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The Utah Department of Agriculture Releases 2018 Report

(Salt Lake City) – The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food released its 2018 Annual Report this week.

The online publication contains a message from Commissioner LuAnn Adams, summarizes significant divisional activities, and is capped off with Utah agriculture statistics compiled by United States Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Division.

“This year’s annual report highlights many important advances we continue to make as a state agency,” said Commissioner Adams. “The work in these pages represents countless hours of commitment to Utah’s agriculture producers, partnerships, and industry innovation.”

The first 13 pages briefly summarize a few of the notable programs and accomplishments of the Utah Department of Agriculture this past year. Starting on page 15, the Utah Agriculture Statistics updates provides summary data about various aspects of farming and ranching in Utah, from the number of farms and farm size average, to crop and commodity-specific data.

Go here to download a copy of the report: https://ag.utah.gov/documents/2018AgriculturalStatistics.pdf

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About the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

With roots dating to 1921, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is one of the State’s oldest agencies. It oversees dozens of legislatively mandated programs that promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, the conservation of our natural resources and the protection of our food supply. Two important programs are the Utah Grazing Improvement Program and the Invasive Weeds Mitigation Program. Both work to improve the health of our rangelands and watersheds.

 

In the area of food safety, the Department inspects the state’s 4,000 retail stores and the many food processing plants for food quality and safety and correct item pricing.

The Department’s Utah’s Own Program works to reconnect consumers with their food supply and promotes the benefits of Utah’s locally grown and processed foods which represent 15 percent of Utah’s economy. The Department also protects animal health and the state’s $1 billion livestock industry, as well as guards against invasive insects.

Need More Help?
For more information, questions, or direction, contact Doug Perry, public information officer for the Utah Department of Agriculture for animal industry issues:
Email: dougperry@utah.gov
Call or Text: 801-808-2414

Need More Help?
For more information, questions, or direction, contact Jack Wilbur, public information officer for the Utah Department of Agriculture for plant industry issues:
Email: jackwilbur@utah.gov
Call or Text: 801-243-2801

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