LAYTON -- Wolves may not be creeping into Davis County farms yet, but the predatory animals are a concern of every Utah farmer.
How to handle the unwanted visitors is just one of the many issues Utah farmers are discussing at this year's Utah Farm Bureau Convention. The convention, which began at the Davis Convention Center on Thursday and continues Friday, gives the farmers the opportunity to discuss issues impacting agriculture and propose solutions to correct them.
Following the discussions on policy, the voting delegates decide on what will be included in the Utah Farm Bureau policy book for 2012.
"The new policies will be implemented through the legislative process," said Sterling Brown, vice president of public policy for the Utah Farm Bureau Federation. "Some will pass, some will not pass."
Ken Patterson, 53, of Syracuse, said farmers need to protect their cattle from predator animals, such as wolves.
"We're really concerned because they've introduced wolves in Idaho and they have spread through the state, giving farmers a hard time," Patterson said. "They move quite rapidly and some of them are even coming down into northern Utah."
Brown said that farmers in the southern part of the state are worried about dealing with Mexican gray wolves.
Other issues that the farmers are discussing include immigration policy and ways to help fund the Lake Powell and Bear River pipeline projects.
"It is very beneficial and great to rub shoulders with other farmers and see what they're dealing with," said Neal Briggs, 56, of Syracuse.
Briggs said farmers in Davis County are concerned with the Utah Department of Transportations plans for the West Davis Corridor. UDOT officials have not yet chosen a route for the highway, which will be an alternative to Interstate 15 and run from Centerville to Ogden,
"The current proposals involve taking a lot of farmlands," Briggs said. "We're hoping UDOT would consider the farmers and go on the original route which is along Bluff Road in Syracuse."
Briggs is also concerned about protecting the rights of farmers, who sometimes need to work at night, produce dust and drive their tractors on roads.
"There have been issues with some cities where people move in and they don't know agriculture is still going on and they don't want to accept that," Briggs said.
Briggs has farmland in both Syracuse and Clinton and said both cities have been cooperative with farmers.