information on the FFA Discussion Meet.
  • Follow this link to the Utah Department of Agrictulture and Food to get the most up-to-date commodity and market prices available, including many of the local livestock auctions.
    • In the market for a new car or truck? Click HERE to learn how our new member benefit can help you get the best deal.

    • GM and Farm Bureau have partnered to save you $500 on new Chevy, Buick or GM vehicles. Click HERE for more information.
    • All-Day passes for Universal StudiosSeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo or Legoland make great additions to a family's travel plans to Southern California in 2013.

    • Hotel Discounts. 20% Choice Hotels, including Comfort Inn, Quality Inn, Sleep Inn and Econo lodge. Save 10% off of the "Best Available Rate" for various hotel chains including Howard Johnson, Travelodge, Ramada and Days Inn with advance reservations.
    • Effective February 3, 2014 T-Mobile will no longer be offering Farm Bureau members a discount on T-Mobile cell phone service. Please note that for the foreseable future, members who currently participate in the program will continue to receive the discount, regardless of changes to their rate plans or when they choose phone upgrades.
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