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- Published: Thursday, 19 September 2013 15:00
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The Agriculture Certificate of Environmental Stewardship (ACES)
A comprehensive presentation of the ACES program was offered to the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Interim Committee of the Utah Legislature on Wednesday September 18, 2013.
A PowerPoint presentation was offered as well as lengthy testimony from representatives of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, the Utah Farm Bureau Federation, the Utah Dairy Producers Assn., the Utah Conservation Commission, and others.
What is ACES?
Under a legal mandate (Title 4 Section 18, Utah Code), the Utah Conservation Commission is developing the Agriculture Certification of Environmental Stewardship (ACES). The purpose of the program is to help farmers and ranchers, of all sizes, evaluate their entire operation to make management decisions to sustain agricultural viability, protect natural resources, support environmentally responsible agricultural production practices, and build positive public opinion.
Protects Natural Resources
The ACES process ensures farmers and ranchers are making decisions that balance production and environmental demands. Measures aimed at protecting soil, water, air, plants, animals, and other environmental factors mean ACES farmers are committed to farming and ranching practices that protect Utah's natural resources.
Viable & Sustainable Agriculture
The production of food and fiber is essential to a healthy population. ACES is based on scientific standards that allow farmers to address environmental concerns while remaining economically viable. As knowledge of the economy and the environment progress, so does ACES— its progressive planning continually strengthens agriculture and natural resources.
Connects Farms & Public Opinion
Agriculture plays a vital role in Utah communities, and UCES strengthens the relationships between farmers and their neighbors. Farmers and ranchers who closely examine their operation's potential impact on soil, water, air, plants and animals understand the impact their practices can have on their neighbors.
ACES is a collaborative effort of Utah farmers, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Utah Conservation Commission, Farm Bureau, local Conservation Districts, Department of Environmental Quality, commodity organizations, universities, and other state and federal agencies.