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Why We Are Here

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Utah law (Title 4 Section 18, Utah Code) requires the Conservation Commission to develop the Utah Agriculture Certificate of Environmental Stewardship (ACES) applicable to each agricultural sector. It helps 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 producers 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 producers 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 ACES 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.

Who is behind ACES?
ACES is a collaborative effort of Utah farmers, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, Utah Conservation Commission, Utah Farm Bureau Federation, local Conservation Districts, Utah Department of Environmental Quality, commodity organizations, universities and other state and federal agencies.

Certification Process

To become eligible, producers must complete three comprehensive steps: 1) document completion of education modules, 2) complete a detailed application to evaluate on-farm risk, and 3) participate in an on-farm inspection to verify program requirements applicable to state and federal environmental regulations. To retain the ACES, a participant must repeat all three steps including inspection every 5 years.




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UCES Agricultural Sectors

Agricultural Sectors The Farmstead Cropping System Animal Feeding Operation Grazing and Pasture Systems


The Farmstead

Animal Feeding Operations


Cropping Systems

Grazing and Pasture Systems