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West Davis Corridor debate takes a trip to the farm

SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The future of farming in Davis County could be in jeopardy. It all depends on where UDOT builds the West Davis Corridor.
SYRACUSE, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The future of farming in Davis County could be in jeopardy. It all depends on where UDOT builds the West Davis Corridor. The current proposal extends Legacy Highway through several acres of farm land. Tuesday Syracuse farmers invited UDOT to see what is in jeopardy.

Davis County farmers want to protect their livelihood, our state’s heritage: farming in Utah.

Stan Hamblin is a fifth generation farmer. He said, "My grandpa come here in 1893 and bought ground. In 2004 we bought more ground. So this has been in operation for 107 years 5 generations."

The Hamblin family wants hundreds of more years on their land, but that could be in jeopardy.

Hamblin said, "We don't want legacy coming through our farm ground."

While students from Davis County experienced a day at the farm, UDOT had a field trip of their own.
Map of the options for the West Davis Corridor (UDOT)
Map of the options for the West Davis Corridor (UDOT)
Hamblin said, “We're going to bring them here and show them what's going on hopefully change their mind."

Leland Hogan is the president of the state’s farm bureau. He shares the same feeling as Hamblin. Hogan said, “If the road goes through the middle of this farm ground, the road doesn't take up a lot of space but you split up the ability of the people to water and farm the ground.”

During their visit, UDOT told everyone nothing is final yet.

Randy Jefferies is the project manager for the West Davis Corridor. He was on hand for Tuesday’s tour. He said, “Our goal is to work with each of these farmers in the area to identify alternatives that can have an acceptable level of impact to their farm and look at other alternatives."

Due to environmental policies, UDOT has years of research and listening ahead.

Jefferies said, “We don't have any funding for this project at this point, the study will complete in 2013 and future construction is dependent on funding."

While Davis County waits for a decision, this dairy farm in Syracuse knows one thing. Hamblin said, “If the highway comes through we're done.”


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