Utah farmers and ranchers are invited to attend two conferences this month which will help them better understand the management of public rangelands and the production of alfalfa hay.

Sponsored by the Utah Farm Bureau Federation and the Utah State University Cooperative Extension Service, a public lands conference, "Ranching and Politics - Strategies for the '90s," is scheduled Jan. 23-24 at the St. George Holiday Inn.Farm Bureau president Ken Ashby, Delta, said the talks will help public range permittees to be better prepared for the challenges ahead in managing these lands in the future.

Issues to be addressed will include riparian management, and livestock production.

The public lands conference will begin at 11 a.m. Jan. 23 and run through noon Jan. 24. Conference registration is $30 per person and includes a prime rib banquet Monday night.

The fourth annual Utah Farm Bureau Hay Symposium will begin at 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at the St. George Holiday Inn. Registration is $30 and includes a ribeye steak dinner the evening of Jan. 24.

"Alfalfa hay is Utah's top cash crop," said Farm Bureau president Ken Ashby.