This is our May 2012 issue, with articles on the "Pink Slime" smear campaign, reaction to the Youth labor decision from the Obama administration, a new conservation easement program, the Western Dairy Center at USU, and more.
<ul><li><p>Historic Barns: Bicycle Barnstorming Tour 15 Baxter Black: Compassionate Cowman 12</p><p>Utah Farm Bureau News MAY 2012VOL 58, NO. 4</p><p>Students from Art City Elementary School in Springville, Utah County pose for their class picture as part of the Farm Field Days put on by Utah County Farm Bureau. Other County Farm Bureaus also sponsored Farm Field Days recently or will in upcoming weeks. More photos can be found on page 32. Photo by Matt Hargreaves</p><p>Inside:National Perspective 3Farm Bureau at Work 5Member Benefits 8Baxter Black 12 Farm Safety Column 23Classifieds 31</p><p>Dear Farm Bureau Member:</p><p>You belong to an organization that provides an infrastructure for its members to learn, grow, experience and express themselves. Farm Bureaus mission is a journey not a destination. For 96 years, the content of Farm Bureaus policy book has changed. Each year, its reprinted and published. This continual process is evidence that Farm Bureau policy reflects the needs of farmers and ranch-ers. This process begins and ends with Farm Bureau members and families. Farm Bureau members assemble to explore ideas and draft policies. This grassroots process begins in the spring of each year following the legislative session and concludes in November at the annual Utah Farm Bureau Convention. The Midyear Conference is one stop along the journey to develop Farm Bureau policy. This timetable allows for Farm Bureau members to be actively involved in the policy making process.</p><p>You are invited to attend Utah Farm Bureaus annual Midyear Conference scheduled for July 19-20, 2012 at the Ogden Eccles Conference Center in Ogden, Utah. </p><p>The Midyear Conference is an integral part to this policy making process. Already, important agricultural issues have been identi-fied that need further understanding, education and discussion. The primary purpose of Utah Farm Bureaus Midyear Conference is two-fold: First, provide a forum for Farm Bureau members to communicate with local, state and national government agencies and industry leaders on pertinent agriculture issues. Second, allow for Farm Bureau members to discuss and debate among themselves in preparation for policy action later in the year. </p><p>Tentative conference topics include: sage grouse restoration ef-forts and impacts to production agriculture, protections for farm-land, exploring direct marketing (farm-to-fork) opportunities, water </p><p>From President Leland Hogan: Come to Midyear </p><p>Conference in Ogden</p><p>HOGAN continued on pg 2</p><p>development/funding, labor and immigration, models of success when grazing on public lands and hearing from the candidates for Utah Governor. </p><p>Mark your calendars and plan to attend and participate in the conference. Look for final reg-istration costs and deadlines in </p></li><li><p>Utah Farm Bureau News2 May 2012</p><p>Utah Farm Bureau News(ISSN 1068-5960)</p><p>Matt Hargreaves, Editor9865 South StateSandy, Utah 84070-3205</p><p>Phone Numbers:General Inquiries: (801) 233-3000Address Changes: (801) 233-3009Farm Bureau News: (801) 233-3003Classified Ads: ..........(801) 233-3010Fax: .............................(801) 233-3030FB News E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.orgWeb site: ...................utfb.fb.org</p><p>National Ad Rep:The Weiss Group9414 E. San Salvador Dr. #226Scottsdale, Arizona 85258(480) 860-5394 email@example.com</p><p>Local Display Ad Information:Jennifer Dahl(775) 752-3061</p><p>Utah Farm BureauFederation OfficersChairman and PresidentLeland J. Hogan, South Rim*</p><p>Vice PresidentStephen A. Osguthorpe, Park City*</p><p>CEO and Secretary/TreasurerRandy N. Parker, Riverton* Denotes member of the Board of Directors</p><p>BOARD OF DIRECTORS District 1 .................Scott Sandall, TremontonDistrict 2 .....................Rulon Fowers, HooperDistrict 3 .............................. Flint Richards, ErdaDistrict 4 ................ Rex Larsen, Spanish ForkDistrict 5 ............................. Scott Chew, JensenDistrict 6 ...........Edwin Sunderland, ChesterDistrict 7 ...............................Nan Bunker, DeltaFB Womens Chairman ...Belva Parr, LindonYoung Farmer & Rancher Chairman..</p><p>John Reese, KanabPeriodicals Postage Paid at Sandy, Utah and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Please send address changes to the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, 9865 South State, Sandy, Utah 84070. Published quarterly for all Farm Bureau members (April/Spring, July/Summer, Oct./Fall, Dec./Winter). Published expressly for farmer/rancher Farm Bureau members and others who specifically request copies Feb., March, May, June, Aug., Sept., and Nov. All eleven issues published by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation in Sandy, Utah. Editorial and Business Office, 9865 South State, Sandy, Utah 84070-3205. </p><p>Randy N. ParkerChief Executive Officer</p><p>Thoughts: Sensationalism trumps science in beef smear campaign</p><p>PARKER continued on pg 22</p><p>your June edition of the Farm Bureau News publication or our website http://utfb.fb.org. We invite each of you to extend a personal invitation to at least one Farm Bureau member, family or friend who has not previously attended a Midyear Conference to come join with us. I look forward to seeing you all in Ogden.</p><p>Contact your county Farm Bureau Secretary to register. You may also contact Susan Furner, Ex-ecutive Assistant for the Utah Farm Bureau, to learn more about the conference at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-233-3040. </p><p>Sincerely,</p><p>Leland HoganPresident, Utah Farm Bureau Federation</p><p>HOGAN continued from pg 1</p><p>The media blitz over lean, finely textured beef shame-fully dubbed pink slime has led to lower beef prices for ranchers, plant closings and lost jobs, all based on false, unproven claims and media arrogance. In the wake of the smear campaign waged by electronic and social media, ABC News reported in April that Pink Slime Maker AFA Foods Filed for Bankruptcy. But what went unreported was the biased, one-sided ABC investigative report that left 650 Pennsylvania based employees without a job. </p><p>In addition, three Beef Products Inc. plants in Texas, Kansas and Iowa were shut down as demand for the low-fat beef product plummeted </p><p>and more than 600 jobs were lost. The company has indicated the plants will remain closed until people know the truth and demand increases.</p><p>Food safety is the highest priority for Americas food producers and processors. But that doesnt stop the anti-meat activists or the sensationalized media headlines, which are often driven by ratings. Truth and real, old-fashioned, Wal-ter Cronkite-style investigative journalism are victims as well. </p><p>The modern day food-scare marketing agenda began in high gear with the 1989 Alar scare. Media arrogance and influential celebrities cost Americas apple farmers millions of dollars and for a time, the trust of the Amer-ican public. Actress and politi-cal advocate Meryl Streep on 60 Minutes warned that Alar, a pesticide used on apples, was a carcinogen and was killing our children. Streep and talk show host Phil Donahue called apples the most potent cancer-causing agent in our food sup-ply. Sadly it was not until 1991 that Surgeon General C. Everett Koop said, Alar-treated apples </p><p>posed no health hazard. And by the time science told us it would require a person to drink 13,000 liters of apple juice a day to increase the risk of cancer, the economic dam-age was done!</p><p>So here we go again! The pink slime controversy lines up like another media ratings-driven food scare campaign, using sensational headlines, de-rogatory terminology, alarmist rhetoric and a lack of scientific underpinnings all aimed at a trusting, but naive American public. As with Alar, it cer-tainly is not science based.</p><p>Lets examine a few facts. All beef does not end up as a steak or a roast. When the carcass or the cuts are trimmed to re-move excess fat and connective tissue, there is valuable meat protein being removed in the trim pieces. A safe and effec-tive process separates meat protein from the fat and con-nective tissues producing lean, finely textured beef. This 97 percent fat free product is then used in products like ground beef to reduce the fat content. </p></li><li><p>Utah Farm Bureau News 3May 2012</p><p>The Ag Agenda: Celebrating 150 years of innovationBy Bob StallmanAmerican Farm Bureau President</p><p>President Abraham Lincoln is known for many achievements dur-ing his lifetime, but a little known triumph of his that affects farmers and ranchers greatly was the estab-lishment of the United States Department of Agriculture 150 years ago.</p><p>On May 15, 1862, President Lincoln signed into law a bill establishing a new Depart -ment of Agri-culture, which was specifically directed to acquire information through practical and scientific experiments and to collect and propa-gate new and valuable seeds and plants and distribute these to the nations agriculturists. It is clear, Lincoln was a man beyond his time. </p><p>A Man with a VisionLincoln understood the </p><p>importance of agricul-ture to America, and, as importantly, he realized science and technology played a major role in the farming industry. With-out a doubt, I believe Lin-coln today would embrace the many technological </p><p>a d v a n c e -ments farm-ers use on their farms, i n c l u d i n g biotechnol-ogy.</p><p>L i n c o l n once wrote: Every blade of grass is a study, and to produce two, where there </p><p>was but one, is both a profit and a pleasure. And not grass alone, but soils, seeds and seasonshedg-es, ditches and fences, draining, droughts and ir-rigationplowing, hoeing and harrowingreaping, mowing and threshingsaving crops, pests of crops, diseases of crops and what will prevent or cure them the thousand things of which these are </p><p>specimenseach a world of study within itself.</p><p>The federal government was, from the beginning of its involvement in agriculture, dedicated to scientific progress in farming. This commit-ment continues today and is shared by farmers and ranchers across the country, regardless of the methods of food and fiber production they useor-ganic, conventional or biotechnology. They all need science.</p><p>Full Speed AheadThe importance of sci-</p><p>ence and innovationbiotechnology in par-ticularto agriculture will be significant as we face several challenges in the years ahead. The worlds population just passed the 7 billion mark. According to the World Food Program, the best estimate is that 1 billion people (one in seven) are hungry and food insecure. By 2050 the worlds pop-ulation will rise to 9 bil-lion people. This means we must double world </p><p>food production by 2050 in order to meet this chal-lenge.</p><p>Further, we must ac-complish this hefty goal while realizing that our Earth is fragile. To take care of our environment, we must embrace agri-culture research, science, innovation and biotech-nology. When it comes to medical care, communi-cation and transportation we accept the importance of innovation. We need to do the same when it comes to the production of food.</p><p>Earlier this year, the United Nations issued a special report recog-nizing that new green biotechnologies can.improve resistance to pests, restore soil fer-tility and contribute to the diversification of the rural economy. Sound familiar? Seems a lot like what Lincoln described as a goal 150 years ago.</p><p>Scientists have devel-oped new seeds that can improve yields while re-sisting disease and re-quiring less water. That is </p><p>critical as 70 percent of all fresh water is used by ag-riculture. American con-sumers and consumers all over the world can feel safe with this technology and confident it will im-prove our environment.</p><p>While meeting these quantitative challenges and meeting our envi-ronmental goals, we will strive to focus even great-er attention on the quali-tative side, to also meet the needs of consumers who express a preference for foods grown their way. Science is the an-swer for all these mis-sions, and todays USDA is helping to blaze that trail.</p><p>So, Happy Birthday USDA and best wish-es as we continue down the road for another 150 years. Americas farmers, ranchers and research scientists can lead the way to a new 21st century Green Revolution if we follow the vision of Abra-ham Lincoln. As Honest Abe said, Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today.</p><p>W A S H I N G T O N , D.C., April 24, 2012 American beef and dairy products are safe. The safeguards our gov-ernment has in place to detect any incidence of this disease are clearly working. The report of a cow with bovine spon-giform encephalopathy, discovered during the pre-rendering process, </p><p>Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding April 24 Detection of BSE</p><p>is proof that our detec-tion system works.</p><p>Government officials have confirmed that the animal in question was a dairy cow from Cali-fornia. This animal did not enter the food chain. Scientists say the animal displayed an atypical case of BSE, meaning it is a rare form not gener-ally associated with feed </p><p>consumption. USDA sci-entists said they remain confident in the health of the national herd and the safety of beef and dairy products.</p><p>We are pleased to hear that the Agriculture Department is conduct-ing a comprehensive and immediate investigation into additional details surrounding this case.</p></li><li><p>Utah Farm Bureau News4 May 2012</p></li><li><p>Utah Farm Bureau News 5May 2012</p><p>YOUR Utah Farm Bureau at Work</p><p>Utah Farm Bureauhas a Governor-appointed position on Utahs Schools and Institutional Trust Lands Association (SITLA) Nominating Committee. This committee recently met to surface, interview and recommend individuals to fill a SITLA board position. The Governor is expected to review these recommendations and make a decision in the next couple months. </p><p>Utah Farm Bureaufacilitated and participated on a conference call with county, state and industry leaders regarding recently passed legislation dealing with the administration of brucellosis (bangs disease). This call is the beginning step in UFBFs grassroots policy development process in determining what new rules will look like in managing brucellosis in Utah.</p><p>Utah Farm Bureau staff and state leadership met with Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) and USDA Wildlife Services representatives to review post-legislative action regarding predator control efforts. UDAF, USDA Wildlife Services, & Utahs Division of Wildlife Resources are developing a new plan to administer predator control, specifically the predator bounty program.</p><p>Utah Farm Bureauserves on a Utah Division of Oil, Gas and Mining (DOGM) Committee that is charged to draft and recommend new rules governing recent legislation called Surface Owner Protection Act. This legislation and subsequent rules will further guide DOGM and oil and gas companies in their negotiations with landowners while developing oil and gas minerals. </p><p>Utah Farm Bureauvisited with staff from Utahs Office of Consumer Services regarding recent Rocky Mountain Power (RMP) rate proposals. RMP is proposing a 13.5% rate increase for irrigation pumpers. Utah Farm Bureau is working to reduce thi...</p></li></ul>