Annual report released by UDAF
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) recently released its 2018 Annual Report.
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 (NASS).
“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 UDAF this past year. Starting on page 15, the Utah Agriculture Statistics update 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.
To read and download a copy of the report, visit https://ag.utah.gov/documents/2018AgriculturalStatistics.pdf.
With roots dating to 1921, the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is one of the Utah’s oldest agencies. It oversees dozens of legislatively mandated programs that promote the healthy growth of Utah agriculture, the conservation of natural resources and the protection of the food supply.
Two important programs are the Utah Grazing Improvement Program and the Invasive Weeds Mitigation Program. Both work to improve the health of the state’s 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.
For more information, visit https://ag.utah.gov/.