Utah farmers and ranchers will probably experience only minor impacts from the war in the Persian Gulf, according to the Utah Farm Bureau Federation.

Erratic energy prices pose the greatest uncertainty for the nation's farmers as war unfolds in the Persian Gulf states. That uncertainty could cause commodity prices to be more volatile, said Ken Ashby, Utah Farm Bureau president.American Farm Bureau economist Terry Francel said the average farmer would see an annual difference of $500 in oil-related expenses for each $5-a-barrel price change. "If things go well, we could actually see farmers paying $500 less than we thought they would have under this scenario about a month ago."