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Harvest Gratitude Day — Giving Thanks and Celebrating the Importance of Agriculture with Utah School Children

Salt Lake City, UT — The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) with our partners in this event, the Utah State Board of Education and Dairy West, are thrilled to celebrate Harvest Gratitude Day with Governor Herbert and kindergarten students from Silver Mesa Elementary in Canyons School District.

Governor’s Harvest Day Declaration

Harvest Gratitude Day is an annual tradition celebrating Utah’s rich agricultural heritage and giving thanks to farmers and ranchers across the state. At this year’s virtual event, we welcomed local producers Bateman Mosida Farm, Rowley’s Red Barn and Cross E. Ranch to share their expertise and background in agriculture while inviting students along on a special tour of each of these beloved family-owned farms. From baby cows to fall-favorite apple cider and more, this celebration invited school children and beyond to learn about the importance of agriculture and the dedication Utah producers invest to produce food for dining tables in Utah, nationwide and abroad.

“As early pioneers that came to this valley, it was a pretty barren landscape — high desert, not really any water to speak of, the Great Salt Lake which you couldn’t really utilize; those pioneers found that by working hard and working together they were able to make the desert blossom like a rose. Their collaboration and cooperation allowed them to do remarkable things that exceeded most people’s wildest expectations. And today, our farmers and ranchers are carrying out that same pioneer legacy by ensuring that we have enough to eat.

 Agriculture is a remarkable industry which provides us with a lot of opportunities and nutritious food for people, which I hope they don’t take for granted, so let’s make sure we have a little bit of thankfulness and gratitude in our hearts for our Utah food producers, our farmers and ranchers, and all those along the food chain that get food to our grocery stores.” Governor Gary R. Herbert, speaking virtually to Silver Mesa Elementary kindergarteners.

We join in Governor Herbert’s sentiments in acknowledging that the importance of the work Utah’s farmers and ranchers contribute can’t be overstated. This year in particular we offer a tremendous amount of gratitude to Utah’s farmers and ranchers for their dedication to providing a safe, secure food supply for families in Utah and beyond.

Watch the full virtual event here.

Local Farmers Markets News

The summer tradition of the farmers market will happen this year, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Utah Department of Agriculture and Food Commissioner Logan Wilde told FOX 13 in a recent interview that they are an essential part of the state’s food supply. But they are trying to reimagine how they work.
 
“Farmers markets are grocery stores to our local communities. If those safety structures and safety nets can be put in place, whether it’s social distancing, making sure the food is safe, they’ll still go forth,” he said.
In addition to a source of summer fun, for some they are an essential lifeline to quality produce. Federal food assistance programs utilize the markets, and for some farmers, they’re the sole source of income.
 

Click here to learn more.

 

Assisting Box Elder County in searching for missing horse

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is assisting the investigation into a missing horse in Box Elder County. The dunn color gelding was last seen at feeding time on April 4, 2020. When the owner returned April 5 to feed the horse it was gone.

UDAF’s Animal Services Director Leann Hunting states that she would appreciate the public’s help in locating the animal and facilitating it’s return to its rightful owner.

Anyone with information about the horse is asked to contact UDAF Brand inspector Matt Bailey at 435-760-7015.

Honoring National AG Day

On National Ag Day, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue challenges the American public to keep our farmers, ranchers and producers on their minds – for all their work to provide us a safe, healthy and abundant food supply, especially during these uncertain times.

“Our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and producers in America are feeding and clothing the world. Now more than ever it’s important that the American people not forget that. Our farmers are resilient, and during these uncertain times they are still working, day in and day out, to produce what’s needed for our growing population,” said Secretary Perdue. “Today, on National Ag Day, I challenge the American public to keep our farmers, ranchers and producers on their minds – for all their work to provide us a safe, healthy and abundant food supply. We owe them a debt of gratitude.” – Sec. Sonny Perdue

Click here to view Secretary Perdue’s message

Thank you to Secretary Sonny Perdue for sharing his inspiration and goals for the nation’s agriculture community during this time.

Within the Utah Agriculture Community

UDAF’s Interim Commissioner Kelly Pehrson quotes “Agriculture is a very important industry in this state. Agriculture as a business can be incredibly stressful due to daily pressures, often including high levels of debt and low profit margins. If you or a loved one is experiencing extreme stress, here are resources, including hotlines, that can help…”

🔹 Utah Farm Bureau Rural Resilience: https://www.fb.org/programs/rural-resilience/
🔹 Farm Crisis: https://farmcrisis.nfu.org/

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