Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

By Jack Wilbur, UDAF

Whether you are an experienced beekeeper, a beginner or a non beekeeper with a passing interest, you could learn a lot from the recent Honey Bee Health Conference presented by the UDAF at Weber State University on Nov. 30, 2017. The combination of hands on workshops and research presentations offered something for everyone.

For those of you not able to attend, we video taped most of the evening and have posted links to the videos on our website. https://ag.utah.gov/plants-pests/beekeeping.html?layout=edit&id=704

Below is the agenda for the evening. The titles of the video segments are the same or close to the titles as they appear in the agenda.


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New Firewood Movement Quarantine and How it helps Protect our Forests and Agriculture

The quarantine is designed to protect our forests and the agriculture industry from harmful pests. It is estimated to potentially save consumers and commerce millions of dollars in treatment costs.  There are a number of pests in surrounding states that can do considerable harm if they become established in Utah.  
We are asking people to not move wood into Utah from other states.

The Emerald Ash Borer is established in Colorado and is one species of concern. They damage and kill Ash trees, and are difficult to control. The Japanese beetle is another pest that attacks 300 different kinds of plants including lawn turf, typical garden plants and many varieties of trees in Utah.

Having the quarantine in place means reducing the potential for costly treatment of ornamental trees for Utah residents.  Preventing the introduction of pests in Utah means less spraying of insecticides in general; healthier Urban forests, healthier fruit trees, and healthier national forests. It also allows businesses to export tree and plant products to other states.

The quarantine does not affect the typical fall firewood gatherer in Utah.  
Those who like to salvage firewood from the mountains can still do that, with the exception of cutting in neighboring states and bringing the wood back to Utah.   

One of the provisions of the quarantine is that commercial firewood sold at stores must carry labeling that identifies where the wood came from.  This is to make sure it doesn’t come from states with insects we are trying to keep out.

For more information visit this link.

See a public affairs television broadcast about this subject.








posted: Oct. 13, 2017


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Some of the various topics include:

Secure Milk Supply Plan Launches in Animal Health
West Nile Virus: Still a serious threat!
Questions and Answers about Brucella ovis
Food Safety: Salmonella and Food
UDAF's Apiary Program:  Why keep our bee population healthy? 

As of October 4th, UDAF Homeland Security Coordinator, Thayne Mickelson, is in hurricane damaged Florida as part of a special Utah Emergency Management Assistance Compact, or EMAC assignment.  His group is getting ready to receive up to 70,000 evacuees from Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. His assignment is to aid in human and animal services missions following Hurricane Irma, the storm that struck much of Florida.    

Thayne writes: “We are spending the day setting up receiving pods, temporary shelters and food and water supplies to feed them during the transition to identify their long term needs. They are assuming that some of these individuals will never return. What will be their new life? 

“All of this is going on while still working on the recovery efforts. Amazingly most of the power grid and transportation is back on line minus a few areas on the tip of Florida and down through the keys.”

The assignment expands Thayne’s emergency preparedness experience should he need it back in Utah. “I get the chance to help look at the big picture decisions, review and check documents to ensure information is complete and accurate and to follow up to make sure resources are being received as expected,” he says.