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Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. tapped Utah Highway Patrol Col. D. Lance Davenport as the newest commissioner of the Utah Department of Public Safety. He replaces former Commissioner Scott T. Duncan who stepped down last week for health reasons.

"[Davenport] has demonstrated leadership, character and dedication in his 24 years of service with the Utah Highway Patrol I am confident in his abilities and I am grateful for his willingness to continue to serve," Huntsman said in a prepared statement.

Duncan resigned his post after working for the state for 32 years.

"[Duncan] has been an outstanding public servant and professional for the department for more than 30 years," Huntsman said. "We wish him the very best. [Duncan] has long looked out for the well-being of all Utahns, we support him as he now takes care of himself and his family."

According to Duncan, "I know the department will continue to be committed to the safety of everyone in our state."

Davenport currently serves as superintendent of the Utah Highway Patrol.

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"This is an awesome responsibility and I am truly humbled by the trust and confidence of Governor Huntsman," Davenport said in a prepared statement. "DPS serves everyone in our state and I look forward to working with all of the dedicated employees in each division in our department to provide the highest degree of public safety services."

Meanwhile, Utah Highway Patrol Capt. Daniel Fuhr has been selected as the new department superintendent to replace Davenport.

Crop Disaster Program

The sign-up period for farmers to receive money from the 2005-2007 Crop Disaster Program ends Feb. 27, according to a Utah Farm Service Agency press release.

"Congress authorized [the Crop Disaster Program] as a special disaster recovery program for agriculture in 2007 and it is now coming to a close," Farm Service Agency Executive Director Bruce Richeson said. "The new farm bill covers an array of new and continued disaster assistance programs for crop and livestock producers through 2011."

More information about the Crop Disaster Program is available at http://www.fsa.usda.gov.