(a) the soil and water resources of this state constitute one of the state's basic
(b) the preservation of soil and water resources requires planning and programs to
(i) the development and utilization of soil and water resources; and
(ii) soil and water resources' 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 soil, water, and
(6) The department shall administer the Utah Agriculture Certificate of Environmental
Stewardship Program, created in Section 4-18-107, 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.
(7) The Legislature finds that soil health is essential to protecting the state's
soil and water resources, bolstering the state's food supply, and sustaining the state's
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