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FARM BUREAU TO ASSESS HEALTH OF DAIRY INDUSTRY

The health of the nation's dairy industry will be the focus of the Utah Farm Bureau's annual midyear conference July 11 and 12 at the Olympia Resort Hotel in Park City.

Utah's dairy farmers are looking for solutions to the problems that have plagued their industry since the mid-1970s. "The dairy industry has been plagued by constant price turmoil, driven by higher production than Americans can or are willing to consume," said Utah farm bureau president Ken Ashby.Charles Shaw of the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service's commodity analysis division will address delegates Friday July 12 on the U.S. Department of Agriculture's recommendations to Congress what should be done to stabilize the dairy industry. Shaw will explain how the recommendations could impact dairy owners.

Rep. Bill Orton, R-Utah, will also speak about his first term in office.

Other speakers include University of Utah basketball coach Rick Majerus on teamwork; Mark Maslyn, American Farm Bureau Federation, on wetlands regulations; and Richard Strong, Office of the Legislative Research and General Counsel, on redistricting and reapportionment.

Tim Provan, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, will speak on the state's new trespass laws, and Ashby and farm bureau vice president Clinton Burt will speak on policy development.

The meeting also will feature a number of workshops ranging from pesticide record keeping to understanding the media.

A steak fry honoring the 75th anniversary of the Utah Farm Bureau Federation will be held at Park West Ski Resort the evening of July 11.

For more information about the conference, call 261-3990 or 261-4864.