2016 Utah Code
Title 4 - Utah Agricultural Code
Chapter 18 - Conservation Commission Act
Section 102 - Purpose declaration.

UT Code § 4-18-102 (2016) What's This?
Effective 5/13/2014
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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