Local Farm Bureau watching bills that could affect property rights

Agriculture in Cache County has come through the winter pretty well this year according to Utah and Cache County Farm Bureau officials. On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Monday, Cache County Farm Bureau president Rob Smith said the organization is there to help farmers and he is pleased when the young farmers get involved.

Spencer Gibbons, a resident of Richmond and a regional manager for the Utah Farm Bureau, said right now farmers are carefully studying several bills before the Utah legislature that could help or hurt farmers.

He said those especially watched have to do with stream bed access and property rights.

“There’s House Bill 37. There is a private property rights issue there,” Gibbons said. “There are a lot of people who own land, not just farmers and ranchers, feel like that would infringe on their property rights if that bill were passed. So there has been a lot of opposition to that.”

He said the Farm Bureau has a full-time lobbyist who is at the legislature each day.

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