2016 Utah Code
Title 4 - Utah Agricultural Code
Chapter 18 - Conservation Commission Act
Section 102 - Purpose declaration.
4-18-102. Purpose declaration.
- (1) The Legislature finds and declares that:
- (a) the soil and water resources of this state constitute one of its basic assets; and
- (b) the preservation of these resources requires planning and programs to ensure:
- (i) the development and utilization of these resources; and
- (ii) their protection from the adverse effects of wind and water erosion, sediment, and sediment related pollutants.
- (2) The Legislature finds that local production of food is essential for:
- (a) the security of the state's food supply; and
- (b) the self-sufficiency of the state's citizens.
- (3) The Legislature finds that sustainable agriculture is critical to:
- (a) the success of rural communities;
- (b) the historical culture of the state;
- (c) maintaining healthy farmland;
- (d) maintaining high water quality;
- (e) maintaining abundant wildlife;
- (f) high-quality recreation for citizens of the state; and
- (g) helping to stabilize the state economy.
- (4) The Legislature finds that livestock grazing on public lands is important for the proper management, maintenance, and health of public lands in the state.
- (5) The Legislature encourages each agricultural producer in the state to operate in a reasonable and responsible manner to maintain the integrity of land, soil, water, and air.
- (6) To encourage each agricultural producer in this state to operate in a reasonable and responsible manner to maintain the integrity of the state's resources, the state shall administer the Utah Agriculture Certificate of Environmental Stewardship Program, created in Section 4-18-107.
Amended by Chapter 383, 2014 General Session
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