Agriculture

James Barnhill is the Agriculture Agent at the Weber County USU Extension office. Farms and ranches are still a part of life in Weber County, despite ever-increasing urban sprawl.  It is this rich heritage that has always been a big center of activity at Extension. Mr. Barnhill uses his wealth of technical expertise and practical know-how in consulting with his Extension clients. Other areas of focus are sustainable agriculture, weed control, soil testing, farm safety, irrigation scheduling, plant disease analysis, insect identification and control, dairy herd improvement, farm management and crop variety trials.

Noxious Weed Control

Noxious, invasive weed species threaten Utah's cropland, pastures, rangelands, forests, wilderness areas, national parks, recreation sites, wildlife management areas, transportation corridors, waterways, wetlands, parks, golf courses, even yards and gardens.  Prevention requires awareness and action by land managers as well as the general public, to recognize, report, and control new infestations before they have a chance to expand and spread.  Pictures of both the mature plant and rosette stage for identification of weeds, a brief description, and control methods are available at "Utah's Noxious Weed" Brochure

Beekeeping Workshops 

Weber County has held Basic Backyard Beekeeping, Advanced Beekeeping, and Apiary Management classes spring of 2014.  Currently we are enrolling for a Beginning Beekeeping Class for February.  For more information about dates, times and a registration form, click here.  To receive e-mails about upcoming classes call 801-399-8201 or e-mail amyjo.prince@usu.edu.

Backyard Chicken Class

If you are interested in raising a few chickens at home for egg production and other uses Weber County is offering another Backyard Chicken Class in 2013.  For information on the topics covered by the class and to register for the class click here, print  the flyer and send in the registraiton portion with the class fee.  To receive e-mails about upcoming classes on this topic, call 801-399-8201 or e-mail amyjo.prince@usu.edu to be added to the e-mail list.
 

Agriculture Efforts Assist Farmers

Several programs are in place to assist farmers and ranchers striving to gain the most from their production efforts. Extension is also a great source for publications on many phases of agriculture. Mr. Barnhill has authored a very valuable pamphlet titled, "Small Pasture Management Guide For Utah" which is available at the Extension Office.

James Barnhill and John ChuggIn an inspection tour of John Chugg's dairy farm James "swept" the alfalfa stand with a collection bag looking for weevil.  A few were found, but not nearly at the levels that would call for pesticide use. Testing is also available for protein content of alfalfa which is critical to maximum production on a dairy farm.

For more information contact:  

James Barnhill
(801) 399-8208

Other Useful Websites:

Agribusiness -Website at Utah State University Economics Department.  It features prices, markets, risk  management and much more.

Labels & MSDS - Site to get access to labels of pesticides. 

Pacific Northwest - Features management handbooks of the Pacific Northwest on insects and much more.

Utahpest.usu.edu -  Site for pest monitoring and control.